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You might be emotionally hurting, or needing to refocus and re-assess your priorities. Or maybe you have an illness and need 'time out' to help your healing to happen. Whatever the reason, Heartland Retreat, just two hours north of Brisbane, is sure to replenish your love of life! This program is suitable for those who want to simply get away from everything and everyone for five blissful days of being nurtured: physically, by the yummy vegetarian cuisine; mentally, by the self empowerment talks which help you to gain an new perspective on your life; and spiritually, by learning to meditate and connect to your own inner voice.
This course is suitable for those who want to undertake some days of private inner work and who want to minimize mild depression naturally; those who lack of energy and easily fatigue and who cannot seem to have enough peace to achieve the life they seek and those who repeat negative patterns of behavior that they want to stop, including emotional addictions or habits that. If you suffer from some other debilitating illness or if you are hurting, this course is perfect to improve your tranquility and harmony. When you set new goals, you do not have to find yourself frustrated by patterns of self-sabotage. You will simply like to refocus and refresh yourself.
Heartland offers you the chance to 'get-away-from-it-all' and yet be close to everything! We can arrange pick up from Brisbane and Sunshine Coast airport, bus and rail stations. We're just 2 hours north of Brisbane.
We offer private air-conditioned single or double accommodation. Each room has been designed to help you relax and take a pause from your otherwise busy schedule. Our retreat is designed to help you to deeply connect with your true self, your inner voice and heart.
The buildings are surrounded by 80 acres of lush rolling hills on which we have an organic macadamia orchard and also a donkey sanctuary. Heartland is a registered Wildlife Refuge.
Our library is a first class spiritual resource with over 4,000 volumes for you to browse through covering religious beliefs, spirituality, healing, parenting, diet, psychology and self-empowerment.
Our Inner Sanctum is a deeply sacred space that offers absolute respite from the cares of the world.
Our Art Space offers opportunities to explore the delights of watercolour, acrylic and oil painting, claywork, sculpture, hebel block and various creative crafts.
Heartland Retreat healing renewals are 5 days of spiritual wholeness and refocus. Guests are entirely free to take part in (or decline) any activity. Heartland Retreat strives to ensure your entire program is gentle, non-threatening and is never intrusive in any way. During these five days you can reconnect more deeply with the true you.
Many retreats offer you psychological help dressed up in many different forms. Being a spiritually-based retreat, Heartland can offer you an alternative - something very often of immense value. It is the understanding of your human condition and three very simple answers that can radically help you (as they have already helped thousands of others). These three practical, non-invasive processes can together help you to free yourself and live the rich, fulfilled life you seek!
The unique perspective change process is the very easy-to-learn practice which allows you to change your core attitudes toward the triggers that cause your distress.
Heartland’s extensive meditation program offers you seven different meditative healing methods. Meditation is now a scientifically proven effective approach toward regaining emotional health. Heartland gives you the science and the gentle methods themselves that can smoothly help to return you to emotional health and a happier state of living.
Meditation is now proven to extensively support neuro-plasticity change within your brain; and is recognized as a valuable stand-alone pathway to attitudinal/mental/emotional change. Put simply, you can confidently meditate yourself out of many of your traumas.
Heartland’s very popular creativity process is that which encourages you to express the divine lovingness that lives within you! Heartland helps you to gently release the shackles that stop you expressing yourself and in the process they show you how to paint, sculpt, collage and lovingly express the true, beautiful you!
The program commences with a tasty vegetarian lunch at 13:00 on Monday. Today is the start of your own healing. You may be coming to Heartland for some much-needed “time out” and that is perfect for you. Or you may be healing from an illness, depression or perhaps you have lost your sense of purpose. Heartland will offer to assist you in any way they can.
On Monday you will learn why meditation is important for you - even those who practice meditation will still enjoy the first guided meditation session. There will be a brief group session in the afternoon, just to connect the group energy. Heartland offers lots of different things during the week and you can choose what you would like to attend or you may like to enjoy a swim or to read a book.
On Tuesday, you will begin your day by enjoying a fresh watermelon juice or lemon juice to kick start your alkalinity for the day. It is a wonderful habit to get into, and you may like to start it whilst at Heartland (it is a much better way to start the day than with a cup of coffee.)
Learn the simple art of Tai Chi with Darren in the temple and learn how to increase your own body “chi” before enjoying a yummy breakfast with our own Heartland free range eggs (and the birds really are free!) and delicious fruits of the season.
You will then begin your day learning the importance of “mantras”. You do not have to have a great voice to enjoy mantras - and the science behind mantras is all explained by Les during this morning session. It is one not to be missed! Our ancestors knew way back then how important it was to learn how to focus the mind and find inner peace. Sharing your morning mantras will allow you to connect to that part of you.
Once you are in the “flow” of Heartland, you will enjoy another delicious meal together. Les will give a talk and Trudi will share some art with you. Again, you do not have to be an artist, or be “creative” at all! In this exercise, you will enjoy a step by step art class which will bring out the inner creator in you! It really is simple.
By now you will be feeling totally relaxed and fully at home. Heartland has connected to your peace and is finding our joy! You will read a little, meditate as a group, and probably have a private massage or another treatment. You will do some great therapy work on clearing our emotional or mental blocks - and enjoyed some of the freshest meals ever!
You are ready for some more creativity, or to listen to how Heartland can change your perspectives; maybe go and feed the donkeys or simply have a swim or enjoy the ambiance of Heartland (and we will learn that Les is usually spot-on in connecting to the dolphins - which we look forward to visiting tomorrow).
After a wonderful morning at Tin Can Bay, you will return to a scrumptious morning tea and the day unfolds by enjoying more of the Heartland program. It may be time for another group session, maybe another massage or healing before a deeply enriching meditation. You may well drive to the top of the mountain to watch the sunset before returning for another delicious meal and then some time in the sacred, spiritual space of the inner sanctum. The only important thing is to continue to heal your body, mind, emotions and soul.
Your final day of sharing! You have learnt some wonderful tools to help us in your lives, you have begun to connect to your higher selves, you have perhaps found your passion and purpose, you have reconnected with your hearts, and you are relaxed and enjoying yourselves during our final time together.
You may enjoy chakra dance, have a drumming session, or meditate to the sounds of the crystal bowls. But no matter what you do this morning, it will be a coming together of yourselves and your lives. You have learnt that you truly are more than you ever thought. And then after a final yummy lunch, it is time to travel home, taking your new zest for wholeness, happiness and the celebration of life with Heartland.
Les Dyer is a retreat director, spiritual author and teacher, spiritual healer and counselor. He has been a healer and a clairvoyant for about 35 years. Since the early 80's, he has facilitated over 1000 self-empowerment seminars, retreats and major workshops utilizing psychotherapy, gestalt and other transformative techniques alongside spiritual, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Zen processes as tools for inner enfoldment.
He has written seven books on meditation, self-realization and healing (and has another three on the way). He just loves helping people to find their path, heal their lives, reconnect with the power within - and make their life “zing” with enthusiasm again. In his business life, he has directed, managed, and launched numerous small and large businesses ranging from charity, to advertising and marketing to fast food.
He has lectured in marketing and financial management at the University of New England and has assisted over 100 major companies to improve their bottom line. Today, he provided a real life mentoring for executives, ministers, psychologists, doctors, and individuals from all walks of life who are dedicated to achieving true success and happiness as a human being.
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Our kitchen offers the tastiest of healthy, often organically based, fresh vegetarian meals. We draw from a stable of over seventy different salads. This emphasis on creativity and freshness makes Heartland one of Australia’s most creative gourmet fresh food venues.
When not tasting the fine food, you can enjoy browsing our 4500 volume spiritual and healing library, relaxing with a massage, having a professional therapy session, relaxing in the gardens, visiting the donkey sanctuary or taking part in one of Heartland’s regular spiritual healing or meditation groups.
You can also have a private consultation based on what you need. These services incur a surcharge, dependent on practitioner costs and availabilities. Bookings may be made at the commencement of your stay. Heartland’s therapists are:
Also available during your 5-day stay at Heartland at additional expense:
Highway is located just 2 hours north of Brisbane, only 8 kilometers north of Gympie, just off the Bruce Highway. It is recommended that interstate guests (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide) fly direct to Sunshine Coast Airport. Heartland Retreat will arrange transfers from this airport direct to Heartland with 50 AUD each way.
If coming from overseas, North Queensland, WA or Tasmania, you can fly to Brisbane Airport (BNE) and catch the ultra-modern daily Tilt Train service to Gympie North station or regular Greyhound / McCafferty’s coach service to Gympie where you will be picked up for free service.
If coming from Rockhampton / Bundaberg, it is recommended that you take the Tilt Train.
Greyhound/McCafferty’s enquiries/bookings - 131 499
Tilt train enquiries/bookings - 132 232
"I attended one of your retreats back in July 2014 and I have been meaning to write and express a heartfelt thank you to you and Trudy for the wonderful, peaceful experience at heartland. I had been struggling for years with bouts of depression and anxiety. Heartland Retreat allowed me to really feel and experience a very peaceful and serene energy that I have not felt before. "
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"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you & Trudy for everything you have done to help me open up to the person I truly am. I keep saying that what ever it is you do it works, especially for me. Each time I come back from any retreat or weekend something is different & change continues long after. I feel very blessed to have been guided to you & your counseling. You are both one of the great treasures of this world. I look forward to returning to Heartland again."
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"I cannot thank you enough for your kindness & gifts of life. I absolutely loved your retreat! It was just what I needed to put me back on the path to where I want to be & go. I am hoping to keep this great feeling going by walking your talk. I would appreciate to receive your newsletters too thanks. Off to do some meditation."
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" I have been visiting Heartland for various retreats, camping, and other events for the past 12 years. Every visit finds me pleased by the quality that is put into everything they do. I also love how calm and peaceful it is."
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"What a week at your amazing retreat can do. I have finally found what I have been searching for all my life: myself, my spirit, happiness, peace and love. I have been running through life, trying this and that, new jobs , visiting new places , meeting new friends , doing new things , travelling the world , trying to feel content , loved, secure , needed. All this time I just needed to find my spirit, so simple. It is like being born again, I am getting to know me, just me."
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"What a fantastic life-changing week it was. I am still thinking over lots of it and rejoicing that I 'stumbled across Heartland at the time I really needed it. Thank you both for the work you are doing - it is priceless, literally. Thank you again, my week at Heartland has changed everything!."
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