Day Retreat for Dads/Men

Men Living Well - Day Retreats

Day Retreats in 2020 - Warburton

DadsLink host Day Retreats on Men Living Well on Sundays in Warburton, generally in April/May and November each year. 

Visit and join our YMCA DadsLink Meetup Group for dates/details.


Day Retreats in Warburton: 2019 and 2018

November 2019: The Hero's Journey

The Hero’s Journey is a pattern, common to many stories and traditions, of challenges, struggle, overcoming great obstacles, and the process of transformation or self-actualization. Joseph Campbell on this journey:

“The basic story of the hero’s journey involves giving up where you are, going into the realm of adventure, coming to some kind of symbolically rendered realization, and then returning to the field of normal life”.

Everyday life may be less glamorous but presents its own challenges, hurdles and quiet heroic struggles.

November 2018: Life Principles (12 Rules for Life)

Principles are defined as rules or beliefs governing one’s behaviour and while most of us live our day-to-day lives based on principles, they are often given little thought.

This workshop or Day Retreat provides an opportunity to discuss, explore and reflect on our own principles and what guides our lives.

What are YOUR guiding life principles? Are there principles or “life rules” that can help us lead good, happy, worthwhile lives? If so, what are the rules? How can we best follow our principles and integrity?


April 2018: 10 Keys to Happier Living

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence” (Aristotle)

The pursuit of happiness is a life goal and clearly worth achieving now, on a daily basis – not just in the future.

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions” (Dalai Lama)

JOIN US to discuss emotional well-being & explore practical steps to achieve happiness.


Day Retreat: November 2017 in Warburton

Relationships & Community Connection

Take some time out for YOU. Connect with others. Relax in nature.

For a copy of the Men Living Well - Day Retreat flyer please click here.

Please contact or call DadsLink Coordinator Akiva on 0411 255 158 to book your place.

Building and maintaining strong relationships and 'social connection' is vital for good health and can benefit our health as much as quitting smoking, losing weight or exercising more, studies have found.

We benefit ourselves and can best contribute to others when our roles as men, fathers, partners, and so on are valued - by us and our connections.
This Day Retreat explores ways to increase our 'community belonging'. 

Join us for these ‘life conversations’ at a Day Retreat with a group of men.

Workshop and Nature Walk - from 10am to 4pm

Venue: "The Retreat", Warburton - details on booking


  • A One Day Workshop based on discussion and self-reflection that can include walking/connecting with nature, journaling, and conversations with other men.
  • Relax in the nurturing surrounds of Warburton and the Yarra Valley at The Retreat, a log cabin set in amongst beautiful trees in this peaceful location.
  • Participants are asked to bring a plate to share with others for lunch. Tea in morning/afternoon provided. Workshop cost is $50. Concessions available.

Facilitators: Tony Gee, Psychologist and Akiva Quinn, DadsLink Coordinator

Past Retreat: Men Living Well - Sun 7 May 2017

"Being Your Own Best Friend"

Copy of this past flyer Men Living Well Day Retreat - please click here.

Most of us are well enough acquainted (some too well) with an ‘inner critic’ – an internal voice that tells us amongst other things that we are not ‘good enough’, ‘failures’, essentially ‘bad’ and so on.

Rather than being helpful to ourselves, particularly when needed, our inner critic can continue to give us grief… This Retreat reflects on the ‘inner critic’ we all carry and how this can be transformed into becoming an ‘inner friend’.


Past Workshop: Men Living Well - Sun 6 Nov 2016

Living in tune with our principles and values

Copy of this past flyer Men Living Well Day Retreat - please click here

This workshop offered men an opportunity to reflect on life goals, your principles and what drives you.

We often live our day-to-day lives as fathers, partners and providers without necessarily considering what drives us, the principles that shape our life purpose.

How do our principles guide what we do, how we react to situations, how we deal with adversity, change, unexpected or unwelcome life events?

We explored learning to live in tune with your principles and values

In what ways do you draw inspiration and take strength from your principles? What consistently motivates you and helps guide your sense of purpose? What role do your principles in such things as relationships, parenting, compassion and acceptance play in your life?


Past Retreat: Men and Meaning - Sunday 17 April 2016

Living our lives in a purposeful way 

We held a well attended Day Retreat in Warburton exploring themes on Men and Meaning in April 2016.

For a copy of this past Men and Meaning Day Retreat flyer please click here.

“Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible” ~ Victor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

For most of us life is a constant of busy-ness. Whether it’s commitments to family, to work, or other pursuits, we can often find ourselves on a sort of treadmill, often tired and uncertain. Rarely do we find the time, or the opportunity, to stop and reflect on our lives. This includes the meaning of what we do, as men, the roles we may assume and what may be our sense of purpose – now and into the future. While for some such reflection may focus on necessary changes and better ways of responding to struggles they may be experiencing, for others it may be a way of consciously acknowledging what is important and validating more clearly their current life circumstances.

Tony Gee, Retreat Facilitator - Psychologist