Join us for The Retreat 2019!

Let me introduce myself, I am Clarissa Rayward- a wife, mum and divorce lawyer who runs a multidisciplinary family law practice in Brisbane during the day but I tend to spend much of my ‘night hours’ working with lawyers just like you!

In 2016 I launched what I like to call my ‘side hustle’ a venture now known as ‘Happy Lawyer, Happy Life’ in response to the growing number of lawyers and other professionals reaching out to me looking for ways of finding ‘Happiness’ in their careers. 

I have since then established a podcast, written a book, created an online course and an online mastermind program “The Club” to provide a complete knowledge centre for lawyers looking to make the best of their lives in and outside of the law. 

Following on from 2 years of legal innovation, unicorns and too many balloons we are again bringing you The Retreat in 2019!  Join me and a great group of lawyers from all over Australia for 2 days of business, law and life learning designed to help you be the best lawyer you can be. 

This is no usual legal conference- gone are the heavy papers, black and white powerpoints and branded water bottles! Instead you can be assured of relevant topics on all aspects of running a modern legal practice from experts in and outside of our profession. Think ‘TEDX’ for lawyers- our presenters are hand picked to both inspire and educate through speech. 

I would love to have you join us over 8-9 November 2019! Bring your partner, friends and family and enjoy a legal conference like no other! You can register your interest below where I will hit your inbox (before Christmas) with a Retreat Pre-sale special! 

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** Reservations for this event are non- refundable. However, you do have the option of transferring to a friend or an alternate course of similar value. Please contact Sarah on to arrange. 

What the “Clubmates” are saying about The Retreat…

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Sarah Jefford

I have implemented lots of changes… I certainly wasn’t thinking about doing a Podcast when I was at the Retreat (in fact the thought hadn’t even crossed my mind) but I wouldn’t have done it were it not for the Club and the Retreat.

I can take a better selfie because of Jason Malouin’s workshop. I did an audit of my accounts because of another workshop. I’m more confident in my brand and have made changes… I created the Surrogacy Sisterhood Day. Wrote more content… My instagram has become more of a focus and I’ve tripled my followers… I feel like I still have lots to learn and so much to do but I would not have made it this far without The Club and The Retreat.

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Zinta Harris

Specialist Succession and Business Lawyer at Harris Law

The retreat was a game changer for me. I am totally on track with the rainbow chart I mapped out at the retreat and built on from there… I had a massive “aha” moment there when I realised that I had been keeping my feet in two separate boats (succession law and business law) and that I needed to pick my boat and niche further still. 

I hit my goal to get my book to the editor and put in submissions for an award… I reckon by the time the 2018 retreat rolls around my firm will look completely different!

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Jo Alilovic

Director of 3D HR Legal, Speaker & Podcaster of Managing the Juggle 

The retreat made me commit to the podcast… (it) definitely provided lots of food for thought – and it was most useful to think about the business you want to create and the life you want to live – and then work out how you are going to get there!

And meeting wonderful people too of course 🙂


Thanks to our partners for helping us bring The Retreat 2018 (a law conference like no other!) to you! 

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This is an image of colourful streamer bombs
This is an image of colourful streamer bombs

The Retreat 2018 Speakers

Clarissa Rayward

Clarissa Rayward

Director of Brisbane Family Law Centre and Happy Lawyer Happy Life

Lawyer | Podcaster | Author | Speaker

Ann Maree David

Ann- Maree David

Executive Director of The College of Law.

Legal Educator & Trainer | Supporting the Next Generation of Australian Lawyers | Champion of Equity & Diversity. 

Jon Hollenburg

Director of Five by Five

Author | Public Speaker | Web Designer | Building Beautiful Websites 

Dyan Burgess

The Story Curator 

Author | Illustrator | Independent Publisher | Visual Note Taker

Dave Eddy

Dave Eddy

Director of Vicinity Marketing

Digital Marketing | SEO and Social Advertising | Podcast Host | Interactive Minds Chapter Director

katherine maslen

Katherine Maslen

Founding Director at Brisbane Natural Health

Naturopath | Nutritionist | Author | Speaker

Cameron Aggs

Cameron Aggs

Director of Be Mindful 

Coaching top-performers to reduce their stress and improve their effectiveness.

John Knight

John Knight

Co- Founder and Managing Director of Business DEPOT

Accountant | Consultant | Speaker | Entrepreneur | SME Advocate | Real Estate Industry Specialist

Mel Telecican ​

Mel Telecican

Host of Monetising Knowledge | Director of Loyalist | Founder of course9

Ronsley Vaz

Founder of Amplify

TEDx | International Speaker | Author 

Stevie Dillon

Owner of Stevie Says Social 

Social Media Strategist | Trainer and Educator 

Jason Malouin​

Jason Malouin

Director of The Portrait Store

Speaker | Author | Photographer

Demetrio Zema

Director and Problem Solver at Law Squared 

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Megan Sweetlove

Principal Solicitor at Sweetlove Family Law

Milan Gandhi

Milan Gandhi

Founder of The Legal Forecast 

Law Student | Director | Legalpreneur

Anne-Marie Rice

Anne-Marie Rice

Family Lawyer, Mediator & Dispute Resolution Practitioner at Rice Mediations

Lecturer | Presenter | Author