This will be ACE’s 6th Manual Therapy Retreat, and in 2024 we are doing something completely unique and taking it to the ocean!

ACE CRUISE – Manual Therapy Retreat 2024 will be like nothing we have done before.

What a special experience to get your professional development and have a holiday while cruising in luxury through the south pacific ocean, visiting stunning destinations and sharing it with other amazing therapists just like you.
Not to mention that the entire trip will be a great tax deduction!!

As with all of ACE’s Manual Therapy Retreats, you can expect a variety of workshop topics that will cater for everyone, regardless of your interests or speciality. We always bring new and different workshop content to our Retreats that you won’t find in our standard workshops and seminars. The educational experiences will be lead by ACE’s lead educators, Shaun Brewster and Bodine Ledden.
The full details of our ACE Cruise workshops will be released in the coming weeks.

The ACE Cruise Manual Therapy Retreat will depart from Brisbane on Friday 15th of March 2024 and sail for 7 nights through the stunning south pacific, making two separate day stops, firstly at Mystery Island Vanuatu, and the second being at Noumea, New Caledonia.
Each stop will allow you to depart the ship and explore these beautiful islands, taking in the local cuisine, participate in adventure activities, soak up the rich and colourful culture or simply relax in the sunshine on a tropical beach. The choice is yours!

On board the ship you have an endless list of fun and indulgent options waiting for you.
Our ship, the Quantum of the Seas from Royal Caribean is absolutely incredible and offers activities like onboard skydiving with Ripcord by iFly, go surfing with FlowRider surf simulator, ascent 91 meters above sea level in the observatory capsule, watch a robot mix your cocktails, take in a spectacular dinner show with arial acrobats and more. You’ll have 14 different venue options for food, offering a range of different cuisine from grab and go snacks to hand made sushi, through to white table cloth, 5 course gastronomic experiences by Jamie Oliver, and everything in between!
With 8 bars to catch up with your fellow Retreat attendees and share a drink, you’ll always have somewhere new to check out, not to mention the endless list of cocktails to work you way through.
Ride dodgem cars, take in a stage show, listen to live music, join a dance class, get a massage, test yourself in an escape room, go rock climbing, swim in one of the many pools, have a sauna, participate in a game show, watch an outdoor film at night, or just do absolutely nothing and relax in the sun. The choice is yours.

In addition to the scheduled workshops from ACE, plus the endless options of things to do in your free time, we will also arrange some fun activities for our Retreat attendees to do as a group. These are always part of what make the best memories from our Retreats.
No matter if you are attending as an individual, with a partner or friend, a work colleague or the whole family (this one is also great for the kids!), we will make sure you have a fantastic time, learn lots, make amazing new friends and also feel like you had a great holiday.

The Manual Therapy Retreat has become a much talked about event. This will be the sixth retreat produced by Shaun Brewster (Founder & Director of ACE). This immersive learning opportunity will provide you with 9 different workshops on a range of clinical applications and topics. More information on workshop topics will be released soon!
Not only will this be a unique learning experience, it will be a brilliant networking opportunity where you will develop industry connections and lifelong friends.

Workshops Topics

  • Assessment and Treatment for Lumbar Spine Related Presentations
  • Practical Application of Pain Science in Clinical Practice
  • Developing Your Philosophy in Clinical Practice
  • Group Exercise Class
  • Assessment and Treatment for Thoracic and Cervical Spine Related Presentations
  • Prescribing Home-Based Exercise Therapy Programs
  • MET Applications in Assisted Stretching
  • Myofascial Techniques in the Treatment of Common Movement Related Disorders
  • Yoga and Guided Meditation

What’s Included

  • 7 night’s cruising on Royal Carribbean’s Quantum of the Seas
  • 9 different manual therapy / industry relevant workshops run by ACE’s Shaun Brewster, Bodine Ledden & the ACE Team
  • Welcome Cocktail Party for all attendees & their partners/families on our first night aboard the ship
  • 8 Complimentary dining options to choose from, as well as room service
  • Group dinner on our final night of sailing at one of the specialty restaurants
  • Morning tea on workshop days
  • Non-alcoholic beverages (water, lemonade and iced tea)
  • Learning resources & certificate of completion
  • Fun group activities
  • CRUISELYMPICS – our famous Beach Olympics but on a cruise ship
  • Memories & new friendships that will last a lifetime!

What’s Not Included

The following services are not included in the cruise price:

  • Flights to/from Brisbane
  • Dining in Specialty Restaurants
  • Spa and Salon services
  • Gambling (Including Bingo)
  • Any purchases made in the gift shops onboard
  • Shore excursions
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages (Drinks packages available for purchase)
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages (excluding water, lemonade and iced tea)



Shaun Brewster,

Musculoskeletal Therapist, Exercise Physiologist.
Founder and Director of Advanced Clinical Education.
20+ years in clinical practice and education.

Bodine Ledden,

Soft Tissue Therapist.
Assistant Director of Advanced Clinical Education.
Highly experienced clinician and educator.


Fri 15th March 2024, 3:30 pm –
Fri 22nd March 2024, 5:30 am


Prices explained:
Interior Cabin – Retreat participant can bring a partner or friend (not participating in the ACE retreat) at no extra cost  = $3300
Interior Cabin – 2 Retreat participants sharing a cabin (one bed)  = $2300 PER ATTENDEE

Ocean View Cabin – Retreat participant can bring a partner or friend (not participating in the ACE retreat) at no extra cost  = $3500
Ocean View Cabin – 2 Retreat participants sharing a cabin (one bed)  = $2400 PER ATTENDEE

Balcony Cabin – Retreat participant can bring a partner or friend (not participating in the ACE retreat) at no extra cost  = $4050
Balcony Cabin – 2 Retreat participants sharing a cabin (one bed)  = $2675 PER ATTENDEE

The ACE Cruise Manual Therapy Retreat has limited places available and this one is sure to sell out fast.
You can purchase your ticket directly from this site, or you can contact us for a payment plan where we will divide the cost up for you and spread it over the months leading up to the end of November 2023.

The 1st payment plan instalment must commence within 1 week of set up. Cabins/places cannot be secured until the first payment plan instalment has been received. All payment plans will incur a $50.00 non-refundable administration fee.

For a payment plan, please email

Payment plans from June 2023 are spread over 6 months.
Payment plans from July 2023 are spread over 5 months.
Payment plans from August 2023 are spread over 4 months.
Payment plans from September 2023 are spread over 3 months.
Payment plans from October 2023 are spread over 2 months.

Refund Policy:

Refunds are only available up until the 6th of December 2023 which will include a non-refundable amount of $50.
Due to Royal Caribbean Cruises refund policy, we are unable to offer refunds after the 6th of December 2023.