Recovery Retreats were first launched in South Australia in 2021. They provide a unique opportunity for people with mental health challenges to experience time away from home, in a safe, supported and flexible environment, while reflecting on how to build wellbeing in their lives.

This involves building social skills and confidence, as well as working on recovery goals in a group setting with people with similar life experiences.

The inaugural Recovery Retreats in 2021 proved incredibly popular, filling to capacity and often requiring waiting lists.

Recovery Retreats range from 3 – 4 day stays, and are held at picturesque locations within 90 minutes’ drive of the metropolitan Adelaide. Recovery Retreats can be accessed through a client’s NDIS plan under Short Term Accommodation. They can also be self-funded.

Mind provides high quality 24/7 support including help with daily living and personal care throughout the Recovery Retreats, and works in collaboration with clients to design the structure of recreational activities and learning workshops.

Clients stay in personal accommodation during the Recovery Retreat – there is no group accommodation. Food is also provided.

This year, Recovery Retreats will be held in Adelaide Hills, Victor Harbour, Barossa Valley, Adelaide CBD, Mannum and more (TBC).

Recovery Retreats will be governed by the latest government health directives to provide a COVID safe environment.

I was impressed with both the professional organising of respite and the warmth for participants the staff displayed. We really need organisations like Mind, which understand the importance of social inclusion.


Funding types available




Age range

18-64 years old