Australia Women's Healing Retreat
March 3-7, 2016
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 journey from grief to healing over 5 days / 4 nights from March 3-7, 2016.
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, energy, and spirituality, 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.
Dr. Ivy Margulies is a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles specializing in maternal mental health, including stillbirth, miscarriage, infertility, postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, and newborn loss. You can read more about Ivy at her website Angels Born Still.
I am delighted that Ivy is returning to join me on this Australian healing retreat. She brings mindfulness, ritual, and sacredness to the retreat, allowing us to deepen our connection to ourselves, our babies, and others in the group.
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.
Tanya Wester is a yoga teacher, bodyworker, and acupuncturist from the Byron Shire. Her heart-centered yoga classes are gentle, nurturing, and meditative aiming to connect you deeper with your true self, and the stillness and peace within. Her passion is to help empower women to embrace and express their feminine and to give tools to self nurture, relax, and still the busy mind. Tanya is the owner of Inner Balance Sanctuary where she runs regular yoga classes, retreats, kirtans (devotional chanting) and many more workshops to nourish mind, body and soul.
ACTIVITIES & WORKSHOPS
Daily meditation and yoga workshops
Prayer Flag making workshop with Carly Marie
Affirmation workshop with Carly Marie
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 meals and tea times to feed your soul prepared by our private chef
ACCOMMODATIONS & 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, manchester, 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 a local private chef, who uses high quality, local and organic ingredients to offer an array of delicious and nutritious options at every meal. At this retreat, people may go through a certain depth of processing, and our goal is to provide food and caring service that is supportive of this.
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 3rd, and depart mid-day on Monday, March 7th. 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 is not included in the price of the retreat).
The cost to attend this retreat $1795 AUD (approximately $1255 USD). We will charge $500 USD deposit (approximately $710 AUD) and at the end of January we will hopefully switch the currency to AUD (We can only charge once currency at a time), when you can pay your remaining balance.
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 12, 2016.
What the price includes:
5 days / 4 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, body, and 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 12, 2016 you will receive a full refund minus your $500 USD deposit. If you cancel after February 12, 2016, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss this in more detail.