The Retreat

About Us

Read more about the Gwinganna Team.

Tony de Leede

Owner and Founder

Tony de Leede, a native of the Sydney beach suburb of Cronulla, created Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat to fulfill a lifelong dream. “Gwinganna is a very special place that I discovered several years ago”, said Mr de Leede.

"The first time I stayed at Gwinganna, I found that the serenity and soul of this hidden mountain retreat captured my desire to live a better life.” He purchased the property from publisher Kevin Weldon who had privately owned it for many years.

To preserve its original charm, Tony retained most of the distinctive pieces which he thought to be fundamental to Gwinganna. Highly regarded around the world as an innovator in business, his aim is to spend more time at Gwinganna and continue his own personal health journey.

Sharon Kolkka

General Manager & Wellness Director

Sharon Kolkka has become one of Australia’s leading voices in the field of wellness. Her experience in wellness retreats encompasses over 20 years and during this time she has seen many changes in this field.

While weight loss was the primary focus years ago, stress is now a major issue for most guests. A key speaker on stress and wellness each week at Gwinganna, Sharon also presents on several specialty focus retreats throughout the year. Her expertise lies predominantly in women’s wellness, lifestyle balance, movement and stress management.

Advising thousands of people from all walks of life, her inspirational and relevant words and ideas are highly sought after in today’s busy world.

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