The ADC exclusive boutique retreat 2022

 Purpose, Pride & Passion.

18th & 19th Nov 2022

Q Station - Manly NSW


We are so excited to finally be able to come together, in person, for a very special Boutique Retreat on the 18 & 19 November 2022. We have tailored this one and a half day event with an incredible line up and we cannot wait for you to join us for: Purpose, Pride and Passion!

The ADC’s annual retreat is all about bringing together like minded people, to share information, network, get educated, have fun and get some down time away from our daily lives.  Our exclusive Retreat will have limited tickets available, so register now to book your spot and avoid disappointment.

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The ADC is so proud to present this exclusive screening of the DJAKAMIRR Documentary

at our ADC Retreat Friday 18th November


Filmmaker Dr Sarah Ireland & the ADC’s Founding Director Renee Adair giving us the behind the scenes look at their time in Galiwin’ku and this incredible pilot program. 

"The ADC team and I could not be more excited to have gathered such incredible speakers and presenters for this years Retreat. It is the first ADC Retreat in a couple of years and after the rough edges of 2020 and 2021 we believe there will be nothing better than coming together with like minded people and community." - Renee Adair, Founder of the Australian Doula College.


Renee Adair

Founder of the Australian

Doula College.

Renee Adair is the founder and director of the Australian Doula College, the Groundwork Program and the ADC’s charity-arm Doula Heart Network. She first began working with women and babies in 1994 as a massage and Aromatherapist and Reiki Practitioner and in 1998 after the birth of her two children began studying and working as a Doula and Childbirth and Early Parenting Educator.


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Steven Kennedy

Founder of Birthing Dads

Steven founded the PREPARE Foundation and Birthing Dads to facilitate cultural shifts towards optimising childbirth outcomes by revolutionising the way men transition to fatherhood and to raise awareness of the positive impact that supportive dads can have in perinatal health if they themselves are supported.


Victoria Spence

Founder and Director of

Life Rites

Victoria Spence is the founder and director of Life Rites. A new model of holistic, integrated care, that expands what families can expect from their end of life, after death, funeral and bereavement care.

Victoria  is an established funeral director, celebrant, end of life doula and counsellor. 

She holds a Masters in Death, Dying and Palliate Care from the University of Sydney (2008), a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Performance and Community Development from the UNSW (1995), A Graduate Diploma in Civil Celebrancy ( 2005) and its a qualified Bereavement Counsellor. (2009)  


Tina FiveAsh, Ph.D

Creator of The Death Letter Project

Tina FiveAsh, Ph.D is an award-winning photographer, death and dying researcher, and creator of The Death Letter Project—an online socially engaged research project exploring contemporary perspectives of death in Australia. Engaged in the art of re-centering contemplation and conversation on death and dying into the everyday, fifty Australians from diverse backgrounds were invited to write a letter, responding to: “what is death; and what happens when we die?”


Bashi Kumar-Hazard

Australian competition and consumer rights lawyer, and the Director of Human Rights in Childbirth

In Australia, Bashi has represented

families in coronial inquests and hospital midwives pursued by the healthcare regulator.

Internationally, she has prepared Amicus briefs and UN human rights submissions

on mistreatment in childbirth and women’s reproductive rights. Bashi is currently

working on a doctorate in Competition Law at the University of Sydney, examining

anti-competitive practices in the provision of maternity healthcare in Australia.


Dr. Therese Perdedjian

Chiropractor, Birth Educator and Doula

Dr. Therese is a chiropractor, doula and child birth educator. She is also the founder of Conscious Health Practitioners and Soulful Practices in Business podcast where she facilitates businesses mentorship. 


Dr Therese loves the healing arts, ancient wisdom and scientific knowledge and combines it in her teachings. She believes that the mind, body and environment are connected and simultaneously interacting. Dr. Therese teaches how emotional patterns act as barriers and tension in the body and how to overcome the emotional barriers. 


Dr. Therese founded Conscious Health Practitioners and Soulful Practitioners in Business podcast because she saw a gap in the market for intuitive practitioners who either did not the business game or making a profit.

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Dr Sarah Ireland

Molly Wardaguga Research Centre, Charles Darwin University

Dr Sarah Ireland is medical anthropologist, nurse and midwife at the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre, Charles Darwin University.  She has first class honours and a PhD in medical anthropology. Sarah has a keen interest in nurturing the capacity and practice of Australian First Nations doulas; and is passionate about returning the control of childbirth services back to First Nations communities.

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Rebekah Jensen

Founder of

Soulful Mammas Singing

I created a doula service Soulful Mummas supporting, honouring and empowering beautiful, birthing women and their families in my community. It is my belief that pregnancy, childbirth and the “4th trimester” gives a woman and her family the opportunity to have a creative, intuitive and enriched experience in life. Soulful Mummas is dedicated to providing a model of non-judgemental, nurturing care for the birthing woman and her partner. Whether birthing in the home, birthing centre or delivery suite my role is to respectfully work alongside her care providers to enhance a safe and happy journey to parenthood. 

The ADC Purpose, Pride and Passion Retreat will run over 1 ½ days emceed by the fabulous Renee Adair and featuring an amazing array of guest speakers.


Full registration includes:

  • All inclusive. All workshops. All speaker events.

  • Djäkamirr Documentary Screening

  • Accommodation for 1x night (Friday) (2x options available: Twin Share or Single)

  • All meals included for the Retreat:

Friday: Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner & Standard Drinks Package

Saturday: Breakfast, Morning Tea & Lunch

Additional Options:

  • Friday DAY ONLY registrations are available (excluding overnight accommodation & dinner)

  • Additional Thursday night accommodation is also available for any delegates coming to Sydney the night before, please inquire about staying at the venue with us on Thursday night.