Overcoming MS Retreat

  • 5 days | 4 nights (from Mon 11am to Fri 2pm) 
  • Upcoming dates:
    Mon 1 – Fri 5 Jun 2020
    Mon 26 – Fri 30 Oct 2020
  • Facilitated by our expert team of OMS facilitators including the founder himself – Professor George Jelinek, Dr Georgie Stanton, Dr Keryn Taylor and Dr Sam Gartland

Retreat Overview

Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. It is a chronic, typically progressive and unpredictable disease, often striking those with most of their life ahead of them. Fortunately with dedicated lifestyle modification and effective support it is indeed possible to halt the progression of MS.

The ‘Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis’ retreat program is a practical and inspirational five-day  retreat program, based on Professor Jelinek’s scientific research, clinical experience and profound insight, as well as the Yarra Valley Living Centre’s 30 years of experience in lifestyle medicine and self-help healing programs.

Professor Jelinek is a Professor in emergency medicine and author of the books Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis and Recovering from Multiple Sclerosis, both of which are currently available for FREE from our Resource Centre/webstore (postage charges apply).

During this retreat program you will acquire the techniques, lifestyle changes and prescribed medical management practices that, when combined, may stabilise MS and potentially enable recovery.

Our expert team of facilitators including Professor George Jelinek, Dr Georgie Stanton, Dr Keryn Taylor and Dr Sam Gartland, have overcome their own diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis using these same strategies. Participants will gain invaluable insight and information from these facilitators, and most sessions will involve learning through direct participation and experience.  Discussion is encouraged and there is plenty of time for questions and answers.

Participants will also benefit from the supportive and conducive group environment, and can expect to leave feeling inspired, informed and capable of taking more control of their lives.

You are encouraged to bring along a support person and we can discuss this further with you.

The aims of the program:

  • Halt the progression of MS – supported by evidence based research
  • Maximise healing and wellbeing
  • Create a sustainable program for each participant to take with them
  • Increase awareness of current options including medical treatments, complementary medicine, self-help and healing techniques
  • Generate confidence to make informed, effective choices
  • Address prevailing fears and misunderstanding of MS; seeking to clarify the confusion and transform this into positive outcomes
  • Examine the meaning and purpose of your life
  • Use the group process to facilitate communication and to generate a mutually supportive network.

The Overcoming MS Retreat is conducted at our beautiful Yarra Valley Living Centre in Yarra Junction, Victoria. The healing environment helps you integrate what you are learning in peaceful natural surrounds away from the busyness of everyday life.  Our caring and experienced therapists and staff will be available to assist you in the program and help you to get maximum benefit.

2020 Pricing

The pricing as outlined below covers all elements of the program, including educational sessions and materials, accommodation, delicious plant-based wholefood meals, snacks, and healthy beverages. Optional extras include transport, massage therapies, counselling and purchases from our resource centre. Click here for further information on transport.

$1,775 pp    Multi-Share room (same-sex dorm)
$2,185 pp    Twin/Double room
$3,398 pp    Single room – subject to availability


A $550 holding deposit per person is required at the time of booking to reserve your place, and the remaining balance may be paid in instalments.

*Financial members receive significant discounts on retreat bookings. To review full member benefits and to sign up today please click here.

To secure your place in this transformative retreat program, you can CLICK HERE to pay your deposit online, or CALL 1300 651 211 to finalise your booking with one of our friendly team members (credit card or direct deposit accepted). By paying your deposit, you acknowledge your acceptance of our Cancellation & Transfer Policy. Alternatively, you can submit the enquiry form below and one of our team members will be in touch.

Please note: If paying your deposit online, we will be in touch by phone to finalise your room allocation. Until this room allocation has occurred, your deposit is covered by our full refund policy.

OMS Retreat Enquiry Form

To find out more or to register for our next retreat, call 1300 651 211 or email clientservices@gawler.org. Alternatively you can submit your booking request/enquiry using the form below and one of our friendly client services team members will be in touch within 2 business hours.

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Call 1300 651 211 or email clientservices@gawler.org to enquire/book. Alternatively, submit your the enquiry form below and we will be in touch within 2 business hours.

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With respect to heightened concerns about the spread of Coronavirus, we continue to be lead by the directions of the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services. In line with current restrictions for businesses and gatherings in Victoria, we have made the decision to reschedule our March, April & May Retreat and Training programs to the second half of 2020. New dates will be available online shortly.