RETREAT: Cultivating Authenticity

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Bamboo Buddha Cafe

221 Wattle Tree Road

Holgate, NSW 2250


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Being real is the ultimate gift that we can give ourselves and it's how we can experience great joy, peace and grace in our lives.

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Imagine this, walking through the beautiful gates at Bamboo Buddha and you feeling completely relaxed, excited and ready to fully immerse yourself into a weekend that is all about YOU.

You don't need to be anywhere else, nor look after anyone else.... except YOU. The essence of this Non Residential Retreat is about Being Real - self-discovery and personal empowerment.

When you hear the phrase “authentic,” do find yourself wondering what it even means?

Let us define it for you: Being authentic is about being who you truly are as a person, inside and out - regardless of your occupation, your past, what you own, where you live or who your friends are. It’s an honest representation of you.

A major aspect of being authentic is not living life to please others or doing what others expect of you, but having firm boundaries and staying true to yourself.

In our younger years we’ve naturally conformed to societal pressures, but as we grow older, something changes as we realise that what we've been doing isn’t fulfilling – it’s false. We also realise that we don’t need to do or say things just to please others. Authenticity is about YOU:

Your opinion of yourself and living according to your personal values is all that is important.

People hold themselves back for a variety of reasons, including worrying about what others may think, doing what they feel they should do, or feeling that they aren’t worthy enough to get what they want. But holding ourselves back is not a sustainable way to live, and only increases dissatisfaction and unease.

Yes, it might feel alright in the short-term. But as time goes on, we start to feel the weight of it.

When we ignore our intuition, it costs us. When we deny our feelings, our needs, our longings, it costs us. When we rely on other people or awards or promotions – things outside of us – to feel ok, it costs us.

Being authentic is not something you have or don’t have. It’s a practice – a conscious practice of how you want to live and choosing to stand in your own power being true to yourself.

When you are being truly authentic, you know who you are and value your own opinion of yourself. You feel complete, at peace and live with an easy flow of abundance and joy.

Being authentic is not about being self-indulgent nor self-focused. Rather, it’s about:

  • letting go of what people think of you
  • stopping the people-pleasing
  • knowing and accepting who you are, warts ‘n all
  • having the courage to be imperfect
  • setting firm boundaries and being comfortable saying NO
  • risking feeling vulnerable at times
  • not seeking approval from others
  • having a sense of belonging (to ourselves) because we believe we are ‘enough’
  • putting our ‘true self’ out into the world
  • staying ‘real’ to ourselves
  • and finally, living the life YOU want to live.
“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are” (Brene Brown)

What is this Retreat about?

This retreat is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a weekend of self-discovery and inspiration, and create the practical changes in your life that your future self will thank you for.

It includes elements of fun workshop activities to help you access and develop specific skills and strategies, which have an enormous capacity to change your life.

These activities are based in positive psychology, mindfulness, CBT, deep relaxation, self inquiry meditations and NLP.

The Intention for this Retreat is about breaking down the walls, taking off the masks, having fun, making new friends and exploring new frontiers of YOU. It’s ultimately about re emerging from this weekend, feeling that you can embrace a new chapter of your life , empowered and confident with new resources and self assurance.

And if you're starting to get excited about this...please do...because this Retreat will be amazing....

Imagine leaving our time together feeling that:

  • you know what makes you ‘tick’
  • you've got confidence in speaking your truth
  • you’re crystal clear on what’s most important to you
  • you know yourself on a much deeper level
  • you’re able to tune into your gut instinct so you can access the wisdom within
  • you’re self-confident enough to stand fast when others challenge you
  • you’re able to clearly and assertively state your needs and expectations to others
  • and that you have what it takes to access more joy, peace and fulfilment in your life.

"I have learnt so much more about myself in every aspect of who I am, really looking forward to putting new knowledge into action. The nurturing from Julie and Cath, loving caring, knowledgeable ladies who share so much". Chrissy Benedetto.

Who is this Retreat for?:

We are looking for seekers who are willing to go beyond their comfort zone and experience change in a safe and gentle way. Those who know that it’s time, and who are ready. Are you?

If this is what you want, then join us. We will keep this group small, so enrol now and allow things to start falling into place.

What does it include?:

  1. A superbly handmade and Leather Bound A4 journal to write in. (see pic below)
  2. Two delicious Morning and Afternoon teas.
  3. Two heavenly vegetarian lunches.
  4. All the worksheets and materials you need.
  5. Two very experienced trainers: Julie McDonald & Cath Grey (see pic below)
  6. A safe and relaxed learning environment where you can participate as much or as little as you like.
  7. A gorgeous venue to just chill in.
  8. Cushions, mats and rugs to make yourself comfortable for the weekend.

What are the times?:

Saturday is 9am to 5pm and Sunday is 10am to 2.30pm

What is the cost?:

The full fee is $465, but you can get:

* Early Early Bird fee for $265 (ending 31 December 2019).

* Early Bird fee is $295 (ending 7 March 2020).

A deposit of $50 is required to secure your spot. You will then be emailed an invoice for the balance due no later than 2 weeks prior (21 March) You can transfer the payment or you can ring Julie on 0419 239 747 to pay by credit card.

"Julie & Catherine have given me the tools to make my life amazing. Friendships, laughter and knowledge is what I experience on this Retreat" Leeta


This workshop is delivered by health professionals, Julie McDonald and Cath Grey and their courses are always taught with compassion, engagement and wisdom from their combined 45 years of personal practice of meditation, mindfulness and as a therapist/coach.

For further information on Julie, this is her website: CLICK HERE

For further information on Cath, this is her website: CLICK HERE

If you would like to contact Julie via email: juliemac4change@gmail.com or mobile: 0419 239 747.

*******We only want a small group for this weekend Retreat. If you are interested, please don't leave it too late to book in.****************


Terms & Conditions

The experiential nature of this Weekend Retreat means that it is not suitable for those who are severely depressed, anxious or in the midst of particularly challenging circumstances.

The Retreat activities is designed as adult education classes rather than group therapy, and do not constitute any form of diagnosis or treatment.



Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? Yes, 18 years and over.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event? Yes at the front or the side streets of the Cafe.

What can I bring into the event? Just you!

How can I contact the organiser with any questions? Yes, email: juliemac4change@gmail.com

What's the cancellation policy?

There is a NO REFUND policy for the Deposit.

In the event of the cancellation of an event by the organisers, you will receive a full refund for the course. If this workshop is moved from its advertised venue and/or the date is changed, your payment will remain valid if you wish to attend the rescheduled event. If not, we will issue a full refund.

This cancellation policy is final.


Testimonials from Past Retreats with Julie & Cath

"WOW, where do I start? Amazing...life changing...Perfect Venue...Great food...Beautiful Company and Extraordinary professional Support. This Retreat has given me the PUSH to do something about my life and I will go to Julie & Cath's future retreats to keep me on track" Kathryn Eveleigh.
"Meeting like-minded, supportive women in an atmosphere of love and serenity which was the perfect surrounding for learning, meditation and mindful behaviours. I consolidated some current knowledge and learnt so much more to take away and practice" Relle
"Julie and Catherine were always there and supportive. I've grown spiritually and mentally and the atmosphere could allow me to totally immerse myself"
"I thoroughly enjoyed this Retreat, not only because I learned so much, but because I made so many new and loving connections. I learned so much about myself, my capabilities and about tools to honour my spirit and live of fulfilling life" Terri Scott.
"I feel I have changed my mindset, and am aware of having to forgive myself 1st before forgiving others. The sharing of like-minded women, the food and the insights from Julie & Cath were fabulous an empowering. Thank you Julie & Cath for your guidance" Camelle Denny
"Finding my true values as they are today allows me now to align all aspects of my life to those values. How empowering is that? I came to this Retreat stuck in a life that no longer was serving me and now I have a plan, direction...the possibities are endless" Belinda Dawson
"Arriving at this beautiful Retreat and being welcomed by 2 very warm and loving ladies meant I felt comfortable and relaxed. I now have the clarity and know I am ready to start a new chapter with a clear mind. Thank you" Sam K
"I learned so much, letting go of the past and no one was judging but were incredibly supportive and caring. Learning to meditate was my highlight." Patricia P


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221 Wattle Tree Road

Holgate, NSW 2250


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