Spirit of Woman Retreats

The Spirit of Woman

The Spirit of Woman Retreats are very powerful yet gentle programs that strengthen self-esteem and self-worth, revealing the powerful woman you really are. In a caring and safe environment you will be guided through sacred rituals to honour your body, mind and spirit. You will be listened to in a non-judgmental way and given the opportunity to freely express any fears or doubts which may be stopping you from reaching your true potential.

These retreats offer a great opening for releasing blockages and gaining personal strength and happiness. If you are in need of a positive boost, or are searching for direction in your life, you will find The Spirit of Woman Retreats offer a fantastic healing journey which will rebuild your self-esteem and empower you to take control of your own life. Perhaps you are at a crossroads in life, or simply want to take time out to recharge and refocus your priorities. The Spirit of Woman Retreats will support you to name your goals and move towards them with confidence and energy.

In the company of other women, you get to be you again. Not someone’s wife or partner, their mother or daughter, or their manager, colleague or employee. For five days you will be massaged, nurtured and cleansed with beautiful fresh foods, clay masks and saunas. All processes, emotions and information shared during this retreat are treated with the strictest confidence and utmost respect. You can be assured that anything you express or share at High Spirits will remain at High Spirits.

Spirit of Woman processes are presented in a passionate, loving and humorous way and memories of this retreat will last a life-time and be a warm companion to you always.

Your Hosts

Mette Sorensen is the inspiration behind some of Asia Pacific’s most comprehensive and insightful personal development and bodywork training programs. Mette’s teachings help you develop the necessary skills, strategies and wisdom to become highly confident. Spirit of Woman will be the catalyst for you to reach your full potential.

Dawn Albinger is an award winning actress, a gifted Kahuna body worker, an experienced retreat facilitator and a purveyor of rare and antiquarian books. in 2000 she co-founded the women in contemporary performance network Magdalena Australia, and was artistic director of the 2003 International Magdalena Australia Festival, Theatre-Women-Travelling. She has taught drama, theatre, and performance at Griffith and Edith Cowan Universities, and gender studies at the Australian Catholic University. She is now co-director of Ladyfinger, a contemporary performance company that is ‘hand made’ by women, gives voice to the female imaginary, and is perceptual, exploratory and sensory in nature.

Since 2006 she has co-facilitated Spirit of Woman Retreat with Mette Sorensen and is deeply committed to the work of helping women unfold their full potential to the benefit of themselves, their families, and their communities.

Since 2010, while making theatre, writing, publishing, running women’s retreats and massaging, Dawn has also been co-proprietor of Archives Fine Books, Brisbane’s premiere second-hand and antiquarian bookstore.

Retreats Overview

  • The Spirit of Woman Retreat

    The elements of Earth, Air, Water and Fire form the foundation of our intention and structure of the program of this profoundly healing retreat. In this 5 day Spirit of Woman Retreat we assist each woman through deep sacred rituals to discover more of who she truly is, offering strategies and processes to enhance her life in a dynamic and supporting environment. The time span of the retreat allow you to do a deep soul search, set new goals and emerge with positive energy and a clear and creative mind.

  • The Spirit of Woman Weekend

    The Spirit of Woman Retreat Weekend has been designed with a special blend of activities to nurture your body, mind and spirit including guided meditations, movement classes and daily talking circles on themes relevant to you. You get to laugh, dance and sing and express yourself freely whilst being inspired by other women sharing this journey with you. This retreat offers a great experience for a group of friends, and organisation or other groups of like minded women. Should you wish to book this retreat exclusively then please contact us for prices and available dates.

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Upcoming Women’s Retreats

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– All prices include food and accommodation for the full course duration.
– All prices are inclusive of GST.
– Airport transfers and bedding hire is not included in the prices.

march 2020

25mar(mar 25)2:00 pm29(mar 29)2:00 pmSpirit of Woman ElementalWomen's Retreat

june 2020

04jun(jun 4)2:00 pm07(jun 7)2:00 pmSpirit of Woman CreativeWomen's Retreat

october 2020

28oct01novSpirit of Woman ElementalWomen's Retreat

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Dawn’s reflection on the past twelve years as a facilitator of Spirit of Woman . . .

Reflecting on the past twelve years, what has surprised me most as a facilitator of Spirit of Woman is the consistency of response from the hundreds of women who have completed the retreat. One would expect a variety of responses from a variety of women – mostly positive, to be sure, but the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Mette and I receive incredible feedback and heartfelt expressions of gratitude each time from the participants themselves and sometimes from family members – partners, children. I put this success down to the strength of the program, our strong and sensitive team of facilitators and helpers, and most of all to the women themselves who come to us for an array of personal reasons and who demonstrate curiosity, courage, and trust. Perhaps another thing that has surprised me is how it is possible for women together from diverse backgrounds – professional & corporate women, home-makers, sex workers, law enforcement, free spirits, office workers, arts workers, bodyworkers, nurses, teachers (just to name a few) and to witness and support each other without reservation or judgement.

The biggest benefit I derive is my own continuing personal growth. In ‘walking my talk’ for twelve years I have stripped away layers of confusion, fear, anger and distrust to reveal the woman I knew deep down was always there. I am clear about my goals and boundaries, I communicate effectively and I am the most content I have ever been. Friends and family delight in my company and I in theirs. I have enormous satisfaction in my professional life and meet challenges with ease and grace (mostly!). I can honestly say I really like myself and I love my life! The second biggest benefit I receive is the privilege of bearing witness to that same powerful growth in hundreds of other women.

I would recommend every single woman to do the Spirit of Woman retreat. Just do it. It’s a gift you give not only to yourself but to your family, friends and community. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living or where you are on the rainbow spectrum of sexuality; whether you are in crisis, a time of change, or simply want a change of scenery (or scene). Spirit of Woman offers you an opportunity to rest, recalibrate, refocus and re-energise. You will walk back into your daily life a stronger, clearer and more loving version of yourself. And that will have a powerful ripple effect in your family and community. What’s that line from the Marianne Williamson poem? “There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
Amen to that.

Aloha & Mahalo
Dawn Albinger

What participants say about the Spirit of Woman Retreat

At the end of the world’s longest running play, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, the cast swears the audience to silence on who done it. They keep their promise because they had a ball and want other people to experience the same thrill.

There’s no such request at the Spirit of Women retreat, but participants keep the secret anyway, not just of the incredible finale, but the journey to it. You’ll know why if you decide to be in the story.

It was not something I would have chosen to do. Who needs a 1960‘s throwback, and anyway, there’s bound to be stuff I wouldn’t be caught dead doing. But my new sister-in-law Dawn is co-host of the retreat and she said it would be good for me and asked me nicely and I said yes.

When 20 women from all over – Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and locals from the Sunshine Coast – arrived at the Kin Kin main hall, I thought this cannot work. Everyone so different – ages, personal styles, lifestyles, wealth, work, family types. Most like me – wary. When we asked each other why were we here we realised all bar one had the same reply – a friend or relative said it would be good for us. A must do. And none of them would give any detail. Their vibe was the advertisement. Some of us were unhappy – relationship bust ups, a cancer scare, heavy caring loads. All of us needed a recharge.

Five days later, as we sat in a circle writing I looked around and marveled at these relaxed, powerful, confident women. I knew them all better and I liked every single one of them. I noticed that they looked, well, transformed. Younger. More beautiful. And that was before the best party I’ve ever been too.

I can explain this mostly by the presence of Dawn, the retreat’s leader Mette, and their assistants. They are all great entertainers as well as teachers, and they all participate in the program rather than stand apart. The detox helps too – delectable vegetarian food, fresh, fresh air, pool and sauna. You’re not pampered as such – you work hard sometimes – but you are explored – by yourself and by others.

By the end I felt we’d all been in a play, rediscovering our joy in living and in meeting other women. It’s magic.

Yes, I’ve recommended the retreat to friends. And no, I won’t tell you anything more about it. It works because you don’t know and you’re prepared to enter the unknown. But I will tell you one thing about how the retreat changed me.

I never sing because I can’t. My voice sticks in my throat and is horribly off key. On the last night I sang solo, big and deep and easy on the ear. And I was happy.

Thinking of you and our time together still fills my heart with warmth and joy and also a feeling of excitement, like we’re sharing a secret. I have to admit that the bonding between us women has been for me so much stronger than any before. I feel very connected with all of you and it surprises me in a way. It’s a great feeling.

I can now see past women’s masks and I could imagine them all feeling comfortable with themselves.

I feel privileged to have seen the growth & beauty shine in myself & all the other women

This course was beyond belief & expectations. It is something every woman should experience. Sensational!

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