Hosted by the talented and engaging Toni Pearen, 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 11th February – Sunday 13th February, 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...
Actress, Singer and Presenter.
Toni has worked in television, film, theatre and was a recording artist, releasing top ten singles 'In Your Room" and "I Want You". She also released the critically acclaimed " Intimate" album.
She started her long career on our TV screens as Toni Windsor in "E-Street". She then moved on to play the lead role in the film "All Men Are Liars". After spending 5 years living and working in the States as a singer/songwriter, she returned home to become the host of Ch.9 hit show, Funniest Home Videos. Since then she's been a contestant on Dancing With the Stars, got married, had 2 babies and been a stay-at- home mum whilst running her screen acting school “ The Talent Co” on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Recently, she showed us her true power by her 2020 appearance on Ch 10’s “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here”.
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.
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.
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.
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 Practitioners 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.
Founder of the Australian
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.
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.
Maha Al Musa
Creator of EmbodyBirthTM
Maha Al Musa is the founder and creator of EmbodyBirthTM (Maha’s signature childbirth education and preparation program for mothers-to-be and birth professionals who care for them since 1997), author of Dance of the Womb: The Essential Guide to Belly Dance for Pregnancy and Birth book, creator of the follow on BellydanceBirth® Practice Video Series (Dance of the Womb: A Gentle Guide to Belly Dance for Pregnancy and Birth), international speaker, natural birth and extended breastfeeding advocate, and a mother to 3 beautiful children, all born as nature intended.
The Groundswell Project
The GroundSwell Project works in healthcare, workplaces and neighbourhoods to build compassionate communities that support people through their toughest times of health decline, ageing, dying and grief. We are a social change agent organisation that encourages people to talk about death and dying and care in their own way. Linda joined in August 2020 as their Partnerships Director and is focused on partnering with organisations to help their staff, their clients and their communities in having this most important conversation with their loved ones.
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?”
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.
Project Officer – Regional, Rural and Remote Abortion Access Program
Children by Choice
Leading the Regional, Rural and Remote Abortion Access Program (RRRAAP), Rachael is supporting the work of Children by Choice to improve abortion access equity across Queensland, and is proud to have developed Australia’s first abortion doula training program in partnership with the Australian Doula College. Rachael has a background in International Development and Public Health, and formerly managed a remote health project in Papua New Guinea. In her spare time she works in a pro bono Project Coordinator position with Rocketship Pacific, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to improving health in Pacific Island Countries through stronger primary care. She was also a remedial massage therapist and kahuna bodyworker in a former life. Rachael’s pronouns are she/her/hers.
Founder and Director of
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)
As we are still living with the uncertainty of lockdowns due to Covid we want to reassure you that if your area/postcode is put into a lockdown you will receive a full refund (less deposit) for the ADC Retreat providing at least 24 plus hours’ notice is given in writing to the College.
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.