Retreat Facilitator Training Program 2019

Retreat Facilitator Training Program 2019 2018-11-14T09:32:15+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

5 Night Training Retreat at Awaba Retreat Centre, Ourimba, NSW

Start time – arrival between 12 and 3pm on Saturday 5th January 2019, for a 3.30pm start

Finish time 10am on the 10th of January 2019



  • 5 nights accommodation 

  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners

  • Pick up and drop off to Ourimba Train Station if required

  • All retreat facilitator training workshops and materials

  • Optional yoga, Thai Chi, Nia dance and meditation classes

  • Full and exclusive use of venue including swimming pool and spa

  • Retreat Facilitator Manual

  • Become a part of our Vibrant Retreat Facilitator Network

  • *Bonus extras please see below

This training will focus on our 4 P’s of Success ~ Purpose, Positioning Planning and Practicalities. 

In 2019 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 training.

What I want people to experience through this training

  • Professional, value for money training that gives you real world tools, not fluff

  • Meaningful and flexible material that meets everyone’s needs

  • Valuable information interspersed with down time, yoga, dance, meditation, pool/hotub time and reading a book in the forest time 

  • knowledge that touches your heart and has you excited for the future

How I hope people feel during and after this training:

  • Excited and enthusiastic about the possibilities

  • A growing sense of clarity and confidence about your future direction.

  • Supported to take the next steps in the right direction.

  • Warm and fuzzy about how you will feel when running your own retreats

  • Connected to your passions and strengths

  • Optimistic about your ability to pull it off

  • The feeling that transformation is taking place, that your mind is clear and your heart is full

Challenges we will address

  • Just how to go about starting to run retreats

  • Clarifying the content – people tend to have too many ideas or not a teachable modality and this immobilises people

  • Scheduling, pricing and promoting retreats

  • Risk Management in terms of avoiding losing any money

  • Legalities and insurance

  • Confidence to take the step into the unknown (aka the most exciting thing you will ever do!)

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.

  • Likewise this is not a how to start a small business training so will not include naming your business, ABN, business name registration, taxation implications or anything else associated with starting a small business this is purely a Retreat Facilitation Training Program. If you have an existing business though we will look at how you can incorporate retreats into this.

  • 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.

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Meet Tammie

Hi and welcome! I like to think of myself as an innovator and creator of amazing, successful retreats and training’s for women who want to run retreats.

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 8 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

A range of prices to suit everyone!

The prices below are per person

Triple Share Room with Ensuite – $1890 (ONLY 1 Left!)

Twinshare room with shared bathroom – $1990 (ONLY 1 left!)

Twinshare Room with Ensuite – $2090 (Fully Booked)

Single Room with shared bathroom – $2190 (ONLY 1 Left!)

Single Room with Ensuite – $2290 (Fully Booked)

(Shared bathroom is shared between 6 people, however there are extra facilities that can be used,  two toilets at the yoga shala and two outdoor showers with hot water for showering under the stars)

(A $500 deposit is required within two weeks of booking, with the remainder being paid one month before the start of the training. Alternatively you can commence a payment plan. Please note payment plan incur a $150 fee.)

(*Price does not include optional trip to Thailand 2020 below)

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

Maximum 12 participants

*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. 

Our workshops are the starting point to preparing you emotionally and professionally to run your very own retreats. We like to provide you with the all the tools from the conception stage to the facilitation stage. We want to ensure you are clear about what you want to share, to find your audience, connect with them, create an amazing program, undertake the practical task associated with administering a retreat and also have in place the systems to manage bookings and payments.

With guidance from Tammie, you will learn the planning and practicalities associated with running retreats, as well 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. 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. This is your time to shine. 

Just some of the things we will cover:

  • Working to your strengths and passions

  • Create your own Compelling Biography

  • Target Groups 

  • Identifying Your Audience

  • Retreat themes

  • Self promotion

  • Mailing lists

  • Program outlines 

  • Naming Retreats

  • Locations

  • Tangibles

  • Scheduling

  • Pricing and profit

  • Venues

  • Equipment

  • Meals

  • Transport

  • Partnership Agreements

  • How to write blog article and Facebook post

  • Registration forms

  • Booking processes

  • Payment options

  • Legal forms

  • Insurance

  • Cancellation policies

  • Other planning considerations

  • Minimising risks

  • Feedback forms

  • Testimonials

$500 Deposit payment is due within two weeks of booking or alternatively you can commence a payment plan using our bank depsoit details below. Please note that payment plan incurs a $150 fee. All payment must be completed by the 5th of December 2018. 

Cancellation Policy – A $500 non-refundable payment is required for this retreat. All monies must be paid one month prior to the start of the training

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 your deposit via PayPal, (credit card option a 3% surcharge applies) please use the button below.

PAYMENT PLANS – To make one off payments at a rate to suit you. For credit cards please use the link below (HERE), for direct bank deposit use the account listed above. 

Please click HERE, to make regular payments at your convenience. Your total payments if using a payment plan must include $150 fee 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. 


Located on the beautiful NSW Central Coast, is set on 22 acres surrounded by gardens and paddocks, forest and hills. From the commencement of the M1 Sydney/Newcastle motorway at Wahroonga it’s an easy 45 minute drive or only 8 minutes from Ourimbah railway station.

Time spent at Awaba gives you an opportunity to escape the daily grind and find yourself again. Just a short weekend away can feel like a timeless step into a world of peace and tranquillity.

The retreat epitomises the fung shui concept of spirit brought into space, engendering a feeling of clarity, order and serenity. The comfortable, stylish facilities include a range of single, twin and triple rooms, swimming pool, spa and extensive walking trails. Our chef provides delicious, fresh, healthy meals and when possible uses seasonal organic produce from our vegetable garden.

Awaba is the perfect setting to engage in the themes of health, relaxation and spirit and offers retreats and courses specialising in yoga, meditation and personal growth. 


An hours drive from Sydney or a 10 minute pick up from Ourimba train station. Pick up and drop off to train station can be arranged for you. Check train timetable closer to the time as this is a Saturday start so not as many trains on the weekend. Training commences at 3pm. Arrival from 12pm.

Address: 40 Fern Tree Ln, Palmdale NSW 2258 

Phone: (02) 4362 9910

If you require additional nights accommodation there are several motels within a 30 minute drive.

You could try the The Chittaway Motel or the Gosford Inn Motel. 

If you are driving from further afield and want to car pool, please let us know and we can see if anyone else is coming from your area. 

Our wonderful caterer Shakti from Nourished and Nurtured will provide nutritious, clean, high frequency meals to feed our brains, bodies and souls during this week of intense learning. 

Provided in your package is breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Please bring any additional snacks you might like which you can keep in the kitchen. 

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

*Bonus #1 

Graduates of our training program will have their retreats listed on our website under our Retreat Facilitator Retreat Page and on our Vibrant Women Retreat Facilitator Facebook Page

*Bonus #2

Graduates of the Vibrant Women Retreat Facilitator Training are eligible to receive ongoing coaching sessions with Tammie at the reduced rate $60 for a 1 hour session either via Skype of phone. 

*Bonus #3

Is the option to join us in Northern Thailand for a retreat reccy in February 2020 at a super discounted price, (yes plan your overseas retreat to Chang Rai, only a 3 hour flight from Australia! Full support offered her to run your retreat, great location and prices). Only available to Vibrant Women training participants and coaching clients. In fact we hope to offer graduates of our training program the option to join us for a tax deductible reccy to a different retreat centre in a different part of the world each year! What an amazing, affordable, work holiday opportunity. This is also your chance to practice teaching any classes or workshops in a safe and supportive environment. During these reccies we will create our own retreat!

Museflower Retreat & Spa is a place where people who feel stressed, disconnected and tired can slow down, recharge, and learn to reconnect to themselves again starting by reconnecting with nature. 

For those who are interested in wellness and love nature, Museflower Retreat & Spa is an all-inclusive cozy retreat center in peaceful Chiang Rai, Thailand that offers healing, learning, and natural living practices.

We host yoga, meditation, and healing retreats, creative workshops, trainings; offer spa therapies and serve the freshest, nutritious organic vegetarian cuisine. 

You don’t need to be a yogi, health nut or stressed urbanite to join us! We welcome all travelers who want a mindfully green, health-conscious place to stay while visiting and exploring Chiang Rai.

Museflower Retreat & Spa was created specifically as a holistic wellness sanctuary by founder Tania Ho, a wellness professional who combines her international spa industry experience with the therapeutic skills of professional holistic experts. This is a place that nurtures creativity and promotes well-being.

*Please note, Tammie has not been to Museflower Retreat Centre before, this is her first trip but she is so looking forward to exploring Northern Thailand 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 – Retreat Facilitator Workshops

1pm lunch

2pm onwards orientation to Chang Rai and Museflower Retreat 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

Room with Fan – Single – $900

Room with Fan – Twinshare – $700

Room with Air-conditioning – Single $1000

Room with Air-conditioning – Twinshare $850


  • 5 Nights Accommodation

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Airport transfers

  • Participation in workshops and classes as provided by your colleagues

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

  • Full use of group space and swimming pool

  • One hour spa treatment

  • Shamanic Journey Circle with Tania Ho

  • One day sightseeing tour to Chang Rai 

  • Farm to table cooking class – 90 minutes

  • Guided cycling tour – 90 minutes


  • Flights

  • Travel insurance (which is compulsory)

  • Beverages

  • Additional Spa Treatments

  • Activities not included at the retreat centre

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!