Address

Southbridge, Canterbury

Clinic Hours:

1:30pm – 8:00pm (by appointment) 

A Change for Better's
First Annual

Lean In, Learn, & Lounge Summit

In Stunning

Fiji

August 10 -14, 2023 starting in Nadi

Included in this Summit:

Lean In, Learn, & Lounge
Summit

Bula! Come and join us for a one-of-a-kind experience in Fiji specifically designed for therapists, coaches, and many others in the wellness field. This summit provides a unique opportunity for professionals to recharge and expand their skills while immersing themselves in the beauty and culture of Fiji.

During the summit, we will be offering a range of workshops and sessions tailored to the needs of therapists. These include workshops on topics such as starting and marketing your private practice, creating additional income streams, and counselling and your responsibility with using technology.

In addition to professional development credits*, this summit also offers a chance to connect with other therapists and build supportive relationships within the field. What a wonderful opportunity to share experiences, discuss best practices, and develop lasting connections with colleagues all while having fun in Fiji!

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to “Lean in, Learn, & Lounge” in the stunning island nation of Fiji. 

Book your spot now and join us for an unparalleled cultural retreat. Don’t miss out this retreat is expected to sell out quickly, especially with these affordable prices. 

*Pending CE approval

Costs and Dates:

Dates: August 10-14th in Nadi, Fiji with upgrades available to extend

Early Bird Pricing (Until May 1st): $1,299 – $2,399 USD depending on the type of accommodation. All rooms are double occupancy.

May 2- June 15th Pricing: $2,299 – $3,799 NZD

Normal pricing from June 16th: $2,499 – $3,999 NZD

MUST register before July 15th.

Book with 4 or more people and receive a $100 discount on each participant’s fee and 10% off an upgrade to the sunset cruise dinner.

A Change for Better (ACFB) Lifetime Professional Members automatically get a $100 discount per person per booking. 

Airfare and travel insurance are not included. Single occupancy rooms pricing by request only. 20 total spots are available.

Discover Fiji's Coral Coast

Visit gorgeous beaches,  the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, local Fijian villages, and a beautiful waterfall!

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Your Hosts for this Event:

Kia Ora! My name is Ashley Cairns and I am a Mental Health Counsellor, CEO of A Change for Better, and avid traveller. Since 2012, I have personally visited almost 50 countries and lived in 4 (the United States, Canada, Thailand, and New Zealand). 

I am passionate about learning about new cultures and exploring the world. You can see some of my travels on my Instagram Page – The Great Wander. With Covid keeping the world grounded for the last few years, I felt like it was finally time to get out there and travel again!

And that’s why I want to bring you to a place that is like a second home to me – Nadi, Fiji! Come beat the winter blues with me this August and see the best of Fiji.

I am Joe Cairns, Chief Technology Officer at A Change for Better, CEO of Our Office Online as well as a Cyber Security Specialist working with one of the biggest names in the Financial Technology field. 

Travel has been a passion of mine for quite some time. I have travelled to over 50 countries, smashing my goal of 40 before I was 40. In 2017, Ashley and I took the trip of a lifetime around the world when my work temporarily relocated us to Canada. 17 countries in 6 weeks from Auckland, NZ ending in Toronto. You can see that epic trip on our Instagram Page – The Great Wander

Technology is my other passion and I love using my experience and skills from my 25-plus years in the IT industry to build technology solutions for anyone in the therapy and mental health sector. It is hugely rewarding for me to help people grow their ideas and play a part in seeing them succeed.

A Few of Our Past Travels...

Itinerary:

Day -2 - 1 (for those choosing to come early on August 8th):

  • Fly into Nadi and be transported to our Nadi-based resort
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner credit of $30 FJD at the resort
  • Choose between:
    • Unstructured time
    • Tivua Island Cruise with transfers and BBQ lunch upgrade for $240 NZD
    • Serenity Island Cruise including lunch and transfers upgrade for $240 NZD

Day 1:

  • Fly into Nadi and be transported to our Nadi-based resort
  • Unstructured activities day to allow for flexibility on incoming flights
  • Experience a REAL Fijian welcome like no other – please arrive at the resort no later than 5pm to attend. If a later arrival, you’ll receive a free dinner at the resort upon arrival

Day 2:

  • Breakfast 
  • Shuttle to daily cultural activities
    • Nadi Temple 
    • Fiji Village
    • Sleeping Giant Garden 
    • Mud Pool
  • Lunch on the road
  • Back to the resort for bags and transfer to the island via the Robinson Crusoe Island jetty
  • Dinner and cultural activities provided by the resort for the evening

Day 3:

  • Breakfast
  • Range of activities on the island including counselling and cultural themed workshops
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Range of activities on the island including counselling and cultural themed workshops
  • Traditional Fijian Lovo Dinner at the resort
  • Cultural Activities & Fire Dancing

Day 4:

  • Breakfast
  • Transfers back to the mainland 
  • Coral Coast Adventure
    • Visit gorgeous beaches, the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, local Fijian villages, and a beautiful waterfall! (Horse riding available at the waterfall for an additional fee)
  • Dinner at resort or Sunset Dinner Cruise – optional for additional fee

Day 5 (those without the 2 day extension):

  • Breakfast
  • Unstructured day
  • Transfers to the airport are arranged

Days 5 -7 (for those choosing to stay until August 16th):

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner credit of $30FJD at resort and networking time with peers
  • Transfers to the airport are arranged
  • Choose between:
    • Unstructured time
    • Tivua Island Cruise with transfers and BBQ lunch upgrade for $240 NZD
    • Serenity Island Cruise including lunch and transfers upgrade for $240 NZD

Itinerary:

Day 1 (those arriving August 10th)

  • Fly into Nadi and be transported to our Nadi-based resort
  • Unstructured activities day to allow for flexibility on incoming flights
  • Experience a REAL Fijian welcome like no other – please arrive at the resort no later than 5pm to attend. If a later arrival, you’ll receive a free dinner at the resort upon arrival

Day 3:

  • Breakfast
  • Range of activities on the island including counselling and cultural themed workshops
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Range of activities on the island including counselling and cultural themed workshops
  • Traditional Fijian Lovo Dinner at the resort
  • Cultural Activities & Fire Dancing

Day 5 (those without the 2 day extension):

  • Breakfast
  • Unstructured day
  • Transfers to the airport are arranged

Days 5 - 7 (for those choosing to stay until August 12th):

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner credit of $30FJD at resort and networking time with peers
  • Transfers to the airport are arranged
  • Choose between:
    • Unstructured time
    • Tivua Island Cruise with transfers and BBQ lunch upgrade for $240 NZD
    • Serenity Island Cruise including lunch and transfers upgrade for $240 NZD

Day -2 - 1 (for those choosing to come early - August 8th):

  • Fly into Nadi and be transported to our Nadi-based resort (2 days early – checking in August 8th)
  • Breakfast included on -1 and 1
  • Dinner credit of $30FJD at resort and networking time with peers
  • Choose between:
    • Unstructured time
    • Tivua Island Cruise with transfers and BBQ lunch upgrade for $240 NZD
    • Serenity Island Cruise including lunch and transfers upgrade for $240 NZD

Day 2:

  • Breakfast 
  • Shuttle to daily cultural activities
    • Nadi Temple 
    • Fiji Village
    • Sleeping Giant Garden 
    • Mud Pool
  • Lunch on the road
  • Back to the resort for bags and transfer to the island via the Robinson Crusoe Island jetty
  • Dinner and cultural activities provided by the resort for the evening

Day 4:

  • Breakfast
  • Transfers back to the mainland 
  • Coral Coast Adventure
    • Visit gorgeous beaches, the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, local Fijian villages, and a beautiful waterfall! (Horse riding available at the waterfall for an additional fee)
  • Dinner at the resort or Sunset Dinner Cruise – additional fee
Fiji-Island.jpg

Lean In, Learn, & Lounge

Take a Boat Out to a Stunning Fijian Island

Spend time with others learning topics related to all things private practice as and Fijian culture while lounging on a beautiful island just off the coast of the mainland.

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Fiji Cultural Retreat Packages

Bronze Package

Fiji on a Budget
$ 1,999 NZD Early Bird Pricing until May 1st
  • 2 Nights in Nadi in a basic room
  • 2 Nights in the islands in a basic room
  • All meals
  • All transfers and tours
  • All workshops & recordings
  • ACFB MEGA Private Practice Bundle
  • 2 Years ACFB Premium Professional Membership
  • 25% off OOO Services for 2 Years
  • Mud Pool entry
  • Nadi Temple Entry
  • Garden of the Sleeping Giant Entry
  • Coral Coast Discovery Tour
  • Cultural Night including an authentic Fijian Lovo dinner and fire dancing
Limited

Bronze Package PLUS

Get Everything from Above Plus an Additional 2 Nights in Nadi and a Massage on the Island
$ 2,499 NZD Early Bird Pricing until May 1st
  • 4 Nights in Nadi in a basic room
  • 2 Nights in the islands in a basic room
  • All meals
  • All transfers and tours
  • All workshops & recordings
  • ACFB MEGA Private Practice Bundle
  • 2 Years ACFB Premium Professional Membership
  • 25% off OOO Services for 2 Years
  • Mud Pool entry
  • Nadi Temple Entry
  • Garden of the Sleeping Giant Entry
  • Coral Coast Discovery Tour
  • Cultural Night including an authentic Fijian Lovo dinner and fire dancing
best value

Silver Package

"The Middle of the Road"
$ 2,499 NZD Early Bird Pricing until May 1st
  • 2 Nights in Nadi in an upgraded room
  • 2 Nights in the islands in an upgraded room
  • All meals
  • All transfers and tours
  • All workshops & recordings
  • ACFB MEGA Private Practice Bundle
  • 2 Years ACFB Premium Professional Membership
  • 25% off OOO Services for 2 Years
  • Mud Pool entry
  • Nadi Temple Entry
  • Garden of the Sleeping Giant Entry
  • Coral Coast Discovery Tour
  • Cultural Night including an authentic Fijian Lovo dinner and fire dancing
  • Massage on the island

Silver Package PLUS

Get Everything from Above Plus an Additional 2 Nights in Nadi and the Horse Riding Upgrade
$ 2,999 NZD Early Bird Pricing until May 1st
  • 4 Nights in Nadi in an upgraded room
  • 2 Nights in the islands in an upgraded room
  • All meals
  • All transfers and tours
  • All workshops & recordings
  • ACFB MEGA Private Practice Bundle
  • 3 Years ACFB Premium Professional Membership
  • 25% off OOO Services for 3 Years
  • Mud Pool entry
  • Nadi Temple Entry
  • Garden of the Sleeping Giant Entry
  • Coral Coast Discovery Tour
  • Cultural Night including an authentic Fijian Lovo dinner and fire dancing
  • Massage on the island
  • Horse riding at the Waterfall Add-on

Gold Package

Experience Everything Fiji has to Offer!
$ 2,799 NZD Early Bird Pricing until May 1st
  • 2 Nights in Nadi in an top grade room
  • 2 Nights in the islands in an top grade room
  • All meals
  • All transfers and tours
  • All workshops & recordings
  • ACFB MEGA Private Practice Bundle
  • 3 Years ACFB Premium Professional Membership
  • 25% off OOO Services for 3 Years
  • Mud Pool entry
  • Nadi Temple Entry
  • Garden of the Sleeping Giant Entry
  • Coral Coast Discovery Tour
  • Cultural Night including an authentic Fijian Lovo dinner and fire dancing
  • Massage on the island
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise Add-on
  • Horse riding at the Waterfall Add-on
  • FREE Welcome Gift
Popular

Gold Package PLUS

Get Everything from Above Plus an Additional 2 Nights in Nadi and Choice of Additional Tour
$ 3,599 NZD Early Bird Pricing until May 1st
  • 4 Nights in Nadi in an top grade room
  • 2 Nights in the islands in an top grade room
  • All meals
  • All transfers and tours
  • All workshops & recordings
  • ACFB MEGA Private Practice Bundle
  • 3 Years ACFB Premium Professional Membership
  • 25% off OOO Services for 3 Years
  • Mud Pool entry
  • Nadi Temple Entry
  • Garden of the Sleeping Giant Entry
  • Coral Coast Discovery Tour
  • Cultural Night including an authentic Fijian Lovo dinner and fire dancing
  • Massage on the island
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise Add-on
  • Horse riding at the Waterfall Add-on
  • Choose Between Tivua Island or Serenity Island Day Cruise with Lunch on the Island
  • FREE Welcome Gift
Everything

FAQ's

Still have questions about this retreat? Check out our FAQ’s below!

Can I make payments?

Yes! You may choose to pay all of the cost or a $500 NZD non-refundable deposit per person and make the remaining payments prior to August 1st 2023.

What payment options are available?

You can pay for this retreat via online banking (if in NZ) or via PayPal or Wise (if international).

If you are paying with PayPal, we ask that you add an additional 1% towards fees.

What is included?

All meals, accomodation, and activities listed above.

What other costs are involved?

Airfare to and from Nadi airport, travel insurance, and any spending money you may want to spend during shopping trips.

Can I bring my kids?

I’m very sorry but in order to provide a high quality experience to all travelers, we ask that this retreat be for adults only.

Can I bring my partner?

Yes totally! This trip is best enjoyed by a group of friends or loved ones.

What workshops will be provided?

We are still finalising this and should have the full schedule prior to May 1st.

Currently, Ashley Cairns will speak on how to start a private practice and market your practice, Amy Marschall will speak on building additional income streams for your practice, and Joe Cairns will speak on counselling and technology. We are currently speaking to a few others who are keen to contribute.

If you are a therapist interested in speaking at this event, please email Ashley at: ashley@achangeforbetter.com

What is your refund policy?

The initial $500 NZD deposit is non-refundable. This is to cover our costs should you cancel.

Any money paid in addition to this is refundable until August 1st. Any cancellations after August 1st will result in the forfeiture of all monies paid.

 

You may transfer your package to another for a $100 NZD fee.

What about cancellations due to bad weather?

These will be handled on a case-by-case basis depending on the severity of the trip interruption. Email Ashley should this occur as soon as you are aware.

Do you have any other summits coming up?

We are taking interest for potential summits in 2024 and 2025. 

Some of the countries we’ve thought of for our future summits include Fiji, Bali, Rarotonga, Vietnam, and Thailand. 

If you are interested in another country that isn’t these, please contact us with ideas and interest.

ashley@achangeforbetter.com

This retreat is co-sponsored by:
A Change for Better
Our Office Online

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