About Heartland

Helping you connect to the Joy within ...

Our kitchen offers the tastiest of healthy, often organically based, fresh vegetarian meals. We draw from a stable of over seventy different salads. This emphasis on creativity and freshness makes Heartland one of Australia’s most creative gourmet fresh food venues. All meals and morning/afternoon teas are included.

We are a non-religious spiritual teaching centre. We encompass teachings from the Zen, Jewish, Gnostic, Christian, Hindu, Tibetan, Theravadin Buddhist, Taoist and spiritualist traditions.

A wide range of experienced and caring facilitators, therapists and teachers (from many walks of life) make up the Heartland Team and support you in your quest for focus, healing and transformation.
 
Is the retreat Buddhist or Hindu? Neither. It is spiritual and it’s for everyone. It encourages the understanding of those truths that underlie all of the world's religions, creeds, paths and devotional teachings - both ancient and modern.

 

This is a venue for those seeking empowerment and great adventures in life! Here we share happiness, fearlessness, joy and spiritually based empowerment - the ultimate answer to sadness, hurt, fears, confusion and that sense of victim-hood which seems to pervade society today.
 
We offer serious healing programs for those in suffering – and serious spiritual teachings for those in authentic search. And we also offer programs to bring to life the sculptor and the artist within you so you may express your Divine Self creatively!
 
Bookings are essential.  Early bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment.
 

We also operate a busy pesticide-free Macadamia Orchard.

You will enjoy a Health Retreat that’s also a Self-Empowerment Retreat and a Spiritual Healing Retreat.
You’ll benefit from the advantages of three retreats in one!
It’s the Health Retreat with significant added benefits.

Heartland's First Lily

The Retreat

Heartland offers you the chance to 'get-away-from-it-all' and yet be close to everything! We can arrange pick up from Brisbane and Sunshine Coast airport, bus and rail stations. We're just 2 hours north of Brisbane.
 
We offer private air-conditioned single or double accommodation. Each room has been designed to help you relax and take a pause from your otherwise busy schedule. Our retreat is designed to help you to deeply connect with your true self, your inner voice and heart.

 

The buildings are surrounded by 80 acres of lush rolling hills on which we have an organic macadamia orchard and also a donkey sanctuary. Heartland is a registered Wildlife Refuge.
Click HERE for "Heartland's Horse and Donkey Sanctuary"
 
Our library is a first class spiritual resource with over 4,500 volumes for you to browse through covering religious beliefs, spirituality, healing, parenting, diet, psychology and self-empowerment.
 
Our Inner Sanctum is a deeply sacred space that offers absolute respite from the cares of the world.

 

 ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES

Here at Heartland, we have 3 separate cottages where each guest has their own private air conditioned room.
       
A maximum of 4 women or 4 men would share the bathroom facilities and separate toilet. It depends on our bookings at the time – sometimes people stay here and only share a bathroom and separate toilet with 1 other guest – but unfortunately, we cannot promise how many guests will be sharing your cottage with you as our bookings come in at different times.
       
We also have 1 private ensuite room that you may be lucky to have during your stay here! But we do reserve this room for couples or for guests who require a private bathroom. We are happy to offer this ensuite room to anyone else – but cannot guarantee the vacancy at your time of booking (unless you need this room for medical purposes or you are a couple).
       
We also have the main Retreat house which has rooms available which we use when the need arises – if our cottages are booked out and we feel that another guest would be appropriate for that retreat.
       
We believe strongly that the universe guides the right people to come and stay here at Heartland – and we trust that each guest will find what they are looking for while they are here. Most of our guests settle into a wonderful peaceful place within themselves after the first initial greetings are over! If you are guided to come here – for whatever reason – don’t let our shared facilities stop you!
       
Blessings.

The Creation of Our Joint Mandala

Our Art Space offers opportunities to explore the delights of watercolour, acrylic and oil painting, claywork, sculpture, hebel block and various creative crafts.

Our kitchen offers the tastiest of healthy, often organically based, fresh vegetarian meals. We draw from a stable of over seventy different salads. This emphasis on creativity and freshness makes Heartland one of Australia’s most creative gourmet fresh food venues. All meals and morning/afternoon teas are included.
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ...

WHY DID YOU START HEARTLAND?
We started Heartland in order to offer people a place where they could feel safe; and work on any problem or situation they had in their life within a beautiful environment. We did it mindful that everyone appreciates fine food, cleanliness, service, safety and all those little touches that make going away special – but not everyone can either afford five star luxury (or wants to pay for it).

So we try to offer the very best of both worlds.

WHY ALL THE BUDDHA'S EVERYWHERE? ARE YOU BUDDHIST?
No we’re not.

The sculptures and paintings of the Buddha's are representations of peace and bliss.

IS HEARTLAND A CHRISTIAN RETREAT?
No, not in the orthodox sense; but yes, we follow the universal teachings of Jesus.

We don’t see Jesus as a saviour, but rather as a World Teacher.

WHY IS HEARTLAND CHEAPER THAN OTHER RETREATS?
There are four answers.

Firstly, we’re not ‘glitzy’ but more homely, more like a big friendly ‘b&b”.

Secondly, because we want to be of service to everyone – not just those people who can afford several thousand dollar stays.

Thirdly, we don’t have the high administrative overheads of most retreats.

Lastly, we’re not profit-driven (although naturally we do need to cover costs, plan developments for the comfort of guests and still be able to offer help to humanitarian projects across the globe).

DO GUESTS HAVE THEIR OWN ROOM?
Yes, with air conditioning, heating and quality furnishings (including double or king-single commercially laundered ensembles).

DO GUESTS HAVE TO TAKE PART IN THE PROGRAMS YOU RUN?
Certainly not.

You can simply lounge around the library – or even spend the week in the Art Shed!

All workshops and activities are optional.

WHAT DO YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY AT HEARTLAND?
You enjoy your own private room with shared bathroom facilities (one double room with ensuite is available for couples or those requiring extra privacy).

All meals, all workshops both on self-empowerment and healing, all talks, daily meditations and mantras, all art and creative classes are all included in our special package prices.

WHAT IS A SPIRITUAL RETREAT?
It’s a place where you can refocus, heal, empower yourself, connect to the Divine ‘within” – and generally have a good time without having to agree to any dogma.

WHICH AIRPORT DO YOU PICK UP FROM?
We can arrange transfers from Brisbane & Sunshine Coast (Maroochy) Airports

We can also arrange pick up from Coach and Rail stations.

CAN WE COME ANYTIME?
Our Programs start on a set day, generally on a Monday. We run programs monthly because they’re so popular.

IS HEARTLAND NEAR SHOPS?
Gympie is about 8kms away and boasts 5 supermarkets, Big W, Harvey Norman, Lincraft, Bunnings, etc….

DOES HEARTLAND HAVE A POOL, TENNIS COURT AND SAUNA?
Yes, we do have a 4-person far-infrared sauna and a large salt-water pool for you to relax in the cool. Instead of a tennis court we have a macadamia orchard, a horse and donkey sanctuary and walks across almost endless rolling green hills.

We are a continually "developing" retreat.

IS HEARTLAND A CULT?
Good grief, no!

We are totally opposed to cults.

You couldn’t even join us if you wanted to!

There’s nothing to join to.