Its Time – lean in, listen up, can you hear it?
That small voice inside you saying, “Its Time ….. Its Time …… Its YOUR Time” its time do something for yourself.
Something that will change your life, and also change the lives of others. Isn’t this what you have been working towards all these years? Its Time.
You can join us on a life changing journey to follow your dreams and become a professional and confident Retreat Facilitator using our Vibrant Women Retreat Facilitator Training Program

Located just 3 hours north of Sydney, Nelson Bay is the hub of Port Stephens. It is known for its beautiful beaches, perfectly sheltered bays, cute cafes, shopping and beautiful marina, all just minutes from our doorstep.

START TIME – please arrive by 5pm on the 30 May 2021 for 6pm dinner

FINISH TIME – 2pm on the 4th of June 2021

Day participants can arrive at 9.45am for a 10am start from the 31 May to 4th of June 2pm  

This training will focus on our 4 P’s of Success

Purpose, Positioning, Planning and Practicalities 

In 2021 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, gentle stretching, meditation, heated swimming pool and steam room, massage and walks on the beach 

Content 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 their future direction.

Supported to take the next steps in the right direction.

Warm and fuzzy about how they will feel when running their own retreats

Connected to their passions and strengths

Optimistic about their ability to pull it off

The feeling that transformation is taking place, that their mind is clear and their 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 this 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 potentially a pathway to time, location and financial freedom

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

  • You do not have a simple understanding of social media platforms in particular Facebook and Instagram. Although basic 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). 

  • You don’t have any time to invest into your passion project and you are hoping it will just sort of manifest on its own.

  • 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.

Your Trainer

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. 

tammie-WR (2)


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


Just a 5-minute walk from the beach and 2 minutes’ walk from the town center, Hotel Nelson has a heated swimming pool, fitness center and a steam room. 

The spacious and air-conditioned rooms includes satellite TV, a free WiFi, kitchenette and a balcony. All rooms have a garden view. The proximity to the beach means that a morning or afternoon walk on the sand is a must!

Arrivals and Departures

Complementary parking is included in your training package if you are driving, otherwise return transfers from Newcastle train station, Broadmeadow is our suggestion, or airport are provided between the hours of 10am and 4pm. If you are arriving later than 4 pm on the 30th of May please notify Tammie. There are no transfers before 10am or after 4pm and these are only included on the 30th of May and the 4th of June. If you are travelling outside of these times please make your own arrangements. Check in is 2pm and check out is 10am, however on the last day we do not finish until 2pm, (see itinerary below). This property is 30 minutes from Newcastle airport and 45 minutes from Newcastle.


All breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas are provided by the Little Nel Cafe, the cutest cafe with the best coffee located right in our hotel, overlooking the town and harbour. For evening meals we will explore some of the lovely local restaurants within walking distance to our hotel. From fine dining to tasty Thai and Mexican, the abundance of locally produce fresh food from the farmgate and the fishing trawlers, together with the spectacular location, makes us spoilt for choice. *Please note dinners are self pay. Participants can also choose not to attend and use the kitchenette in their room for dinners. **Please note we cannot accommodate dietary requirements. If you have an allergy you must be able to manage this yourself to attend this training. Please discuss this with Tammie if you have any concerns.

Your Investment in Your Future! Prices are in AUD and are Per Person

A $500 deposit is required within two weeks of booking, with the remainder to be paid 30 days before the start of the training.

Our BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE PROGRAM enables you to travel with peace of mind during the pandemic within Australia. If your stay is affected by Government travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19 you will receive a full refund of final balance paid up until 48 hours before the start of the training^*

*Does not include transport to and from the training, apart from airport and train transfers

*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. 


  • 5 nights accommodation 

  • Breakfasts, lunches and afternoon or morning tea

  • Airport or train station transfers up between 10am and 4pm on the 30th of May and 4th of June 2021 before and after the training

  • Complementary onsite car parking if driving to the training (in training package only) other attendants will need to find on street parking

  • All retreat facilitator training workshops and materials

  • Optional morning Yoga, Tai Chi, Pranayama and Meditation classes

  • Afternoon Whale Watching Tour

  • One hour Thai oil relaxation massage 

  • Full use of venue including heated swimming pool, gym and steam room

  • Retreat Facilitator Manual

  • Become a part of our Vibrant Women Retreat Facilitator Community

    What is not included

  • Transport to and from the training although a pick up service has been arranged if your require it from the Newcastle airport or Broadmeadow train station in Newcastle. 

  • Any additional items to the provided breakfast and lunch, such as drinks

  • Travel Insurance

  • Tipping – If staying in the hotel we suggest allocation $10 a day for tipping housekeeping, reception and restaurant staff. these tips will be collected and distributed at the end of the week. 

Your Program Outline

Please arrive by 5pm so you have time to settle in to your room and be ready to join us for dinner at 6pm. Check in is from 2pm and early check ins are not available. 
6pm we will meet in the foyer to go for dinner. *People with the Training only package are also welcome to join all extra activities including dinners as *self pay
“Follow your dreams and use your natural-born talents and skills to make this a better world for tomorrow” ~ Paul Watson
8am – Gentle Tai Chi and Meditation (45 mins) 
9am Breakfast
10 – 11am – Introductions and Opening Ceremonies – several opening ceremonies will be explored so you have a few to choose from for your retreats. This is an opportunity to set your intention for your retreat visioning mindset.  
11am – 12pm Workshop – The Retreat Planning Process – clarifying your target audience & defining tangible outcomes
12pm Lunch
1 – 3pm – The Retreat Planning Process continued, developing a cohesive theme and scheduling your retreat program, includes afternoon tea
3 – 3.45 – Restorative yoga class – deep relaxation, allow integration of information to be processed. 
Dinner 6pm
“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality” 
Jonas Salk
8am – Pranayama – Breathing techniques for a peaceful mind and managing stress and anxiety
9am Breakfast
10 – 1pm Workshop – Retreat Practicalities –Choosing a venue and finding a location, group size, meals, the best time to hold your retreat, costings and budget, equipment, transport, hiring other people, includes morning tea.
1pm Lunch
Afternoon free for scheduled massages. This is for people who have booked for the full training package, you will receive your massage time on arrival. These are relaxing oil massages provided at the local Thai massage just a short 2 minute stroll from Hotel Nelson. Enjoy!
Dinner 6pm
“I am just a girl chasing her dreams and having an amazing adventure”
~ Madeline Stuart
8am Gentle stretch class to start your day (Optional 45 mins)
9am Breakfast
10 – 1pm Workshop – Building Your Tribe – including creating online platforms, storytelling and writing blogs, connecting to your clients, building your mailing lists, creating newsletters and follow up programs, includes morning tea.
1pm Lunch
2 – 5 pm Workshop – Retreat Administration – How to take bookings, cancellation policies, options to minimise financial risk, insurance and disclaimers, feedback and testimonials, includes morning tea. 
6pm Dinner
All our dreams come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” ~ Walt Disney
Sleep in or go for a morning walk on the beach
9am Breakfast
10 – 1pm Workshop – Groupwork – managing difficult situations and people, groupwork process, managing fear, maintaining professionalism, self care
1pm Lunch
3.30pm – whale Watching tour 1.5 hours
6pm Dinner
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Harriet Tubman 
9am Breakfast
10am – room check out
10 – 1pm  – Q & A session, Conclusion and Closing Ceremony – This session has been created to cover anything not covered in the training that you still require assistance with and a general wrap up.
1 – 2pm – Farewell Lunch – Hopefully big hugs if you’ve had a Covid vaccination 😉 
Depart with love in your heart to spread your magic to the world knowing you have all the tools you need to be a succuss
“Your dreams are what define your individuality. They have the power to give you wings and make you fly high” ~ P. V. Sindhu 

All the Information You Need to Plan For Your Training


Address: 3 Government Rd, Nelson Bay NSW 2315

Phone: (02) 4916 4600

Complementary parking is included in your training package if you are driving, otherwise return transfers from Newcastle train station (Broadmeadow) or airport are provided between the hours of 10am and 4pm. If you are arriving later than 4 pm on the 30th of May please notify Tammie. There are no transfers before 10am or after 4pm and these are only included on the 30th of May and the 4th of June. If you are travelling outside of these times please make your own arrangements. Check in is 2pm and check out is 10am. This property is 30 minutes from Newcastle airport and 45 minutes from Newcastle, we suggest Broadmeadow train station if you are catching the train from Sydney.

Tammie’s phone number is 0459247122

^For new Covid 19 related Government travel restrictions that might emerge after you have made your booking, such as living in a newly designated hotspot or as a result of last minute border closures you will receive a full refund up to 48 hours before the start of the tour, minus the $500 deposit which will be held in credit for another tour or retreat. Note this is only for Government issued travel restrictions.

*For any non Covid 19 related cancellations such as change of mind or due to injury or Illness, family issues, loss of employment etc. from 30 days to the start of the training 50% of all monies paid will be retained. From 15 days before the start of the training 75% of monies will be retained. This is because we have had limited rooms for this training and have set one aside for you and now it is unlikely we will refill it within this timeframe. In the event we do refill your room we will return all monies paid minus a $200 administration fee. For no shows or once the tour has commenced the entire amount will be retained as we would have already had to pay for accommodation, transport, activities, etc. and this money will not be returned to us.  This is why travel insurance is recommended.

For day only participants the $500 non-refundable but transferable deposit will be retained once booked. If there is cancellation for any reason you can reuse this on any Vibrant Women Retreat, Tour or Training, including online trainings. 

All you really need for this workshop is an open heart 🙂 You will be supplied with pens, notepad and workbooks. Just bring comfortable clothes if you want to participate in morning stretch classes, yoga mats will be supplied. 

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

Timetable for Day Participants:

Mon 31 May – 10am – 3.45pm

Tue 1 June – 10am – 2 pm

Wed 2 June – 10am – 5pm

Thurs 3 June – 10am – 2pm

Fri 4 June – 10am – 2pm

Includes: workshops, lunch, afternoon tea and training manual. * You are free to join in extras such as activities and dinners as self-pay.

Not Included: Accommodation, Breakfasts, Airport or train station transfers, onsite car parking, if driving to the training you will need to find on street parking, afternoon Whale Watching tour, Thai massage, transport to and from the training, any additional items to the provided lunch, such as drinks & travel insurance.

Code of Conduct for Retreat Leaders

Retreat Facilitators will:

  • Respect confidentiality and sacredness of the group always.

  • Maintain a professional and respectful manner i.e. model appropriate behaviour.

  • Contribute to the group in meaningful and thoughtful ways. We are a positive group of positive women who support one another, and we won’t tolerate anything else.

  • Make space for others to contribute to the group and understand people have different opinions, it is this diversity that makes us such a complimentary group.

  • Employ active listening without interruptions, holding space for each other.

  • Support one another but do not take advantage of each other’s support, this is a mutual arrangement.

  • This is a learning environment allow people to grow at their own pace, try to focus on your learning experience and not other peoples.

  • Endeavour to consciously connect in some way with all members of the group.

  • Do not use someone else ideas without their permission.

  • Don’t agree to anything you think you cannot or would not like to do (honour yourself).

  • Try not to give unsolicited advice, (unless asked) it’s tempting I know!

  • Keep agreements you make with yourself and others.

  • Be on time for activities, paperwork, deadlines etc.

  • Speak about other participants and Vibrant Women in a positive and respectful way (or perhaps not at all) If we hear otherwise we will be sad to not have you as part of our group anymore, but we just can’t tolerate it.

  • Please do not plagiarise the Vibrant Women or Vibrant Facilitators website. This refers to copying content directly from our website for you own purposes or running retreats or tours that are the same as ours. This is our intellectual property. This includes mimicking our branding, flyers, web design, Instagram and Facebook promotions. This can cause marketplace confusion and we don’t want our brand to be confused with anyone else. Please be unique and play to your own strengths and passions.

  • Love your experience, enjoy it, embrace it, go forth and change the world!

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

*Bonus #1- Hands on 

You can join us on our annual Retreat Recce (reconnaissance – a preliminary research trip). Each year as a group, we explore different environments for running retreats, usually at a reduced rate. Once Covid has settled or travel corridors have been created we will resume these.

*Bonus #2 – Part of our Community

Graduates of our training program become part of our supportive and growing community of Retreat Facilitators this means you will have access to our resources and contacts that only our graduates can access. You can also choose to be listed on our Graduate Facilitators Page and join our Vibrant Women Retreat Facilitator Facebook Page

*Bonus #3 – Ongoing Support

Graduates of the Vibrant Women Retreat Facilitator Training are eligible to receive ongoing coaching sessions with Tammie at the reduced rate $80 (normally $120) for a 1 hour session either via Skype of phone. Other services also available you can view the list HERE *Please note this training does not include ongoing access to Tammie in terms of asking retreat related questions. Tammie unfortunately does not have time to respond to questions from retreat graduates via email, phone or Facebook. We hope you understand. 

Previous Participant Testimonials

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. ”