Tricho & Dermo Retreat 2020

A retreat for people to come together, share, learn and feed our mind, body and soul.
The Aim of the Retreat

The aim of this retreat is to provide participants with the opportunity to enjoy activities that they normally feel inhibited to do because of Trichotillomania & Dermotillominia. The retreat will also provide opportunities for personal growth, greater self-awareness and self acceptance. Participants will grow more confident over the course of the retreat growing from sharing with others and leaving with new ‘hope’ and strength. This is a rare opportunity to share the secrecy and intricacies of living with Trichotillomania and Dermotillomania a warm, accepting and non-judgemental environment & is one not to be missed.

The Retreat Program

Our destination this year is the beautiful Carrington House in Daylesford. This historical home sits befittingly in the centre of town in walking distance from the heart of Daylesford. This elegant Victorian home has a charming, mature garden and features 9 bedrooms, each with its own ensuite. Carrington House has been furnished with a beautifully eclectic style. “The Worlds Funkiest Town” - You’ll fall in love with Daylesford, the Spa Centre of Victoria, Australia. Experience open-hearted, peaceful hospitality everywhere you go, from the area’s evocative countryside to sophisticated villages alive with urban chic.

Accommodation offers shared sleeping arrangements, or you can pay extra for your own private room. The retreat will provide a series of opportunities for guided group sharing and interactive workshops in quaint and rustic cosy accommodation. There will be workshops, pampering sessions and mindfulness activities. The retreat is a program which will consist of:

  • A series of gentle experiential workshops providing opportunities to work on self esteem, self acceptance, personal growth and to explore and share our journeys and wisdom with each other at your pace
  • Utilising the great outdoors and idyllic environment we will relax, relate and recharge with inner self meditation, mindfulness activities, nature walks, photography and craft (please bring a camera/ smartphone).
  • Free time to relax, journal, connect with others, or just have some personal quiet time.

This structured program will provide a safe environment to explore and re-connect with yourself, others and nature at a deeper level whilst learning some management strategies to gently challenge the hold anxiety can at times have on our life. The retreat experience will be a journey of discovery, growth, hope and acceptance.

Your Retreat Facilitators

Michelle Graeber ARCVic CEO & Educator 

Michelle, an educator, has experience and long association working in community development and the not for profit sector. With a strong training and development background she is passionate about providing quality community education and services for everyone. Michelle believes that we all have the responsibility to work better together to provide a more inclusive and sensitive community. 

Renee Tsatsis ARCVIc Helpline Co-ordinator & Educator  

Renee has worked at ARCVic for 8 years and in the broader community sector for 15 years. She has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a Master of Social Work. Renee has extensive experience in training and supervision, community education, and in providing support services. She is passionate about quality services being affordable and available to all members of the community.

When:     Monday 24th to Wednesday 26h February 2020 (option to stay additional night Wednesday 26th Feb at no extra cost)

Costs :    (include accommodation, food & workshops)

Please note a grant from the DHHS has allowed us to provide a $150 subsidy per person. To receive the maximum subsidy of $150 please pay a deposit of $150 by 15th November 2019 and full payment must be received by the 15th of January 2020

Shared room

      • Early bird $425
      • Full Fee $575

Single Room

      • Early bird $600
      • Full Fee $750

Limited spaces. To book contact ARCVic

Phone: (03)9830 0566

Email: Fay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Event Properties

Event Date 24-Feb-2020
Event End Date 26-Feb-2020
Registration Start Date 03-Feb-2020
Capacity Unlimited
Cut off date 24-Feb-2020
Individual Price Shared room : Early bird $425 Full Fee $575 Single Room : Early bird $600 Full Fee $750
Carrington House, Daylesford
16 Bridport St, Daylesford VIC 3460, Australia
Carrington House, Daylesford