Taking the time to Think, Breathe, Reskill and Refresh
Immerse yourself in an incredible 4-day guided wilderness retreat program with a small group of likeminded professionals and transform your leadership and personal communication abilities in ways you could not imagine.
Enjoy the stunning natural beauty, white sandy beaches, aquamarine waters, pristine forests, unique Tasmanian wildlife and architect designed accommodation as the backdrop and playground for the Courage Way® leadership program. Your facilitators Dr Kirsty McGeoch, and Rosie Martin, 2017 Tasmanian of the Year, bring a wealth of experience, tools, compassion and warm knowledge to leadership and personal communication development. You will also be supported by a professional Tasmanian Walking Company Bay of Fires guide to facilitate the outdoor adventure experiences that await in this magical place.
This spectacular experience is being offered at the world-renowned Bay of Fires Lodge in Tasmania, from 20th-23rd September 2018.
Revive, recharge and experience adventure and inspiration in these beautiful surroundings. Head home with new insights and grounding in yourself as a whole person who leads.
Dates: Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd September 2018
Accommodation: 3 nights at The Bay Of Fires Lodge in your own room
Food: Lunch x 4, Dinner x 3, Breakfast x 3 and Refreshments (wholefood, fresh and nutritious meals with vegetarian and gluten-free options)
'The Courage Way®' Leadership Program:
Leadership is a dynamic and ongoing process of bringing the best of yourself to what you do and encouraging others to do the same. At the heart of this endeavour is courage: the courage to be fully human, to take risks, to care deeply, and take principled action even in the midst of change and uncertainty. Fundamental to cultivating this courage to lead is developing trust – in yourself and in others – and this trust is ultimately rooted in self-knowledge. The Courage Way® offers a grounded structure within which to reflect and grow these personal pillars of leadership. It will give guidance for strengthening trust so that you can draw upon courage in all that you do. It will provide this within a program which also permits you time enough to fully experience the replenishing beauty and playfulness of Tasmania’s glorious Bay of Fires.
Max group size: 10
Investment: $3450 based on a group size of 8 to 10 **EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $2995 for bookings before 1st July**
This 4-day Bay of Fires Leadership Program is an incredible hands-on professional development experience designed to take your leadership skills to the next level. Immerse yourself in a unique executive development experience in a unique setting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Your mentors are Dr Kirsty McGeoch and Rosalie Martin.
Kirsty is a talented and experienced Courage and Renewal Facilitator, a digital storyteller and teacher educator at the University of Sydney. She is committed to connecting people to their own wisdom for living and leading well and will provide you with an invaluable source of knowledge, gentle guidance and expertise throughout the retreat.
Rosalie is a criminologist, an accredited facilitator with the Center for Courage & Renewal, and a clinical speech pathologist with more than 30 years’ experience. In 2013 Rosalie founded a charity, Chatter Matters Tasmania, to bring literacy and parent-child attachment programs to Tasmania's Risdon Prison. She was awarded 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year for the work she began at the prison. She is grateful for the platform this recognition has afforded her to promote the value of kind communication in evidence-based service delivery; and to all family, friends and colleagues.
Kirsty and Rosie will guide and encourage you to realise your full potential through developing your capacity to engage in mindful communication, to manage tensions and make better decisions amidst complexity, and to sustain your own wellbeing as a leader.
You will have the opportunity to meet with other like-minded individuals and together you will discover how to become more effective leaders in this life-affirming program.
Set on a hilltop, 40 metres above the pounding of the sea and surrounded by National Park, the Bay of Fires Lodge is the only building on 20km of outstanding coastal wilderness.
Enjoying views up and down the pristine white sandy beaches in an area of great significance to the Aboriginal community, a truly ecologically-aware building has been gently let into the landscape. Two long timber and glass pavilions allow maximum connection to the landscape with minimum impact on the environment: all building materials - Tasmanian hardwood and plantation pine - were lifted in by helicopter or hand carried to the site.
The lodge is autonomous in providing and managing its existence. Here you will experience true communion with nature in accommodation that combines simplicity of design with comfort and warmth. In the magnificent living area with its large timber deck and open fire, you'll enjoy delicious meals prepared with the freshest local produce. Solar power provides the lighting, while hot showers and comfortable hotel beds add a touch of luxury at the end of each day's activities.
What the Courage Way offers are processes of reflective inquiry within a supportive community. The ‘way in’ to reflection is through metaphor – which may be offered by images, evocative texts, music and nature itself – in this case, the Bay of Fires pristine wilderness. Just as hikes with others have a rhythmic quality - cycling through stretches of conversation as well as companionable silence, of movement and stopping to share in wonders - in the Courage Way program, there will be time for individual reflection and journaling as well as large- and small-group dialogues in which stories of our own leadership experiences can be shared. By participating in these processes, you will have the opportunity to:
- Gain a new depth of self-knowledge – a key foundation to effective leadership
- Discover a process for discernment to reach clarity around life and leadership questions
- Focus, without distraction, on what matters to you, especially your values and vision, challenges and fears
- Learn principles and practices from the Courage Way ® approach that can be applied to your daily life and leadership
- Connect with others seeking similar insights — who listen to and encourage each other; who honour each other’s differences
- Enjoy deeply
Guides and Safety
Your group will be led by Dr Kirsty McGeoch and Rosalie Martin.
You will also be guided by an experienced outdoor leader from the Tasmanian Walking Company who is trained in remote area first aid. The group will have a personal locator beacon and first aid kits.
We will be walking for around 2 hours each day carrying a day pack. Moderate fitness levels required (speak to us if you want to know whether this is suitable for you). Some uneven track surfaces.
What to Take
The East Coast of Tasmania is shielded from the prevailing westerly weather by the mountainous interior of the island and high central plateau. The result is a cool temperate and maritime climate that enjoys lots of sunshine! Temperatures do not fluctuate greatly and average rainfall is significantly lower than western and central parts of Tasmania. Weather can always be unpredictable however and its necessary to prepare for all conditions and to have good-quality warm clothing. Jeans and cotton clothing are not suitable for the hiking component of the trip.
- comfortable walking shoes / hiking boots
- day-pack - if unavailable, can be supplied by Tasmanian Walking Co.
- 3-season sleeping bag
- waterproof raincoat - if unavailable, can be supplied by Tasmanian Walking Co.
- warm fleece/wool jersey
- shirt for walking (dry-fit material recommended)
- shorts/comfortable trousers for hiking
- polypro/thermals – top & long-johns
- 2 pairs of wool socks
- warm hat
- sun hat/cap
- sunscreen and sunglasses
- drink bottles (2 x 1 litre)
- spare shoes or sandals
- flashlight/head lamp
- insect repellent
- spare set of clothes
- journal or notebook & pen
Optional items: book to read, swimwear, binoculars, gloves/mittens, earplugs, walking poles.
We supply: first aid kit, safety equipment and maps.
All the meals are included in the price. The food is based on nutritious, healthy, wholefood recipes using fresh local ingredients, and will be prepared by the Bay of Fires Guide. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
The program starts at Launceston Airport, Tasmania on Thursday 20th September at 9am. We finish the program in Launceston at approximately 5pm on Sunday 23rd September. We can arrange pick up and drop off in Launceston if required.
$3450 based on a group size of 8-10 (**EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $2995 for bookings before 1st July**)
Includes 4-day guided leadership program with professional coaches, outdoor guiding with professional Tasmanian guide, 3 nights accommodation at Bay of Fires Lodge in a single room, vehicle transfers to and from Launceston, all meals for the duration of the program together with healthy snacks, first aid kit and safety equipment.
Excludes sleeping bags, travel insurance (compulsory) and flights.
A deposit of $1200 per person is required to secure your place.
Full payment is required 6 weeks before the date of your adventure.
More than 20 days prior to departure – 70% refund of full ticket price
20 to 10 days prior to departure – 50% refund of full ticket price
Less than 10 days prior to departure – NO REFUND
Deposits are not refunded.
Comprehensive personal travel insurance is required for this trip. We will also ask you to fill out a disclaimer before you begin your training/the adventure. You must follow the instructions of your guide at all times.
We will forward you a Client Information Form following booking to gather any relevant medical information.
With any outdoor activity, there is an element of risk. Primal Adventures operates in remote and mountainous areas. Risks in undertaking this activity could include hypothermia due to adverse weather conditions, personal injury, or property damage from hiking over rugged and uneven terrain.
The staff and management of Primal Adventures take all practicable steps to identify and minimise potential dangers. However you must follow our instructions (and use the safety equipment provided) at all times. Adults accompanying any person under the age of 18 must ensure that the underage person follows our instructions at all times. You must release or indemnify Primal Adventures and our staff against any liability we incur to anyone else, resulting from your failure to follow our instructions or the failure of any person accompanying you under the age of 18 to follow our instructions.
Primal Adventures and their guides reserve the right to make any alterations to the itinerary in the interest of safety, comfort or unforeseen circumstances due to causes such as weather, illness, or misadventure. Every reasonable endeavour will be made to keep to published schedules but no guarantee is given. Primal Adventures will not be held liable for costs incurred by change, delay, or the missing of connecting services.
Primal Adventures reserves the right to exclude a person from a tour at anytime if in the opinion of the guide or operator that person may be likely to risk the health, safety or comfort (including unsociable behaviour) of other clients, him or herself, or the environment. In such circumstances Primal Adventures will not be obliged to offer any refund or transfer of ticket.