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Ballarat Children's and Teen Retreat

Supporting Families with Respite Services

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2 night retreat, starts Friday evening ends Sunday evening (or school holiday option available)

1:1 Support ratio specialising in guests who have low to medium support needs aged from 5-18 yrs

Luxury accommodation with fully furnished private bedroom and bathroom within a family home

Activities such as animal assisted playtime, art making, board games, storytelling, bike riding, cooking and excursions to Ballarat Wildlife park, Sovereign Hill and cafes.

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My clients are...

Aged between 5-18 years

Have a diagnosed disability

Require low to medium support

Receive a plan managed or self-managed package

Families requiring respite

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Home away from Home

The Accomodation

Set in central Ballarat, our family home is warm, safe and peaceful. Ideal for the sensory sensitive child, our home is a low stimulus environment.


Pet assisted playtime

We have two King Charles Cavalier dogs. Caring for them is an integral part of family life during our retreats. We encourage and assist our young participants to walk the dogs, groom them and play with them, thereby building a connection with these loving animals.

Wholesome activities tailored to your child

The weekend program is tailored to meet the specific needs, goals and interests of your child. We offer a selection of wholesome activities including (but not limited to) cooking, story-telling, bike riding, art making and board games. We can also go on excursions to Ballarat Wildlife Park or Sovereign Hill. We like to avoid screens and devices and save that for a family movie in the evening should the participant want that. We are happy to take a child to their existing classes should they happen on a weekend. 

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About Me

Previous Steiner Primary School Teacher, Children's Creative  Dance Teacher, Relationship Coach and Support Worker.


Over the past 20 years, I’ve earned a reputation for providing a gentle, calm and nurturing space for children to thrive. As a trained and experienced Steiner teacher, I know that consistent routines and rhythms help children to feel secure and stable, with calm transitions enabling children to move confidently from one thing to the next. Homely activities and age-appropriate play-based activities allow children to develop a sense of their own autonomy and confidence. I have run family day-care programs and vacation care programs for local children in Ballarat for 6 years. I am also a relationship coach and practice and teach skills to help others build positive relationships. I teach children's creative dance and love to keep the magic of childhood alive. I love working with a highly sensitive child as I am a highly sensitive person myself.

I hold a WWCC, first aid certificate, police check and liability insurance. References can be supplied upon request.

I live with my husband, 2 daughters and 2 little dogs in Golden Point.

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 I use recommended NDIS rates from the price guide and support item numbers depending on the level of support required. I am happy to liaise with your support co-ordinator to organise funding. Available for self managed and plan managed NDIS clients All costs cover the following: 1:1 support during your stay, accommodation and meals, cost of all activities and materials and entry into venues (active night assistance NOT included). I am happy to provide a more detailed quote on application.

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Contact Me

Please feel free to phone or email me to enquire about my services and tell me about your child.

Crystal Lewis

Ballarat Children's and Teen Retreat

ABN: 47963358319

m: 0419 508 724

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