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An immersive walking and leadership retreat in the heart of nature

Ready for an inspirational escape? Bruny Island Long Weekend has teamed up with The Barefoot Coach, Dugald Christie-Johnston, to create a unique experience designed to develop your leadership skills.

Take a journey to Tasmania’s unspoilt gem, Bruny Island, and walk to beautiful, remote places that renew, refresh and challenge. The laid-back isle is a perfect backdrop for a retreat led by one of Australia’s best leadership coaches and two passionate walking guides. Dugald’s distinct workshops inspire, engage and uplift - enabling individuals and teams to achieve balance, flow and peak performance.

This three-day, two-night experience will provide an opportunity for reflection, learning and growth, with a significant emphasis on leadership development. Explore how you and your team can lift performance, work smarter, and forge stronger relationships.

Each day you’ll carry lightweight packs and enjoy the sanctuary of our private camp with hot showers, an outdoor fire (perfect for story-telling), and a cosy bed. You’ll partake in Bruny Island’s famed produce, including fresh seafood, cheese, wine and beer. These simple comforts will enable you to awaken rejuvenated each morning and truly engage in the experience.

Direct bookings only.  For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email

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Introducing Dugald Christie-Johnston

- The Barefoot Coach 

Dugald, also known as The Barefoot Coach, is Founder and Director of Seventh Wave, a boutique business with a focus on peak performance. Partnering closely with clients, Seventh Wave’s vision is to emphatically improve the performance of individuals, teams and organizations, by creating unique opportunities for them to unleash the potential within.

Dugald is known for innovative approaches that deliver extraordinary results. Dugald utilises a solution-focused approach, drawing on N.L.P. techniques, the principles of positive psychology, wholebrain thinking and emotional intelligence to create an energetic and engaging experience for clients. “We’re more productive when we enjoy what we do. Smile more, laugh more! You’ll be more present, and get more value from the experience”.

Retreat Outcomes:

• Develop an understanding of peak performance (flow) states
• Explore the connection between nature and creativity
• Nurture key relationships
• Foster greater self-awareness and forge deeper connections with others and nature
• Understand the concept of whole brain thinking and the neuroscience of creative movement
• Explore mindfulness and high-performance mind
• Set clear goals and make compelling commitments

Bruny Island Long Weekend (3-days)

Our award-winning Bruny Island Walk takes you by private boat from the waterfront of Tasmania’s capital Hobart to Bruny Island. During your visit you will be treated to coastal walks, produce directly from the source, luxury camping and exquisite meals.

What makes this walk so special is access to Bruny’s lesser-known gems. After traversing headlands where the next stop is Antarctica, visit a local oyster farm and shuck an oyster as pristine waters swirl about your ankles. Finally, retreat back to camp, built completely off-the-grid, with luxury in mind. Crisp sheets on king-sized beds and an outdoor shower framed by towering Eucalypts await.

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Prior to the walk, our reservation team will ensure you can complete the walks, take care of your dietary requirements and ensure you have the right gear.

Dugald will contact all guests with preparatory activities including a self-assessment to help determine your goals for the walk. You’ll also get the opportunity to complete a behavioural profiling tool to help provide greater self-awareness. This could include:

• HBDI (Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument)
• DiSC Workplace Profile

One to one and or group conversations (face to face or video conference) are arranged to discuss profiles and survey results. Pre-reading is distributed. Teams who book the entire will be encouraged to co-create the design of the program with Dugald.

Concepts and Models for the walk include:

• Leadership and Influence
• Goalsetting
• Comfort Zone
• Stages of Growth
• Wholebrain Thinking
• Journaling
• High-Value Communication - Leadership Language
• Positive Influence
• Breath Training
• Crucial Relationships
• Creative Problem-Solving
• Mindfulness
• Purposeful Presence and your Leadership Brand
• Balance, well-being and resilience
• Storytelling
• Trust and High-Quality Working Relationships

Walking On The Beach

Day One: Great Bay

Approximately 5-6 hours walking

The retreat begins with everyone gathering at Daci and Daci at 7 am to prepare with Dugald and our naturalist guides. There is time for

• Receiving Learning Journal and Pen/pencils
• Intention-setting
• Introductions, Key Relationships

Your guides and fellow guests (maximum of 8) will step aboard your private boat and watch the city disappear with a cruise down the Derwent River to Bruny Island. Today our goal is to walk out to a spectacular cape on the east coast of Bruny Island. Throughout the walk, there will be time set aside to discuss and explore

• Flow State - Focus, and Breath
• Neuroscience of Nature and Creativity

On returning from our walk we will wade out into the crystal-clear waters of Great Bay to learn how the famous Bruny Island oysters are farmed and shuck them straight out of the water. The perfect way to cool down after a walk! Next stop; our camp. After a hot shower, reflection and journaling, join us in the dining house for a drink and to share stories of the day’s adventures as the guides busy themselves preparing your dinner sourced from either on the island or in the waters surrounding it.

The evening includes Triple S Storytelling by the fire.

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Day Two: East Cloudy Head

5-6 hrs walking

Awaken to the sounds of wallabies and Bruny Island’s endemic birds. Breakfast is served at our rustic cabin kitchen.

Morning workshop


• What will you focus on today?
• Who will you connect with today?
• Gratitude practice
• What and who are you grateful for, and why?

Today’s walk is East Cloudy Head for views of Tasmania’s far south and the wild Southern Ocean. The five-hour (14km) journey begins by walking the length of Cloudy Bay Beach. Windswept and beautiful, the walk then leads us into coastal heath and up toward spectacular views of Bruny Island’s rugged south coast.

Throughout the day, there will be time again to discuss

• HBDI profiles
• Mindfulness
• High-Value Communication
• Mindfulness

Back at camp enjoy time to sit on the deck, reflect, journal, walk among the ferns, partake in another lavish shower or simply read a book while your guides prepare the evening meal.

Once more, the fire or kitchen table provide the ideal setting for the evening‘s Triple S Story-telling.

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Day Three: Mt Mangana

2-3 hrs walking

Rise early and explore the 100-acre property and try to spot some of Bruny Island’s 150 species of birds (including all 12 Tasmanian endemics).

Morning workshop

• Intention-setting
• What will you focus on today?
• Who will you connect with today?
• Gratitude practice
• What and who are you grateful for, and why?
• Life Balance, well-being and resilience
• Solving wicked challenges

Once we farewell camp, our goal is to climb through the ancient Gondwanan rainforest to the highest point of Bruny Island, Mt Mangana (4km, 3 hrs).

To finish the long weekend in style, Ray Jones at The Jetty Café’s deck will serve a multi-course lunch of Bruny Island produce as we await the arrival of our private boat on the beach below. There will also be some time to explore the gallery showcasing some of Bruny’s 60+ artists.

Throughout the day, we’ll discuss take time for further discussion:

• Who are you?
• Leadership Brand and Purposeful Presence

The conclusion of the walk includes a Commitment Circle



One month after the walk, Dugald will connect for follow up conversations.

These take place face to face or via video conference.

Itinerary Details

Bruny Island Long Weekend (3-days) - The Barefoot Coach Retreat 

Available "By Request"

• 3-day guided walk
• Minimum guests 4
• Maximum guests 4

Price per person for departures (inc. GST) Full price

01 March 2020 - 30 April 2020 $7,050.00
01 October 2020 - 31 October 2020 $6,650.00
01 November 2020 - 30 April 2021 $7,050.00

Direct bookings only:

Single supplement

Each tent contains 1 king-size bed. As this workshop is best offered to small groups, all guests will have their own tent. There is no single supplement.

Special Interest Walks - Terms and Conditions 

  • All prices are quoted per person in $AUD including GST 
  • A deposit of $500 per person and the Guest Information Form are due within five days of booking
  • Minimum numbers are required three months prior to departure. 
  • The final payment is due three months before departure. For reservations made three months or less from departure date, full payment is due at time of booking. 
  • Prices are subject to change without notice
  • Travel and pre and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.

Please view our traditional booking terms and conditions 

Manage Your Booking

Peace of Mind Booking Assurance

After the minimum number of bookings has been achieved, the trip is guaranteed to depart.  If for any reason, the trip cannot go ahead due to restrictions placed upon travel due to Covid-19,  guests will be permitted to reschedule their walk to the new date provided for this departure with no additional fee or rebook a traditional Bruny Island Long Weekend within 24 months. Guests can transfer to a traditional Bruny Island Long Weekend itinerary and have the difference in price refunded. Cancellations for other reasons will incur our standard cancellation fees.

Peace of Mind Booking Assurance


  • Return transfers between Hobart and Bruny Island
  • Accommodation (twin-share) each evening in one of our four private tents 
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages, plus a limited selection of Tasmanian wines
  • Your Barefoot Coach - Dugald Christie-Johnston
  • Two qualified guides
  • National Park passes
  • Use of a daypack and rain jacket for the duration of the walk 
  • All bedding and linen

Additional information

  • Have a burning question?  Check out our  FAQ page, and if you need further help please don't hesitate to contact our friendly reservations team
  • Ready to start planning your next adventure and want to know what to bring. Check out our detailed gear list, including details on what's provided. If your unsure about anything on the gear list please call us or talk to you local outdoor adventure store.


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