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Film: My Year of Living Mindfully

If you have been to Billabong, there is a good chance that you have watched The Connection. Well, good news. The Director, Shannon Harvey has just released a brand new documentary – this time exploring the wonderful world of Mindfulness. After looking (and... read more

Film: 2040

There has been so much coverage about climate change recently and it all seems very doom and gloom. A lot of conversations about the problem but I haven’t found that as many people are talking about real solutions. I found 2040 really inspiring because the film... read more

Documentary: Willandra Wisdom Walk

Walking has been used as a way of contemplation for thousands of years, a path for uncovering the wisdom embedded in the Earth, our bodies and spirits. Here is a short and sweet documentary exploring what wisdom means across different cultures and eras:... read more

Meditation for Sleep

Sometimes it’s hard to fall asleep, the body and mind probably feel tired, but once in bed, the mind continues to race and keep us awake. For those times, try this meditation which can be done in bed, with the intention to fall asleep. While it is a meditation... read more

Documentary: Brain Games

Brain Games is a Netflix documentary looking at how our brains affect our reality. We recommend Season 4 Episode 1 which is a brilliant short film aimed at kids and adults alike about how our brains are wired for compassion. Check it out on Netflix. read more

Understanding Meditation

A brilliant TED talk by Andy Puddicombe founder of Headspace talking about meditation and how to observe the mind, observe thoughts and emotions. read more

Mindful Eating

Mindfulness is a very practical way to bring meditation into your everyday life. It’s a technique that can be practised at any time of the day, wherever you are and what better activity to practice it than when you are eating a meal or a consuming food. When we bring... read more

Jill Bolte Taylor: Stroke of Insight

Incredible story of a neuroscientist who had a left brain stroke and experienced what is what like to inhabit a pure right brain consciousness. This gives an amazing insight into the right brain’s connectedness with the energy all around us and as humans become... read more

Visualise your day meditation

This is a short 6-minute meditation to do in the mornings. It’s a meditation which envisions your day and the way you would like to feel during the activities you have planned. There is a lot that is out of our control in our days but how we perceive and therefore how... read more

Yoga Dad presents What is Yoga?

Short video from Billabong Retreat founder Paul aka ‘Yoga Dad’ explaining why we all need to do yoga! read more

Film: The Science Behind Yoga

We highly recommend this great short film featuring many of our teachers from the lovely people at Uplift… Watch it on Uplift here. read more

The Divided Brain

I am fascinated by this TED discussion by Psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist how our brain fundamentally works in two different ways yet this duality is often masked by our mindlessness. Our left brain is good are knowing defined detail yet this often delivers a... read more

Video: Spiced Pumpkin & Quinoa Loaf

Here is beautiful and simple recipe from Billabong chef Simon Favorito for anyone wanting to create a rustic gluten-free loaf full of flavour and whole food goodness. This is lovely hearty bread alternative to serve with breakfast, afternoon snack or as a side with... read more

Metta Meditation by Basia

This technique is a method of developing compassion – essentially about cultivating love. A love that is unconditional, inclusive, and with no expectations of anything in return. It can be helpful when there is a concern about someone and the continuous worrying... read more

Podcast: Prerequisite for Mindfulness

In this podcast Billabong Retreat teacher Basia Nowacki looks at our tendency to have busy minds and provides some simple tips for how to reduce any negative effects from this. Basia is a yoga and meditation teacher, known for her down to earth kindness, warm and... read more

Video Recipe: Berry Cashew Slice

Quick four minute video recipe from Billabong chef Simon Favorito. About The Chef: Simon Favorito comes from a lineage of wholefood chefs & has spent over half his life helping people to discover the magic of wholefood medicine through the culinary arts as a chef,... read more

Tea Time Meditation

How to Transform Your Tea Time Into A Meditation Practice by Billabong Retreat Basia Nowacki. Basia is a yoga and meditation teacher, known for her down to earth kindness, warm and calming spirit. She teachers and inspires acceptance of what is, living in the present... read more

Meditation 101: Can You Stop Those Pesky Thoughts by Paul von Bergen?

Introduction to meditation by Billabong Retreat founder Paul von Bergen read more

Nik Toth Video Review

Check out this great video review from health coach Nik Toth. You can find out more about Nik at read more

Toni’s Veggie Curry

Check out Billabong chef Toni explaining how to make her famous veggie curry! You can enjoy Toni’s cooking every Wednesday to Friday at Billabong Retreat and she also offers a catering service. See her via read more

How to Ease Your Stress by Paul von Bergen

Interview between Dr William De Jean and Billabong Retreat founder Paul von Bergen about how to reduce stress. read more

On Being with Krista Tippet

We highly recommend these series of podcasts particularly Becoming Wise. In their words… Becoming Wise is an inquiry into the mystery and art of living. Peabody Award-winning journalist Krista Tippett engages wise lives of our day — from Brian Greene and Jon... read more

A Nourishing Food Philosophy by Angie Cowen

Billabong Retreat chef Angie explaining why nourishment is more than just the food! read more
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