tania-zaettaHosted by Australia’s own Bollywood star Tania Zaetta (pictured) of the hit TV series Who Dares Wins, Australia’s first Ultimate Extreme Retreat rivals its US counterparts in both content and location.

Conceived by business mentor and owner of Uki’s Universal Peace Retreat Grant Hilton, the three-day event promises to deliver adrenalin, inspiration and motivation.

“Refuse to be scared,” says Hilton, a student of the Dalai Lama and Sogyal Rinpoche.

“The way out of pain and suffering is to watch and see a life-threatening event rise up for you and observe what is happening without losing the balance of your mind. This is called mastering the mind. The retreat is appropriate for adults of all ages and fitness levels.”

Participants will try their hand at stunt driving V8 supercars at high speeds on a race track, learning skills such as drifting, handbrake turns and skidpan training.

They will step over an oceanside sixty metre cliff. Attached to a climbing rope and wearing a harness, they will descend, learning abseil moves such as inverted and upside down abseil.

Starting at low heights to gain aerial awareness and improve body control, participants will work toward the ‘high fall’, falling off a tower to the safety of an air bag below. 

Dressed in fire-retardant clothing and balaclava, participants will be painstakingly prepared by the safety team before fuel is applied to their clothing and they are ignited into human fireballs. They will perform for approximately 20 seconds before being extinguished.

They will fall 4000 feet in one of the ultimate thrills for a human being, skydiving. Attached to a professional tandem-master, they can enjoy the rush of freefall then fly under canopy of a parachute back to the drop zone.

Tania Zaetta will be supported by trainer Colin Handley, who lists ‘nine times national black belt champion’ among his extensive credits. Others include stuntman for Arnold Swarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Tommy Lee Jones. Handley founded the Australian Stunt Academy 15 years ago, which now runs courses across the globe.

Participants are taken to their stunt destinations by helicopter and limousine. The entire experience will be professionally filmed, with participants given their own film of their personal adventure to take home.

11 to 13 September 2009 at the Universal Peace Retreat, located at Uki at the base of Mount Warning in Northern New South Wales, just twenty minutes from Coolangatta airport. $8950 including airport transfers, meals, accommodation and use of the Universal Peace Retreat’s spas and saunas. For enquiries and bookings telephone 02 6679 5555 or visit www.upc.com.au