Events & Retreats

Offering connection events for women and retreats to grow your skills and have fun while you’re at it. Add accommodation to your retreat experience to add an extra level to your experience.




Tuesday Nights 7 Feb –  28 March, 2023


Feel Less Lonely

Do you want to feel less lonely, need to get out and about more, want to make new friends or like the idea of connecting with other great women? Whatever your motivation, join this creative women’s circle in Carmen’s beautiful, interior-designed guesthouse for women.

Get Creative

Bring along whatever you are working on… your knitting, your drawing, your crochet, your writing, journalling etc. Whatever it is bring your project along and work on it while you sit and chat with other women. If you don’t have a project we will help you think of one and I have plenty of resources to help you get started.

      What They Say
      “I feel so much less lonely since I joined this group. Thank you Carmen.” Kathy

    Per Session each week

    $25 including supper



    Sat 18 and Sun 19, March 2023

    Improve Your Home Design

    Do you want to do more with your home interiors but are a bit stuck on where to start? Carmen will lead you through a weekend where she will help you build confidence in your style, and assist you to select the right colours and style for you when furnishing or styling your own home.

    Improve the Layout of Your Spaces

    We also look at room layouts in your home and help you solve those tricky problems of just how to tackle furnishing that space. Simply turn up and enjoy a fun couple of days at the guesthouse.

    The Retreat

    Over 2 days we will enjoy the company of women, and the beauty of Toowoomba and unleash your inner designer & stylist. The itinerary is fully planned. Just turn up and enjoy a wonderful weekend.

    Accommodation – You may choose to stay at the guesthouse which you can book on Airbnb after you book your spot on the retreat.

    Retreat Price




    Improve your life – Personal Growth Retreat

    Get Excited about your Life again

    Take time out with other wonderful women and plan out what you dream for your life in the next 6 months, 12 months and beyond.

    Figure out Your Life Goals

    Carmen delivers a 2-day retreat diving deep into figuring out your next move, and getting clear in your mind about your goals and dreams so you can start focusing and taking action on things that matter to you.

    Time to Relax and Unwind

    There will be plenty of relaxation time and fun as well.

    Retreat Price $369 

    Accommodation – You may choose to stay at the guesthouse which you can book on Airbnb after you book your spot on the retreat


    Carmen Darwin

    Carmen knows that women love to stretch themselves to learn, grow and connect. When she dreamed of creating her guesthouse Campbell & Waratah she also dreamed of using her teaching, interior design and styling skills to bring interesting retreats and workshops to her design studio at the guesthouse. Now they are here and she would love you to be a part of them.


    What a lovely getaway! Thank you Carmen for welcoming us into your beautiful guesthouse.

    It is absolutely stunning. You have done the most amazing job and everywhere you look there is so much to see. Loved Toowoomba. Loved your home. Loved your company.

    Thanks for a relaxing and fun weekend.

    Kara Ellings

    From the moment you lay on eyes on the fairy light covered fence, you know something magical is awaiting…
    Campbell & Waratah is the perfect slice of country paradise, a home away from home and travel without travelling too far…
    Carmen’s attention to detail shines in every corner of the guesthouse with gorgeous themed rooms, cosy beds and fluffy bathrobes awaiting your arrival.
    Carmen is a caring host and ensures your time away is spent doing everything you desire on a country getaway. From lunch at a country pub, visiting the sunflowers, drinks at a brewery, farmers markets or aperitivo on the verandah – whatever you want to make it, it is waiting for you at Campbell and Waratah.
    Thanks Carmen for an amazing mini break.

    Sharon Gee

    Staying at Campbell & Waratah, a beautiful old Queenslander, is a like a warm hug. So stylishly furnished, but comfy and welcoming at the same time, with thoughtful little touches like a little tea station in your room & books beside your bed. Lovely

    Liz Buchanan

    I could not think of a more perfect place to have a girl’s weekend away. Gorgeous warm home near all the beautiful cafes and markets. Bedrooms are all tastefully themed and cosy. Just makes me smile when I think about our weekend away.

    Nicole Bucknell

    Walking into Campbell and Waratah Guesthouse, I was overwhelmed. The four-poster bed in the Explorer Suite with the crisp white sheets, the worldly artefacts so interestingly displayed, I knew I would sleep well in this beautiful room.

    Carmen’s Queenslander guesthouse is clean, comfortable and decorated so beautifully, you feel completely relaxed and welcomed….. it truly is a home away from home.

    Can’t wait to return for another amazing weekend.

    Tania Anderson