The Centre for Men and Families Leadership retreat is an opportunity for team members and leaders across the variety of CFMF leadership teams and programs to connect, be inspired and encourage each other in the work of CFMF Australia. This intimate retreat is for those who support and empower the men in their communities across the Centre For Men and Families Australia. This retreat is a soulful journey, where we’ll gather not as professionals, but as friends and allies on a shared path of understanding, growth, and transformation.
Leadership Retreat 2024
Date: 16th May 2024
Venue: The Outlook, 4001 Ipswich Boonah Rd, Boonah QLD
All meals, accommodation, bedding and all sessions are included in the cost.
Payment Options: Full amount can be paid by Credit, Debit Card or Direct Debit. To secure your place without playing the full amount immediately a $100 deposit can be made by choosing Direct Debit at checkout, then transfer $100 to the listed account.
Coming from interstate? Free Bus Transfer from Brisbane Airport!
We are really looking forward to hosting men from all over Australia for The Gathering! This is a national event and no matter the state you are in, you are welcome. We realise there are some added difficulties to come from interstate or regional areas so we are hoping to make it as easy as possible for you to attend. There will be a free bus transfer to and from Brisbane airport for The Gathering.
Everything you’ll need for the weekend including bedding, accommodation and food is provided in your Gathering registration. You’ll just need to bring your own clothes for the weekend.
William Diplock is an Individual, Relationship and Family Counsellor who has worked in the counselling field for 30+ years.
He has been involved in Mens Work for 20years and specifically more recently in the Mens Rites of Passage Work through MROP
He enjoys working with Men who have the courage to risk and see great success in vulnerability.
I am a son, a brother, a father, a husband and a friend. I am MROP initiated. I work as a School Chaplain at three Special Schools in the Brisbane and Ipswich areas. I have 3 trades. Two in the Cabinet Making Industry and one as an Ocean-Going Small Boat Skipper. I hold a Bachelor of Social Science and a Masters in Autism. I have authored two books. “A case for drumming” and “Chaplaincy” an introduction to working in special schools.
Dom Fay is a broadcaster, a podcaster, and a comedian. He is currently one half of the comedy duo Zach & Dom, heard nightly on the KIIS Radio Network around Australia, and also co-host of AFL podcast The Roar Deal and spirituality podcast On The Way. Alongside his media work, Dom is also employed at an Anglican school as Faith & Spirituality Coordinator, working alongside high school students as they wrestle with the big questions of life, faith, identity, and meaning. He has recently created Private Speaking, a card game to move people into deeper conversations.
For many years Joel McKerrow has been holding together the tension of being a Father and a husband, as well as a full-time creative. He is a writer, performer, poet, educator, speaker, podcaster, university lecturer and a host of other things. Before poetry took over his life Joel was running courses in identity and spiritual formation and now spends much of his work focussing on the intersection between creativity and spirituality. Joel has five published books as well as five spoken word/music albums. He is the director of The School for Creative Development and is the artist ambassador for TEARFUND Australia
Wayne Stevens is a counsellor and men’s leader. He has worked in Counselling for 14years and works with men and couples.
He has done men’s work in Australia and the US. He currently works with QAS and QPS officers. Wayne comes from a Humanism frame and believes that all humans have the answers to all questions of life.
Richard Fay is a clinical psychotherapist in private practice, ambassador and past CEO of the Centre for Men and Families and a weaver of the Men’s Rites of Passage. Richard’s work specialises in trauma, couples therapy and spiritual direction.
Dan Foster is the CEO of the Centre for Men & Families and has a passion for providing safe places for men to process their emotional wounds, to overcome trauma in a deep and profound way. In his professional life, he has worked as a youth worker, school teacher, and pastor. He pioneered a work for young men to engage them in ritual work that helps to deepen their maturity and gives them a framework to process their pain. He is a prolific and passionate blogger and poet. He and his wife Ann-Marie are raising three children and are forging a path together through the complex word of understanding adolescent minds.
Robert is an experiential human in a male body. He loves understanding humanity from a point of view of love and fear. His journey in life has had its “ups and downs” to allow his Soulful Self to emerge from behind his Protective Personality to shine and radiate with love. He is a Relationship Counsellor and Therapist, registered with PACFA and a certified Energy Codes Coach in bio-energetics. Robert loves being in the bush and the beach and communing with the earth, the flora and fauna and feels deeply connected to all.
Brett Stanford has engaged CfMA since 2012 having completed his MROP in 2012 and maintains regular engagement in his local men’s circle. Brett’s professional career has previously engaged work with adolescence through roles such as: a teacher of outdoor education and a high school guidance counsellor. He currently works as an Adventure Therapist for a youth adventure therapy organisation specialising in supporting young people in the outdoors with complex needs. He currently also serves as an elder on the Forged team.
Of all the hats I wear, the most cherished are as a husband, father and grandfather. I am a Registered Counsellor and Trauma Practitioner with over 7 years’ post-graduate experience. My journey into the profession of counselling was an outcome of adversity and an identity crisis in mid-life. I’ve served on the CFMA RIM and MROP teams for the last 5 years and carry a passion for the personal and relational healing and transformation of all who cross my expressions of service.
I am a passionate lover of nature in all its forms, in particular human nature. I love to see the potential released all things from buildings I have worked on as a tradesperson, old furniture and houses I have restored and renovated and people who I walk with as a therapist and guide.
I work in ways that are nature-based and wholeness-focussed, not merely wanting people to not be struggling, but rather creating the conditions for thriving: Uncovering gifts and living them into the world.
I am a husband of 26 years, Father of 4 grown children, Businessman for 25 years, Tradesman, Counsellor (Since 2008), Group Facilitator & Soul Work Guide. I have been involved in Centre for Men since 2004, as a counsellor, Group facilitator, retreat leader, Board member & MROP Elder.
With over 20 years’ experience in the people helping field, Tim is a caring and empathetic counsellor who journeys with people as they learn about themselves. Tim understands the many challenges life can bring and has significant lived experience over a range of issues including physiological trauma; depression; identity issues; relationships; miscarriage; sexuality; and childhood sexual abuse.
Tim is a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association and Counsellors Victoria, and holds a Bachelor of Theology, Grad Dip Counselling, and a Grad Dip in Creative Arts Therapies.
I am a Certified Learning & Development Specialist, Certified Trainer and Assessor, and Certified Coach. I use these skills and my passion for knowledge to help my clients reach their “higher planes” of achievement in their career.
Having worked with many businesses, large and small, it never ceases to amaze me that businesses do not see learning and development as a competitive advantage. So many business leaders spend time fighting fires rather than preventing them through a learning and development strategy.