Mindfulness based stress reduction retreat with Nik Welsh and Maggie O’Shea

Daku Resort Yoga Mindfulness Based stress reduction

A thoroughly  reinvigorating  retreat to rejuvenate your body and mind while immersing yourself in the themes and practices of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course, delivering a greater sense of inner peace and tranquillity.

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Retreat Summary

Dates: June 18 – 24, 2017
Style: Mindfulness Based Stress reduction – and some yoga
Suitability: All levels
Excursions and extras: Beach picnic, hiking behind Daku resort, traditional village visit, tapa making demo.
Food: Mixed menu
Itinerary: Arrive Savusavu June 18. Retreat starts Monday morning June 19, ends Saturday evening June 23. Depart Savusavu June 24.
Food: Three meals a day
Cost and booking: contact Nik Welsh

Yoga Mindfulness and Meditation

Course description

Yoga Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Take a break to rest and recharge your mind, body, and spirit
  • Explore the concepts of the 8-week MBSR course
  • Learn how to feel more capable and less overwhelmed
  • Discover strategies you can use to feel more responsive around family and friends
  • Practice mindfulness to prepare yourself to deal with the stresses of your everyday life


Mindfulness is developed by purposefully paying attention in an open-hearted way to what is going on in the present moment – in your body, your mind and in the world around you.

We call this moment-to-moment awareness and reflective capacity – mindfulness.

Mindfulness practice offers an invitation to move towards greater balance, choice and participation in life. Through the cultivation of skills, attitudes and knowledge we learn how to bring acceptance and curiosity to all of our experience – sensations, thoughts, emotions and actions, and the situation we are in.  This way of seeing can free us up to respond with more clarity and wisdom, rather than acting out of habitual patterns. It opens up the possibility of more authority in our own lives and ways of working wisely and compassionately with difficulties in life so we can choose what is nourishing for ourselves and others.

Mindfulness and meditation
Mindfulness based stress reduction

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

MBSR is a program that helps you learn to calm your mind and body to help you cope with illness, pain, and stress.

Published research over the last twenty years indicate that the majority of people who complete an MBSR program report a greater ability to cope more effectively with both short- and long-term stressful situations.

Participants report they are better able to manage stress, fear, anger, anxiety and depression both at home and in the workplace; they tend to feel less judgmental and critical of themselves, and, as a result, of others.  There has also been a noticeable decrease in the use of prescription and non-prescription medications among students of MBSR.

The course

  • Daily guidance in mindfulness meditation
  • Daily mindfulness yoga classes, including restorative afternoon classes

Exploration of the themes and practices in the 8-week MBSR course, including

  • Stress physiology
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal mindfulness
  • Thinking and thought processes
  • Perception and appraisal
Mindfulness and meditation

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Cost and Booking
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Cost and Booking
Read more about Nik and Maggie
Daily programme

Cost and Booking

All bookings are being handled directly by Nik Welsh : please email abcwelsh@gmail.com

Teachers:  Nik Welsh and Maggie O’Shea

Nik Welsh Mindfulness

Nik Welsh

BA/BBus (Mgt), Dip. AOD, Dip. MH, Associate of Openground

Nik is a dedicated practitioner of mindfulness, meditation and yoga and has experienced deep personal transformation through her practice. After running her own furniture and homewares design company for many years, Nik embarked on a new career as an addiction counsellor. In this role, her work included teaching mindfulness-based relapse prevention at residential rehabilitation facilities. Nik currently runs the Mindfulness Project, where she teaches MBSR, and serves as the National Coordinator of Openground. She is enthusiastic about sharing the practice of mindfulness and making it accessible to all. Nik lives in the Yarra Valley, Victoria with her husband and three children.

Maggie O’Shea

BA, MA (History), B Social Work

Maggie is a mental health social worker, counsellor, and mother, and brings to teaching mindfulness a passion for the MBSR program, and a deep sensitivity and warmth. She works in private practice in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, loss and grief, relationships, and chronic illness. Health issues nudged her towards yoga and her first meditation retreat in 1994, however combining meditation with motherhood proved elusive until she discovered what she experiences as the more practical and holistic, mind-body approach of Jon Kabat Zinn.  As well as training with Openground, her MBSR training includes extensive work with the Center for Mindfulness, UMass including the Mind-Body 7-day residential with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli and the Teacher Development Intensive in 2012.

Maggie O'Shea Mindfulness

Daily Programme

Daku Resort Fiji Mindfulness


Arrive at Daku Resort
6:00pm  Welcome ceremony
7:00pm  Dinner

Tapa cloth


Morning workshops.
Late morning: Trip to Savusavu Town to see local market and shops. We put you in cabs to get into town and then leave you to wander around at your own pace, and let you take a cab (Aus$3), or walk back, when you’ve had enough.
1:00pm  Lunch at Daku Resort (unless you wish to stay on in town and eat there).
2.00 Tapa making demonstration
6:00 pm  Happy Hour (relax, swim, free time or drinks)
7:00pm  Dinner

Devodara Beach Yoga in Fiji


Morning workshops.
11.30am  Visit to Devodara beach and picnic lunch
Return to Daku around 3.00pm
6:00pm  Happy Hour (relax, swim, free time or drinks)
7:00pm  Dinner

Daku Resort Minfulness Nik Welsh


Morning workshops.
Visit to Vuadomo waterfall.
7:00pm  Dinner

Village meke


Morning workshop
1:00pm  Lunch
4.30 Visit to local village and meke dance display

Daku Resort kayaking


Morning workshops.
Free day for your own activities.
6:00pm Happy Hour (relax, swim, free time or drinks)
7:00pm  Dinner

Daku Resort Fiji Mindfulness


Morning workshops.
Last day – go snorkeling, visit the Flora Tropica Botanical gardens, have a massage.
7:00pm  Dinner

Daku Resort Yoga in Fiji


Fly from Savusavu back to Nadi
International flight home