Peer Connect Retreats


This retreat, formerly known as the Couples Retreat, is a great opportunity for people with neuromuscular conditions and their partners to go away for the weekend as a group.

Why go to a Peer Connect retreat?

Meet others with similar experiences to you and enjoy outings and some lively conversation over dinner. Participants enjoy sharing their stories and challenges with each other, and pass on valuable tips, often motivating and encouraging each other.

Participants come away feeling refreshed and connected to a larger community of peers. People have kept in contact with each other after attending and some lovely friendships have blossomed. Couples also enjoy some quality time together, away from the daily grind.

What happens on a retreat?

People gather for a meal at the start of the weekend, with plenty of unstructured time to do what you choose after that. Breakfasts often linger late into the morning on these weekends. Then there’s the possibility of outings with others to nearby shops and restaurants, or maybe to travel a little further afield in the evening for special events like VIVID.

It’s a great opportunity for people living in rural or regional
NSW to connect with others with similar experiences.

MDNSW Client Services team members are also on hand for a chat or for advice on anything from entitlements to transitioning to different supports.

Do I have to be in a “couple”?

Not at all, some retreat participants come with a friend or a family member. It’s why we changed the name to Sydney MD Retreat.

How do I sign up for a retreat?

If you and your partner – or your family member – are interested in attending a retreat, contact our Peer Connect Program Coordinator, Carolyn, at or call us on 02 9888 5711. Retreats are usually well attended, with around 20 people coming along for a fun weekend away.

Please note that an up-to-date vaccination status or a valid vaccination exemption certificate is required to attend this event.

How much will it cost?

We try to keep costs down as much as possible, check our Events page to see when the next retreat is coming up, or contact us to find out more.