The C*I*A invites you to join them for their upcoming C*I*A experience, a retreat that will connect you to the magic of the cosmos. It’s in the beautiful setting of MAITRIPA nestled amongst the verdant green hills of Healesville, Victoria, only 90 minutes from Melbourne. We gather across 4 inspired days  and 3 charming nights to fully immerse ourselves into Venus and her creatrix power through astrology, alchemy, magic, embodiment and intention.

OCTOBER 20th  – OCTOBER 23rd
MAITRIPA – Buddhist Retreat centre
528 Myers Creek Rd, Healesville, VIC, 3777

The renaissance painting above, Botticelli’s famous Primavera,  exudes everything our retreat will be about, harnessing the Cosmic Spirit that surrounds us  through the practice of astrology. The alchemy and magic depicted in this painting is the inspiration for this retreat from the opening ceremony to the culmination at the Venus Star Point on Sunday.

What’s a Venus Retreat without GREAT FOOD!

We are thrilled  that our fabulous chef Agent 57 Peta Santos will be cheffing for us again this year. Peta has now looked after us on 6 previous C*I*A Retreats and Star Camps to the delight of our attendees. You are in for a treat!

Venus: The Magic of the Cosmos Retreat

For this retreat, we have curated a magical program that will take us on a journey deep into all things Venus and what she represents to us. From this fully immersive experience we will emerge with a renewed sense of love for self, for life and for others with a greater trust in the use of astrology and its cosmic alchemy.

For those who have been to a C*I*A Retreat before, you know that our retreats are not just a great time away, but also a profound experience that will leave you refreshed, transformed, full of light and a renewed cosmic spirit !

Suitable for all levels of astrology from beginners to advanced. All sessions will give you the tools you need to connect and integrate Venus and her sacred gifts!

Our wonderful crew invites you to join them for this magical experience. Our key facilitators and presenters are Melbourne’s key C*I*A Agents all professional astrologers, teachers and practitioners. Julija Simas, Olga Morales, Deborah James, Sara Gilbert, Susan Alexopoulos and our masterchef Peta Santos.

Our special guest this year is Agent 144 Alex Trenoweth from the UK , co-editor of  C*I*A’s Timelords magazine.
We are currently adding her to our extensive astro program, for more choices between beginner, intermediate to advanced sessions. Nicky Allison our agent herbalist and naturopath will be joining us for tincture making and planetary magic timing on Friday.

We are all very much looking forward to hosting you for our next event as our last Retreat was back in Oct 2018, in UKI, NSW, that will be 4 years ago by the time of our Venus retreat, half a Venus cycle. Since then, 2 retreats had to cancelled due to COVID and travel restrictions!

A great way to celebrate being back together again with Venus!


And YOGA !

As part of this retreat we also offer you a  morning yoga practice with Suzi Alexopoulos. Start the day with  mantra , meditation , breath work and gentle embodied movement,  to help ground you in your body, connect to the senses and integrate your Venus.


Check out the PROGRAM

We have designed a program suitable for all levels of astrology, from beginners to advanced – with 2 options/streams to choose from, so
that all can benefit greatly no matter what level of astrology they maybe at.

DAY 1 – Thursday OCTOBER 20th

4pm – 6pm – Arrival, set up, orientation

6-8pm – Meet and greet and Dinner 

8 -9:30pm – Opening ceremony, introductions, setting intentions and vibrations around our special Venus Mandala

9:30pm  – Sky Watch connect with the night sky


6:30 – 7:30am – Yoga, Mantra, Meditation

7:30am -8:30 am – Breakfast

This Morning we divide into 3 GROUPS

9:00 – 10:30 am
Group 1
Get to know Venus in your Chart – PART 1 – for Beginners and intermediate –  with Deborah James and Sara Gilbert
Group 2 – Get to know your Venus Star  – suitable for intermediate and advanced  astrologers, or for those who already understand Venus in their astrology chart.
Group 3 – Family dynamics and Astrology

Morning Tea/Coffee break

11:00 –  12:30 –
Group 1 – Get to know Venus in your Chart – PART 2 with Deborah James and Sara Gilbert

Group 2  – The phases of Venus – like the Moon you are born with Venus in a particular phase  – Part 2  with Julija Simas

12:30 – 2:00 – Lunch/Break

2:00pm – On the Day of Venus, in the hour of Venus we get creative –  Timing, Magic,  and Potions with Deborah James and Olga Morales

3:00pm –  Venus and the Zodiac Symbols  – Paint and create you chart symbols – with Deborah Wallish James

6:30 – Dinner

8 pm – Magic and Divination – Time techniques using Tarot and and numerology with Sara Gilbert

9-11pm – Night Sky watch  and Fire Magic


If you are one of our retreat attendees we invite you to join us to sell and show your wares at our visitors day, as we set up a mini-market market. If you have anything you make or have created and wish to share or sell – books, jewellery, scents, candles or other. C*I*A and Agents will be selling some of their goodies like Tshirts, cards, artwork, jewellery- so do let us know if you would like to join in!

6:30 – 7:30am – Yoga, Mantra, Meditation – Suzi Alexopolous

7:30am -8:30 am – Breakfast

9:30 – 10:45 am –  Venus Star PsychoMagic – Julija Simas

11:15 –  12:30 pm
OPTION 1 – Venus by Progression and Solar ArcSara Gilbert
OPTION 2 – Lecture TBD –  Alex Trenoweth

12:30 – 2:00 – Lunch/Break

2:00 – 3:15pm  – Venus, Luck and Money – Olga Morales

3:45 – 5 :00pm
OPTION 1 – Your Venus in Astro Cartography – Julija Simas
OPTION 2 – Lecture TBD –  Alex Trenoweth

TBD : Depending on how many of our other Agents will be attending, we may offer extra classes this day, so you will have a choice of attending classes for beginner and advanced! STAY TUNED


7:45 -8:45 am – Yoga, Mantra, Meditation and special Venus Star Activation with Susan Alexopolous
Thos morning the exact Venus Star Point will perfect at 18:17 am Suzi will align us with  mantra , meditation , breath work and gentle embodied movement,  to help us ground ground and activate this powerful moment.

8:45 am – 9:45am –  Breakfast

10:00am  – 12:00pm – What’s ahead, debrief and Q and A with all Agents

12:00pm –  Closing Ceremony –

12:30pm – Lunch

1:30 – 3:00pm –  Pack, tidy, clean up and Leave 


FULL EVENT – OCT 20 – OCT 23rd
Price includes 3 nights accomodation in KING Single room or TWIN room(at request), all SHARED bathrooms.
Price includes all food, breakfast, lunch and dinner, morning and afternoon teas. Vegetarian options available.
Price includes all workshops and evening events.

Full event $1200 AUD
10% C*I*A Member/Student Discount $1080 AUD
EARLY BIRD pay by July a 30th $1100 AUD
or for C*I*A $990 AUD

DAY PASS and Market Day – Saturday OCT 22nd
Includes ground pass, full day workshop 9:30am – 5pm – lunch, morning and afternoon tea.
Payment for DAY PASS will be available AUGUST
$180 AUD – includes $20 ground fee




EARLY BIRD  $1100 save $100 till July 30th

10% off for C*I*A MEMBERS – $990
(use discount CODE provided upon check out)


Full Price over 4 payments x $300= $1200

C*I*A MEMBERS receive 10% discount
PAY $270  x 4 payments  $1090
(use discount CODE provided upon check out)

Payment 1:  DEPOSIT $300/270 AUD
Payment 2:  JULY 30th $300/270
Payment 3:  AUGUST 30th $300/270
Payment 4 : SEPT 30th $300/270



To pay by Direct Debit or EFT Bank Transfer, please use this account.

National Australia Bank
Cosmic Intelligence Agency
BSB: 083 187
ACC NO: 75190 3892

Be sure to let us know by email your name, the date of payment and the payment option you are making :


Agent 12 – Julija Simas is the founder, motivator and designer behind the CIA, the Cosmic Intelligence Agency. Completing a Diploma in applied astrology from “Astrosynthesis”- Melbourne. Julija wrote her finishing thesis Astrology and the ANIMA MUNDI in 2005, which inspired her to put her ideas into motion, using astrology for a co-creative purpose, raising consciousness to astrology around the globe. Julija is a practicing astrological consultant, teacher, writer, presenter and retreat organizer for the CIA. Julija has lectured at various CIA events, local workshops, online and presented at international conferences. Julija has organised 8 previous C*I*A retreats, since 2011 this will be her 9th. One of her favourite things is to put together retreats with people that share the love and passion of astrology and see it change people lives, for the better!

Deborah James – Agent 29  – A practicing astrologer for over 30 years. Shamanic Chrystal healer. Tarot reader. Past life regressionist. Creator of the The Vine of the Mystic oracle deck. Working with the symbols. I came to work with these symbols because had a dream where the symbols came to life and started talking to each other in a very playful way. The dream didn’t leave me so I began to paint them on a circular canvas to create a unique painting of the individual horoscope.  A pictorial play on the symbols of the planets. Clients have had profound insights into their lives just by looking at their chart in pictures.   

Alex Trenoweth – Agent 144  – Alex is an astrological researcher and professional schoolteacher in London UK. In 2015, she was awarded “International Astrologer of the Year” by the Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology (KIA) for her ground-breaking and innovative research on Astrology and Education based on her book “Growing Pains” (The Wessex Astrologer). Since then she has spoken at astrology conferences around the world and has contributed to major magazines and publications such as Dell Horoscope, The Career Astrologer (OPA), The ISAR Journal and Kindred Spirit. From 2016, Alex has worked tirelessly in her role as Secretary General and Vice Principal of KIA to bring Western and Vedic Astrologers together for the Institute of Vedic Culture Conference in Kolkata India in 2018 which aimed to promote better understanding, scholarship and most importantly, friendship between astrologers of different cultures. In 2018, KIA awarded her with an honorary PhD for her research on “Adolescent Behaviour and Lunar Phase” and she also received an award for Oustanding Service to Astrology. Her website is

Agent 33 – Olga Morales is the founder of Astrology for Gann Traders. She has been teaching and lecturing on the astrological trading methods of Wall St trader and astrologer, W.D. Gann since 2005. Olga has travelled teaching Gann methods throughout Australia, USA, Hong Kong, London, and UAE. Her specialities are Financial Astrology, Midpoints and Cosmobiology.
Her website Her You Tube Channel

Agent 66 – Sara Gilbert decodes the unique emotional patterns in your life, enabling you to become at home inside yourself and find your special place in the world. She draws on her wisdom from multi-faceted knowledge of esoteric systems: astrology, tarot, myth, goddess energy, the tree of life, numerology, palmistry, and hand analysis. This enables a richer understanding, as each tool reinforces your life design through a slightly different lens. Her speciality comes from working with clients on Past Life Patterning and Life Purpose over the last 15 years, as well as sharing her knowledge of the systems she uses through a raft of workshops and courses. Website: Facebook:

Agent 71 – Suzi Alexopoulos – Suzi is both a yoga practitioner and an astrologer. She first stepped onto a yoga mat 18 years ago , around the same time that she began her formal astrological study with AstroSynthesis at the Chiron Centre, Melbourne. As she traversed the seasons of life , the yoga mat has always been the place she comes back to. A place where she can integrate her experiences, feel grounded. Home base. Suzi is a facilitator in Tantric embodied and Yin yoga. In her classes she also likes to weave through a sprinkling of cosmic wisdom.But what she feels is most important, is to hold space for people. At whatever stage of their journey they are on. A loving encouragement of self study & exploration.


Agent 56 – Peta Santos is a full time qualified chef and caterer and a favourite of the C*I*A. Not only are her meals nutritious and delicious but are a feast for the eyes, perfect for our Venus Retreat. With now over 6 C*I*A retreats that Peta has catered for the C*I*A, we are always asked is Peta cooking again? For a  good reason!  Peta on Instagram