Retreat Facilitator Training Program 2018

Retreat Facilitator Training Program 2018 2018-07-12T20:58:53+00:00

Embark on a life changing journey to follow your dreams and become a professional and confident Retreat Facilitator using our Retreat Facilitator Training Program

4 One day workshops in Brisbane (19 & 20 May & 14 & 15 July 2018)

5 Night Retreat in SE QLD (17 – 22 September 2018)

3 one on one coaching sessions with Tammie 

Retreat Leader Manual

This training will focus on our 6 P’s of Success Purpose, Positioning, Planning, Practicalities, Presentation and Progression. 

In just 6 short months time you could be preparing to host your very first retreat, feeling confident and calm, but also excited using the information and support gained from attending this very special, only offered once a year training.

Imagine using all of your years of training and skill development to support your highest good and also to share your knowledge and inspiration with people who need it. There are not many careers that offer these kinds of rewards, travel, fun, adventure, personal and professional growth and financial reward, just to name a few. This training may also be a tax deductible expense, just ask your accountant. 

This Training is for you if: 

  • You have tried to run your own retreats however they just haven’t turned out how you would have liked, or they haven’t made the money you thought they would

  • You love to travel and you have something to share with others in a retreat, but you just aren’t sure how to go about starting

  • You have an audience already through something you teach for example writing, art, yoga, massage etc. and you would like to expand your services to also run retreats. You can Save time and energy by teaching to a group instead of one to one. 

  • You’re ready for a life change but feel kinda depleted and would like some help to gain motivation and inspiration about a new career direction

  • You want to find locations and activities that compliment what it is you teach. So if you teach aromatherapy, of course heading to a lavender farm or perfumery to learn how to blend scents would work perfectly. Also I can think of several destinations that would lend itself to such a retreat including France and Egypt.  

  • You don’t know how to structure the administration of retreat ie how to take bookings and payments etc. how to get all of your necessary systems in place for a smooth and easy booking process for you and your clients. 

  • You’re concerned about finding the right type of insurance and making sure you have all the legal documents and disclaimers you require. 

  • You’re excited at the prospect but don’t know where to start.

This training is not for you if: 

  • Yo do not have a simple understanding of social media platforms in particular Facebook and Instagram. Although information about how to use social media for marketing is included in your facilitator training, it is expected that you already have Facebook and Instagram accounts and know how to use both of these platforms.

  • If you think you will have a website designed for you. Website development requires specialist skills not covered in this training. We will discuss what to include on your retreat webpage but your training will not incorporate the building of a website. If you do not have a website alternatives will be discussed for how you can advertise and take bookings for your retreats, and affordable build it yourself website options will also be discussed.

  • If you think retreats are a great way to have an all expenses paid holiday, this training is definitely not for you. Running retreats is a very rewarding occupation, however with reward does come work, if you are just looking for a free holiday there may be easier ways, (if you find one please let me know). 

  • If you think you will be an overnight success and be able to quite your day job in a matter of months, you may be in for some disappointment. It took me 5 years to build my business to the point where I am totally supported financially by the running of retreats, (and sightseeing tours). In general it takes around 3 years for a new business to become self sustaining depending on the amount of time and energy you have to invest. For the first 5 years of my business I also studied and worked and part time.

If for some reason you cannot attend the entire program but can attend most of the it please discuss this with us as Tammie may be able to do some individual catch up sessions with you. Also I know some of my overseas and out of area followers will not be able to attend this training we can still provide you with one-on-one coaching via skype or telephone. Coaching also enables you to come to our Vanuatu retreat in December.

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Meet Tammie

Hi and welcome! I am a Australian-based Counsellor, Yoga, Mindfulness and Nia Dance Teacher, Retreat Facilitator and  Training Coach.

I am the founder of Vibrant Women. A job that enables me to pursue everything that makes my heart sing.

I have been running retreats for over 7 years now and have developed a successful model for  the planning, marketing, administration, facilitation and evaluation of retreats. These are the skills I will share with you to save you lots of tears.

I look forward to supporting you to follow your dreams. 

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2015 – Nia Dance Teacher Training

2014 – Yogalates Teacher Training

2013 – Charles Sturt University – Masters of Social Work

2005 – Southern Cross University – Bachelor of Social Science Majoring in (Human Services and Counselling and Mediation)

1996 – QLD TAFE – Dip of App Science – Human Services

The Price for all this is only $2990!


(Payment is due within two weeks of booking or alternatively you can commence a payment plan of 5 installments of $650 starting in May and concluding by the 10th of September 2018. Please note the payment plan incurs a $260 fee.)

(*Price does not include optional trip to Vanuatu below)

Shut the front door! Sign me up right now!!

*If you are unsure if this training is for you, feel free to book a complimentary 30  minute telephone chat with Tammie to discuss – just email to schedule a time. 

Program Overview

Click on the links below to see what is covered in each section of your training program

Our workshops are the starting point to preparing you emotionally and professionally to run your retreats. We like to allow 12 months from the conception stage to the facilitation stage. This is typically the amount of time it takes to get clear on what it is you want to share, to find your audience, connect with them, share your ideas, undertake the practical task associated with planning a retreat and also have in place the systems to manage bookings and payments.

With guidance from Tammie, you will learn the practicalities associated with running retreats, such as insurance and legal requirements. In addition you will start to formulate a clear and structured image of your very first retreat. You will be visioning your future life as a retreat facilitator, where you will be, what you will be doing and who will be there with you. This is a beautiful creation process of bringing together and drawing on all of your years of training and experience and packaging it into a beautiful retreat for other people to come and share with you. 

The 4 workshops leading up to the retreat in September are there to support you to build your business in easy to manage steps. Each stage you will be supported by Tammie with a one-on-one coaching session in-between the workshop weekends and also before and after the retreat. Three Sessions in total so you can ask any questions and focus on your most important priorities, clarify your next steps and build confidence.  

Location: Soul Space – 23 Parker St, Newmarket QLD 4051

Included – Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea

Retreat Facilitator Workbook 


Closest and most affordable accommodation option:

Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park 
199 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove, 4060.
They have cabins and even on-site caravans.
They are located 600m from Soul Space Brisbane (an 8min walk).

Visit their website:


Search: Newmarket, Brisbane QLD 4051


Lutwyche Rd & Bryden Street, Windsor QLD 4030 

(public transport (buses) limited)

25min walk or 5min drive to Soul Space Brisbane


159 Lutwyche Rd, Brisbane City QLD 4030
(public transport (buses) limited)
25min walk or 5min drive to Soul Space Brisbane


There are many accommodation options within the Brisbane City or Fortitude Valley. We are only 5km from the CBD (a 15min bus ride).


For planning public transport you can’t go past the Queensland Govt’s, Journey Planner!
It tells you everything you need to know and where you need to be when:

Also, many people are using UBER for public transport in Brisbane

The Program

This 5 night retreat at Mount Alford in South East Queensland is the perfect getaway for you to fine tune your retreat program and also have the time and space to share some of your ideas with the other trainees. Tammie will be providing direction on how to bring all of you retreat ideas together in meaningful and useful way for your clients. 

Tammie’s workshops will focus on how to enhance your retreat experience for your guests by using opening and closing rituals, having the right teaching skills, managing difficult people and situations, as well as managing yourself. A session on multiple streams of income will also take place so you can have your next great idea ready to launch when you run your first retreat, creating and ongoing system of income and new and interesting services to engage your guests and keep them coming back for more! 

In addition you will also have the opportunity to run a workshop or teach a class. Use us as your guinea pigs and get some great pics for your website too! Totally optional you can just be a participant too if you prefer, your level of involvement is up to you. 

The Space

Mount Alford Lodge provides a unique blend of comfort and hospitality. It is warm and friendly yet guests can escape into their own privacy to relax and reflect.

The moods of the surrounding countryside are ever changing; from peace and tranquility with the silence broken only by the song of a nearby bird, to the rumbles of a summer storm as it approaches over the Border Ranges. 

With 59 hectares (140 acres) available to you, there is always somewhere for a quiet stroll. Those with a little more energy can climb to the higher ridges on our property and be rewarded with magnificent views.

When you have stayed at Mount Alford Lodge, you will fall in love with the facilities, the surrounds and the people! Its the perfect chill spot for us to create our dream retreats. 


Four detached cabins provide tastefully decorated accommodation, each room can be single or twinshare. Each cabin has three bedrooms allowing comfortable spacious living. 

All bedrooms have en-suite facilities ensuring your total privacy. All bedroom and bathroom linen is provided. You will need to bring your own toiletries. 

Kitchenettes with microwave, toaster, electric jug, all cutlery and crockery plus refrigerator together with provided food selections, (toast, cereal, fruit, yogurt, tea and coffee) allow for a relaxed continental breakfast to start the day. If you have speical dietary requirements we suggest you bring your own breakfast food as this is self serve.

A quiet late afternoon drink (BYO) on the open verandah of your cabin is the perfect way to relax and enjoy these magic surroundings.


Wholesome, home cooked meals will be provided throughout your stay, 3 meals a day plus morning and afternoon tea. Any special dietary requirements will incur a $10 a day fee, please let us know if you have any dietary allergies at the time of booking. 

Suggested Daily Itinerary

7am – Wake up to the day class – Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation

8.30am – Breakfast

10am – 1pm – Workshops

1pm lunch

2pm After lunch relax, swim, nap, network

4pm – 6pm – Workshops

7pm Dinner

8pm – After dinner activity

What’s Included:

  • 5 Nights’ accommodation in a single ensuite room (in a 3 bedroom cabin with shared living space)

  • All meals except 1 lunch

  • Visit to local winery and lavender farm for lunch

  • Daily Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi and Dance classes (suitable for everyone but also optional)

  • Daily workshops on creating a meaningful retreat experience

  • An opportunity to practice teaching in a safe group environment

Optional Extras:

  • Massage – 30 min $50, 60 min $90

  • 1 Lunches self pay

What to Bring:

  • Journal for all your musings and pens

  • Toiletries, swimmers, towel, pillow if you like to sleep with your own 

  • Breakfast provided is continental, if you require something other than, cereal, orange juice, toast, yoghurt, fruit, tea and coffee then please feel free to bring extras. There is a kitchen with microwave available

  • An open heart

Mount Alford is surrounded by picturesque countryside and is a very special and serene place. The Scenic Rim is home to six National Parks, World Heritage listed rainforest, three dams and located just 1.5 hours from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. One of these dams (lake Moogerah) is on our doorstep.

Mount Alford Lodge is near Boonah in South East Queensland and is approx 2 hours from the Gold Coast or Brisbane airports. There are no shuttle buses or public transport services to this area. If travelling from interstate you will need to hire a car at the airport. There could be the opportunity of sharing a hire car with another participant if arriving at a similar time. Please discuss your need with us.

1269 Mount Alford Road, Mount Alford QLD

More information about what to expect during the retreat will be given during the workshops. This is a truly lovely way though for us to conclude out time together (unless of course you are coming to Vanuatu!) 

Testimonials from previous retreats held at this venue

“Hi Tammie, Thank-you for a wonderful week and for sharing your insight with all of us. Your warm, calm and funny approach was so relatable. The information you shared is adding so much to my life and I can’t put into words just how grateful I am. I am doing daily meditations and my morning walk has gone from another opportunity to beat myself up to a mindful and relaxing walk taking in all the blessings laying out in front of me. My dog is happier too, as I let her sniff the trees and posts for longer than I used to. I have bought mindfulness in to everything I do and the love and confidence I’m feeling is undebatable. I am more connected, focused and life has slowed down. I am no longer doing everything with a tight heart.” Sue  2015

“The retreat and training was presented in a practical, humorous and down to earth way in which I could relate too. I also loved being with like minded people for a week, and value the friendships that I have gained from the retreat. I have my vision board on my fridge and loved this exercise during the retreat. It is a daily reminder of what I have gained and want to impart into my life moving forward. Thank you so much for such a beautiful week – I was truly blessed by this experience. I cannot tell you how much I needed this and how good it was for my soul. Words will never do this justice :-).” Karen 2015 

“The location was amazing, a beautiful country setting, so peaceful and quiet and I could hear the cows mooing at night – lovely ! Had no trouble finding the place and it was a beautiful relaxing drive so it gets you in the right headspace even before you arrive. Scrupulously clean and very comfortable accommodation – great pillows. Breakfast sitting on the patio soaking up the amazing views and the peace and being visited by a bunny – perfect !

The food was amazing: plentiful and delicious and the staff were friendly.

It was a great bunch of women who all seemed to ‘jell’ together and get into the spirit of the weekend and to top it off, Tammie the facilitator is experienced, funny (love the travel stories) , knowledgeable and organized so the whole weekend just flowed.

Being a counselor myself and working in community services the mindfulness concept wasn’t new to me but I still enjoyed the sessions and got so much out of it and practical applications so I Can Do It !!

Having a bad back relieved by the restorative yoga, even though I couldn’t manage all the poses the ones I could do helped and have reaffirmed my need to do this practice regularly.

Completing an art collage of my ‘wishes” from the weekend and how I can do this in my life one step at a time. Step one: book further retreats !!” – Judi 2015 

“Great accommodation, yummy food, loved the juicing machine, swimming pool, butterflies and coffee xx  Wonderful meditations, yoga, dance and videos!” – Ildika 2016 

“The accommodation package was good value for money – well-appointed rooms, excellent food and friendly staff. The location itself is very peaceful and this added to the experience.” – Anne 2016

During your training period you will receive 3 individual one hour coaching sessions with Tammie via Skype or telephone, (or perhaps in person if time and location permits).

These sessions are for you to cover anything not discussed in the group environment and anything specific to you that you require additional support with. Your first session will be scheduled for June, second in August and third in October 2018. 

I want to make sure you have everything you need to feel confident to progress with your dream of running your very own successful retreats. 

Payment is due within one week of booking or alternatively you can commence a payment plan of 5 installments of $650 starting in May and concluding by the 10th of September 2018. Please note the payment plan incurs a $260 fee.

Cancellation Policy – A $650 non-refundable payment is required for this retreat. If you miss a payment plan installment you will not be eligible to attend any further parts of the training until monies have been made up. 

To make a direct Bank Deposit please use the details below, please write your name in the reference section. You can use this to pay the entire amount or to make installments. 

Vibrant Women – National Australia Bank

BSB: 082810 

Acct No: 876225650

To Pay via PayPal, (credit card option a 3% surcharge applies) please us the button below.

PAYMENT PLANS – To make one off payments at a rate to suit you please use this option, and you can use credit cards

Please click HERE, to make regular payments at your convenience. Your total payments if using a payment plan must = $3250 to cover the PayPal and administration fees. Just add the amount you want to pay on the link each time you wish to make a payment. You will receive an invoice from us with the outstanding amount still owed after each transaction. 

To pay 5 monthly installments via PayPal of $650 please use this button below

In addition to receiving practical and emotional support to run your first, (or revamp your past) retreats, we also have two excellent added bonuses for you.

*Bonus #1 

Graduates of our training program may be eligible to join our Vibrant Women family and be listed on our website as a part of our Retreat Administration Program. Your retreats will be shared throughout our networks making you a part of a much loved and supported group of fabulous Retreat Facilitators . As part of this service, we create a webpage and take bookings and payments for your retreat. More details on this partnership will be provided during training, there is a fee associated with this service. *Please note we are not employing you to work for us, we are providing a paid service to you. This is especially helpful for people who lack the time or systems to administer their own retreats. 

*Bonus #2 

Is the option to join us in Vanuatu from the 3 – 8 December 2018 for a retreat reccy at a super discounted price, (yes plan your first overseas retreat to tropical Vanuatu, only a 3 hour flight from Australia! Full support offered, great location and prices). Only available to Vibrant Women training participants and coaching clients. We are visiting an eco-friendly boutique Vanuatu resort that is spread over 400 acres, on the waterfront and surrounded by natural beauty. This will double as an opportunity for us to further develop our facilitation skills but also to explore what Vanuatu has to offer to your retreat guests. 

Le Life Resort in Vanuatu has an exceptional and exclusive offer only for Vibrant Women Retreat Facilitators, (this is people who have completed our training programs or coaching clients). They want to invite you for a week in paradise for less than half the usual price so they can explore the benefits of holding your next retreat with them. Come for a tropical island getaway and discover why so many people are going crazy about Vanuatu.

Vanuatu is one of the best hidden secrets in the South Pacific, with so much being offered in just one location at unbelievable prices, it is the perfect location to hold your next retreat. Do you want to offer your clients something truly spectacular and unique? Experiences unlike no other with the friendliest people on the planet in a safe and stunning tropical location.

Le Life Resort is the perfect size for retreat facilitators with 10 Bungalows and several belle tents, a restaurant and yoga and group wok space. Not to mention the serene location and stunning natural beauty.

Airfares are now available every other day of the week from New Zealand and Australia, (approx $700 return and from some locations only a 3 hour flight!) making Vanuatu an attractive retreat destination.

With the help of experienced local coordinators, planning your next retreat has never been easier! Come and discover what Vanuatu has on offer and spend a week with people who know the place better then anyone else and can help you organise your retreat. This is perfect for first timers looking to run an overseas retreat. 

In addition we will also use this opportunity to try out some of our workshop ideas with each other, thereby creating our own rewarding and fantastic retreat at an amazing price. Each Retreat Facilitators will have a one to two hour time slot allocated either before lunch or after dinner to teach a class of their choice, it doesn’t matter what, we love it all! Schedules will be negotiated once we see how many people are attending. 

*Please note, Tammie has not been to Vanuatu before, this is her first trip but she is so looking forward to exploring this piece of paradise with you, however if you have any questions probably best to contact and of course there will be plenty of time for questions once we are there. 

Suggested Daily Itinerary

7am – Wake up to the day class – Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation

8.30am – Breakfast

10 – 1 – Workshops

1pm lunch

2pm onwards orientation to Vanuatu, Le Life Resort and activities you can use in your retreat

7pm Dinner

8pm – After dinner workshop

Tax deductible investment in your business (yesssss please)

Prices are in $AUD

(please note that their is no air-conditioning in the Bungalows, fans and mosquito nets only)

Tropical Bungalow Single – $750

Tropical Bungalow Twinshare (shared bedroom) – $600

(Belle tents have shared amenities, there are two showers with hot water and two toilets)

Belle Tent – Single $450

Belle Tent – Twinshare $350


  • 5 Nights in either Tropical Bungalow or Belle Tent – Your Choice

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Airport transfers

  • Participant in workshops and classes as provided by your colleagues

  • Information, orientation and guidance about running your own retreats at Le Life.

  • Resort activities such as kayaking, bush-walks, bike riding, snorkelling etc. 


  • Flights

  • Travel insurance (which is compulsory)

  • Beverages

  • Spa Treatments

  • Activities not included at the resort

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover. ” 

Mark Twain

I mean it I’m excited sign me up right now!

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