Transform your health, be grounded in new perspectives and heal wounds of separation from self, each other and the land. Join us in sharing space, wisdom and experience TOGETHER with Indigenous Australians. 
Immersive Health & Cross-Cultural Journey 
in Northern Australia Shared with Yolngu from North East Arnhem Land.
This incredibly unique journey will begin with a 2 month engaging online preparatory course to resource and equip you with cross cultural, personal development and nutrition knowledge and skills culminating in a 2 week retreat intensive in tropical Darwin. 

Your participation in TOGETHER Retreat sponsors a Yolngu person to journey with you.  A journey which is literally life saving for the oldest living culture on earth, who are currently battling an epidemic of preventable chronic disease.

Blending traditional Yolngu culture with the best of integrative wellness and life shifting experiences set against the stunning beauty of northern Australia.  

Fulfil your longing for grounded connectedness.

Reconnect with the earth and connect with indigenous culture.  
An opportunity for deeper awareness and true wellbeing.


It's time to rejuvenate in every sense of the word.  Practicing the very best of nutrition, coached personally throughout the retreat by world-renowned naturopath and nutritionist, Helen Padarin, you will experience a health re-awakening.

Alongside daily movement activities, massage, osteopathic and indigenous treatments, this is an opportunity to journey with your indigenous brothers and sisters as you transform your health side by side.


You're excited by the unique opportunity to come together in a positive, shared experience that values Yolngu knowledge and constructs.  You'll be supported with frameworks in order to navigate the cross cultural space in a respectful way that builds mutual understanding.

Yolngu traditional cultural activities will be an everyday part of your retreat journey including basket making, painting, traditional dance, spear making and traditional treatments for health and wellbeing.

ABOUT TOGETHER RETREATS
TOGETHER Retreats are a partnership between Why Warriors Org (who administer the Hope for Health project) and Helen Padarin. Why Warriors brings over 40 years of wisdom and experience in Arnhem Land, specialising in building capacity across cultures. Helen Padarin brings the skills of a world-class nutritionist, naturopath, author to the retreat facilitation experience.

At the very heart of Hope for Health is the joy and value of journeying together across cultures towards vibrant health. It all started with a powerful sharing between Yolngu woman Dianne Biritjalawuy and Balanda woman Kama Trudgen, and has grown to be a rich and evolving space where traditional Yolngu knowledge can meet with other traditions as well as modern science.  For the full story, read on here.

Hope for Health believes that Balanda and Yolngu are all part of the same story. With different vantage points and perspectives,  journeying together becomes so much more powerful and it gives everyone involved new eyes for the world we share. A world that is all the richer for holding our diversity.

The vision of Hope for Health was famously shared world-wide through the health documentary phenomenon, The Magic Pill.  Together Retreats is the first coming together of Balanda and Yolngu health journeys in one unique cultural experience that benefits all.

As Seen On...

Helen Padarin (BHSc(Nat) DN, ND, DBM) is a naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist in clinical practice since 2001. Helen is co-author of The Complete Gut Health Cookbook (with Pete Evans) and BubbaYumYum (with Pete Evans and Charlotte Carr) and has contributed chapters to tertiary education textbooks in clinical naturopathic medicine. Helen is passionate about supporting people to reconnect with themselves, deepening the way they relate to each other and nature, about empowering people to make simple dietary and lifestyle changes that reward with big health and happiness impacts and overall for people to find the joy in being well. Helen realises the best way to learn and create change is through experience, rather than just knowledge. For this reason she is very passionate about creating immersive online programs and retreat experiences that provide every participant the opportunity for empowering insight and transformation.

Dianne (Biritjalawu) is a Yolngu leader from Elcho Island in Northeast Arnhem Land. She has a Master’s Degree in Indigenous Knowledge from Charles Darwin University and a certificate II in Business and Administration. She speaks 4 languages – Djambarrpuyngu, English, Dhangu and Gupapuyngu. She is the daughter of eminent civil rights advocate and Aboriginal leader Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM. She is a radio presenter on Yolngu Radio, and co-facilitates ‘Bridging the Gap’ seminars with Richard Trudgen as a way of sharing the depth of Indigenous knowledge with the wider Australian community. She is co-founder of the Hope for Health project.
Kama Trudgen (MBBS) is a Medical Doctor who stepped sideways from clinical practice to be immersed in the world of community development. She spent 8 years living with her family on Elcho Island, North East Arnhem Land, where she is adopted into the Gupapuyngu clan. Kama and her husband Tim made themselves available on the ground to support Yolngu. In the process of overcoming the heartbreaking problem of not being able to make it through a pregnancy, Kama discovered the power of nutrition. She now has two beautiful children keeping her on her toes. Sharing her family’s healing foods with a Yolngu friend started a chain reaction in the community that birthed the Hope for Health program. Kama is passionate about empowering Yolngu to reclaim their vitality, the power and relevance of the wisdom held in traditional cultures, and bridging the Gap between the Yolngu world and the dominant culture.

Timothy Trudgen BSc (Hons) and BA (Anthropology)(Hons) founded Why Warriors Pty Ltd in 2001, and the charity Why Warriors Org in 2016, with his father Richard Trudgen. He has worked closely with the Yolngu people of North East Arnhem Land for over 17 years, including living in the Galiwin’ku community on Elcho Island for 8 years. He speaks Djambarrpuyŋu and has been adopted into this clan nation through his father. His work is focused on cross-cultural education and capacity building (particularly in health and economics), and Enterprise Facilitation to help Yolngu implement their own visions for economic and social endeavours. He is spearheading the innovative educational approach used in Hope for Health.

Richard Trudgen has been a pioneering figure in community education and development for the last 43 years, of which the last 35 have been spent alongside the Yolngu people of North East Arnhem Land.  Richard was CEO of Aboriginal Resource Development Services (ARDS) for more than 10 years, where he established Yolngu Radio in 2003.  For the last 15 years, Richard has been presenting the Bridging the Gap seminars to audiences across Australia.  He is the author of the seminal book on Indigenous culture "Why Warriors Lie Down and Die."  His latest big project is to develop a complete e-learning school in Yolnu Matha, the Indigenous language of North East Arnhem Land. Richard speaks Djambarrpuynu and in 2015 was a finalist for the NT Senior Australian of the Year award.





TOGETHER RETREAT INCLUSIONS
The TOGETHER process includes a 2 month online preparation course which culminates in the 2 week retreat intensive experience shared in the tropical Top End. The course is designed to prepare you as much as possible to dive into a life changing experience shared together with Yolngu participants. We hope to equip you in practical ways with information, frameworks, experiences and tools, that will serve you during and beyond the TOGETHER journey. The course time commitment is light but the insights on offer are significant. 

A deeply grounded cross cultural journey is an opportunity to shift perspectives, and gain new eyes to view the world. This cross cultural journey will be guided by Richard, Tim and Kama Trudgen, who collectively have more than 60 years experience in working with Yolngu people from North East Arnhem Land. You will have the opportunity to acquire a deep understanding of the real issues affecting remote Indigenous communities, along with tools and strategies to bridge the gap and enable communication and connection. This course seeks to lay a foundation for significant connection and insights to be gained from the oldest living culture on earth. 

During this preparation period you will be given the opportunity to participate in Helen’s fun and effective online challenge- 9v9. This is a simple and practical way to begin this journey, wherever you are at in your health story. The retreat is then an opportunity to take your personal health journey to the next level, under the care and guidance of world class naturopath Helen Padarin. A time to dive deeply into information, practical tools and most importantly unique experiences. The information is lived in the retreat process, catapulting you forward on your journey to vibrant health! What is known through experience cannot be unknown. 

As you take steps on your health journey and embark on new ground in cross cultural shared experience, you will be engaging in the process of change and growth. This provides an opportunity to shed old habits and perspectives, gain deep insights and confront challenges. 
  • 2 month online preparation course
  • Airport transfers from Darwin International Airport
  •  12 nights accommodation twin share
  •  Cross cultural and personal development sessions
  •  All meals - organic, grain free, gluten free, dairy free (not vegetarian)
  •  All detox support supplements
  •  Daily workshops and all workshop materials
  •  Daily health coaching
  •  Daily movement/ play sessions
  • 2 one on one naturopathic sessions
  •  Medical supervision
  •  3 massage treatments
  •  3 osteopathic treatments
  •  2 Yolngu traditional treatments
  •  Yolngu guided traditional activities including basket making, painting, traditional dance and spear making (for men)
  •  Opportunity to journey deeply with Yolngu brothers and sisters
  •  Private Facebook group for all retreat participants to continue community going forward.
INDIVIDUAL ATTENDEE + SPONSORSHIP
$14,997 p.p.
Including Sponsorship of a Yolngu person to attend the TOGETHER Retreat
(50% of your fee is Tax Deductible for Australian tax-payers)
2 Months of pre-Retreat preparation coaching
 12 nights accommodation, twin share
The best of nutrition and health coaching from world-renowned Naturopath, Helen Padarin
Daily health treatments including Naturopathic, massage, and osteopathic treatments
Detox and organic food including cooking and preparation education
Traditional cultural activities including basket making, painting, dance and spear-making
Daily movement sessions
Daily cross cultural and personal development sessions
 TOTAL VALUE: $19,850+
COUPLES OFFER + SPONSORSHIP
$12,997 p.p.
Including Sponsorship of a Yolngu person to attend the TOGETHER Retreat
(50% of your fee is Tax Deductible for Australian tax-payers)
2 Months of pre-Retreat preparation coaching
 12 nights accommodation, twin share
The best of nutrition and health coaching from world-renowned Naturopath, Helen Padarin
Daily health treatments including Naturopathic, massage, and osteopathic treatments
Detox and organic food including cooking and preparation education
Traditional cultural activities including basket making, painting, dance and spear-making
Daily movement sessions
Daily cross cultural and personal development sessions
 TOTAL VALUE: $19,850+

We start with a free call with TOGETHER Retreat Director, Kama Trudgen, to talk through your questions and talk through the program.  Because of the sensitive cultural nature of the Retreat, we love to meet our potential participants before confirming their attendance.

What people are saying
“It is a great honour to stand side by side Kama, Dianne and the Yolngu women and everyone in the Hope For Health family on this profound journey towards the empowerment and renewed health of Indigenous Australians. It is truly vital for us all, as people of the land to unite and to appreciate and give life to our combined deepest intent – to connect through pure love, with each other and our marvellous home, glorious Mother Earth and that is exactly what Hope For Health exudes and creates."

Nicola Robinson-Evans, Health & Wellness Speaker
"As a volunteer at Hope for Health I was amazed at the warmth, welcome and connection I developed with the beautiful Yolngu people. I was slightly nervous about how I would connect, especially with the cultural and language differences. Throughout my time at 'Hope for Health’, I was truly blown away by the deep connection I had with these folk and the invitation to participate in many of their traditional practices. I was able to experience hunting, fishing, painting, singing, weaving and dancing with the Yolngu. 

As a volunteer providing osteopathic services I went to Hope for Heatlh expecting to provide my skills and expertise. Whilst I had this opportunity, I was astounded at all that I learnt and how I was profoundly changed. The depth and complexity of their knowledge of the land and its seasons, the Yolngu family structure and traditions, their history in Arnhem Land, their creativity and ingenuity and so much more. 

I would highly recommend these TOGETHER retreats as an incredible, unique and life-changing opportunity to journey with the Yolngu. I have no doubt that you too, will have your health transformed and develop a close connection with the Yolngu that could last a lifetime"

Melanie Woollam, Osteopath and Director of Body of Life Health Centre in Sydney
“A return to our roots, to our core, to our purpose and to love is what Hope For Health stands for. I know in my heart of hearts that it’s crucial that we all join together and reconnect to all that surrounds us. For the growth and renewal of our land and it’s people we must honour those who have walked before us, the ones here today and those who are yet to come and Kama, Diane, the Yolngu women and all the Hope For Health visionaries are doing an extraordinary job at guiding us along that path."

Pete Evans, Author, Television Presenter & Chef
"After seeking advice from several health professionals over a number of years to
treat my son’s chronic gut problems, our health journey lead us to Helen Padarin
who has been effectively treating him.  To say that Helen’s support has been a relief
is an understatement.  Helen’s approach has been truly wholistic, taking into
consideration my son’s personality, school commitments and food preferences, and
is backed up with rigorous information, evidence, and protocols.  I am so happy to
see my son’s health improve!

I am thrilled to see Helen move into public health, and the advocacy she is
contributing to the Yolngu Community through the Hope for Health initiative, and the
information the community are sharing with us Balanda through Helen about the
cultural traditions on Elcho Island.  This is a very exciting project for all involved.
I have also benefitted enormously from Helen's role as a presenter and health
educator at events such as MINDD foundation conferences.  She gives great
information and keeps it real - there is so much information out there!"

Theanna Peters, The School Food Project
“The depth and breadth of Helen’s knowledge is astounding. Having had the opportunity to co facilitate within a retreat setting, I can say without questions Helen’s knowledge, open mind and heart brought not just an educational experience to our participants but a deeply healing one too. I’m in deep gratitude to the spirit that in habits this beautiful soul and the gifts she brings to those ready to receive."

Jo Rushton, The Energy Coaching Institute 
"We know that coming TOGETHER for such a transformational process will be life changing and life saving for all involved."
- Kama Trudgen, Hope for Health
INDIVIDUAL ATTENDEE + SPONSORSHIP
$14,997 p.p.
Including Sponsorship of a Yolngu person to attend the TOGETHER Retreat
(50% of your fee is Tax Deductible for Australian tax-payers)
2 Months of pre-Retreat preparation coaching
 12 nights accommodation, twin share
The best of nutrition and health coaching from world-renowned Naturopath, Helen Padarin
Daily health treatments including Naturopathic, massage, and osteopathic treatments
Detox and organic food including cooking and preparation education
Traditional cultural activities including basket making, painting, dance and spear-making
Daily movement sessions
Daily cross cultural and personal development sessions
 TOTAL VALUE: $19,850+
COUPLES OFFER + SPONSORSHIP
$12,997 p.p.
Including Sponsorship of a Yolngu person to attend the TOGETHER Retreat
(50% of your fee is Tax Deductible for Australian tax-payers)
2 Months of pre-Retreat preparation coaching
 12 nights accommodation, twin share
The best of nutrition and health coaching from world-renowned Naturopath, Helen Padarin
Daily health treatments including Naturopathic, massage, and osteopathic treatments
Detox and organic food including cooking and preparation education
Traditional cultural activities including basket making, painting, dance and spear-making
Daily movement sessions
Daily cross cultural and personal development sessions
 TOTAL VALUE: $19,850+

We start with a free call with TOGETHER Retreat Director, Kama Trudgen, to talk through your questions and talk through the program.  Because of the sensitive cultural nature of the Retreat, we love to meet our potential participants before confirming their attendance.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Organising an event such as this is complex and requires significant financial investment. We must strictly limit the number of attendees to keep this experience intimate and connected, and to ensure close interaction with our team.  As a result, guest cancellations have a significant impact on the event. With this in mind our cancellation policy is as follows:

* A deposit of AUD$5000.00 is required to secure your position.
* Full payment must be made by April 15th 2019.
* If cancelling prior to April 1st a $1000 refund is provided.   
* We regret that we cannot offer any refund to guests who cancel after April 1st. 
* Travel insurance is recommended.

If we receive low enrolment by April 15th, we reserve the right to cancel the event. In this case your full enrolment fee will be refunded, minus any bank fees and charges.  
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