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Discover new people, places and perspectives

14 - 20 October 2023

Increase your

Challenging your existing Money Mindset and develop empowering new belief systems around money.

Learn powerful
leadership skills.

Even sole traders need to lead teams! Learn how to lead with compassion and empathy.

Ignite your

Access world-class properties that will blow your mind!

Improve your


Understand what makes YOU, your clients and your loved ones tick by learning the foundations behind personality types.

Address your business challenges.

Join in the conversations facilitated by TDC Founding Director Andrew Mitchell. You set the agenda.

Connect with an amazing community.

Join a community like no other! Make friends for life. Access a supportive group of likeminded business owners.



Andrew Mitchell - Business Coach

As founding director at The Design Coach, Andrew has been instrumental in creating and developing classes, courses and programs that help guide designers towards their highest potential, both as business owners and as individuals.


Fast becoming recognised as Australia’s leading business coach in the design industry, Andrew is passionate about encouraging designers to maintain healthy mental wellbeing in order to live their best lives.  


With an innate passion for systems and processes that improve efficiency and profitability, Andrew has transformed the operations of countless businesses and, in doing so, has opened up space that allows for their creativity to thrive.


At our 2023 Retreat, you create the agenda. Join facilitated conversations about important topics affecting designers in today’s challenging business climate. Access the incredible brains trust of the 2023 NZ Retreat members to tap into their wealth of experience and knowledge.

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Louise Walker - Developmental Coach

Her style of intentionally disruptive coaching empowers her clients, encouraging a new awareness in their behaviour – reframing un-resourceful thinking and shifting old patterns in the process.

Having previously worked as the in-house coach for five-star health retreat, The Golden Door (now Elysia Wellness Retreat), Louise also now consults as a developmental coach for executives, leaders and entrepreneurs.


Currently, Louise incorporates The Enneagram (an ancient wisdom personality profiling tool) into her work, and her years of training as a Master NLP Practitioner, Meta Coach, Enneagram coach and Integral Coach, means she holds a transformative and powerful coaching space. The developmental coaching she offers is intentionally disruptive, to bring awareness to and shift habitual patterns and conditioned ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.


The South Island offers an unparalleled variety of scenery - snow-capped peaks that tower over sun-parched plains, mesmerising waterfalls that cascade deep down into fjords and translucent glaciers that melt into serene lakes. The island is also the home to vast sheep stations, vineyards and welcoming cities.


As New Zealand’s premier alpine wellness retreat on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a place rich in natural beauty and breathtaking wilderness where you can unwind, indulge, and explore.


Recognised for supreme natural beauty, Queenstown has long been the inspiration for world-class architecture and design, with many of the nation’s most spectacular homes perched on the side of the mountains surrounding the lake, drinking in uninterrupted, unparalleled views.


“The retreat gave me the opportunity to step away from my business and day-to-day life to invest time and energy into learning new things"

"I was blown away with how I felt at the end of the week"

"After attending the 2022 Retreat I have returned feeling motivated, inspired and supported"

"I learnt things that will change the way I live and design. Be prepared to make friendships for a lifetime with other like-minded design lovers, the kind of friendships that engulf your heart in warmth" 

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Your Hotel

Idyllically situated in Queenstown, the St Moritz Hotel overlooks Lake Wakatipu, with views to The Remarkables mountain range.


The architecture and interiors offer intriguing works of art, bespoke furniture and cocooning colours, which highlight the unique charm of Queenstown and the serenity of its surrounding environment.


Decorated with style and elegance, the spacious rooms & suites provide the same sense of calm and serenity.  A blend of textures, colours and light combine to make this “alpine residence” a unique haven where sensorial delights await you.


The St Moritz Lake View Guest Rooms offer generous accommodation with breath-taking views of the lake and mountains beyond.


Each suite is equipped with a beautifully designed bathroom complete with all amenities, including:

  • Super King Bed (183x203cm)

  • 42" LCD Television

  • Sky TV

  • Minibar

  • Tea & coffee making facilities

  • Iron & ironing board


Food & Wine

Queenstown is celebrated around the world for great food, spectacular wine, and welcoming hospitality. In the heart of the Central Otago, the region is famous for mighty pinot noir and luscious aromatic whites.


With a bounty of local produce, Queenstown’s food scene has exploded in the past decade.


Focusing largely on local, seasonal produce, the town’s top chefs are serving award-winning cuisine that is turning heads the world over.

Guest Speaker #1

Leading with Empathy & Intuition
with Samantha Eades (Mitchell & Eades)


Guest speaker Samantha Eades will share her approach to powerful leadership, leaning into the skills of empathy and intuition to create a business that is both professionally successful and personally rewarding.

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Guest Speaker #2

Mastering Money Mindset
with Rebekah Key (Psychotherapist)


In a series of powerful workshops at our 2023 Queenstown Retreat, Rebekah will work with our delegates to identify existing money-mindsets to reframe past negative experiences around money, and discover new beliefs and exercises to create positive and lasting habits.

Guest Speaker #3

Wim Hof Method Fundamentals Workshop
with Laura Warren


A deep dive into the powerful, scientifically validated pillars of the Wim Hof Method which includes:

- A breathwork session
- Guided cold water immersion in nature
- Getting the most from the practice with your mindset and commitment

You will leave confident to implement the knowledge and daily practices to enhance your mental, emotional and physical wellness and embrace your true full potential.

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Queenstown is host to beautiful day spas and Japanese style hot pools, ideal to soothe the muscles and calm the mind.


Boost your energy with a yoga class overlooking the majestic mountains.


Reinvigorate your body with Wimhoff breathwork sessions.


Regain your focus with guided meditation sessions by an open fire.

Property Visits

Queenstown is home to many award-wining properties that exemplify the unique New Zealand approach to architecture.

Once again, we promise to thoroughly explore our networks to introduce our delegates to some of the most exciting architecture and interiors in the area.

Alpine Terrace House by Fearon Hay (Note images are indicative of the properties only)

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Begin your journey to Freedom with two reflective and awakening experiential workshops to explore yourself and free yourself using the wisdom of the Enneagram.


The Enneagram is a map of human nature, featuring nine distinct personality types that describe how we think, feel, act and how we stand in relation with the world and others. 


Two Enneagram workshops “Explore yourself” and “Free yourself” will be hosted by TDC Developmental Coach and facilitator Louise Walker. Your exploration and discovery will be an experience of reflection and inquiry through group coaching, shared narrative and dialogue, meditation and very gentle yoga.

Retreat Testimonials

The retreat gave me the opportunity to step away from my business and day to day life to invest time and energy into learning new things, making new friends and contacts, enjoying new experiences and taking time to think strategically about my business, wellness and personal life. Andrew created a dynamic, sharing and secure environment to do these things.

- Nicola Manning, NM Design
2022 Retreat Member

I had no expectations of what this retreat would be about.

I booked at the last minute and being called a retreat I was sceptical that it was not going to be enough about business, and too much about wellness. I was blown away with how I felt at the end of the week and even more in the following weeks after the retreat. I have more clarity around what I need to do to move my business forward and am also in good place mentally.

- Kirsty Duncan, Bearcanvas Interiors
2022 Retreat Member

After attending the 2022 Retreat I have returned feeling motivated, inspired and supported. Andrew and his team always manage to get the balance of professional growth, personal growth and wellness just right.

All the guest speakers and wellness experts contributed to a wonderful experience overall and the opportunity to stay at SOMA in Byron Bay was the perfect setting.


Connecting with old friends and making new friends at the Retreat was also a highlight. The community that TDC has created through experiences such as the Retreat are what impact my business the most and what I value more than anything. The support is ongoing and long lasting and that's what keeps me coming back.

- Julianne Bull, The Den Interiors
2021 & 2022 Retreat Member

This isn't just a retreat to teach you things about design and business, this retreat feeds your soul and your tummy too! It's hard to describe the retreat in just a few words because you leave feeling inspired, ready to take on the World of design, and also so relaxed.

I learnt things that will change the way I live and design. Be prepared to make friendships for a lifetime with other like-minded design lovers, the kind of friendships that engulf your heart in warmth. You can tell that Andrew comes from the most genuine place in wanting you to live your absolute best life. I would highly recommend and suggest everyone jumps at the tickets when the next retreat dates are released, it will change your life for the better.

Thank you TDC!

- Shilpa Mohan
2021 Retreat Member

The retreat was an amazing opportunity to take time away from working IN the business, to focusing on working ON the business. It was a relaxed bunch of like-minded designers that were open to being vulnerable and sharing their wisdom, strengths and weaknesses.

We were led by some incredible speakers that inspired and taught us how to value our worth and grow our businesses with clever strategies that are easily implemented. We had the opportunity to visit some INCREDIBLE homes and forged great friendships over champagne and delicious meals. There was plenty of time, walks on the beach & reflection.

- Naomi Nimmo, NN Collective
2021 Retreat Member

The Retreat was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. The knowledge and vulnerability shared by all the delegates, Andrew and Jillian and the industry guests that were invited was truly mind blowing. The information I absorbed during those 6 days were priceless; systems I will incorporate in my business from here on out...and I’m SO excited to implement them.


The friendships I have made, not only with Andrew and Jillian, but all the diverse and magnetic women I met, makes me feel grateful and full. I don’t know what I was nervous about.


If I knew I would leave this retreat with a bigger heart, a stronger mind and drive and a grounded soul, I would NEVER have hesitated to sign up.

- Julie Parmax, 3 Marks of Existence
2021 & 2022 Retreat Member

Package Inclusions

  • 6 nights accommodation

  • Welcome dinner

  • Intensive business workshops

  • Inspirational guest speakers

  • Wellness activities

  • Small group coaching sessions

  • E-Book summary of workshop notes

  • Private tours of incredible local properties

  • Most lunches and dinners

  • 3 x group coaching sessions following the Retreat

Package Exclusions

  • Flights and Insurances.

  • Transfers to and from airports.

  • Optional extras are not included in the Retreat Package.

Who is this suitable for?

  • Interior Designers, Decorators, Architects

Package Pricing

Package Prices are as follows (excludes flights, insurances, airport transfers and some meals):


EARLY BIRD = $7,950 (Deposit = $795) - Sold Out

FULL RETAIL = $9,150 (Deposit = $915)


Retreat Package Payment Schedule

First Instalment (Deposit) 10% - paid at the time of booking 

- Second Instalment 45% - 14th August 2023

- Third Instalment (Balance) - 45% 14th September

As per Payment Schedule in Terms & Conditions.

All pricing is subject to our 2023 Queenstown Retreat Terms & Conditions.


Previous TDC Retreats

TDC Byron Retreat 2019
TDC Byron Retreat 2021

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