About

About me

I help women and men reduce stress, increase resilience and feel empowered to create positive change in their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing through mindfulness meditation and lifestyle practices. 

I offer space and guidance for your contemplative practice in my studio and rural retreat located on a beautiful farming property of rolling hills and open spaces. If you're yearning for a supported space for your contemplative practice or want to start a contemplative practice like meditation, walking meditation, journaling or yoga, I can offer space, guidance and support.

I'm a practical and approachable mindfulness teacher who demystifies these ancient practices for busy people like you, who don’t want to meditate in a cave for hours but want a compassionate and sustainable everyday practice that gives results.

I meet many people who are facing life challenges and are interested in meditation but don’t know where to start, have been injured in a group class, or would like more personal advice and attention.

I've seen so many people amazed and delighted by the positive changes that can be made with just a few minutes a day of meditation practice and who surprise themselves by seeking out regular classes and longer retreats. Often, these same people, by modelling better wellbeing and inner peace, become an inspiration for their family and friends to try meditation and/or to make positive lifestyle changes.

Danette Watson drinking tea

To me, this is a form of paying it forward.

My mission is to offer compassionate, life-changing support and teaching informed by evidence-based mindfulness practices.

My vision is a world of compassionate and self-aware people supporting each other.

The core belief I hold for myself and in working with you is that the most powerful place to create the life you want to live is where you have the most power – within yourself. And now is as good a time as any to begin.

My core values

These are the core values I apply to my own practice and to my teaching:

  • Compassion: If in doubt, err on the side of compassion.
  • Nurture: Self-care practices should never hurt – they should always nurture.
  • Self-responsibility: Be the change you wish to see in the world.
  • Self-acceptance and self-development: We are perfect, whole and complete just as we are – and there's always room for improvement.
  • Mindfulness: Awareness and self-awareness are the foundations for change.
  • Turning towards: We must turn towards our darkness as well as our light if we're to learn, grow and find peace.

Authentic confidence and clarity...

"Congratulations on all the work you have done over the years to be able to deliver your material with confidence and clarity, in a way that inspires others to follow their dharma. You give your absolute all to ensure we all receive glimpses of our highest level of enlightenment available. You are so authentic and go over and above any level I have experienced.”
Rhonda

Areas of expertise

Mindfulness

I'm a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, having completed multiple Vipassana-style silent meditation retreats from 5-10 days, the 8-week MBSR course, the MBSR Level 1 teacher training and am in the midst of MBSR Level 2 teacher training.  

MBSR is a formal 8-week mindfulness programme with a day-long intensive that was created by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. It's now offered in over 250 hospitals in the US and many more around the world, supporting people with stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, alleviating stress related to medical conditions, and much more. You can read more about mindfulness and MBSR in my blog

Workshop Facilitation

I've been a professional mindfulness facilitator for 5 years, presenting mindfulness training workshops on behalf of Smiling Mind in the corporate and education sectors. I've presented live and online for groups of up to 200 people, bringing my passion, humour and calm, centred approach to all my presentations.

Smiling Mind is a not-for-profit web and app-based meditation programme developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into the lives of children, teens and adults. It's Australia’s #1 mindfulness app with an evidence-based, award-winning school programme designed to reverse the rise in mental illness in children and teens. It also has a premium workplace programme that's one of the world’s largest – already reaching more than 50,000 employees at companies like IBM, CSL, Reece, EY, MYOB and Metro Trains.

Dru Yoga

I've been teaching Dru Yoga for nearly 15 years. Dru Yoga is a graceful and potent form of yoga, based on soft flowing movements, directed breathing and visualisation. With its foundations set firmly in ancient yogic tradition, Dru works on body, mind and spirit to rejuvenate your whole being. It improves strength and flexibility, increases core stability, builds a heightened feeling of positivity, and brings deep states of relaxation. 

Training & qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (ongoing)
  • Dru Yoga Teacher Training
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training Level 1
  • Internal Family Systems Training – Foundations of the IFS Model
  • Positive Neuroplasticity Certificate
  • Holistic Counseling Certificate
  • Dru Back Care and Wellbeing Certificate
  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training
  • Mindfulness-Based Contemplative Psychotherapy Advanced Certificate
  • Pre-Natal Yoga Certificate
  • HypnoBirthing Instructor
  • Author of 2 books: 25 Ways to Awaken Your Birth Power; 25 Ways to Joy & Inner Peace for Mothers
  • Lifeline Volunteer Crisis Supporter

A beautiful balance of spirituality and yoga...

"Danette's yoga classes are a beautiful balance of spirituality and yoga. She is very passionate and keen to bring everyone with her on the journey."
Gerry

About the farm

My meditation studio space is connected to our home and garden which sits in our beautiful broad-acre, mixed farming property in the Southwest Slopes of NSW, 30kms west/northwest of Young. We're 2 hours north of Canberra and about 4.5 hours west of Sydney. Our farm business is based on sheep, cattle and cropping and has been in our family for over 100 years.

The meditation space is intimately connected to our farm and to the natural spaces in our garden and out in the paddocks. The studio opens onto a green, shady courtyard and we often also practise in the garden or out in the paddock on hilltops or under trees. We've created mindful bush walks in the paddocks around the house so you can walk, breathe, connect, and drink in the spaciousness and beauty.

Yoga practice on the farm
Yoga studio at the farm
Outdoor bath
Bell tent on the farm

We've created meditation decks in the garden and around the pool as well as meditation rooms in the stables and horse yards.

For overnight stays, think of this as a mindfulness “glamp”. Some will be accommodated in a cosy 2-bedroom cottage in the garden and some will enjoy our beautiful glamping rooms in the converted stable. We have bathrooms in the cottage and the stable yards and an outdoor shower/bath in the garden where you can soak up the night sky in a hot bubble bath.

Meals are generally enjoyed in the courtyard or participants find a cosy spot somewhere in the garden – we have an abundance of comfortable chairs, day beds, lounges and cushions.

One of the bedrooms
Danette teaching yoga
Dining area
Danette on the farm

A beautiful space to be present...

"I loved every minute of the mini retreat with Danette. It was a beautiful space to be present and take some time to focus on myself. Danette has such a depth of knowledge around mindfulness and self-care and I loved her energy! I went home feeling refreshed and with a renewed perspective, would 100% book another retreat with some like-minded girlfriends!” 
Meg

Journey deeper into yoga and mindfulness

Discover how you can work with me, through 1-to-1 sessions, group classes, events and retreats