The Confident Leader Retreat

For Women Who Mean Business

The Challenge

For many leaders, the issue of presence and influence becomes an inescapable challenge. The key thing is to get onto it, face that challenge head on and work on the key skills for change that are practical, achievable, and highly realistic. The recipe for success is highly individual.

The Retreat

In this 3-day and 2-night retreat, Dr Mahler offers theory and interaction, based around winning the hearts and minds of those around you with the following outcomes:

  • · Development of a diagnosis:  Analysis of individual body, mind and voice patterns to instigate a program for ongoing long-term presence and influence improvement
  • · Understanding of the psychology of performance and audience engagement
  • · Unravelling the psychology of difficult situations
  • · Building the skills of body and voice that underpin interpersonal engagement
  • · Discovering processes for handling various leadership opportunities including: presentation, media, emotional face-to-face engagements
  • · Obtaining ‘Practice’ feedback

This retreat provides an outstanding executive development opportunity tailored for an intimate group who wish to experience transformational growth. Numbers are strictly limited to allow for individual attention.


About Louise

Moving from the Vienna State Opera back to Australia, Louise observed a ‘missing ingredient’ in corporate leadership and completed an award- winning PhD around the unsung wisdom of the mind-body-voice connection she named Vocal Intelligence.

Her highly participative sessions mean you leave knowing, understanding and even embodying the change. You will be transformed from the darkness of confusion to the lightness of laughter and song.

Louise’s qualifications include: B.Econ;  B. Mus; Post Grad Dip Music; L.Mus.A; Master of Applied Science in Organisational Change as well as a PhD in the faculty of Business. She is also accredited in MBTI, a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistics and certified in level 1 and 2 of Estill voice work. In 2006 Louise was the recipient of RMIT’s award for innovation in PhD research.

She appears on TV and Radio for her work on Presence and Influencing for senior leaders in high-stake engagement. Having worked with Fortune 500 clients including BHP, IBM, Adobe, Gartner, Transdev after a lifetime of being a communications expert Dr. Louise Mahler will introduce you to new ways to engage and communicate in business.

Women Who Mean Business

Retreat Sessions Include:


Managing Self & Others

  • Diagnose your habitual patterns of engagement
  • Take back control and build confidence
  • Build a process of mind, body and voice that will work for you in all face to face engagements

Improving presentation skills for high stake engagement 

  • Concentrate on what is within your control and range of influence
  • Learn a well-researched structure to allow for immediate success
  • Present any content with originality and creativity

Build your stories

  • Build a unique template for ongoing personal application
  • Enhancing your ability to handle emotional / difficult questions
  • Recognise your current response patterns
  • Learn new processes for effective engagement for difficulty and feedback
  • Analyse paralinguistics and nonverbal patterns that remove the flame from emotionally charged interactions

Media presentation & presence

  • Build a process of preparation under stress
  • Understand what fascinates audiences
  • Have a process for delivering powerful messages

Managing performance anxiety

  • Diagnose your level of anxiety
  • Take back control
  • Build a process of mind, body and voice that will work for you in all public appearances

Your Package Includes:


  • · Small group engagement over the 3 days (16 participants max.)
  • · Single room accommodation at Kangaroo Manor
  • · Share your ideas, collaborate with like minded business associates and receive direct feedback
  • · Delicious meals (2 x Dinner, 2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch as well as morning and afternoon teas)
  • · Activities, including natural horsemanship


Retreat Dates Inclusions

  • · 17 – 19 February 2021
  • · 14 – 16 July 2021
  • · 13 – 15 October 2021

Location Pricing Retreat Dates

  • · Kangaroo Manor in Yarra Valley, VIC



  • · $3,895.00 per person (+ GST), inclusive of all accommodation and meals


Dr Louise Mahler at Kanagroo Manor with horses