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Five Day Creativity and Mindfulness Retreat

Ubud, Bali

7-11 June, 2019


Peel back the layers of tension and join us for this five day retreat in the gentle beauty of Bali. Time for and attention to self-care is critical to sustain joy, happiness and productivity in the midst of a busy life.  People from all walks of life are invited to join us on this retreat. If you are in the helping professions you will be eligible for PD points on completion. The intention is to provide time and create space to restore energy and renew focus. As helping professionals we need time and space to restore energy, reinvigorate passion, renew focus and prevent burn out.


Experience regeneration, a gentle unfolding and enhanced wellbeing through creative exercises and mindfulness practices designed to nourish your  body, mind, heart and soul. Feel wholly supported in reconnecting with and deepening your passion for your life and your work and feeling an enhanced sense of care and kindness flowing from a nourished place within.


Set in the warm, idyllic tranquility of Ubud, Bali, this retreat provides a space for learning, reflection and restoration. We will explore the role of creativity and mindfulness, and facilitate gentle and practical exercises to deepen mindful and creative experiences.


To sustain a nourished life we need to feel a sense of community and connection. This retreat is an invitation to be in the company of like-minded people while giving spaciousness to rest, be pampered, explore Ubud and surrounds, enjoy local cuisine and delight in the natural beauty of Bali.




Your Retreat Facilitators


Jacki Short


Jacki is a counselling psychologist and director of Sydney Centre for Creative Change. She has been facilitating retreats and experiential training workshops for helping professionals for over 20 years. Using art, imagination, music, movement and other creative processes, she invites new perspectives, important rememberings and inspiration for renewal and change.





      Sabina Rabold


Sabina is a counsellor and psychotherapist with 17 years experience primarily in  private practice and is the founder of Well for Life, Centre for Counselling, Mindfulness and Holistic Health in Crows Nest. Sabina is a mediation and  mindfulness teacher and over many years has taught courses and retreats that support people to open the mind to the present moment, restore inner peace and become deeply available to life and living.




You will have an opportunity to:

  • Examine the role and place of creativity in your life and work
  • Experience how the practice of mindfulness enhances imagination, intuition and innovation
  • Connect in with your inner resources and creative potentials
  • Learn how to relax the mind, enhancing health and well-being
  • Reinvigorate  your passion and love for your life and your work
  • Look at life and work themes from new perspectives using intuition and imagination
  • Maximise opportunities for flow and be open to insight, hope, dreams, new perspectives and bringing light and colour to your inner images.
  • Participate in gentle creative exercises to deepen self reflection, spontaneity, risk taking and being in-the-now using mindfulness and art media.
  • Immerse yourself in creative exercises in expressive, reflective and process oriented ways that do not require any artistic talent or experience.
  • Connect, have fun and experience the beauty and pleasures of Bali

What's included:

  • Teaching - 5 day retreat program: 6 pm Friday 7th June – 1 pm Tuesday 11th June 2019
  • Four nights accommodation at Ananda Cottages Friday 7th June -Tuesday 11th June 2019
  • 22 Professional Development Hours
  • Excursion to Tirta Empul (Balinese Water Temple) with optional water ritual
  • Daily Yoga and/or meditation practice
  • Complimentary arrival drink & refreshments
  • 4 Full hot buffet breakfasts : typical breakfast  includes; eggs (any style), sautéed green vegetables and mushroom, curried tomatoes, toast, potato cake, fresh tropical fruit and yoghurt, banana pancakes, tea, coffee and orange juice, homemade muesli and/or cereal
  • 1 hour massage or other equivalent body treatment at Bliss Spa
  • Mindfulness Meditation CD set to take home
  • Welcome Dinner on Day 1
  • Farewell Dinner on Day 4
  • Daily Fresh Tropical Fruit Baskets
  • Endless purified spring drinking water
  • Tropical setting within the beautiful Balinese countryside; gorgeous Balinese cottages, comfy beds, swimming pools, beautiful hospitality

What is not included:

  • Airfares
  • Return airport transfers (please see FAQS for info about booking with our resident driver)
  • Travel Insurance: to book on the retreat you must have travel insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner: Days 2-4 (both are available at the hotel or the many eateries around Ubud)


Ananda Cottages is set in the tranquil rice paddies 10 minutes out of Ubud in the centre of Bali. The Cottages are approximately a one hour drive from Denpassar Airport. Accommodation is included for the nights of the retreat nights for single, double or twin-share rooms.



Excursions Offered

Tirta Empul - Water Temple        Music and Dance Show          Traditional Mask Painting         


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# Early Bird payments expire 1st March 2019

*All payments are in Australian Dollars

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Participant Feedback


 The retreat was such a beautiful experience and came at a time when I really needed to create space and tap in to what was holding me back in certain areas.  The flow of the program was amazing and progressed to really help us go on a path to growth. I have been studying Mindfulness much further since I returned and have incorporated many practices in my day to day life.  Thank you for the creativity exercises as I need to revisit that part of myself as I have felt creatively blocked lately.Thank you again for a wonderful experience!  Amie, 2018


 The Unfolding the Lotus Retreat was a wonderful opportunity for self-reflection and cultivating more mindful awareness and skills. As a Health Care Practitioner, it was a gift to be able to better appreciate my own self-care needs.


√ The interweaving of the two focuses (creativity and mindfulness) gave an opportunity to progress in both at a similar pace. I really valued the time given for individual processing and collective sharing. Counselling Student


√  I loved the art work and connecting with other like-minded people, and being in Bali as it is conducive to learning self-care.


√  I valued learning more about myself, meditative and mindfulness techniques and learning the concept of serving myself better. Living compassionate life open to deeper experiencing. I just loved this retreat.

The exercises we did on the retreat were great! Loved the processes and surprises that unfolded. The mindfulness practices were perfect – great tools to have.


√  Thank you, Jacki and Sabina – you are both talented teachers and complement each other so well. You have found a beautiful space so we can learn and grow. I wanted to rest and to have my energy levels return and this happened and more!! The other group members were special too. Thank you for bringing us together and for caring for us. Psychologist



√  I have found myself again. I can sincerely say that I needed this about 15 years ago, have needed it throughout that time and have genuinely gotten so much from this week in relation to addressing issues that have accumulated across many years. Thank you both so much! This has sincerely been one of the best things I have done for myself in my lifetime. Psychologist


√  Loved the retreat.  Appreciated the careful preparations and support during the retreat. Nice balance of experiential and didactic styles.


√  Clearly both presenters are experts in their field.


  Great synergy between presenters, topics flowed seamlessly and material was presented in a variety of ways.


√  Sabina and Jacki and the interns made a lot of effort to interact with all the participants. I felt valued and appreciated.


√  The retreat was amazing. A holistic and experiential process. I highly recommend it.


  Congratulations to you both. I felt guided, protected and nourished. Thank you.


√  Thank you, it was fabulous.


√  It was brilliant, thank you.


  It was a great experience and I got far more out of it personally than I expected. It was also a valuable experience professionally and I definitely improved my skills.


√  Thank you. I feel incredibly blessed to have been part of this retreat.


  I loved every moment I spent with you all and have come back so ZEN from the experience.


√  Thanks to Sabina and Jacki plus our lovely intern helpers for an awesome workshop and wider experience of connection and culture.  It was just what I needed! I am delighted to hear you are going to hold another Lotus retreat.  I will have no hesitation in recommending it.


  A thoroughly enjoyable and fruitful retreat in gorgeous surroundings.  Sabina and Jacki were extremely supportive and sensitive to our needs as a group and individually. Our group bonded beautifully both in the group and out of it. We had tears and much laughter-all part of a truly creative and mindful process. I highly recommend it.