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This coming February, join me on an amazing honour to self. A seven day detox!
Start your day with the morning sunlight filtering through the canopy of trees as you indulge in a carefully curated selection of organic juices and soups. Crafted from locally sourced, fresh ingredients, our nourishing concoctions are designed to revitalize your body from the inside out, flushing toxins and replenishing vital nutrients
Soothing Massages & Body Treatments
Allow the expert hands of our therapists to guide you into realms of profound relaxation and healing. Our range of massages and body treatments, incorporating ancient Balinese healing traditions, work harmoniously to detoxify, rejuvenate, and soothe your body, preparing you for a deeper connection with your inner self
Transformative Detox Retreat Awaits
At our Ubud retreat, we invite you to shed the old and embrace the new. Engage in a transformative experience that promises not just a detox but a chance to rediscover the beauty of living in harmony with yourself and nature.
Join us for an unforgettable detox retreat in Ubud, Bali – where healing meets health in a harmonious dance of rejuvenation and bliss.
Embark on this journey of renewal with me by your side, and emerge with a rejuvenated spirit, ready to embrace life with newfound vitality and joy.
Or maybe about your knowledge on a specialist topic…
Or maybe your book will be used as a marketing tool for your business?
Whatever your reason for writing a book can be one of the most powerful process you will experience.
Writing helps you clarify your message, show your expertise, enable people to day dream through your story telling or capture a time in your life.
Interestingly, writing a book, like public speaking, is perceived to be daunting and overwhelming, so many don’t take up the opportunity.
This will lead to lost sales, lost timing to bring out your message or an opportunity to leave your children a wonderful legacy.
Instead of worrying about what might be, understand that you are not alone in feeling apprehensive.
I would like to take the fear out if the process and invite you to my Book Writing Blueprint Retreat so you can create your book with passion and joy.
Once your creative juices are warmed up and you are given the blueprint, you will be surprised how much of an author you are.
This process is best done away from “the every day distractions” so I invite you to my five day Book Writing Retreat in tropical Port Douglas this October.
This is the outline for the upcoming Port Douglas retreat.
We start on Tuesday 25th October 2022 in the afternoon.
As long as you arrive mid afternoon you will be fine.
The retreat includes a call with me before hand to answer any questions you may have and a guide I have put together on what to expect.
This is the outline of the retreat program and is a guide only as some things may change when we are there.
Monday 17th October
Let the Creative Juices Flow
Port Douglas is an hours drive from Cairns.
Most hotels will offer a shuttle or your travel agent can assist with transport from Cairns airport to Port Douglas.
Once you have settled into your hotel, we will catch up at the the villa I have hand selected for our retreat (AKA the Creative Hub), on the magnificent property, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas.
This is a small focused group so no need to arrive hours beforehand for an early registration & to secure a front seat but I do appreciate everyone arriving by 2pm.
I will be focused on each individual and my intention is for each person to achieve their book blueprintover the five days.
This afternoon, after a mind blowing introduction to what is possible with your own book, we dive into letting go of the rational side of our brain and permit our creative side to flourish.
The suppressed innovation, ideas, opportunities that lie within one’s own mind is surprising and is waiting for the invitation to surface.
We shall spend the afternoon in that process, in a relaxed safe, creative space, using art therapy techniques to unleash your deeper desires.
After time for a swim or pool cocktail, we head off to dinner at a local restaurant that serves amazing tropical and local foods.
Wednesday 26th Discovery Day + Book Writing
Today is a big day of letting the creative juices flow into ideas.
Today you will discover why writing a book is the key to sending your message to the world and an insight the power book writing offers.
We will help you define your “why” and clarify your message.
You can explore what format to write, first person, observational or fictitious. We will discuss the pros and cons of an ebook or book intended to be published, or even a brochure. (Many find this day hugely beneficial for their business aswell).
Once you can see your avatar and audience I will show you how to write specifically to them.
Then it’s pens down and off to the magic Daintree and Mossman Gorge.
The afternoon is spent immersing yourself in nature, allowing the newly creative neuropaths ways to connect and settle. There is a time for a swim in the lush, warm waters of the Mossman Gorge and admire our first nations land, then head up to the Daintree River.
On the Daintree River we embark on a ecofriendly barge that explores the river and grooves of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed river. Crocodiles, birds, fish and plant life are abundant in this part of the world. Have your camera ready.
After a relaxing trip home, we arrive back at the creative hub and you are free to relax and experience Port Douglas. Maybe try a paddle at Hemingsways Brewery?
Thursday 27th Book Blueprint Revealed
Today is the powerhouse day where I show you how to write your book with ease and enjoyment!
That’s correct, the process of writing should and can be enjoyable.
I will show you the blueprint that has enabled me to write nine published books, with two best sellers.
We will discuss how to construct a book, logical chapters, brainstorm titles and even play with some covers.
This is a fun day and will leave you feeling inspired.
Join the group for a mocktail or cocktail by the pool before enjoying the night off to enjoy for your own leisure and exploring.
Friday 28th October Leveraging Your Book
Today we have a late start so you can further explore the region. Maybe organise a helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef, snorkel the Lowe Islands, or do a local fishing experience.
We start at 1pm today and launch straight into the power behind book writing.
I will introduce you to the potential once you become a book writer… that’s right, once you are a published author and the avenues it can take you on.
We hook up with a highly successful special guest who discusses how he has used his book to leverage a podcast series, run 5 day challenges and raise money for charity and higher purpose.
Join in the fun tonight as we dine at a local restaurant to celebrate our new connections and learnings.
Saturday 29th Media Activation Day
If it’s one thing I know really well that is how to get your message out to the world.
Having featured on all the main TV stations, leading newspapers, radios and key interviews in magazines I can show you how to take your book to the next level.
You see, once you publish your book, you are an expert.
I will show you how this can be used to create speaking opportunities, media gigs, inspire your audience and more.
Today is our last day and is incredibly mind opening for the entrepreneur or person who wants to leave a legacy.
The day finishes at lunch.
This will give you time to catch your plane or stay a little longer and really immerse yourself into what is going to be a ground breaking retreat for many.
The retreat is limited to seven people only.
Reserve your place NOW with a non refundable deposit.
Set away from the main stretch of wines through Coal River, Tasmania but only thirty minutes from the heart of Hobart, is Pressing Matters.
A small vineyard set on the dry mountain side of Tea Tree.
The winery was established in 1986 and is one of the original in the area. With 54 gold medals and 37 trophies, these are some serious wines!
Wine judge and wine lovers, Greg and his wife Michelle have had the property for many years and wine tasting is by appointment only. Call the property here.
We are met by Michelle for our tasting and try all of their wines. They have three rieslings (which are particularly good in Tassie). They are names according to their residual content and unashamedly I like the 69 the best!
The 2018 Riesling R69 is a full yet delicate wine. It reminds me of the Jim Barry Riesling in so much that they both pull off the sweet factor as it is balanced with a depthy wine. It’s almost too nice though and one can forget it is alcoholic but I guess that can be said for all wines!
The Morningside range have been blended with their neighbouring vineyard to produce some very nice wines. The Morningside Pinot Noir doesn’t bounce my socks off as much as their own pure Pinot Noir but is definitely quaffable. The Cabernet is also a lovely drop with some earthern over tones but note as bold and grandiose as the Barossa Cabs we have come used to. I also like this one alot.
Definitely worth calling ahead to arrange a tasting especially if you like and know your wines. Michelle is very welcoming and feels more like a lost friend.
They have a wine club which looks pretty special too.
Situated right in town but feeling like an oasis set under the rainforest canopy is Watergate.
My friend had recommended it as one of her favourite restaurants in Port Douglas and it didn’t disappoint. The staff are awesome – David met us and was very amiable and informative then handed over to Jill.
The Watergate menu is great – not too much but enough to have a wide selection without boggling you down and making you go around in circles.
Offering an interesting selection of Australian fare with Asian influences we settle on the Crocodile Karaage, Lamb Ribs in Korean sauce, Tuna Tataki and Watergate salad.
Maman has just opened in Burleigh Heads and sometimes Saturdays and trips to the hardware shop end up as random days discovering new restaurants.
This is one of those Saturdays and this is our Maman discovery.
After an organic shop at the Burleigh Markets we are in search of flowers and find ourselves wandering along the streets of Burleigh Heads. It’s a hot day that rapid morphs to a winters day due to a sudden cold front and storm hitting Burleigh.
It’s lunch time and I spot (almost) a hole in the wall.
Sofra is a Turkish restaurant in Toowoomba and as someone else said “it’s not bad for a big country town.” Which is probably how I would sum it up.
Maybe due to all its raves and the awesome menu we were looking forward to our feed. It was however quite disappointing.
We ordered the seafood mezze share plate for two ; mussels, calamari, swordfish kebab, prawns, dip, olives, small salad, haloumi and bread. I guess being mediterranean we expected great seafood grilled with amazing spices. Instead the calamari and mussels were deep fried and repeated on us all afternoon.
For mains we shared a mixed grilled plate; lamb kebab, chicken kebab and Turkish mince kebab. Once again it was slightly underwhelming and a bit dry.
Previously when I have had Turkish grills the meat is juicy, succulent and full of flavours. This was quite short of that.
The wines selection wasn’t great and fairly overpriced for what it was with most glasses being $10 per glass.
Overall I would rate this restaurant as 2/5 and most points due to the friendly staff.
A new addition to Mona art gallery is the contemporary Australian restaurant called Faro.
Entry is via the museum but it is open out of hours and the entry is
from the car park.
I really like the space and openness of the restaurant.
In the middle of the room is an art exhibit which is in keeping with the randomness of Mona. You can sit and have a funky cocktail or dine by the water.
On the first day I dine with my sister and we score the table
overlooking the water. It is a gift.
The food is very good, a little pricey but it is 5 star dining. I have the seafood extravaganza which is perfect for a snack for two.
The service is OK. It could be better with just a smile or two. For
those of us mere mortals traveling through Mona this is a radical experience
for us, help us enjoy it.
The second time I visit here is for an afternoon cocktail. They are
delicious – very pricey ($20 and up) but extremely delicious. I would suggest
ordering some nibbles, such as the olives, as the cocktails can go down too
My over all rating is 4/5 and it only loses out because of the staff
and pricing. Otherwise a world class venue.
Once again we wake to the dawn of a magnificent day…. but brewing in the back ground is the coronavirus tentacles.
Lots is happening and my mind isn’t resting.
I do a face book live. We go for a stand up paddle then get down to nitty gritty.
We see the writing on the wall and in down town Coolangatta I hear people venting fear. All the chit chat is about cover-19, what is the future of our economy of our country. And for us, what is the future of social spaces.
Then at 7.30pm the news comes from our prime minister Scott Morrison, that pubs, social clubs and restaurants are all closing from midday tomorrow.
Times are a changing.
I made a decision early today that I will lead people. I sound out my face book page about having a support group and resoundingly it’s a YES!
It will be called Covid-19 Community Support Group. It starts tomorrow .
The sunrise is spectacular yet there is uncertainty in the air. I look to the horizon and notice a fire. I ring the 000 to let the fire department know. Is this possibly the last day of sanity? Of human existence?
It’s hard to know but I decide as a leader, as a person who has clients – that I need to step up!
I do a face book live. I talk about foods, being positive and staying calm. I sense a massive need for the masses to have leadership.
The day is then filled doing work for both our businesses and late at night we work. We work ahead of the worrying news that the restaurants will be shut down (nationally)!