Self Leadership


Self Leadership

3 Day Self Leadership Retreat

Research tells us that three days immersed in nature and without digital devices lowers your cortisol by 16% and increases creative problem solving by 50%.


  • Adaptive leadership 
  • Wellbeing 
  • Career navigation  

A 3-day, fully-inclusive premium ‘self-leadership’ retreat specifically designed for professionals in a demanding role with a high-performance culture, dealing with constant change and ambiguity. You’ll be immersed in nature, with personal space and time, and have the rare opportunity to take quality ‘time-out’ to stand on the balcony of your own life. 

It takes place ‘away from it all’ on a private property of pristine tall Otways forest and includes daily workshops and group coaching on executive wellbeing, adaptability, performance energy, career navigation and leadership, as well as post-program coaching to keep you on track after the retreat.   

This program is open to the public and also available for in-house group retreats. 


Who is it for

High performing professional people operating in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environments, looking to tap their potential who also battle with a common conundrum:  “I need life-work balance AND to make the most of my energy and time.” 

You are probably exhausted, need some high-quality sleep, and some time away from the devices. You need a break that pays dividends. You want to recalibrate, whilst being more adaptive in the face of what life and work demands of you. You want to rediscover your sense of purpose and align your career, to thrive now in your professional and personal life.

You want someone to take care of the logistics and facilitate the process so that you can focus on learning and growth and your professional journey.    

Your organisation is probably working on making your work demands more balanced, but that may take time. In the meantime, its widely understood how important wellbeing, adaptive capabilities, learning and growth and a meaningful career path help in the face of such demands.   

    Your facilitators and guides

    John Matthews

    John Matthews

    Guest Facilitator

    John has worked with thousands of professionals and many who are at various stages of their leadership journey.   Time spent with John will include having meaningful conversations that lean on diagnostics tools to unlock your potential.  

    He is a Professional Certified Coach with ICF, and served as the co-founder of The Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership, a premier training and coaching organisation now a publicly listed company. Having trained over thousands of professionals in coaching and leadership skills in the Asia Pacific Region. He is dedicated to unlocking the individual and collective potential needed to thrive in an increasingly challenging world. 

    When asked about his involvement as guest Facilitator, John replied: Nature has a lot to teach us about reconnecting to a deeper sense of who we are. Become the One you are looking for and the world needs you to be.  Leaders in the Wild self leadership programs are an opportunity to continue the exploration with others in an environment that is safe enough and challenging enough to go somewhere you couldn’t on your own. If you are reading this right now and sense the inner tug of something calling you to become a more authentic, greater version of what you can be in service to the world, this is for you. Come join us.

    Janet Walter

    Janet Walter


    With a passion for living a life balancing peak performance and wellbeing, Janet brings a human-centric and outcome-focused approach to developing people to fulfil their potential in their lives and their work. 

    Janet’s helps grow inspired, capable and well-connected visionaries who are prepared for 21st century leadership challenges and opportunities. For more than a decade she has helped clients achieve strategic aims working on needs such as: leadership capability; talent engagement; organisational, leadership development, team performance; and strategic transformation. She develops emerging, middle and executive leaders in a range of industries and sectors, with clients including ANZ, Telstra and NAB. Agilent Technologies, CSIRO, Austrade, Department of Defence and Engineers Australia. 

    She has represented firms such as Ernst and Young, RogenSi, Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership, Lighthouse and Blackdot.

    She is currently studying Masters in Organisational Change, Innovation and Leadership.

    Tom Walter

    Tom Walter

    Outdoor Guide

    Tom brings more than 20 years of experience as an educator and adventure guide working with adults and children in a wide variety of wilderness environments. With a Bachelor of Science, Grad Dip Outdoor Education and Grad Dip Teaching and Learning, he has years of adventure travel all over the world climbing, ski-touring, cycling, paddling and hiking.

    Tom designs and delivers programs with the principles and practices of Slow Travel and Adventure movement, Attention Restoration Theory.Tom plays a key role curating experiential programs with an outdoor theme where leaders get to experience putting leadership theories into practice in environments alien to most of them, having an immediate impact as participants understand how easily transferable these new leadership skills are back into the workplace.  

    Tom believes wholeheartedly in the wellbeing effects of humans dropping into the natural rhythms of Nature. Taking the time to slow down in Nature is the remedy for those seeking refuge from the challenge of a constantly high-paced and often stressful professional life. 


    100-acre property in the Otways Forest Hinterland, Victoria.

    2 hours from Melbourne, and 10 minutes from Lorne. 

    Upcoming 2023 Retreat Dates

    Tuesday 28 February to Thursday 2nd March

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    “The critical benefit for our team was to re-connect away from the office environment and day to day grind, to re-establish our vison and purpose both in a business and personal sense.  The element of being in nature significantly enhanced the experience. Highly Recommend. Thanks Janet & Tom.”

    Josh Pearson

    Managing Partner, Melbourne-based accounting firm

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    • New knowledge, skills, tools and mindsets for wellbeing, adaptability, and leadership performance  
    • A self-leadership development plan 
    • A strategic plan aligning your career with your highest purpose and vision 
    • ‘Stoke’ (fuel) to lead yourself with energy, confidence and direction, especially in the face of ambiguity and change 
    • 3 x 1:1 Coaching Sessions post-program to embed habits and support development 

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    We will send you a prospectus for the program and an invitation for a 15-minute discovery phone-call with Leaders in the Wild Co-Director, Janet Walter.

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    Leaders in the Wild is based on the Surf Coast of Victoria. We acknowledge Wadawurrung and Eastern Maar as Traditional Owners and thank them for taking care of Country. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, giving thanks that we may enjoy activities in nature.