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August 29th - Sep 2nd 2024

Sunshine Coast

A restorative respite for psychosis, mania

and non-ordinary states of consciousness


by Chris
Respite March 2024

"The respite was a significant milestone on my recovery journey. The joy, sensitivity, and integrity of the peer facilitators meant that it was the perfect combination of authentic relationships, skilled therapy, and a restful holiday.


There were challenges, which I was expertly supported through. Having the opportunity to tell my story with kindred spirits as witnesses was very meaningful, and the educational aspects were also important.


Thankyou Louisa for providing such a profound and needed service."


The Voice Sanctuary is pleased to offer a bespoke respite program for people who have experienced psychosis, mania or other “non-ordinary states of consciousness”.

These experiences can be a stigmatising and extremely challenging, deeply impacting a person’s life, worldview and confidence. Yet there can be gifts and positive outcomes from the experience too.

This respite provides a peaceful, trauma-informed space, facilitated and supported by people who have lived experience as well as mental health training. It is a unique opportunity to: 

  • Learn about non-ordinary states of consciousness, with knowledge drawn from psychology, spirituality and indigenous cultures;

  • Enhance your self-awareness and develop a meaning and language which helps you to integrate your experiences;

  • Learn to balance your energy and regulate emotions;

  • Enhance your self-care practice;

  • Build social connections with peers;

  • Take a break from family, carers or other support networks



Thursday Aug 29th - Monday Sep 2nd 2024 


Peaceful private homestead on 40 acres of rainforest, on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, with access to a pristine swimming hole and a waterfall. 



Maximum 4 participants and 3

lived experience facilitators



Mix of Individual mentoring, private time and group program. support ratios of 3:4. 



Cost per person: 

$4,750 single room 

$4,250 semi-private shared room

This respite may be fully funded through NDIS as a Short Term Accommodation Respite (STA).

Private clients welcome too - payment plans are available. 


We have designed our program for people who have experienced psychosis, mania or non-ordinary states of consciousness, and who are currently stable in their mental health and are able to practice self-care. 

To make sure all participants are suitable for this program and will gain benefit from it, our referral process is:  

  1. Ensure you have read the Respite Guide 

  2. Complete of the online self-referral form 

  3. Attend an intake interview via zoom (online video meeting)


Spots are limited, so please book soon, or enquire if interested.

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