I'm Josephina


My name is Josephina McDonald, in the process of building a wellness retreat from scratch. I love people and their stories, yet adore my 13 chooks and 3 Border collies equally. I am a proud mum, wife and entrepreneur. I live the ups and downs of life, with passion and compassion and coffee! My home is where my heart is, my heart is in the Grampians. 

Welcome to my Blog!

If anybody lives by living life to their fullest potential it is Stacey Rees! By following her passion and purpose, setting goals and taking daily action with focused attention Stacey is now a well known contemporary abstract artist based right here in Gariwerd. I have been so fortunate to see Stacey evolve and I absolutely […]

The Grampians

October 27, 2022

Grampians Champions – Stacey Rees from Stacca Gallery!

It forever fascinates me how people fall onto your path exactly at the right time. Liana reached out recently to see if I would have any interest in offering mobile massage to our guests at Grampains Getaway. That was a “no brainer”! A straight YES PLEASE from me. And how lucky I was, when she […]

The Grampians

October 27, 2022

Grampians Champions – Liana from The Solar Outpost

Beautiful Sheree has a calming and caring persona about her. Whether it is a private yoga and wellbeing session, a sound bath, or a group yoga class, each connection with Sheree will leave you to feel at peace, deeply connected, restored and at ease. Sheree’s authentic teachings allow for a state of wholeness through the […]

The Grampians

September 30, 2022

Grampians Champions – Grampians Wellbeing with Sheree

As I am writing this blog I am in a real catch 22, I am eager to share my experience at Aro-Ha, as it is the most wonderful experience I have ever had the privilege to experience in my 48 years of being here on earth, yet, it still is so raw and deeply personal, […]

Grow with Josephina, Wellbeing

September 3, 2022

August 22 – Aro-Ha!

Waterfront Darwin

There are many glorious activities to partake in around the Grampians, so here is our first interview with a fantastic local business owner Earl, encouraging individuals to get outdoors! Easy mannered, experienced, professional, and extremely skilled Earl has a wealth of local, historical, environmental and cultural knowledge of the Gariwerd landscape and its people. With […]

The Grampians

September 1, 2022

Grampians Champions – Hangin Out with Earl

A delicious, nutritious start to your day.


August 12, 2022

Overnight Oats

“What did you have for dinner last night?” That was the question I got asked in my course last Thursday.  My heart sank. Literally… I would say I am a healthy eater! I like to eat organic where I can, eat whole foods, love my cooking, mostly avoid sugar, and have oat milk in my […]

Grow with Josephina

May 19, 2022

May 22 – A peak in my diary.

Well with over 7 years at Halls Gap Lakeside and prior to that The Lorne Country Club, we have been self employed for nearly 20 years. And although being self employed has its rewards (and for us far outweigh the negatives) it can be exhausting.

Grow with Josephina

December 15, 2019

We bought Grampians Getaway