Camp Widow® Australia


Camp Widow® Australia will take place in Brisbane at the Hotel Grand Chancellor from Thursday 10 August to Sunday 13 August 2023.

Camp Widow® Australia is supported by social-based networking events on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, Friday and Saturday lunches and Sunday brunch. This provides an opportunity for attendees to form support connections in addition to the presentations and workshops included in the program.

Camp Widow® is an incredibly unique experience for widowed men and women, having been described as combination between a conference and a retreat. It focusses on providing practical tools, valuable resources and peer-based encouragement for rebuilding your life in the aftermath of the death of a spouse or partner - all in a positive, uplifting atmosphere.

The program was created in 2009 by Michele Neff Hernandez who was a 35-year-old mother of three when her husband Phil was tragically killed in a cycling accident in 2005. Based in the United States, Camp Widow® is currently held annually in California, Florida and Canada.

One of the features that makes Camp Widow® so unique is that all events, including workshops, round table discussions and face-to-face networking opportunities, are all led and facilitated by widowed people, for widowed people.

The second Camp Widow® Australia took place in Brisbane in August 2022. This event was attended by close to 200 widowed men and women who travelled from around Australia and overseas. We are thankful to the presenters, volunteers and every single camper for making Camp Widow® Australia 2021 and 2022 such powerful and memorable events. We look forward to bringing you more at the 2023 event.


Conference registration fees

First Light subsidised registration: $330
Subsidised early bird registration until 16 November 2022: $295
Registration fee (full cost): $748 (including GST)

For a full outline of inclusions please see the FAQs.


More Information

For more information about Camp Widow® Australia visit our 2021 highlights, testimonials and the links below. Please contact [email protected] if you have additional queries.


Expressions of interest - volunteer presenters and onsite volunteers

To learn more about becoming one of our volunteer presenters and registering your interest please click here

To register your interest in onsite volunteering please click here.