Rise Retreats
A time of stillness, prayer & wellness
designed for you.
A Rise Retreat is here to ignite your spirit & awaken your soul.


Rise Retreats was born, as so many businesses are, when founder Lauren Harkness searched without success to find an organisation offering a similar concept, near her home town of Sydney.

Lauren envisaged a Christian wellness retreat which would feed the whole person, both nourishing and fulfilling faith as well as mind and body.  An opportunity to be with Jesus 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.

“I saw a need because there are a lot of wellness retreats in the marketplace, but none that have the faith-based elements.  There are a lot of alternate spirituality retreats but Rise offers that 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

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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.

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