Rise Retreats
A time of stillness, prayer & wellness
designed for you.

Our Vision

The Rise Retreats vision is to provide an unhurried space for women to rest in God’s presence and experience times of refreshing and spiritual renewal through hospitality and love.


We are passionate about you.
You are welcome here.
You are loved.
You may be in a season of struggle, or a season of joy; come and nurture and enrich your life with our community.


Rise Retreats is an invitation to slow down, quieten the spirit, and tune in to the still, small voice of God.
God whispers to us by name, reminding us who we are and who God is.
Come. Be still. Pray.


Rise Retreats offer times of feasting around the table and resting in comfortable accommodations. 
You will be nourished with a wholesome spread and cared for by an experienced team of hosts.

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Our Story

In the still, quiet rainforest, whilst in a small log chapel in the Southern Highlands, Rise Retreats Founder, Lauren Harkness heard a whisper from God. 

In this whisper, was a call to create a series of wellness retreats for women which would feed the whole person, both nourishing and fulfilling faith as well as mind and body. Each retreat would be an opportunity to be with God and to reignite that spark for life which can burn out when we are so busy, and give so much without replenishing ourselves spiritually and physically.

“Rise was created during a time where I was longing for a retreat. In the busyness of juggling family and business, I searched for a place of spiritual refreshment. I yearned for a place of rest and ‘time out’ and a little bit of pampering!  There are a lot of alternate wellness retreats but Rise offers something more, it offers connection with God.”

An Event Planner by profession, Lauren brings the skills and experience of a successful 15-year career to every aspect of Rise Retreats.  Transparent, warm, efficient, and friendly, Lauren enjoys planning and hosting each retreat to ensure the needs of all participants are catered to, and that the event delivers the kind of soul-stirring, restorative experience which she herself originally sought to find.

“Rise is all about Christians getting together, being recharged and then enabling them to give back in their own contexts.”
Rise Founder, Lauren Harkness

Women Supporting Women

With great joy we built a Give Back Initiative into the core of our retreats. We give a portion of our profits to women within organisations, working alongside other women in communities across Australia and around the world.

Rise Retreats supports Kylie Sheen working in Cambodia

Kylie has just finished 18 months of full time language and culture study, and is now working with a local NGO (non-government organisation) called Care for Cambodia. Care for Cambodia’s mission is to improve the current and future physical lives of Cambodians, by showing the love of Christ and working to create disciples.

Their vision is to work with rural Cambodian communities, predominantly in the area of education, with youth and children, but also with their families, so that all Cambodians might be enabled to live in dignity, fulfil their own potential, and achieve success.

Kylie Sheen
Care for Cambodia