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As a facilitator I am committed to offering you a retreat experience that is enjoyable, informative, reflective, engaging, safe and entertaining

As a teacher of Catholic Education and a retreat facilitator for the past 12 years, I have worked throughout Australia with primary and secondary staff groups ranging in size from 10 to 150. I have enjoyed a successful music career with 7 albums released and love to bringing the gift of music to retreats by creating moving prayer rituals or by simply sharing the occasional song.

Below are some of the activities on offer during a staff retreat program:

  1. Fun team building activities
  2. Group discussion opportunities
  3. Indoor and outdoor activities (weather permitting)
  4. Art / craft activities (optional)
  5. Meditation
  6. A staff paraliturgy
  7. Group poster presentation activities
  8. Personal reflection activities
  9. Open and closing prayer / ritual
  10. Live music

A retreat experience may be tailored to your school's own preferred theme - for example a theme based upon your school founder Past retreat themes include leadership, team building, exploring spirituality, Christian school Identity and Celtic Spirituality (finding God in all things).

Bookings now open for 2013

For more information please call Maria on 0411158593 or email

There is a 10% early bird discount for bookings confirmed before October 31st


‘God has blessed you with so many gifts that nurture your soul and the soul of those who listen and meet you. May God continue to work through you to help others in finding their inner voice, thoughts and journey.’ Maree Holmes Principal and staff of St Francis Xavier, Frankston

'We were lucky enough to experience one of Maria's Staff Retreats. She is an inspirational facilitator who engaged our staff fully in the retreat. Maria's music and voice are an instrument through which Jesus' message is clearly played. I would recommend her to any staff serious about personal development and look forward to have the opportunity to engage Maria's skills again in the future.' Brendon Alexander, APRE, Mother of Good Counsel School, North Cairns

'Thank you for sharing your story with us and helping us along on our own life journeys'. St Agatha's Staff, Cranbourne

'A hundred thousand thank you for being part of our story and spirit; for sharing your remarkable gift with us and for leading us on that ceaseless journey of discovering the giftedness that abounds within' Principal, St Peter Julian Eymard School, Mooroolbark.

'What a special addition to our workshops. Your song, story and spirit lifted our spirits during the conference.' Pastoral Associates Network

'Thank you for guiding us so skillfully through a day where we had tine to stop, reflect and let the spirit stir within us' Maree, St Thereses Staff, Cranbourne