Paint Play Laugh Shine
Weekend Retreat

6pm Friday 9 Sep,
Saturday 10 Sep 9am-4pm and Sunday 11 Sep 9am-4pm

                       We create…

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to let go

to rekindle the joy of making
with our own hands.

We play with colours and textures
that delight our spirit.

We explore

our heart’s desires.

We laugh deep down in our bellyKNP_7280

and our hearts open wide.

We dance with brushes in our hands.

We let go of what it looks like

and revel in the making, in the freedom of the process.

We rejoice in the shapes and images

that lift our spirit.


We shine the beauty of our soul

out into the world.

We enjoy being playful

and present in each moment.

We soak up the energy of this special place.

We feel the sun on our faces,

the sand under our feet and

stand in circle with women,

we allow ourselves to let go of our masks,

be the true RADIANT CREATIVE beings that we are.


When we come together to create and play,

we strengthen that connection to our inner voice,buddha

to the beautiful souls that we are.

And we carry that back into the world

into our families

and the work we love to do.

The Program:

  • (optional) Friday evening Opening Circle to meet the like-minded souls who are joining for Paint Play Laugh Shine
  • SATURDAY – Morning retreat program activities – creative play, connect with your body, skill learning; =yummy delicious lunch break= Afternoon retreat program activities – more creative play, journal writing, reflection circle, free time
  • (optional) Saturday evening meal together at one of the wonderful cafes in town
  • SUNDAY – Morning retreat program activities – creativity + movement + mindfulness activities; =yummy delicious lunch break= Afternoon retreat program activities – more creative play, reflection circle, close + farewells

 To join my WEEKEND RETREAT – only AUD $330

Yes, Michelle, please book my place

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What you’ll experience:

Two juicy days for yourself to…

  • learn and laugh with new women friends
  • experience whole-body creating, art-making and moving
  • explore painting, drawing, collage and mark-making techniques
    as a way of reclaiming your creative voice
  • awaken your senses to the elements and experiences in nature
  • sit quietly and listen deeply to your inner wisdom
  • reaffirm the creative joy that’s important to your health and happiness
  • relax into a more heart-centered, peaceful state.

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  1. 2 full-days Paint Play Laugh Shine Retreat program
  2. Yummy nourishing lunches and snacks for morning
    and afternoon teas on Saturday and Sunday
  3. Michelle’s insightful and playful guidance
    and support throughout the weekend.

You are welcome to join the Opening Circle on Friday evening
and the group will enjoy a meal together somewhere in town,
though this is optional. We will likely organise a get together
for Saturday night as well, again it’s optional if you would like to join us!

            Our Venue:    

The Retreat venue is a private house nestled
in a quiet part of Brunswick Heads, northern NSW.
It is centrally located – just a short 2 minute walk
to the local shops and cafes, 3 minute walk to the river
and 4 minute walk to the beach.
Details and a map will be provided on booking.

About your retreat guide – Michelle Walker:

NellyleComte.MichelleWalker (7 of 8)Michelle Walker is an experienced facilitator and leader of workshops,
retreats and training programs. She specialises in the fields of creative
and visual thinking, energy release techniques, vision-planning-to-action
and reflective practices — powerful stuff and a unique combination
in the professional coaching and personal development world.

Over the years, Michelle has designed and delivered learning programs
and events to professionals and their teams from profit
and not-for-profit organisations and community groups.
She continues to receive strong positive feedback from participants
regarding the impact and usefulness of these transformational programs.

Her deep passion is working with women who want to make positive change happen –
in their workplace, families and communities. She guides people to reconnect
to their natural creativity. In this way, she believes we are able
to work differently, do more and find solutions to the important issues
that currently challenge us.

As well as her coaching as an Abundance Bliss Mentor and
visual thinking company, Curious Minds Co.,
Michelle is the founder and host of the
‘Life is Your Canvas’ self-discovery online workshops.
Through these free online courses, Michelle is helping people
around the world access thought-leaders in creative and
emergent thinking and helping people get unstuck,
find their passion and path, and
make the changes they desire in their life.

More information about Michelle and her work can be found at:

What you bring:  When you book, I will send you a list of what to bring.
I will also provide a range of paints, brushes and canvases, markers
and pastels for you to use.

Where to stay:  This retreat is non-residential, so you are able to select and
book accommodation for the weekend that suits you. Brunswick Heads has everything
from campgrounds (very close to the venue), Air BnB, hotel and
holiday letting options. Basically everyone is catered for.
A list of suggested accommodation options
will be provided on booking, if required.

Yes, Michelle, please book my place


Do I need to be creative to attend?

No, not at all. Come exactly how you are, as you are.
There are no pre-requisites for this program though
I strongly suggest come with an open and curious mind and
an open and compassionate heart. Nothing in the program requires you
to have Picasso-like skills, just a willingness to get a little messy!

There will be no competition or comparison invited or allowed.
This is about opening your heart to the creative joy within.

How do I get to the Retreat venue?

Details of the retreat venue location will be provided on booking.
We are gathering at a beautiful place in Brunswick Heads, in northern NSW.

From Brisbane:

By car from the centre of Brisbane, allow 1hr 45 mins for the drive.
A little more if you are coming from the northern suburbs,
a little less if travelling from the south-side. You travel the Pacific Highway
and take the Brunswick Heads exit. Our venue is less than a minute drive
from the village centre.

From other capital cities:

The nearest airport is Gold Coast airport which is well serviced by international
and domestic airlines, with numerous flights to major cities each day.
Shuttle buses run between the Gold Coast Airport and Brunswick Heads.
Hire cars are also available from the airport and then allow
30 minutes for the drive (allow a bit more if you want to stop
at Kingscliffe for a swim!)

Ballina and Lismore regional airports also provide direct flights from Sydney.
Shuttle buses and hire cars for travel to Brunswick Heads are available.
See drive times below.

From the Northern Rivers regional area:

From Lismore, allow 30 mins for the drive. From Ballina, also allow 30 mins.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Absolutely, please let me know what you need and I will make sure your requirements
are catered for. I generally offer vegetarian, gluten free and
dairy free options for lunches and snacks.