Rediscover yourself after loss

Renowned Author Suzanne Gomes helps widows overcome grief to live a full life.

One minute life is great, the next minute it all comes crashing down.

That’s how Suzanne felt when she lost her husband of 20 years to blood cancer. But the saying “when one door closes, another one opens” couldn’t be more true. From grief to author, Suzanne has dedicated her new life to mentoring others through daunting life changes and career transitions.

The Beyond the Widow Retreat is here.


Confirmed for 15 – 18 August 2024, Beyond the Widow Retreat is specifically for people who’ve lost loved ones and desperately need to find connection again. Hosted by Suzanne, this years’ three-night retreat will be held at the picturesque Obi Obi Homestead, QLD.

Mentoring & Coaching

Are you looking for a career change or starting a new business and don’t know where to start? I offer 1:1 coaching or a 12 week mentoring program, Beyond 9to5, that will have you confident and ready to tackle the road ahead with energy and clarity.

From Corporate to Country Ebook

Through sheer grit and determination, Suzanne tells the story of one woman’s strength to throw away her heels and the executive pay packet to live the life of gumboots and fresh air, fulfilling the dream she and her husband had to build Coolabine Retreat.

From Wife to Widow Ebook

From Wife to Widow is Suzanne’s story of watching her husband Robert go through the ups and downs of being diagnosed with Leukemia.  A disease that has a staggering death rate, that has intensive treatments and turned both their lives upside down.

Coming Soon…

Coolabine Retreat is the escape you’ve been looking for. Centering on healing, Coolabine Retreat is secluded, peaceful and inspiring. 

It’s the perfect place to unwind with a loved one to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or just to say “I love You”.

For those who have suffered loss, there will be retreats specifically for healing the grief after loss – something that is very close to Suzanne’s heart.

Meet Suzanne

Suzanne was born in February 1973 and grew up in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne.

After going to university to be a nurse, Suzanne found her way through one of Australia’s corporate giants from a call centre consultant to a successful Executive.

In 1997 she met her future husband Robert and they married in 1999. They lived in Hoppers Crossing in Melbourne, had a wonderful group of friends and in 2009 they moved to Brisbane to advance Suzanne’s corporate career.

In 2013 Robert received the heartbreaking news of being diagnosed with leukaemia. After over 50 rounds of chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant and 3 relapses, Robert lost the fight and died in June 2019.

After a four-month break from her corporate role post Roberts death, Suzanne resigned to follow her dream of building Coolabine Retreat and writing her first book From Wife to Widow.

Over the next two years Suzanne’s focus was to heal herself from the pain and loss. To develop her new identity and learn to love herself whole-heartedly.

Suzanne now lives with her fiancé James and stepdaughter. Every day she wakes up to the serenity, healing properties, and relaxed lifestyle that Coolabine presents.

She is building Coolabine Retreat, developing her Beyond the Widow Retreats, writing her 3rd book, and mentors’ teenagers through the Raise Foundation.

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I'm here to support you through your grief or career change and can offer mentoring and coaching services. My eBooks are also a great resource on how you can overcome grief and move forward.