workwellgroup’s Mindful Leaders Retreat empowers business leaders with the capability and mindset to build positive, collaborative workplace cultures that achieve extraordinary results

Held in a luxury Byron Bay resort over three nights, this program helps senior leaders and business owners develop the skills to self-manage in the moments that matter. From dealing with productivity challenges to having difficult conversations with colleagues, we help you sharpen the most powerful performance tool in your possession: your mind.

Contact us if you want to find out more about our retreat and our practice.

Byron Bay Retreat

Taking corporate group bookings of 8-12 participants


What is Mindful Leadership?

More businesses around the world are joining the self-observation practice Time Magazine dubbed “The Mindful Revolution”, which leading innovators including Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and the Harvard Business School are successfully using to improve the health and decision-making of its leaders.

Mindful leadership, which integrates your head (IQ) with your heart (EQ), affects your business in these three critical ways:

1. Having a clear vision and direction for your organisation, or your team, that you can easily communicate, that fires people up, and makes them feel part of something important.

2. Caring about the impact you have on others and investing energy in managing how you feel and think in order to have positive, progressive encounters with colleagues.

3. Respecting yourself enough to recognise when you’re out of balance and need to put something back in the tank before something blows up, like your health, your relationships, your sanity, or all three.

Your Mindful Leaders Retreat Team

Lead Facilitator

Stephanie Bown is an accomplished performance coach who has spent the past 10 years helping some of Australia’s best employers achieve exceptional results by demonstrating exceptional leadership.

As the Performance Partner at Swisse Wellness for over two years, she was a key influencer in seeing how mindful leadership principles activated what was already a strong culture to achieve an extraordinary financial turnaround.

Stephanie has worked with and enhanced the performance of leaders for clients spanning financial, technology, education, government and utilities sectors. 

Yoga & Meditation Teacher

Kirsty Nugent has been on the yogic path for most of her life and studied with master teachers worldwide. Known for her beautiful pace and well-rounded classes, she is one of Byron Bay’s most popular teachers.

Kirsty found yoga early for its rehabilitative benefits and has been deepening her knowledge ever since with over 20 years of practice. Yoga helped her recover from injury when she was a member of Canada’s national gymnastic team and kept Kirsty healthy as she travelled the globe in a corporate career. 

Dietitian, author, triathlete

Pip Taylor is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD), sports nutritionist, author, writer and professional triathlete. As an athlete, Pip has represented Australia and won and podiumed at events ranging from the ITU World Cup through to Ironman 70.3.

Pip has a genuine love of good food and is a firm believer in whole, real foods, and she recently had her first book published, ‘The Athlete’s Fix’. Additionally, Pip has contributed to countless international publications and websites and spoken extensively on sports nutrition.

Who is the retreat FOR?

Put simply, senior leaders and business owners who value self-development and are ready to take their leadership to the next level. This program is ideal for high potential, high performing talent as part of their overall succession plan. It is also geared towards seasoned leaders who recognise they need inspiration from outside their own bubble—or just simply some time to stop, think, and plan the next step for their organisation.

Unlike traditional leadership programs that involve sitting, listening and talking to Powerpoint slides, workwellgroup’s Mindful Leaders Retreat creates a collaborative learning environment where you are given just as much credence as the leading innovators and entrepreneurs brought in to share their stories.

In fact, you will do most of the talking in the learning sessions because we sincerely believe you are the world-leading expert on yourself. It’s only when we understand what truly motivates you, what you value in life (at work and at home), and how you plan to create impact in your organisation that we can know how to transform you into a mindful leader.

WHAT are people saying about
the mindful leaders retreat?

An often used cliché is to work on the business, not in the business. The Mindful Leaders Retreat pulled me completely out of the business and allowed me to look back on the business as a whole and in a way I have not experienced before. It gave me new aspects to view the business from & provided me with some different thinking on how our improvements could be achieved.

Nev Blackley

Chief Operating Officer, Pentana Solutions

Thanks workwellgroup for allowing me to get out of my comfort zone and get away to beautiful Byron Bay to meet fellow business leaders and learn about mindful leadership and the benefits of a mindful environment both personally and in business. Stephanie is intuitive. She brings people together and makes them feel comfortable.

Ashley Ross

Managing Director, Ross Group

What a terrific experience! I wasn’t sure going into this Mindful Leaders program what I would personally achieve and leave with. Through the 3-day mindful leadership sessions I now have clarity on many key elements which will help me in becoming a more authentic leader. Thanks Steph and the workwellgroup team.

Stuart Roberts

Executive, Vertical Markets, Pentana Solutions

What a wonderful few days! I have learnt so much regarding mindful leadership. Thankyou

Paul Barnes

Chief Executive Officer, Moama Bowling Club


The program is designed to give you an in-depth experience of mindful living and leadership. We work with ‘the whole person’ because the mind and body are connected and you can’t affect change in one without working simultaneously on the other.

Each day you will be guided by an experienced facilitator in learning sessions, where you will explore your thinking and behavioural style, what’s important to you, where you’re going and how you want to create impact in your business, for your team, and for your family.

Through daily yoga, meditation, and journaling, you will establish a practice of daily introspection and deeply connect with what’s important to you now and in the future.

In each meal you will learn about nutrition and eat food that promotes energy and wellbeing, gaining tips to creating quick, easy, healthy meals that will sustain a busy lifestyle.

You will gain inspiration the personal stories of business leaders who’ve led innovation in their own fields, and from your peers across different industries.

From this experience, you will gain:

  • Clarity on your personal values – your own personal source of power and influence
  • A vision and plan to deliver real business value
  • Confidence to communicate that vision with passion and energy
  • Skills to motivate, manage and give feedback with professionalism and courage
  • Capacity to sustain long-term performance through a balance of mindfulness, movement and nutrition.

What do the packages include?


  • 3-nights premium accommodation at Byron Luxury Beach Houses, including daily servicing
  • 3-day mindfulness coaching program – sessions crafted to improve your personal leadership effectiveness, powers of communication, and ability to engage, motivate, and inspire people around you.
  • Nutritious, delicious, sustainably sourced meals catered by local dietitians and qualified chefs who use food as medicine
  • Daily Meditation and Yoga – because the mind and body are connected and you can’t affect change in one without working simultaneously on the other (no previous experience required)
  • Diagnostics + 1 hour pre-briefing including the Human Synergistic Life Styles Inventory (LSI) to enhance self-awareness
  • Locally based guest speakers, innovators and entrepreneurs, willing to share their stories of life balance and successful business

Mindful Leaders Retreat Packages

October Program commences: 6pm, Monday 8 October 2018 (check-in from 2pm)
October Program concludes: 12pm, Thursday 11 October 2018

3-Night Retreat and Wategos Room Package

Master King suite with luxurious ensuite
$3,000 (ex GST)

3-Night Retreat and Belongil Room Package

King Bedroom with shared luxurious bathroom
$2,800 (ex GST)

Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 16 (4 per house) to ensure the individual needs of all our guests are catered to.

Be a part of the Mindful Leaders Retreat

Why Byron Bay?

This place is special. The beaches, the weather, the organic produce, the sense of community, the connection to nature.

Historically, the area has long been revered as a place of healing and fertility. The local Arakwal Aboriginal people’s name for Byron Bay is Cavvanbah, which translates to “meeting place”. For thousands of years tribes from across the Bundjalung Nation would meet at sacred sites in times of sickness, to learn from elders and rejuvenate in the healing properties of the area.

Byron might have a reputation for its laidback lifestyle but it has quietly become one of Australia’s most exciting business hubs, where ASIX-listed entrepreneurs, technology innovators and successful start-ups both value and achieve that sought-after work/life balance.

About Byron Luxury Beach Houses

Located a short stroll from Belongil Beach and the centre of Byron Bay, five-star rated Byron Luxury Beach Houses offers the perfect combination of spacious accommodation, resort-style amenities and luxurious facilities.

Each architecturally designed freestanding beach house has four beautifully appointed king bedrooms, with designer furnishings, state-of-the-art fixtures, Wi-Fi, a shared lap pool, and multiple breakout zones to relax, indulge and enjoy.

Beyond the Mindful Leaders Retreat

workwellgroup will continue to support your journey beyond the retreat by following up at one- and three-month intervals with 30-minute phone coaching and additional resources in mindful techniques and training.

We also offer team retreats and on-site programs that foster leadership and culture alignment to enhance your organisation’s performance and productivity. Contact us to learn more