Dear Women of the World,
I wanted to write to you before we launch into the information that tells you all about UGWA 2021 and give you some context of how it has all evolved. I dreamt of this 2 years ago, when I had a vision for a retreat that would be for women from all around the world, who could come together in a place that was safe, where we can connect without fear of rejection, isolation, or being judged because of the colour of your skin. Where cultural background, or whom you loved didn't matter. A safe place for all women. For women who want to grow, learn, connect and be inspired, women who want to have difficult conversations, who want to laugh, cry and just be themselves. I want to create a safe container and to build a community of nations and cultures - a community of change, that starts with us. UGWA is a feeling, a safe container for all women no matter what.
It is also totally fitting that UGWA starts on International Women's Day - a perfect way to celebrate - and because of this we have some very, very special announcements that we can reveal very soon to you.
Our team is from different corners of the earth, and isn't completely finalised yet - as you may know, we have moved this event from Hoi An, Vietnam to Lorne, Victoria, Australia and we are still talking to local Indigenous women that we can grow and learn from, some more keynote speakers, artists, and healers who will continue to add more diversity to our team and what we do and offer. Women who could not attend due to the complications and travel time of getting to Vietnam or leaving their families for more than a few days are now excited to become part of this event, and we are too. Keep watching out on the team and program information for all of our updates. We have women of different ages (our youngest member is 25 and oldest 73), culture, background, history, professions, family dynamics, health challenges, skillset and everything else you can think of. If you scroll down a little further you can learn more about them or click through to the Facilitators and Team page.
We are using the caption Dream Catchers for this event, as during this time of world instability dreaming is what has gotten many of us through. I hear and see it every day - when it is written in social media posts, in conversations with me, amongst yourselves, and in discussions in the UGWA team. We are the ones who are yearning for the new future that began at the beginning of time, you are the women who are emerging with strong voices who want to be part of a global community. You are the ones who will tell others about your experience and will step your communities and circles forward.
I also want to share with you the Wise Women paintings that you will get to know throughout your UGWA experience - to us they represent all of you, the land that we stand upon, and the earth that we share. They were lovingly created by Tracy Verdugo, our amazing artist, who we are so privilledged to have as part of our team to bring you the most beautifully creative experiences that I know. If you would like to learn more about her please check her out HERE
In February this year UGWA 2020 was an amazing event and just the beginning of what this can be, because when women come together anything is possible. One bonus of having it here in Australia is that we can offer tickets that are a little different, so make sure you check out the Boutique Experiences if a whole week away doesn't take your fancy.
We know you may have questions so send these to me via this website, Facebook or Instagram and I hope to see you in March 2021 at The Mantra in Lorne, Victoria, Australia.
CEO and Founder of The Ultimate Girls Week Away
Are you a dream chaser who has been thinking of something spectacular throughout isolation?
Something In Australia?
If the answer is yes then this is for you
because we would be honoured if you became part of our global
As busy women, we often prioritize everyone except for ourselves and that is why the Ultimate Girls Week Away is perfect for you. It's time for you to reflect, relax and reconnect to the woman you were born to be.
It is time to laugh - that long, deep laugh that you often can only do with other women,
and we want you to discover those moments that you will remember forever and hold close to your heart at UGWA 2021.
Imagine having UGWA 2021 to look forward to when all of this is over!!!!
I went not knowing a soul and came home with some lifelong connections.
It is so wonderful to be with women for a whole week, challenging yourself and growing and learning.
Doing this in a beautiful setting was the icing on the cake. I am so proud of myself for taking the leap of faith and going on this retreat.
It was life-altering. Thank you to Liesel and her wonderful team.
Holly Severson, Portland, Oregon
come and indulge in a week of workshops, connection, laughter
& memories that last a lifetime
... it's time to nourish and awaken your soul. As women, we often over-commit, say yes when we mean no, and go above and beyond to support others...
Now is the time for you, to do something, just for you and join us in Lorne, Victoria at UGWA 2021
IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU
The Ultimate Girls Week Away Retreats are for women to just be, to rest, to laugh, to sleep, to play and everything in between - designed for women by women who understand.
If you have forgotten who you are - who you were born to be, and what you are here to do.
If you often put other people's priorities before your own. If you care too much, think too long and wonder what else is out there.
If you yearn to feel deep connections to others.
UGWA 2021 is for you.
Elizabeth Gilbert at UGWA 2020 says
"the most powerful woman is a relaxed woman".
Each year we travel to a new location and in 2021 we have chosen The Mantra which is in Lorne, Victoria, Australia.
in 2021 we have some amazing wisdom keepers whom both said yes to this amazing experience...and our list isn't finished yet!
Official 2021 Wisdom Keepers
Joining us virtually from the USA
#1 New York Times Best Selling Author, Speaker & Spirit Junkie. Gabby has been on a spiritual path most of her life, and it all started sitting by her mother’s side, meditating in ashrams in upstate New York. Now her mission is to help you crack open to a spiritual relationship of your own understanding so that you can live in alignment with your true purpose, too!
Manifest Miracles Now
Manifest Miracles Now
"Gabrielle is the real deal, I respect her work immensely"
Dr Wayne Dwyer
Gabby will join us virtually and will guide us to be a Super Attractor, she will lay out essential methods for manifesting a life beyond your wildest dreams. and give us the steps in a manifesto for confidently claiming your desires. While discovering how to do less and attract more! Gabby has been co-host with Deepak Chopra and also a guest on Oprah's super soul Sunday series. We are so excited that she is joining us and can't wait to learn from her wisdom.
The highly acclaimed author of 17 books, selling over 2 million around the world, as well as an artist, speaker and teacher, SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy), will be joining us LIVE in Lorne to deliver two of her favourite workshops on:
Love, Healing and Relationships.
Joining us LIVE!!
Love. Yourself. Now.
Love. Yourself. Now.
"I have loved SARK's work from the moment I met her"
SARK's purpose in life is to be a transformer, uplifter and laser beam of love.
We are so excited that she will be joining us on the UGWA stage on Friday and Saturday and share with us her wisdom about love, communication and relationships.
SARK will also be running an intimate workshop for 20 and we will release details soon.
UGWA Team for 2021
Our team will be diverse in every way you can imagine - age (our youngest member is 25 and oldest 73), culture, background, history, professions, family dynamics, health challenges, skillset and everything else you can think of.
They are Indigenous Australian women, they are also from Benin, India, USA, United Kingdon and of course Australia.
Here at UGWA, we believe in inclusion no matter what - we honour the Indigenous Eastern Marr people the traditional custodians of the land. We have beautiful hearts and souls and every woman is invited and welcomed because we have a strong belief that this is how the world should be, inclusion without borders or discrimination of any kind.
WHAT DOES UGWA LOOK LIKE
This seven day event along the stunning surf coast in south-west Victoria and will encompasses everything you need in a retreat.
We are honored to have Wisdom Keepers Gabrielle Bernstein (virtually) and SARK (in person) join us - through them, you will learn about manifesting the life you want and how to be wild, succulent women all in one breath.
We are also yet to announce some respected Indigenous women who will share their wisdom with us.
Most days there will be the sharing of wisdom from the stage, workshops, Ultimate Sister Circles where you will come together with a small group of women to share your experience with and wonderfully crafted cuisine, and so much more.
You will have time in the Ultimate Healing Hub, to indulge in a massage in the Spa and to have some Signature Perfume made just for you.
UGWA Core Values
In a world that is waking up, where women are finding their voice, and there are more demands on us than ever before... it's time for us to leave the hustle & spend time nurturing our Soul.
This is why UGWA has three core values
CULTURE ~ INSPIRATION ~ AWAKENING
CULTURE · INSPIRATION · AWAKENING
The ancient ancestors of the land believed in the Dreamtime. Their connection to the land was strong and when they talk about country it is spoken of like a person: they speak to country, they sing to country, they worry about country, and they long for country.
We will learn from them during our time together.
CULTURE · INSPIRATION · AWAKENING
Be inspired by each and every conversation and connection that you have, whether it is a fleeting moment or a long lasting relationship.
When women come together something magical occurs - we find that piece of ourselves that allows us to rediscover who we are. That part of ourselves that becomes lost in our busy lives, and here at UGWA we will encourage you to just be you.
CULTURE · INSPIRATION · AWAKENING
Learn, connect, and grow by what you experience. be awakened and go home different.
Be awakened by thoughts that seep into your soul
The Ultimate List of Inclusions
Enjoy 7 nights accommodation in a single, twin or triple room - there are four types to choose from Heritage, Resort, One and Two Bedroom - the choice is yours.
Enjoy scrumptious fusion and international food - your package includes 7 buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, including a cocktail party and welcome dinner - and for those out of towners, there may even be hot fish and chips on the beach.
Participate in keynotes and workshops delivered by Gabrielle Bernstein who is virtually joining us, SARK who is joining us live - and some others who will be announced soon) - fora once in a lifetime opportunity - these alone are worth $1500 AUD.
Immerse yourself in our Ultimate Workshops by our international Facilitator Team. Choose your favourite workshops from our schedule to attend during your week (we guarantee a place). A few weeks before the event we will ask you to select your preferences (but don't worry you can change them when you are there). For those you don't get to see you can view our library of recordings.
Indulge in an amazingly nurturing experience by partaking in individual treatments in the Ultimate Healing Hub and an onsite luxurious spa, or pop next door to the salt baths and rooms instead.
Join in with daily meditation, yoga, dance and fitness opportunities if keeping your mind and body active is your jam!
Shopping!! (If that is your thing) We have a market night to indulge your shopping needs. There will also be an opportunity for you to invest in your own market stall as a participant. Lorne also has a fabulous shopping strip with boutiques and an abundance of things to take home. There will also be a shopping trip in Melbourne as an excursion day option.
Feel totally loved when you receive your Ultimate Girls Week Away Welcome Gifts filled with specially chosen goodies worth $200 AUD
Market Night shopping voucher - purchase some gifts from local shops and artisans $70.
Every day you’ll be guided by one of our Ultimate Experience Guides who will work with you and the women in your Ultimate Sister Circle. In a small group, get to know one another, connect and share about the retreat theme of the day.
Free wifi so you can effortlessly stay connected to the outside world if that’s your thing! Equally, you may just want to escape it all.
Your very own 5ml/100 drops bottle of Signature Perfume that has been designed just for you by botanical perfume designer Julie Nelson.
Transfers from Tullamarine or Avalon Airports, or if you arrive a few days early there will be some city pickups.
Exclusive pre and post UGWA tours to other parts of Victoria and Australia.