“You are worth the quiet moment,
You are worth the deeper breath,
You are worth the time it takes to
slow down, be still and rest”. 

 

 Morgan Harper Nichols

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Women’s Healing Sanctuary provides a safe, restful and nurturing space for women who need respite and support.  It is somewhere to pause, where you are the priority, and we do all the work. 

We are a not-for-profit charity in the Port Stephens area (NSW), that provides short-term retreat accommodation for women who are experiencing distress and exhaustion.  Women are often the carers of those with mental and physical health issues and don’t have the time or energy to care for themselves.   Women also experience overwhelming health issues, physical and emotional abuse, grief, loss, temporary homelessness, or are frontline workers.  Women experience trauma and the consequences of trauma in many different and often complex ways.  Research shows that when women are able to self-care, everyone in their circle of influence benefits. 

 As part of our fundraising, our services are also available to any woman who simply needs to get away, desires to have time out for personal retreat or just wants a quiet place to recharge and restore.

Women’s Healing Sanctuary offers a unique service that is not a refuge or emergency crisis centre.  The Sanctuary provides a serene and supportive environment for women to step away from their stressful circumstances and rest their nervous system in a beautiful, peaceful environment.
(Please note, if you are experiencing a domestic violence emergency please call  000).

 

WHATEVER BRINGS YOU HERE, OUR SANCTUARY IS YOUR HAVEN

WE OFFER

Short-term retreat accommodation for a small number of women. We take care of the details so you can rest and take time out for you.
You are welcome to enjoy breakfast in your room, lunch in the garden and dinner by the pool in summer or the fire in winter if you choose.

Each room offers privacy and security, a tranquil and beautiful outlook, tea/coffee making facilities and WIFI.
If you prefer to be unplugged, you may leave your device with the manager for safe keeping.
The Honey room offers an en-suite, otherwise there is a large, shared bathroom where you can relax away in a bubble bath.

All meals, linen, towels, and other essentials are provided.
You only need to bring YOU (and anything extra you may require for your own needs and comfort).

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“Emotional stress is a major cause of physical illness, from cancer to autoimmune conditions and many other chronic diseases. The brain and body systems that process emotions are intimately connected with the hormone apparatus, the nervous system, and in particular the immune system.” Gabor Maté

choose you

When you are overwhelmed with challenges in your life yet don’t feel worthy of a break or believe you don’t even have the time for one, it’s ok to push against that in the best way you know how.
Rebelliously choose to take care of yourself, even if you think you should be doing something else.
You are more than your career, your successes, your failures, your losses, your scars, your fears, your traumas and even your joys. You are more than the roles you choose, or the ones expected of you.

You are worthy of your attention. Make time for what helps you slow down, breathe and heal.

“Traumatised women often have trouble sensing what is going on in their bodies …
which impairs their ability to look after or take care of themselves.” Bessel A. van der Kolk

Her House Podcasts

Inspiring Stories from the Women Who Live Next Door

Sharalyn is the co-founder of the Women’s Healing Sanctuary, a safe, restful, and nurturing place for women. Located near Port Stephens, about a 2.5-hour drive north of Sydney, the sanctuary provides short-term retreat accommodation for women who are experiencing distress, exhaustion, or need a safe place to stay.

We chat with Sharalyn about growing up in a small town in New Zealand and how she made the move to Australia. We find out about how through her own difficulties and personal tragedy, Sharalyn and her friend Janine founded this unique and special place, to provide women with the opportunity for restoration and healing.

 

Sometimes you just need a break, somewhere
beautiful, alone, to figure things out.

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Women’s Healing Sanctuary is a registered charity and a deductible gift recipient.

Each time you donate, you are supporting a woman in need.

HELPLINE PHONE NUMBERS 

If you are in crisis and need immediate help phone 000 or one of the helplines below:

Lifeline 13 11 14
DV Hotline 1800 737 732
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
Suicide Callback Service 1300 659 467

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give now button e1649118873549

Women’s Healing Sanctuary is a registered charity and a deductible gift recipient.

Each time you donate, you are supporting a woman in need.

HELPLINE PHONE NUMBERS 

If you are in crisis and need immediate help phone 000 or one of the helplines below:

Lifeline 13 11 14
DV Hotline 1800 737 732
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
Suicide Callback Service 1300 659 467

PRIVACY

TERMS & CONDITIONS

GIFT VOUCHER

VOLUNTEER

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA