It's always good to know that other people have enjoyed a workshop or retreat before you book, so here are some testimonials from previous attendees of Skillful Mind events. I would also like to thank all those people who have taken the time to write to me after attending one of our events.


Renee talking about our 2014 Yoga retreat


Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!
I cannot thank Mardi and Peter enough for sharing their knowledge and passion. I have been blown away by how much this retreat impacted me. I have gained insights that I will use to live a more loving life. I am going to continue to meditate daily, which is something I never thought I was capable of. Big news, I am!
You empowered me to do that.
My biggest regret was not booking in for a massage early with Michelle and tarot with her mumma. Still I got a business card and I'm going to see them!
Do it, do it, do it people's. I'm doing this again!
Much love to the Skillful Mind team ❤️

Sally, 26th May 2015, Meditation Retreat



What a great group of people I have met this weekend Thanks to you all for sharing I've had a very relaxing weekend that I would recommend to anyone wanting to make some positive changes and their life.

Liane, November 2015, Empowerment Retreat



 I got so much out of this Yoga Retreat weekend and left there feeling like a new person! I feel like me again and cannot wait to do more with Skillful Mind....signing up for the Meditation Retreat tomorrow! Thanks so much x

Shannon, 2nd June 2015, Yoga Retreat


My experience at the Empowerment Retreat was life changing. I chose to go because I was in a state of unconsciousness, meaning my life was in turmoil and I was floating from one day to the next without conscious decisions. People walked all over me, I bent over backwards for everyone and gave nothing to myself. And neither did anyone else. I just couldn’t figure out why, when I was so accommodating and caring and considerate of everyone. My bucket was empty and I was running on thin air, so when my friend suggested the retreat I jumped at the chance. What I learnt about myself has stayed with me, and a year later and I utilise these skills on a daily basis. Peter taught me how to meditate effectively and how to draw deep into myself to figure out what was actually causing my feelings and my fears. Then he taught me how to turn these fears around and make sustainable goals. I was also amazed to see so many people attending from the service industry. Nurses, teachers, counsellors and care givers who all felt drained and empty from giving so much. I saw a young couple in crisis, leave the retreat as a united pair. 

The retreat has changed my mindset and behaviour at home, work and in all my relationships. There is no doubt the skills and experience I received on this weekend has changed me in a positive way. I have balance in my life and regularly re-visit Peters meditations. Forever grateful to the Skillful Mind Team.

Kylie, Adelaide, 2015

I would like to thank you for such a wonderful weekend. I can honestly say that this retreat has opened a new chapter in my life and has changed me for ever. I have promised myself to never go back to the way I was before.

I have continued to meditate every day allocating half an hour before getting ready for work. I feel like a different person, I actually feel happy inside. I do not remember feeling like this for a very long time if ever. My family and friends have made comments that i came back a different person.

Thank you

Anna Olde, Oct 2014

Thanks for an amazing weekend!! Adare Castle was very big, old and fascinating - cannot believe that I never knew it was there!! A great teacher, wonderful class mates, friendly and helpful staff, beautiful vegan food was prepared for Glenn & I, lots of walks, meditation, yoga and learning. Have had a positive shift in energy and we have already started meditating at home!! What a great way to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. Thank you Peter and All. Kerri xxx

Kerry Alderson - Feb 2014 retreat

I took a meditation retreat with you a few months ago and it was just as such an amazing experience. I learnt a lot and I loved the way that you taught us about many different techniques in meditation. The weekend gave me so much more than I was expecting and the value for money was excellent, as were the facilities and accommodation. The attention paid to us from you and your friendly team was wonderful. Also I want to take this space to say thank you for the great care to have gluten free food available in the retreat. Since I took the retreat with you I have been devoting some time each week to practice my meditation and definitely feel more relaxed and peaceful as I go about my busy life. Thank you so much :)

Zaira - Adelaide

Hi Peter,

Thanks again i feel very at peace and have continued to practise being aware and mindful since I left yesterday.
I feel like a different person and am just so excited to wake up everyday, instead of dreading it. I have found my place on earth and as a result know my purpose and how to start doing what I want, using the tools you gave me.
I learnt so much Peter and I just wanted to thank you so much, you have helped me to believe in myself again from a deep down core level, which I believe is hard to tap into by myself without the awareness and mindfulness tools you have reinforced.

Lauren - Onkaparinga Council

It was fantastic to have a mixture of different types of meditation as this ensured i was able to gain confidence in the style that suited me

Jane - Flinders Medical Centre

 Steph came on our Yoga For Everyone retreat. She wanted to share her experience.

As a busy single mum, I needed the 'me' time and tranquility of the winter retreat. Lessons were easily followed, the castle is gorgeous and catering was great. Highly recommended. Will be taking time for me again soon :)

Danen Dee

 Hi Peter, Your skillfull mind retreat was fantastic. Thanks for presenting so many different styles of meditation in just 2 days. Rose and I meditated 15mins this morning and will extend it to 20mins next week. Your teaching has provided us with a very clear and practical approach to meditation and has made it very "do-able". I have gone on other retreats and allowed my practice to drop however, this time I beleive I will be able to continue with daily practice because of the practical tools you have provided. Can't wait for the next retreat. Thanks Rex

Rex Guthrie

Great weekend! Learnt so much would highly recommend to all beginners or long time mediators. looking forward to The January retreat to help take me to a better understanding. Loved the yoga.....

Julie Stewart

I found the retreat in July to be a great experience, I learnt new skills that are useful in daily life and enjoyed great food and met some interesting people. Thx Peter you made it meaningful and kept the group interested and challenged us with your teachings.

 Lisa - Adelaide

Peter, I really enjoyed the retreat. It was well balanced with activities, teachings and free time. I'm sure that as time passes and I integrate the teachings, much more will become clear to me. Thanks again.

Peter Harvey

 Thankyou Peter for a wonderfully practical and Informative weekend. I now have the tools as well as some of the 'theory' behind it to really ground me in my new meditation journey!
I can now see that what I thought was meditation was actually 'dullness'!!!

Rose Pride


About Peter's Coaching

Peter inspired me from the very beginning - being persistent at telling me to really focus on what others were saying - not just what I have always heard or thought I had heard.

Andrew - Adelaide Diagnostics


I have really enjoyed our meetings, you are a good listener, sincere, generous and very perceptive.

Deb - Victor Harbor Cirty council

Thanks Peter so much for last nights Coaching ...I will recommend you to everyone I have what it takes to help transform peoples lives.

 Julianne - Nirvana Wellness Centre

 You get right to the issue of what holds me back. I would recommend you to anyone.

Anthony - In Media Solutions

Your coaching has helped me more than I possibly imagined. Thank you very much.

Karen - House mum


Other workshops

I found this workshop extremely informative, enlightening and motivational. I now have a greater understanding of Buddhism and Meditation and I look forward to furthering this knowledge.


I have attended many and varied Buddhist teachings and meditation groups over the years but this group was so simple, clear and easy to understand that it gave me a much better understanding of all that I have previously read and heard.  My thirst for further learning is well and truly reignited.  

Moira Ocean - Glenside Mental Health

The coaching for happiness course let me see how I could be the author of my own emotions and left me feeling positive and enthusiastic.

Tracy - Autenticity Yoga