Australia Women's Healing Retreat
March 15-18, 2018
Nurturing - Healing - Transforming
The Return to Zero Australia Women's Healing Retreat will again be hosted at the amazing and beautiful Gymea Eco Resort and Spa, a sustainable healing spa located at the base of Mount Warning in the northern rivers region of New South Wales. This retreat will take you on a transformative journey over 4 days / 3 nights from March 15-18, 2018.
The area surrounding Mount Warning is a mysterious melting pot of rich volcanic earth, deep green Gondwana rainforest, breathtaking scenery, shining blue waters, and powerful land.
Mount Warning is one of the most sacred and spiritually significant mountains in Australia. Because of its eastern location and high elevation, Mount Warning is the first place in the country that the sun touches each morning. This is of great significance as the sun is the Earth's primary energy source, making Mount Warning an area that life flows from. This life flow is reflected in the mountains, rainforest, rivers, and surrounding land – you can truly feel the power and strength of spirit in everything here.
We have chosen this location for our healing retreat because of its physical beauty, healing energy, as well as the accommodations and spa offerings.
Dr. Kiley Krekorian Hanish is a bereaved mother and occupational therapist living in Los Angeles. She is interested in the transformative aspects of grief, specifically how storytelling, meaningful activities, experiences, and the environment contribute to healing.
Kiley and her husband Sean are creators of the film Return to Zero starring Minnie Driver and Paul Adelstein. It is based on their personal experience of their son Norbert, who was stillborn, and is the first movie to tackle the taboo subject of stillbirth.
Carly Marie Dudley is a mother, artist, writer, and public speaker from Perth, Western Australia. After the stillbirth of her son, Christian in 2007, Carly founded Project Heal and has inspired people all over the world to heal and live a new wholehearted life after loss through practicing mindfulness and self-care. Since 2008, Carly has created multiple international days for bereaved parents including Bereaved Mother’s Day and Bereaved Father’s Day.
A healing retreat in Australia would not be complete without the lovely Carly Marie. I am excited for her to bring her caring, creative, and healing energy to this group.
ACTIVITIES & WORKSHOPS
Daily meditation and yoga workshops
Bountiful garland making workshop
Daily small group breakout sessions
Sharing your story workshop
Daily remembering rituals
Walking, hiking, and exploring the rainforest surrounding Mount Warning
Relaxing time at the spa and magnesium pool
All nourishing vegan meals to feed your soul prepared by our private chef
ACCOMMODATIONS AND SPA
Accommodations at the Gymea Eco Retreat Centre & Spa are shared double rooms, and each room includes its own shower and toilet. The rooms are equipped with luxury 5-star eco-inner-sprung latex topped single beds. All bedding and room furnishings have been carefully selected to meet biodynamic or organic certification standards.
The Gymea Spa provides you with a real opportunity to soak up the beauty, unwind, and relax. At the spa, you can choose from a Sauna, Steam Room, Ozone Hydrotherapy Spa, and Magnesium Plunge Pool. The focus at Gymea Spa is moving from the head to the heart. You will be taken on a healing journey imbued with love and nurturing, with a focus on the whole self, including your soul connection.
The Magnesium Pool is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon bonding with the other women. It's refreshing and soothing to your body. We guarantee this will be a highlight of your stay!
All of your meals will be prepared by Organic Passion Catering. Anthea and her husband Caspar enter the kitchen with so much love. At this retreat, attendees may go through a certain depth of processing, and our goal is to provide food and caring service that is supportive of this.
Organic Passion Catering uses high quality, local, and organic ingredients to offer an array of delicious and nutritious options at every meal.
The chef is able to cater for special needs and dietary requirements, making sure every retreat participant is cared for so they can relax and enjoy the retreat without any food apprehensions.
You should plan to arrive on the afternoon of Thursday, March 15, and depart mid-day on Sunday, March 18. The Gymea Eco Retreat Centre & Spa is less than a 2 hour drive from Brisbane.
If you are flying to attend the retreat, the Gold Coast Airport (Coolangatta) is approximately a one-hour drive to Gymea. You will not need a car while at the retreat, and we will help arrange a van so that a group can travel from the airport to Gymea together (this will be an additional cost).
The cost to attend this retreat $1200 AUD (approximately $1255 USD). We will charge $500 AUD deposit.
Alumni of RTZ Retreats receive $75 AUD discount.
If you are crowdfunding, please let us know to save you a spot.
All fees are due by February 23, 2018.
What the price includes:
4 days / 3 nights of shared accommodation
All local and organic meals prepared by a private chef
All group activities and workshops
RTZ Center for Healing gift bag
What the price does not include:
Travel to and from the retreat center
Any individual healing sessions that might be available, such as massages or body/facial treatments
We only have space for 28 retreat participants, and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Cancellation policy: If you have paid in full and cancel before February 23, 2018 you will receive a full refund minus your $500 USD deposit. If you cancel after February 23, unfortunately, you will not receive a refund.
We understand that the retreat's cost may be prohibitive, so we encourage you to visit the below personal fundraising (aka crowdfunding) sites. Nearly 1/3 of our past participants have used a personal fundraising site to help attend the retreat. Friends and family are often eager to support you in the healing process but don’t know how to do so. This can be a great way for them to acknowledge and participate in a meaningful way.
Personal Fundraising Sites in Australia:
My Cause (look at both flexible and fixed funding options)
In addition, after placing your deposit, establishing a monthly payment plan might work best for you. Please email Kiley at email@example.com if you would like to discuss this in more detail.