2021 Annual Doula Retreat, Purpose, Pride & Passion.

Friday 29th October 2021 - Sunday 31st October 2021

Hawkesbury Valley NSW


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. 


This year’s retreat will be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley, 

located in the foothills of the Blue Mountains and just 5 minutes from the historic town of Windsor.


Over 2 and a half days, Friday 29th October – Sunday 31st October, emceed by the fabulous Toni Pearen, there will be an array of amazing speakers, covering 

educational, informative and inspirational topics spanning all areas in which Doulas find themselves working in.


Unlike the many conferences that have all been virtual for so long,  we are offering a relaxed and inclusive experience, in a fabulous location. 


This promises to be a dynamic retreat.


Open to anyone working in or interested in offering support to individuals and their families, through any of life’s major transitions.


Come along with some friends and/or colleagues and make it a special event. 


Book early for the early bird special and so you don’t miss out altogether as we have limited places. 

"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 start to 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.

Some of the presenters for our retreat are...

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.



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.

Tina FiveAsh

Creator of The Death Letter Project

Tina FiveAsh 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?”



Steven Kennedy

Founder of Birthing Dads

Steven founded 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.  


Dr. Elaine Jefford

Midwifery author, academic, and researcher at Southern Cross University, Australia

Dr Elaine's research focus is within the field of midwifery decision-making and abdicating one’s professional accountability, the impacts of this in relation to risk, safety and quality of care provision. A program of research has led to strong collaborations in national and international research, service development work and practitioner training initiatives.  Other research interests include continence and perinatal mental well-being.  She has also been involved in national and international midwifery curriculum development. 


Sarah Tooke

Midwife, Nurse, Childbirth Educator and Mum!

I am passionate about supporting the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents so I also work as a Gidget Midwife. In this role I have provided training to other hospitals to assist them to also implement the Gidget Emotional Wellbeing Program. I am currently the Co-Chief investigator and site coordinator for a large-scale research project to evaluate this program, which will result in published journal articles. I also regularly represent Gidget Foundation Australia at Baby Expos in Sydney and Brisbane.

The ADC Purpose, Pride and Passion Retreat will run over 2 ½ days emceed by the fabulous Toni Pearen and featuring an amazing array of guest speakers.


Full registration includes:


  • Accommodation in a twin share Ensuite room (Friday & Saturday) with breakfast included.


  • Full Day Delegate Packages (Friday & Saturday), including morning and afternoon teas, lunches, and dinners. Friday night’s dinner will be a relaxed, fun, BBQ by the resorts Lake (vegetarian options available) and the Retreat dinner on Saturday evening includes a selection of beverages alcoholic and non. 


  • Half Day Delegate Package (Sunday) including morning tea and lunch.