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What Makes Project Hatch Different?

When it comes to retreats and reflection days, many schools find it difficult providing a range of fully integrated programs that creates lasting influence. Some also struggle keeping retreats on their calendars due to other pressures. The Project Hatch team helps schools provide highly effective programs that are teacher tested and student approved.

We know how hard it can be to deliver effective programs and have helped schools across Australia to provide retreats that engage, challenge and empower their students. And when your students experience an effective program, spirituality is strengthened, students grow in self-esteem, create greater positive influence and the year level unifies.


The Project Hatch retreats and reflection days are designed and facilitated by Dave Jorna, founder of Project Hatch, and his team. Dave has been working with young people for over sixteen years, during this time he was also a campus minister, became an Emotional Intelligence consultant and has studied Psychology. Since Project Hatch’s first program he has facilitated more than 640 retreats, workshops and leadership training programs to help young people do life better. The Project Hatch team, who work closely with Dave, have a combined twelve years experience facilitating retreats across Australia. Schools continually comment on the effectiveness and positive outcomes of Project Hatch retreats.

In a Project Hatch program, your students will: learn to create small differences in their thinking which make big changes in their behaviour and self-confidence; understand and experience how they can be a positive influence in the lives of others; gain emotional intelligence and mindfulness strategies which increase their wellbeing; and, reflect on how the Gospel messages are alive and relevant in their daily lives. Project Hatch will help you provide programs that connect with your students and create a lasting influence, helping them do life better.

From the beginning of the programs to the very end, Dave and the Project Hatch team will take care of all the facilitation, activities and behaviour management so your teachers can enjoy the experience and journey alongside your students. This, along with Project Hatch’s “9 Retreat and Reflection Day Optimisers”, will help you integrate the programs directly into your school’s culture, curriculum and spirituality to create long term student growth.

Long-term personal and spiritual growth comes from a deep connection and a fully integrated approach, not one-off feel good experiences. If programs are just vapour, their effectiveness and value are short lived. When effective programs compliment school culture, their impact is amplified. Schools who have effective programs view retreats as an integral aspect of their school’s tradition and student formation. Book a Project Hatch program today so your students and teachers can ‘retreat’ with Dave and the team. Why? Because the programs you provide can have a long-term influence for your students and school.



Thanks again for a wonderful day with our Year 11 students today. Your program provided an excellent balance of energy and substance. The students very much appreciated and benefitted from the skills of you and your team  in music, storytelling, reflection and motivation. Leadership, being about bringing out the best in the other, reflects the Jesus message and is a healthy, balanced way of allowing our young people to reflect upon making the most out of life.

A fabulous day - it could not have been better!


Chris, St Ursula's College, Toowoomba


“Thanks so much for today.  The kids really enjoyed it; from the cooperative games to the symbolic web, it all added to a memorable experience.  The balance between the fun, cooperative games and the spiritual was good too as I reckon it allows them to relax before talking about more 'serious' things.  (Take a look at how well they listened when you were talking to them about believing in yourself as an example.)”

M. Robinson, Yr 7 Teacher, Mater Dei Primary School, Brisbane.


“Just wanted to say a big thankyou to Kiri, Ollie and yourself for the wonderful job Project Hatch did with our yr 7 leaders. The day proved to be a big success with the students which included many worthwhile and inspiring activities and stories. The activities were engaging, positive and enjoyed by all. All the students were able to gain a better understanding of their importance in our school community and they all found themselves laughing and cheering together as one. Look forward to working with Project Hatch in the future.”

S. Wheeler, Yr 7 Teacher, St Bernardine's Primary School, Brisbane.


“When we had to affirm each other, it was really terrifying but also really nice to see people complimenting others, not just their friends. The fact that it was optional to be involved in the various activities was great”.

“It was great that you didn't feel like you were going to be judged for having a go.”  

“It was very inspirational – because people got up and said nice things about people that you wouldn't think they would do.”  

“A powerful and spiritual experience.” 

“Being appreciated felt good, but it was so much more empowering to appreciate someone else.” 

“We got to reconnect with the grade in an emotional way” 

“The day did wonders for our grade – it brought people out of their shell and gave them self confidence!”