Our inaugural Champions Retreat is an opportunity for the Australian and New Zealand B Corp community to come together to focus on our collective B the change mission in the heart of the outback. Alice Springs is our gathering place for three days of cooperation and inspiration focussed on using business as a force for good and creating a more durable prosperity for all. The desert will serve as a catalyst to awaken our senses and allow us to connect, reflect and find ways of working together to create change.

Our program

The 2017 Champions Retreat – Alice Springs will be held May 3-5, 2017. We recommend participants arrive one day early on May 2 to take part in the optional tours and field trips that form part of the program.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”

MARGARET MEAD

Field Trips

Before the Retreat program kicks off on Wednesday evening, there are a number of field trips on offer to explore the local community. Families are welcome. The options are:

Field trip 1: Social enterprise on Arrente land, 9am – 4:30pm

This field trip introduces you to the indigenous heart and spirit of Australia, offering a unique opportunity to sit down with elders as they tell the stories of their social and environmental enterprises. We will visit several places including:

Akeyulerre Inc – a traditional healing centre established by Arrernte elders and community leaders and Tjanpi Desert Weavers – Winner second prize in the Moral Fairground Ethical Enterprise Award 2016.

Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to network, share stories with your B Corp colleagues, and at the end of the day, join a facilitated conversation with Global Leadership Foundation Co-founder Gayle Hardie, and Fellow, Sue Gregory, to explore the importance of emotionally healthy leadership within BCorp settings.

Please note that there will be the opportunity to purchase local indigenous products during the field trip.

Field trip 2: Journey the Dreaming: Indigenous Cultural Walking Tour, 9am – 11am

Journey the Dreaming is an Aboriginal cultural walking tour, drawing on 40,000 years of life in Central Australia. Join this walk and experience the natural and cultural environment of Alice Springs (Mparrntwe), taking in the Todd River (Lhere Artepe) landscape and its storylines. Discover the significance of connection between land and culture for Aboriginal people.

Field trips 3 & 4: Afternoon tea at the desert house, 2 – 4pm & 3– 5pm

The desert landscape is awesome. Here is an opportunity to explore design driven by this landscape. This field trip takes you to visit Desert House, a project completed by Dunn & Hillam Architects. The house is built in the shade of its own fly-roof, and demonstrates an innovative and appropriate response to living in this environment. The house is both a frame for and a refuge from the surrounding landscape.

You are invited to an afternoon tea in the courtyard of our Desert House. Groups of up to 20 will complete a tour of the house to understand the design philosophy, the environmental systems and how the house responds directly to its landscape and inhabitants. Tea and cake will be served in the courtyard where we hope to begin informal discussions around how we approach our practice and our connection to the environment.


Spaces on all trips are limited, so please register for your free ticket to secure your place.

REGISTER HERE

Family friendly activities

For those bringing families, a list of family friendly activities is available here.

Other activities

Alice Springs and its surrounds contain some of the most beautiful and iconic locations in Australia. To explore the area further, you might want to create your own self-guided itinerary. Pre- and post-Retreat options could include:

Visiting Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon

Attending the Wide Open Space Festival April 28-30

Participating in the Eastern Arrernte Leadership Experience after the Retreat on May 5-7 (max. 12 people)

Enjoy a range of great activities in and around Alice Springs

Retreat Tickets

The Champions Retreat is an intimate gathering of like-minded individuals committed to the B Corp mission of using business as a force for good. We believe this small gathering of B Corp champions has the ability to create a huge impact and ongoing ripples well into the future.

Each B Corp in Australia and New Zealand the opportunity to send participants to the Retreat at $650 per person (incl. ticketing & GST).

We only have limited tickets available so be sure to register early to secure your place. To guarantee the broadest attendance possible, we also have a few scholarships available.

NB – flights and accommodation are not included in the ticket price and will need to be paid for separately.


Purchase your Retreat ticket

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The location

The Champions Retreat will be held at the beautiful Alice Springs Desert Park. The park is situated 10 minutes from the Alice Springs town centre and is the perfect entryway to the landscape and wildlife of the desert.

Flights

Book your flights early! Alice Springs has very limited daily flights and it is important to book your flights as soon as possible to guarantee your preferred travel to and from Alice Springs.

We recommend flying into Alice Springs at least one day earlier on May 2 to ensure you have plenty of time to acclimatise and be ready for the Retreat to start on May 3.

Our partners Reho Travel also have 40 seats pre-booked for the only direct flight leaving Alice Springs to Melbourne on Friday May 5. If you would like to return to Melbourne on that date, please don’t hesitate to book your flights through Reho.


Book your flight

VIA EMAIL

Or ph: +613 9823 5244

Accommodation

We’ll be staying at the stunning Doubletree by Hilton, Alice Springs. This eco friendly desert oasis provides luxury accommodation at an affordable price. The Doubletree by Hilton offers King guest rooms with or without a mountain view.

King guest room

$145 (with breakfast)

King guest room

(mountain view)

$165 (with breakfast)

Please book through Reho Travel to access our group discount.


Book your accommodation

Via email

Or ph: +613 9823 5244

Contact us

Let us know if you have any questions about the Champions Retreat.

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