Return to Peace: Meditation Retreat

Modern life is fast-paced and full of distractions. The past year or two have been more than challenging for many people and communities. This weekend meditation retreat in beautiful Bundanoon, NSW is the perfect opportunity to experience deep relaxation and connect to the stillness within you.

About the Program

A Meditation Retreat with Paul and Maia Bedson

  • 3 days | 2 nights (from 4pm Friday to 2pm Sunday)
  • Develop a simple yet profound mindfulness meditation practice
  • Take time out from the busyness of life
  • De-stress, rest and restore your body and mind
  • Enjoy a plant-based wholefood diet and time in nature
  • Increase your self-awareness and happiness

Limited places.

Program Dates

28-30 July 2023
24-26 November 2023
22-24 May 2024

Program Fees

If you are being funded by the NDIS click here for Pricing and how to register.

Single room: $1,390
Share room: $1,190
Includes accommodation, meals and program

Fees effective 1 July 2022


Quest for Life Centre
13-33 Ellsmore Road
Bundanoon NSW 2578
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Paul and Maia Bedson will help you learn and practice techniques that will deepen your experience of mindfulness, meditation and provide you with long-term support through stress and uncertainty. Paul and Maia have been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stillness Meditation (MBSM) for over 20 years; MBSM is a blend of contemporary mindfulness practices with elements of traditional meditation styles like Zen and Vipassana meditation.

From their years of personal experience, study and teaching meditation, Paul and Maia are confident that they can teach anyone, even those with an overactive mind, how to meditate.

The program is structured to gently lead you into the heart and essence of meditation. There will be a series of detailed teachings on why and how to meditate, accompanied by a sequence of meditation practise sessions. This mindfulness training retreat is well suited for both beginners and experienced meditators wishing to deepen their meditation.

Set within 9 acres of manicured gardens in Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands, NSW. From the moment you enter the drive, you will begin to feel renewed, refreshed and inspired.

Expected Outcomes

Participants can expect to:

  • Gain a deep understanding of the philosophy and practice of meditation\
  • Learn a range of effective tools for dealing with stress and anxiety
  • Understand the nature of the thinking mind – its strengths and limitations
  • Understand how ‘excessive thinking’ leads to stress and how stress affects your health and wellbeing
  • Learn to relax physically, unwind emotionally and calm a busy mind
  • Acquire skills for dealing with anger and frustration, becoming less emotionally reactive and more tolerant
  • Develop self-esteem and compassion as you connect with your true, spiritual nature

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You will be nurtured, nourished and restored with the confidence to embrace your life again.

Arrival and Departure

  • Friday Arrival 2-3pm. Dinner, accommodation, welcome session and workbook.
  • Saturday breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, accommodation and all sessions
  • Sunday Departure after lunch. Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, and all sessions.
  • Plenty of onsite parking is available
  • You can be picked up and dropped at the Bundanoon train station (City Link and Country Link trains stop at Bundanoon)
  • Best trains to catch (book well in advance)
    – From Sydney Central Station Depart 12.01pm
    – From Canberra Kingston Depart 11.55am


Discuss any accessibility or mobility requirements with the Program Adviser when you book in. Quest has a wheelchair accessible room/ensuite.

Delicious meals and snacks

  • We serve delicious freshly prepared meals using the principles of SLOW – Seasonal, Locally-sourced, Organic, Wholefood as far as possible. The Quest veggie garden supplies seasonal produce.
  • Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Sugar Free, Vegan are no problem! Our chef can work with allergies and intolerances as listed with prior notice – all special dietary requirements can be discussed with the Program Advisor at the time of booking.
  • Breakfast is served from (8.30-9.30am), Lunch (1-2pm), Dinner (6-7pm)
  • Freshly pressed juices are served for morning and afternoon tea along with delicious snacks.
  • Teas, coffee, filtered water and fresh fruit are available at any time.
  • Please note that the Quest for Life Centre maintains an environment that is alcohol and non-prescription drug free. A participant will need to leave the program if found to be drug or alcohol affected.

Enquire or book into this program

You can call between 9.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday on 1300 941 488 to speak to a Program Advisor or complete the form below and we will be in contact.

What previous attendees have said:

The course far exceeded my expectations – the theory was so beautifully explained. – Vivienne

The venue and hosting was incredible. – Sebastian