Mindful Presence

…because living and loving well take practice.


Mindful Presence offers mindfulness and compassion programs and retreats for individuals and couples that are evidence-based and support the art of living and loving with more ease, emotional intelligence and joy.

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Rising Strong in Tuscany!

23 September - 5 October 2020



Maggie (Masters Couple Therapy, BSW, MA) is a Couple Therapist and Mental Health Social Worker. She has a private counselling practice specialising in couples, based in Castlemaine, Victoria.  

Maggie works with couples ready to engage in the intensive work of change. New referrals are currently limited to people who have completed one or more of her training programs or retreats.



A retreat veteran, Maggie’s vision is to create the sort of retreats she herself would love to go to - warm, spacious, fun, with opportunities for in-depth learning, silence, yoga and hiking, and in beautiful natural settings with delicious food.

The next Retreat with availability is The Daring Way at Wilsons Promontory, 4-9th May 2020.

Mindfulness Groups

Maggie specialises in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and taught this 8-week program in Hawthorn for Openground, Australia's leading mindfulness body, from 2010-2017. She continues to teach MBSR and other mindfulness-based programs - including Mindful Self Compassion, the Positive Neuroplasticity Training and a 6-week Deep Rest program - in Castlemaine, approx. 1.5 hrs drive from Melbourne. Maggie also trained with  Brené Brown & team to become a certified Daring Way and Rising Strong facilitator and offers this work in retreat format.  


After another amazing experience at Wilsons Promontory I am so excited to be offering Brené Brown's Daring Way retreat there again next year from Monday 4th May - Saturday 9th May 2020.

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Maggie O'Shea

Maggie specialises in providing unique retreats for small-groups in beautiful natural settings in Australia and beyond. She particularly loves to combine her understandings from many years of mindfulness practice and teaching with the transformative work of Brené Brown and others. Based in Castlemaine, approximately 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne, she teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Self Compassion and other evidence-based group programs, as well as providing Couple and Individual Psychotherapy in her part-time Private Practice. She also lectures annually at Swinburne University in the Masters of Counselling stream.

 Maggie’s background includes a Masters degree in Couples Therapy and thirty years working in Mental Health Social Work.  She was based in Oncology and Palliative Care in 2006 when she discovered the life-changing mindfulness work of Jon Kabat-Zinn.  Having participated in her first 10-day silent retreat in 1994 she already knew the power of meditation, but the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program provided a way of more fully integrating mindfulness into her personal and professional life.  After training with Kabat-Zinn & others, she was invited in 2010 to teach for Openground, Australia’s leading Mindfulness Training body, and has led one or more mindfulness groups almost each school term ever since. She is one of a handful of Australian Mindfulness teachers approved by Rick Hanson to teach his Positive Neuro-plasticity Training, and recently also became accredited to teach Brene Browns’ The Daring Way and Rising Strong Programs and Kristin Neff & Chris Germer’s Mindful Self Compassion Program. After many years practicing yoga, she is currently completing a 350-hour Yoga teacher training.

 Maggie is passionate about mindfulness and the related neuro-science that suggests that – because our tricky mammal brains are hardwired for survival, not ease – we need to both understand and actually “practice” what it is that helps us live and love fully and well.

Find out more about Maggie and the theory models that underpin her work

I found the course helpful and illuminating... I am feeling a sense of freedom and potential that I haven’t felt before... I learned that I can change my thinking even after 47 years... I feel empowered
— Anna, Castlemaine PNT participant
Maggie, thank you so much for sharing with all of us your deep understanding of mindfulness practice and process. You are an amazing teacher - kind, compassionate & patient
— Adele, Hawthorn MBSR participant

'You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf' 

Jon Kabat-Zinn