Q: When does it start?
A: The retreat starts on Friday, August 23, 1 pm. The Friday afternoon is an important part of the team building activity and is not optional.

Q: When does it end?
A: The retreat ends on Sunday, August 25, 4 pm. We understand that some attendees will have flights to catch inter-state, so we finish early at 4 pm, still nice and bright to get to airport or some time with family 🙂

Q: Why is there no program for the retreat?
A: Retreats are different from conferences. There is a rough flow of how we will spend the 2.5 days together (see Program) but since there are no presentations/workshops, there is no agenda. We will create the agenda together on Friday. You work on the problems that are close to your heart and you are passionate about. You define your own agenda.

Q: So, what do we do in a Coaching Retreat?
A: It is 2.5 days of deep dive into problems that you want to work on. See What’s Coaching Retreat for details.

Q: What artefacts do we produce in venue for the retreat?
A: In the past retreats, the teams have created agile games, product canvases, leadership assessment toolkits, to name a few. Some participants take on the work past the retreat and continue to evolve it. Some have even presented the work in conferences as well.

Q: What’s the venue for the retreat?
A: In the true spirit of having an immersive retreat experience for our attendees, we have selected Chateau Yering, a Victorian mansion set on 250 acres bordering the Yarra River. It is a 2-minute walk from the acclaimed Yering Station Winery and 6 km from the scenic Alowyn Gardens. See Venue for details.

Q: Are you providing transport to/from the venue?
A: Yes. We will have a bus running from Melbourne CBD to transport people on Friday 23rd and then back on Sunday 25th. The pickup point is The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins (intersection of Little Collins St. and Spenser St.). It is right in front of the Southern Cross station and less than 300m walk from Skybus Terminal (for participants flying in from interstate). The bus will depart at 1200 sharp. There is only a limited amount of time that the bus can be parked there, so suggest be there 10 minutes before bus departure to allow time for boarding and on-time departure.

Q: Is there parking available on-site?
A: Yes, free on-site parking is available for attendees.

Q: Is accomodation included in the ticket price?
A: Yes. It is not a retreat experience if we have to ask you to travel back and forth everyday.

Q: How much does the ticket cost?
A: USD 625 (~AUD 900). Please note that the registration site only accepts the USDs and the conversion rates may effect the actual amount deducted. We aim to provide maximum transparency but the conversion rates are not in our (or Scrum Alliance’) control.

Q: What else is included in the ticket price?
A: With the accomodation, you would be able to avail a complementary breakfast. The morning and afternoon coffee/tea will be served during the retreat. The lunch on Saturday/Sunday and dinner on Friday/Saturday is also included in your price ticket. Yes, that’s right, all you need to bring is a problem to solve and ready to work with other coaches.

Q: Who is organising the retreat?
A: The coaching retreat is sponsored by Scrum Alliance. The local volunteer organisers include Andrew Wong, Jon Gedge & Nafees Butt advised by Alex Sloley, the APAC lead of Coaching Advisory Team at Scrum Alliance. Reach out via acrmel19@googlegroups.com if you have a question.

Q: Is this the first ever Coaching Retreat in Australia?
A: No, we helped organise a coaching retreat in 2017 in Sydney as well. The details of the event, the artefacts produced and event pictures can be found here.

Q: Is this event being photographed?
A: We are not using a professional photographer but some attendees/organisers may take pictures. If you want to be excluded, please let us know.

Q: I have a question, who should i contact?
A: Drop a line via acrmel19@googlegroups.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Q: Is there a designated hashtag for the event?
A: Yes, use #acrmel19.

Q: How do i register?
A: Please use regonline to register!