Welcome To The
This Is Me
17th - 24th September,
Hoi An Central Boutique Hotel, Vietnam


This Is Me


UGWA - 'This is me' - is for you if you feel called to - 

Build your own retreat immersion at the Ultimate Girls Week Away.

Indulge in Seven Days perfectly sculptured just for you.


Be inspired by Ultimate Keynote Wisdom Keepers Dr Tererai Trent

& Amy Loughren - The Good Nurse.


Choose from daily workshops with our UGWA International Team.


Try luscious Vietnamese and fusion food.


Be spoilt with a boutique clothing package & gifts galore.


Decide between shopping, sleeping, and lying by the pool.


Be inspired, be immersed & learn about the local culture.


Pick and choose what you want to do.


....want to know more? read on....


If you would like to give the gift of sending a woman on a life changing experience explore the Kathryn Gilbert Gift by following the link above.


Through the darkness of the past months, we have been dreaming.


Dreaming of a spectacular space that will bring women together on the sandy beaches of Vietnam.


Stories will be woven, connections made, friends will be reunited, and new friendships will be formed.


The memories of this will last a lifetime.

We know that as busy women, you often prioritize everyone except for yourselves 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 2022.

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 VIETNAM IN SEPTEMBER, 2022.

Sign up with a $100 deposit

Women of the World


It has been a red hot minute since we have been together - right? But now we are planning for the future and all that this will bring when we come together in one place in September 2022 in Hoi An, Vietnam - the village of lanterns and tailors and the best Banh Mi in the world according to Anthony Bourdain. 


The Ultimate Girls Week Away (UGWA) is about women coming together to connect, be inspired, rest, laugh, grow, experience the extraordinary and just be themselves. It is for women from all around the world, who can come together in a place that is safe, where we can connect without fear of rejection, isolation, or being judged because of the color of your skin. Where cultural background, or whom you loved didn't matter. A safe place for all women no matter what. I want you to know that everyone that identifies as a woman, female, she/her is welcome at our retreat home. ​


It's for women who want to grow, learn,  and be inspired, women who want to have difficult conversations, who want to laugh, cry and just be themselves. A container and the building of 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. Our team is women of different ages, cultures, backgrounds, history, professions, family dynamics, health challenges, skillset, and everything else you can think of. To us diversity is important and we are working on some exciting announcements in the coming months about scholarships for well-deserving women from around the world.

The Retreat Specialists wish to acknowledge the traditional owners of all lands that we work on. We acknowledge their Elders, past, present, and emerging. Ancient cultural practices and traditions are important in what we do and thank them for their legacy.

In this time of technology I want you to know that your information is safe with us, we have triple cyber security and have constant checks and balances to make sure all is ok. And we definitely do not sell anyone's information to third parties.

We know you may have questions so send these to me via this website, Facebook or Instagram and I can't wait to see you in September 2022.

With love

Liesel Albrecht

Founder of The Ultimate Girls Week Away


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, and THIS IS ME is no exception.

If you have forgotten who you are - whom you were born to be, and what you are here to do. Then this could be for you.


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 2022 is for you.

Elizabeth Gilbert at UGWA 2020 said that "the most powerful woman is a relaxed woman", and right now it is good to be reminded that we can relax.

The Sheraton Grand Danang Resort is located in the Hoi An region, on the stunning coast in the middle of Vietnam, and UGWA truly offers everything you seek in a retreat.

Wisdom keeper, Dr Terarai Trent  will honour us with her presence, along with our amazing facilitation team from Australia, the United Kingdom and the USA.

You may choose to start your day with yoga, meditation or a fitness class - alternatively, a sleep-in and leisurely breakfast. The mornings will offer wisdom from the stage, followed by Ultimate Sister Circles where you can share experiences and build bonds with a small group of women. The afternoons will offer a multitude of workshops, then free time to rest, connect and explore. All of this is punctuated by beautifully crafted cuisine and an opportunity to try something new in the Healing Hub.  Wednesday is Excursion Day where you can venture out to ancient sites like My Son or to Red Bridge Cooking School - the list will be extensive and optional.

Our team will be diverse in every way you can imagine - age, culture, background, history, professions, hobbies, relationships, family dynamics, health challenges, skillset and everything else you can think of.


Our team melds together perfectly, read on to learn more about them and what they will be offering at our time together.


Here at UGWA, we believe in inclusion no matter what - we honour the Indigenous people as the traditional custodians of the land we are on. 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.



Dr Tererai Trent is coming to us live, and in person, at UGWA - This Is Me.


We invite you to join us to hear Dr Trent share with us her wisdom on life and business and ways to step into whom we are meant to be and those sacred dreams that we have.

Calling on both ancient and present day knowledge, Dr. Trent will lead you through a deeply personal journey to uncover the deep well of power hidden within you—the power to forge a brighter path, both for your professional and personal life and for the world.  

THE AWAKENED WOMAN  she is talking squarely to you -  women who desire to build a supportive network for themselves and each other, set astonishing goals, achieve them and amplify their voice and impact in the world in meaningful ways. 

You will embark on a deeply personal journey to join the sacred sisterhood and:

  • explore who you are, 

  • lift your sisters up and be supported yourself, 

  • learn from the collective feminine and share your unique gifts, 

  • explore fresh ideas, 

  • embrace your tremendous power, 

  • step into your role as a leader and

  • Drawing from both the wisdom of her African roots, her extraordinary experiences in modern America and her travels around the globe, Tererai guides you into the depths of your heart and spirit to:

  • discover (or rediscover) your dreams, 

  • identify the greater meaning in your life, 

  • tap into your courage and 

  • find the resources necessary to make your dreams a reality.  

She will lead you, encourage you and serve your trusted guide and mentor.  

The time is now.  Let’s begin.  



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Be inspired by each and every conversation and connection that you have, whether it is a fleeting moment or a long lasting relationship. Every connection matters. 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.

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The ancient ancestors of the land believe in their history and came to earth from a dragon and an angel and were brought forward to cultivate the land. Vietnam's history shows us powerful female warriors who fought their enemies and protected their people. Let us learn and be immersed in who they are today with stories from Vietnamese women who want to share their culture with us.

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Learn, connect, and grow by what you experience. Be awakened and go home different.


Acknowledge your thoughts that seep into your soul.


Learn from hearing about soul dreaming and be grounded by who you are and where you have come from and what makes you shine and grow.

You will go home different.

These images have been created by Bethany Minster, an upcoming artist, and author. They represent her interpretation of women that may come to UGWA and what they might be thinking about while there.

The Retreat Specialists wish to acknowledge the traditional owners of all lands that we work on. We acknowledge their Elders, past, present, and emerging. 
Ancient cultural practices and traditions are important in what we do and thank them for their legacy.

We create experiences that touch the soul, enlighten the dreaming within you, connect you to culture in many different ways, and allows you to be in a space that is all about you.



  • Pre UGWA we will have a private Facebook Group to get to know everyone AND a private portal for all of those logistical and important 'things' that you need to know prior to going.

  • Information on the best flights to get and arrival times.

  • Transfer instructions from Danang Airport.

  • How to recognise others on your flights.

  • What to do if your flight is delayed (don't worry we will be there to get you when you arrive).


  • Meet and mingle with our Key Wisdom Keeper for UGWA 2022. They will be joining us from the stage for Keynote presentations and Ultimate chats. These alone are worth $1 500 each to see.


  • Enjoy 7 nights accommodation in a single room - if you are travelling with friends we can make sure your rooms are near/next to each other. Because we can keep the price down the difference in single and twin rooms is JUST $300 so why not spoil yourself.

  • If you need to bring other family members and friends then we will assist you in organising this at a discounted price.

  • Enjoy scrumptious Vietnamese, fusion and international food - your package includes 7 buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, including a cocktail party and welcome dinner. You may even score an invite to our exclusive Gin Club.

  • Immerse yourself in our Ultimate Workshops by our hand-picked Facilitator Team. Choose your favorite 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). AND for those workshops that you don't get to see, you can view our library of recordings so you don't miss out.


  • Indulge in an amazingly nurturing experience by partaking in individual treatments with our healing team in the Ultimate Healing Hub and an onsite luxurious spa. (Select treatments but you can always upgrade!)


  • Join in with daily meditation, yoga, dance, and fitness opportunities if keeping your mind and body active is your jam! Or jump into one of our beach transfers for some sun and sea time.


  • Every day you’ll be guided by one of our Ultimate Experience Guides who will guide you and the women in your Ultimate Sister Circle. In a small group, get to know one another, connect and share about the retreat and your experiences and thoughts.


  • 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. Hoi An  has fabulous shopping with boutiques and an abundance of things to take home. Shopping is only a few minutes walk away.  We also have some personal shoppers that can take you to the markets so you get the best deal out there.

  • Feel totally loved when you receive your Ultimate Girls Week Away Welcome Gifts filled with specially chosen goodies. Most of these will be selected from connecting with local business owners to support the local community.


  • In Hoi An there are soooo many tailor shops, and because we want you to travel home with exactly what you desire, and not get taken advantage of, we have organised our UGWA tailor Thao Nguyen from Phu Phu Fashion House. They will join us onsite as we are gifting you a package worth $150 AUD of clothes designed and made especially for you. Another exciting announcement is that we also have fashion consultant Angela Sanfilippo from Sliding Doors Styling there to guide you in the right direction of what works for you!


  • 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.


  • Transfers from Danang Airport to the hotel - we will advise the best times to arrive AND if you need an experienced travel agent we have two that we trust in the USA and Australia that can do international ticketing even if you don't live in either places.


  • Exclusive, optional pre and post UGWA tours to other parts of Vietnam or neighboring countries.

Along with some exciting and secret experiences.......

While we would love to include everything - we just can't so not included is

  • Travel to and from your Home to Danang Airport.

  • Extra nights accommodation (although we can offer you a great rate).

  • Mini bar purchases.

  • Food and drink outside of what is stated in the program.

  • Excursions on the day out.

  • Passports and visas.

  • International travel insurance.

  • Covid testing (we will have a testing service and you will pay them direct).

  • Tips to staff.