Essential Information for Women Attending the Retreat

Dear beautiful mamas,

I am so glad that you will be joining me for the Return to Zero Australia Women’s Healing Retreat in Gymea Eco Retreat and Spa, March 15-18. Gymea is my favorite retreat center that I've hosted a retreat (really, I'm not lying). I know that you will fall in love with it too. 

I have put together some important information regarding the retreat. After reading it, if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me. 

Carly and I very much look forward to meeting and spending time with all of you!  

With love,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kiley

Important Information

Phone/text number: +011 310-403-3856 (Kiley Hanish); I am also on What's App & Facebook Messenger                                                                                          

Dates: March 15-18, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Arrival: 2:00 - 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 15                                                                                                                                                                                             Departure: 12:00 pm on Sunday, March 18

Venue Contact Information                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gymea Retreat and Spa  (Directions on the website)                                                                                                                                                                                    128 Bonnydoon Drive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Uki, NSW, 2484                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (02) 6679-5555

Link to Retreat Agenda (likely to be modified during the retreat to best fit the retreat attendee needs/wants).

Sharing Your Story  

We spend the first afternoon/evening sharing our stories with each other. Opening up and being vulnerable can be scary, but there are so many rewards. 

  • First, you are honoring your child by talking about him/her and saying his/her name.
  • Your experience is validated. You are in a room with other women who have been through a similar experience and truly understand you.
  • You find a small (or large) piece of your story in everyone else’s story, which connects you all to each other. You are not alone.
  • By creating a story/narrative, you are weaving together different pieces into a whole, which allows you to make better sense of your experience.

In preparation for this, I am asking you to write a 1 page story about your and your baby’s story, which you will read out loud to the group. A one page limit may seem a bit strange—however, we have learned through experience that if we don’t limit it, the stories go on until bedtime and people are both physically and emotionally exhausted. 

Honoring Our Babies

On the first day, we will create a sacred memorial area in which to honor our babies. Feel free to bring a few items that remind you of your baby: a photo, footprints, special blanket, etc. Only bring what you are comfortable sharing—you will get to take your mementos home.





Facebook Retreat Group                                                                                                              If you are on Facebook, can you send me a friend request (Kiley Krekorian Hanish)? Most of you have done this, but wanted to include it here if you haven’t. I have created a private FB group for the retreat attendees so we can communicate before the retreat as well as support each other after we go home.



Items Recommended to Bring  

  • A small to medium-sized suitcase (we are sharing rooms) – however you will be taking some extra items home with you, so leave a little extra space
  • Sunscreen & Sunglasses
  • Bathing suit (magnesium pool that is heated as well as a spa with sauna, steam room, hot tub, & cold plunge)
  • Shoes that slip easily on and off and sneakers (if you want to do any hiking)
  • Warm socks or indoor shoes
  • Water bottle: filtered water is available
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Hair dryer
  • Small flashlight or headlamp to get around at night
  • Camera (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional if you like to engage in birdwatching)

Clothing Attire                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bring what you would wear to a spa or the gym.  We want you to feel comfortable while you are there.  The weather varies, so bring items that you can layer.  

All your meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be made on site by our private chef, Anthea Amore of Organic Passion Catering. She will be creating nourishing and comforting meals and has taken into consideration all of your special dietary needs. We will eat 3 full meals a day, but if you feel the need to bring extra snacks, please do so (we do have a small refrigerator that you can use). ALL MEALS ARE VEGAN. 

Transportation to Gymea                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am arranging a vanpool from the Gold Coast airport to Gymea on Thursday, and then again back to the airport on Sunday. 

The mini-bus will plan to leave the airport at 1:45 pm (the last flight arrives at 1:25 pm). I will update you with a central meeting place to meet the bus driver. 

Currently, I have the following people signed up for the mini-bus: Emma, Sarah, Liz, Angelica, Trish, Christine, Kylie, and Tiffany

Cost (not included in the retreat costs): $360 one way for the entire mini-bus. With 8 people, it will be $45 each person, each way. Please bring cash. (This may change if we add more people to the bus.)

Spa Session                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   One 2-hour session at the spa facility is included in the price of the retreat: Sauna, Steam Room, Ozone Hydrotherapy Spa, and Magnesium Plunge-Pool. 

Individual Healing Sessions                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Individual healing sessions are not included in the price of the retreat and must be booked in advance. There are massages, facials, and Harmonic Healing sessions available by Debra (which I have done twice and highly recommend).

Book a service now.

Electronic devices
There will be internet access at the retreat in the dining room (limited to email – no movie or music downloads).  However, we ask that phones and computers are put away until it is free time. 

Cell phones                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Full coverage for Telstra and Optus. Limited reception for vodaphone. You can also be reached at the reception in the case of emergency.

Alcohol and Drugs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         There will be no alcohol or drugs allowed at the retreat. This is a time dedicated to deep emotional work, and use of these substances would be unhelpful in this process. In addition, smoking is not allowed at the retreat center. If you do need to smoke, they request that you do so in the car park (I think this is the right Australian terminology), away from the main retreat center structures.

Possibility of pregnant women                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Though the Return to Zero Healing Retreat is a retreat for women who have experienced the death of their babies, please understand there is a possibility that some women may be pregnant while at the retreat. We ask that you mentally prepare yourself for this if you feel like it may have an effect on you, and we also ask that these women be treated with non-judgment and compassion.