Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreat | Mt Alexander Region, VIC

6:00 pm - 5:00 pm 09/08/2019 - 11/08/2019 Castlemaine Gardens Holiday Park, Castlemaine Vic

Intrepid Landcare will kick-start in the Mt Alexander region, VIC in August 2019 with a weekend retreat for passionate young people!

The retreat is open to anyone aged 16 – 35 years, who is up for making a difference and having some damn good fun doing it.

Where: The retreat will be held at Castlemaine Gardens Holiday Park, Castlemaine, VIC

When: Friday August 9 – Sunday August 11 2019

To avoid disappointment, please submit your application ASAP: Click here

Applications close July 14 (midnight)

We have a pretty epic line up of activities including connecting to the local environment, meeting local legends, and inspiring speakers doing great stuff for the environment. Hiking, Indigenous cultural activities, Landcare and diverse conservation activities, leadership and personal development training, and more!

This event is perfect for young adventurous souls who love the environment and are keen to do stuff that matters. Application to attend is essential, as there are limited spots.

To make these opportunities accessible to as many young people as possible, successful applicants are being generously funded by North Central Catchment Management Authority and Connecting Country through funding from the Victorian Landcare Program. This support covers all catering, accommodation and a carefully packaged leadership development program tailored to meet the needs of young people passionate about the environment. So we do ask that you take this commitment seriously before applying.

You must be able to attend the entire weekend (6.00pm Friday August 9 – 5.00pm Sunday August 11 2019). We can help facilitate transport if you do not have private transport, and will do our best to assist with any other needs you might have, just let us know what they are.

For more information, please email or call Megan on 0412 532 817.



  • Are you between 16 and 35 years, have an interest or already involved in environmental conservation activities?
  • Keen connect with a new network of like-minded people and turn that interest into further action?
  • Curious about what is already happening across the Mt Alexander / Central Victoria regions, and love meeting new people? Then YES. This is totally for you!


Led by our highly skilled and adventurous facilitators Megan Rowlatt and Toni Stevens, you will:

  • Be exposed to a weekend of fun and adventure, exploring and meeting rad new people
  • Hear from inspiring legends who are doing great things for the environment
  • Get your hands dirty and contribute to a local conservation project
  • Learn about local Aboriginal culture
  • Learn how to design ways you can step up and create opportunities for you and other young people to work towards a more sustainable future
  • Learn how to create and lead community action
  • All this, while immersed in pretty spectacular nature


By being the change you want to see in the world totally puts you in the leadership category whether you realise it or not. There are many amazing young people around Australia leading on the change they want to see in their communities and for the world, whether it’s occasionally volunteering and sharing their messages in a blog or on social media all the way to leading regular teams of volunteers to carry out exciting conservation projects or creating projects or campaigns in their school or university for others to get involved in. We are here to help you discover and develop that further, or create something completely new. The possibilities are endless.


To apply for a spot on this highly popular retreat, fill out the application form, a spot on the program will only be granted through an expression of interest process (closes July 14, midnight). We’d LOVE to have you along! Apply here.

Here’s what others have had to say about the Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreat experience…

“Reflecting on the weekend spent on a leadership retreat with the amazing Intrepid Landcare. I felt incredibly privileged to be accepted and to be surrounded by so many inspiring people looking to create change. We learnt how to make fire, make rope from native plants, heard from an incredible aboriginal leader, and had so many discussions about the environment and what we can do to save it. I spent most of my life turning a blind eye to ‘the greenies’ but the more time I spend in nature, and appreciate the incredible impact it has on me, my confidence, and my happiness, I realise I cannot just take from it. It’s time to give back! Here’s to 2018 and the start of making a difference.” – Brooke, South West Sydney Retreat

“Intrepid Landcare was one of most phenomenal weekends of my life. It was so refreshing to meet like-minded, inspiring and caring young people from my area that before the retreat I had no idea even existed. Megan and Naomi were so humble, enthusiastic, genuine and encompass all that it means to be a great leader. Their seemingly effortless ability to bring together 20 strangers and create long lasting bonds and friendships over the course of a single weekend is a massive asset to their powerful duo. Moreover, their capacity to engage and empower every one of us, connect us to relevant networks and create and believe in our ideas was truly invaluable. I can now proudly say I’m part of the tribe and cannot wait for what’s next!” – Jordan, Gippsland Retreat.

“I am so darn grateful I did not back out of this trip because it has reignited my passion for the environment and has taught me so much. I went to this retreat feeling incredibly lost with the fears of being unworthy to participate but boy did Intrepid Landcare prove me wrong. Out I came feeling the most motivated and ambitious I have ever felt!! Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have been able to meet such a diverse but grounded group of people who have the same fears and goals I did. I’ve received so much reassurance, guidance and have gained such a large support system to fall back on that there’s no other way but to look up now. Thank you so much Megan, Peter and Tim!! You guys are really out here changing lives and the future of our environment for the better.” – Thanneal, Macedon Ranges Retreat

“Before this retreat I was not feeling the best about the environment and generally uninspired. The positive minded people gave me a sense that change is possible when you take the right steps and we are more powerful than we think!” – Participant, Western Sydney Retreat

“Did the Intrepid Landcare retreat meet your expectations? It exceeded expectations. I was tentative coming into the weekend, but was blown away by my experience. I understand why you do what you do, and why it’s important to facilitate it over a whole weekend rather than a day workshop. I truly feel energised and inspired by the weekend, and have reconnected with my “leader within”. I feel so grateful to have been involved and to have forged connections with a diverse range of people, sharing a common passion.” – Gabi, Central Coast Retreat

To see what else is going down around the country check out our other tribes.

This project is supported by North Central Catchment Management Authority and Connecting Country through funding from the Victorian Landcare Program.

We would like to acknowledge we will be meeting on Dja Dja Wurrung Country and pay our respects to the traditional custodians of this land.

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