Ramblings & recipes from around the billabong


Body Awareness Meditation with Larissa

Enjoy this guided meditation for body awareness in order to support you in releasing tension and stress from your chest and stomach.    ... read more

Find Your Roots Meditation with Basia

Enjoy this grounding meditation with Basia. She will guide you through a visualisation of being like a tree and allowing your roots to connect down deep into the ground. A great one for anyone feeling destabilised, uncertain or scattered. About Basia Basia is a yoga... read more

Grateful Day Meditation with Basia

Do you ever start your day “from the wrong side of the bed”? We feel you! In this guided meditation on of our teachers Basia invites you to start your day with gratitude to shift your mindset for a fresh and grateful day, We hope you enjoy it!   About... read more

Book: Meditation for the love of it

Meditation… We all hear that it is good for us and many ‘wish’ they could do it daily, yet most still struggle to get it done. Why is that? In this book Sally Kempton encourages you to uncover your love for meditation. She implores us to stop making... read more

Meditation on breath with Larissa

A simple guided breath awareness meditation designed to take us to a place of rest and relaxation. Take a little break out of our day to connect within for as little as 6 minutes. Just sit or recline back and listen to the recording below.   About Larissa Larissa... read more

Meditation: “Let go” mantra with Larissa

Below is a simple guided mantra (words repeated) meditation linked with the breath to create a sense of freedom and release. The mantra is simply “Let Go”. If there is anything that may be causing you stress or tension this is a great meditation to begin... read more

Does meditation mean stopping your thoughts?

We hear it all the time, “I can’t meditate because I can’t stop my thoughts”. Our lovely retreat host Basia is on a myth busting mission. Watch her most recent video on the concept of stopping thoughts during meditation: About Basia Basia is a... read more

A Buddhist Practise to Awaken Compassion – Tonglen

It takes courage to face our thoughts and emotions with gentle honesty. The parts of ourselves we’d prefer to deny and cover up with our well perfected strategies of escaping. Some are rather benign like going for a walk or watching a movie whilst others can be quite... read more

Meditation According to Tash

It feels like such a buzz word at the moment.  Before I did a meditation course, to me, it felt like yet another thing to add to the to-do list. Meditation (according to Buddhism ideology) is basically focusing on one thing.  When practiced regularly, it enables the... read more

Three Easy Breathing Techniques to Calm Your Mind

Breathing techniques (also known as pranayama in traditional texts) have been around for thousands of years. The breath is such a powerful tool because it can be both automatic and controlled. See “Pranayama: What is it and why should you include it in your... read more

Pranayama: what is it and why should it be in your daily practice?

You may have heard your yoga teacher talking about pranayama but do you actually know what it is? Most people just think of pranayama as ‘breathing exercises’ which is technically true but pranayama is much more interesting than that. What is Pranayama?... read more

Five ways that learning meditation will improve your life

Meditation has been around for thousands of years but has become much more prevalent in modern times due to the fact that science has finally caught up! There have been countless studies based around the effects of meditation on our overall health and happiness as... 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

Book: The Mind Workout

A really simple and user friendly book that was recommended by a recent guest that explains basic mindfulness practices in ways that are really easily digested and put into practice in every day lives. Mark talks about learning to notice urges, break compulsive... 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

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

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

Paul von Bergen’s Article in CEO Magazine

Check out Paul’s recent article in this months CEO magazine. Paul (our founder) is now a regular featured health & wellness contributor.   read more

How to do Mantra Meditation

A mantra is a word or sound repeated to help in concentration and meditation. The yogic mantra Soham (Pronounced as So’ Hum) translates to I am that” (so = “I am” and hum = “that”). To practice this begin by bringing your attention to the rhythm of your breath,... read more

How to Set Intentions or Goals by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen With the new year firmly established it is appropriate to reflect on the direction of our life and whether we are creating the reality we want. It is also a time when a lot of us set goals with the belief that this will more likely make them happen.... read more

Free Guided Meditation by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen A counting meditation is designed to improve your ability to hold the mind steady, without wandering. Listen to our guided counting meditation here taken from our mindfulness training retreat. read more

Background to Mindfulness by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen Inspired by John Kabat Zinn If you were part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra you would not dream of using your instrument without tuning it first yet. The mind is our instrument of running our life yet most of us don’t spend even a moment of... read more
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