Here is what you should know about how the program was created and some of our testimonials

Program Director

Graeme Alford

21Renew was designed by Graeme Alford

Graeme was labelled “The Comeback King” by the ABC Channel 2’s Australian Story.In the 1970’s Graeme gave every appearance of being a very successful young barrister however, despite numerous warnings he failed to address his ever increasing drinking of alcohol until he had destroyed his legal career, ruined his marriage, shattered his reputation and finished in prison 3 times, the last for armed robbery. When asked why he did not heed the warnings about his drinking Graeme’s response is illuminating “

“ I had been able to succeed in everything I did and saw no reason why I could not control my drinking. In hindsight it was singularly the dumbest mistake I have ever made. If I had sought professional help before I lost everything, my life would have unfolded very differently.”

“Graeme Alford has done what so many can’t do. He changed his life. His story is inspirational. He’s not to be missed.” John Bushell Director Catholic Family Welfare Bureau

Client Feedback October 2019 Bali Wellness Retreat



Overall the whole program was amazing, eye opening and something I will never forget my whole life. Now that I have had almost a week back home and time to reflect on my time in Bali, I can see what specifically worked for me and what wasn’t effective for me personally. To be honest, coming into 21Renew is very difficult but the location, setup of the villa and program schedule all worked for me. I enjoyed being in Kaba Kaba, and having been to Ubud before, I think the distance from the water would have made me less likely to enjoy the program. I feel that having the opportunity to go to the beach, try surfing, and overall just the fresh ocean breeze was good for my recovery process. Helped clear my head and gave me opportunities to process and ponder away from the villa.  I loved Villa Maya and everything about it, for me Kaba Kaba was a perfect location.

In regards to the program schedule, I enjoyed that yoga was at 7am, then breakfast at 8am, so your day started at a similar time to life back home. The reflective journal was a good way to start the day. Initially I thought it would be better at the end of the day, but I found voicing how I was feeling, getting reinforcement from the others and advice from Justin and yourself, was more beneficial in the morning. I guess the timing of the journal allowed me to reflect and steer my day into a positive one as we were reflecting on the day before and it helped me have more good days than not so great. Dinner was at a good time, sessions were spaced accordingly to the day and I didn’t feel overloaded with content. Massages were actually fantastic, and having never had a massage before in my life, it was a struggle at first, but the benefits were seen immediately. 

It is difficult to find any issues with the program as for me personally, it was greatly beneficial and programmed well. I think what your doing is amazing, and I couldn’t have imagined my journey into recovery having been with any other program. 21Renew lives up to its name.



It’s with great pleasure that I leave some positive words regarding 21 Renew.

After an attempt at another Rehab facility 2 years ago I once again found my self drinking way to much on a daily basis.

I work in a high pressure suit and tie industry that demands performance, I certainly was not delivering on this.

I’m now leaving the 21 Renew program and I feel better than ever. Ready to get back into it with the comfort of the ongoing support I have Graeme and Justin once I’m back in Melbourne.

Graeme has assisted in ensuring my Business plan is on track and my family time is committed to also.

If you or someone you know that needs help with any type of addiction issues, and wants to help within a 5 star facility and learning from someone that has certainly “been there done that” then don’t pass this up.

It’s life changing – I’m happy to even tell you my experience this over the phone if your sceptical.

Thanks Graeme and Justin, and the wonderful team at 21 Renew.



Hi Graeme

Please find following my thoughts on the 21 Renew Program which we completed today. Firstly, I would like to thank all your team who have looked after me during this period. Everyone’s outstanding form stunned me.

Ray took care of me, well and truly over and above expectations in Melbourne, Justin and Oka on my arrival in Bali did the same, and certainly not excluding the input you provided over my journey and the Yoga Instructor  Amanda who has pushed a button within, not dissimilar to what the rest of your team did for me throughout the program.

It was very refreshing to see how everyone went well and truly (way out) of their way to accommodate all of the clients from the time they arrived until the time they said goodbye, in particular myself with my 4 day early arrival in Bali and the drama’s which I unfolded on both Justin and Oka. Both Justin and Oka stood steadfast in providing me with so much sincere support.

My appreciation for your program and for the work your team put in and the personal awareness and knowledge that I am taking away cannot be described in words.

Thank you



Client Feedback August 2019 Bali Wellness Retreat



“Alcohol was a massive part of my daily life. There was never a day I didn’t consume alcohol.

I work in construction as a plumber and alcohol became a part of my daily routine. Off and on for 20 years I had attempted to get sober. I was a daily drinker and every day I would find an excuse to have another drink, despite my intentions in the morning to not have a drink at all.

I tried counselling, self-help groups, addiction seminars and courses – all to no avail!!. My desire to stop drinking was always strong, however I could not stop myself picking up the bottle.

I heard Graeme Alford on 3AW talking about 21Renew and my initial reaction was that the program was not for me. However, I called Graeme anyway and went to meet him at his office where I was informed and given hope about how I could change my life.

Graeme assured me that 21Renew was something very different to what I had previously tried out there. Graeme conducted an Assessment which my partner also attended and we had a discussion about the best way moving forward. Graeme explained why and how 21Renew would work for me, giving us great insight into my options. As I did not have a plan B I decided to give it a go. I had nothing to lose.

I arrived in Bali nervous and still wanting a drink. Things however were about to change. I completed the 21 days in Bali, participating in all facets of the program. We trained daily which included going to the gym – boxing – weights – swimming – and started each day with Yoga. The combination of these activities have helped me greatly. The food and meals were delicious (5 stars). The staff were friendly and nothing was too much of a hassle.

The material in the program was informative and really helped me to understand my relationship with alcohol. The groups were a key part in my decision to remain abstinent. I am now motivated to continue using the skills and strategies provided to me and feel confident I can do this and enjoy a brand new life.

I highly recommend that if your previous attempts to get sober failed, do what I did. Make the easy call to 21Renew and leave the hangovers and guilt behind.

Thanks to Graeme and his team for all their support, trust and on-going guidance in the aftercare program.

I can honestly say I have never ever felt this good.”



“A life changing experience!

I will be forever indebted to Graeme, Justin and the team at 21 Renew.  In just 21 days their revolutionary program transformed my relationship to drugs and alcohol and more importantly, my relationship with myself.

For over a decade I had been looking for answers as to why I continued to use drugs and alcohol. I saw countless numbers of psychologists and hypnotherapists, read all the self-help books and any tried many other strategies. Nothing was working and what was more concerning was that I was using more as the frustration and helplessness grew.

I’d never taken time for myself to get away and think.

What 21 Renew does is take you away from your familiar environment and place you in a tropical paradise where you reinvigorate your body, mind and soul. In just a few days I could see the clouds starting to lift. The body started to feel better and my thoughts started to become more positive.

By the end of the three weeks I felt like I knew man. I was laughing again. I had goals and I had direction. Most importantly I had belief.”



“To 21Renew I am very grateful

To reconnect with my true self with dignity, wisdom, and a genuine interest in my full potential was not my expectation.

This is not a “Rehab” – I’ve done them, the time passes then I pick up, each time just progressing to the eventual triggered disaster.

It takes courage to put ones hand up for help and the help was delivered in 21 days which will and with access to aftercare, release me of the need to pick up.

Be careful of whose tail lights you follow….. I’m out of the shadows and standing in the light.”



“Having competed a 12 day detox at a Melbourne based Rehab in preparation for the 21Renew Program, I cannot stress enough this program took a completely different approach to my addiction.

Graeme and Justin took the time to understand me as a person – separate to my addiction helping me to realise who I am when you take away all the mind altering substances – that I can enjoy life and stressing the importance of my recovery being at the centre of everything/choice I make going forward.

Coming from a professional background and addressing my disease at a particularly young age – the team took the time to tailor a plan of attack going forward – to see myself set up for success.

If traditional/hospitalised environments haven’t worked for you or don’t float your boat – don’t hesitate to call the guys at 21Renew.

If they cannot help you they will spare no effort to lead you in the right direction.”



Client Feedback June 2019 Bali Wellness Retreat 


Where do I start.

From the beginning Graeme and Ray were extremely friendly compassionate and understanding. And that gave me the initial ability to put my faith in them and the program.

Although my 5 week stint in a Rehab in Melbourne is something I would rather forget, my 21 days up at Ubud is something I’ll never forget. From the beginning Graeme knew exactly what I needed to do and work on. And as I reflect now upon the last 21 days up here I’ve achieved something way beyond what I thought possible. And with Justin’s and Graeme’s experiences and knowledge, they were both able to guide me, and listen to my needs and wants out of life and then give me the tools to now become the Dean I always wanted to be. Because for such a long time I seemed to be going in circles, and sometimes backwards! But now the sky is the limit, and I feel extremely confident to be the best version of me, the best partner, the best son, brother and friend. But most importantly they have given me this amazing path to travel on for my recovery. And that is the most important thing ever.

All your staff up at the Villa went way above and beyond anything I thought possible. And Oka your driver is absolutely a gold human being and will be a massive asset to this program. His friendly, funny and caring nature has made this journey for me so memorable.

And Justin’s humour and ability to bring out the best in everybody is just so infectious and something I’ll never forget. But Graeme your wisdom, advice, stories and overall good vibes are what makes the program an absolute winner.

I will have no issue what so ever in telling everyone I know about how wonderful this program was.

I’ll be grateful for the rest of my life.


Bruce Elliott

The opportunity to be able to be involved with the 21 Renew Retreat has been amazing.

For 3 years prior to my knee replacement operation to cope with the pain I was prescribed  200MG Tramadol and 5MG of Endone and I became addicted to these drugs.

Following the operation in January this year I could not get off the prescription drugs. I sought help from a number of different professionals but all to no avail. Through a friend of my daughters I was given Graeme’s phone number. I rang and explained my circumstances. His concern for my well being was unparalleled. He gave me the details of a Doctor who for the first time understood my predicament.

I was then given the opportunity to come to Bali on the 21Renew Retreat and it has been a life changing experience. Graeme and Justin have delivered am amazing program. They had the skills to support, guide and mentor myself and the others with various issues on a path of recovery. Their ability to provide the appropriate tools to use to overcome our respective addictions has been amazing.

They also have the ability to relay and enjoy showing us the highlights of Bali. They have Oka who is an amazing guide, driver and someone who did whatever was required to ensure we had a wonderful experience.

The house staff are also amazing, meals, cleaning, washing of clothes meant there was never a problem and everything was done with pure delight. With these staff we were able to focus on our recovery

Graeme and Justin have the ability to focus on everybody’s individual needs and then pull the group together.

I am leaving the Retreat with 21 days of not taking any prescription medicine and feeling ready to take on the next stage of my life.

I would highly recommend 21Renew to any person needing help as I did.




From the time I first met Graeme there was a connection and I felt for the first time in years there just might be a way out of my gambling addiction.

When I arrived at the villa to start the 21 day program I was nervous, had no confidence and was really apprehensive.

Within minutes of arriving Justin made me feel welcome, showed me to my room and sat down and had a talk with me. Over the next 21 days his support, comfort and understanding was exactly what I needed. Being able to talk to Justin and Graeme about anything that was in my head allowed me move from an unhappy, negative person with no ambition and very little help to someone who is genuinely excited about the future.

I found the learning sessions extremely valuable and interesting as they led to open and honest discussion with everyone feeling it was OK to share their views.

In my wildest dreams I never thought I would like Yoga yet within 2 sessions I could not wait to get up in the morning and be ready for the hour of Yoga prior to breakfast.

The massages, the swimming, the events like white water rafting and the social outings made each day exciting and gave me time to reflect on the daily group sessions.

During the 21 days I had numerous one on one talks with Graeme and Justin and these were invaluable in helping me to understand what I need to do going forward. 

The Villa, the Villa staff and oka were fantastic.

These 21 days have changed my life.



I began the 21 day program all but hopeless. After tasting some sobriety in the past through assistance of the 12 step solution I had fallen into a seemingly inescapable relapse loop.

Placing distance between myself and my life was the first step. From the moment of arrival, and even beforehand, the 21 Management provided substantial support. The location of the Executive Retreat was perfect for our purpose. The design and content of the program was well thought out and carefully planned to ease us in then ramp up in intensity as our sobriety time and mental awareness improved. The overall environment, including supplemental on-site staff was terrifically encouraging.

The peer support system that developed among the attendees is going to have an enduring powerful effect on our mutual continuous sobriety.

This was undoubtedly a life changing experience.



Client Feedback November 2018 Bali Wellness Retreat 

  B.G.  “I finished treatment at another rehab in Bali which gave me much needed clarity but I was still unsure of what direction I wanted to go with my life and how I was going to get there. I could not be happier that I made the decision to go to 21Renew.  At 21Renew I learned life skills that I had not learned anywhere else and developed a clear picture of exactly where I wanted to go over the next 12 months and was given the tools on how to get there.”  I am excited to see how everything unfolds from here and I am confident that everything is going to turn out unbelievably.”  


W.C.  “Everything about 21Renew is different from my previous rehabs. Coming off heroin is never easy but at 21Renew they made it as easy as it could be. I was never forced to do anything. The Yoga, massages, walking, swimming and outings gave me a sense of freedom and kept me positive and looking forward. The support was fantastic and I was able to talk to Justin and Graeme whenever I was feeling down. They also adjusted the program to fit in with how I was feeling.  The weather, villa and food were unbelievable.  It was a great experience and I have been given a new lease of life.  Thankyou Graeme, thankyou Justin, thankyou 21Renew.”  


S.C.  “I was given the Tools to become ‘Me’ again and ‘Walked Out’ and arrived back who I am and who I want to be.  To witness and participate in the absolute transformation to others that attended is and was life changing for me and ‘Yes’ for them.  All those involved in my Journey were and are just First Class, Cheers Graeme”  


Lucia D  “Living to work, not working to live, dependency problem, and I was close to snapping. Walking a tight rope, the double life, the pressure of it all almost tipping me over the edge.  My long time affinity with a mentally and physically harming substance had impaired my rational thinking.  It was distorted to a such a degree that I thought I couldn’t maintain a level of performance without it.  Internally I was destroying myself and I knew it.  Things were starting to slide and the depression was overwhelming.   Due to my previous experience with rehab, I felt my situation was hopeless due to the time I thought I would have to take off from work to start feeling normal again.  I had done treatment before.   Sixty days.  Looking for answers on the internet, I found 21Renew.  I did my research on the program director, was impressed with what I read, and instantaneously made an appointment.    If you are looking for residential treatment where your mobile devices are confiscated, with militant rules and where boredom visits frequently then 2I.R is not for you.  What you can expect at 21.R is the opposite of what is noted above with an added bonus of 21 days in postcard surroundings.”  


Client Feedback August/September 2018 Bali Wellness Retreat 

  H.L. From Hostels to Villa Harta to Home.  “My eyes darted across the room as I sat in Graeme Alfords office. Looking sickly unwell, I recall feeling broken, lonely, scared and filled with shame. I desperately wanted to tell Graeme that I wasn’t always like this! I used to be smart, sassy, pretty and have life behind my eyes. But I didn’t have the energy to remember the woman I used to be because it hurt too much. So instead I said “Forgive me for my questions, but I’m massively paranoid.” I then proceeded to reel off my ridiculous questions in the attempt to rattle or shock Graeme. However he stared back at me unperturbed and I quickly realised this guy means business. I didn’t understand how this man I hardly knew had encouraged my family not to give up on me and that I am worthy of a sober life. It had to be too good to be true…. Addiction swept me up in to a world where I didn’t belong and I became a stranger to all those that knew me. The past 21 days allowed me to be reunited with my family but most importantly is has reunited me with myself. I now write this as a new woman, a lady in fact. I’m ready to start writing my next chapter and it can be whatever I want it to be.  The whole experience was amazing.”   


G.M. “About 3 months ago I received a message from Graeme Alford who I had known over 20 years ago. He wanted to know how I was. I messaged Graeme apologising for not being in touch but told him I was too ashamed and I went on to explain that I was homeless, broke and drinking from the time I woke up to the time I went to sleep. Graeme said, “Greg to do you trust me?” and I responded “yes with my life.” He said good, you are coming to Bali with me on one of our 21 day Wellness Programs. I told Graeme I really appreciated the offer however Rehabs don’t work for me. I had done over 6 months in 3 separate rehabs and had drunk immediately I left each one. Graeme’s response was simple. “Greg we do it very differently.” ……. truer words were never spoken. Everything about 21Renew is the complete opposite to what I experienced at the 3 rehabs I had been to. At 21Renew everything was positive, the staff and food was spectacular, the program really enjoyable and above all else by the time the 21 days finished I had a plan for going forward with my life and recovery. I have been back in Melbourne for a week since leaving Bali and everything is on track. I am in constant contact with the team at 21Renew and they have been there every step of the way. For the first time in 20 years I am excited about my future and I have a plan to achieve it.”


  G.A. “Graham has set me up with the tools to go and take on life again and most of all enjoy life.  The 9 years of drug abuse drained my mind and body so yoga, swimming and boxing helped me to start getting my fitness back and the following massages was great. I love being in control of my mind and the main part is I’m starting to feel again. Graham, Justin and the staff have helped me tremendously. Thanks guys keep up the good work.”  


Client Feedback June 2018 Bali Wellness Retreat

  W.E. “After 10 years of struggling with drug addiction, 21 Renew has been the turning point in my life. The 21 Renew program through its interactive group sessions, yoga and massages has provided me with the springboard I needed to dive into recovery. After 21 days I feel physically fitter and mentally sharper which has provided me with the clarity to write the next chapter of my life in a positive and fulfilling way. The programme is delivered superbly through group sessions where you workshop ideas and one-on-one sessions that provide tailored advice to your personal situation. 21 Renew was a life changer  


J.N. “ When I decided to go to 21Renew it was only to please my family. Having been to three Rehabs over the past 12 months I was not looking forward to another daily barrage about my behaviour . From the time I walked into the Villa I knew this was going to be different. My bedroom and ensuite were luxurious. The staff were fantastic and the 21Renew Team immediately put me at ease and made me welcome. The entire 21 days was positive and invigorating. I learned more about myself than I thought possible and as a result of the interactive sessions and the one on one time I spent with Graeme I left the Retreat with a customised plan for me to put into action in all aspects of my life. Thank you 21Renew for a life changing experience”  


S.T “My time at 21 Renew has been a great life experience which has helped me understand who I am and stretched my thinking capacity in ways I never had thought was possible. From the moment I was greeted by Justin at the airport to the day I left I was constantly in a positive space and the villa quickly became my haven for recovery thanks to the friendly helpful and professional staff.  21 Renew has set me up and set me out on my new journey feeling more positive and with a lot more clarity and the tools to achieve my life goals and desires. I had never done anything like this before and strongly encourage people fighting addiction problems to conduct engage in a program like this. I believe you have to completely remove yourself away from your current environment and head space be open to understanding addiction and WHY we are behaving they way we do. I personally have dug deep and discussed my issues, discovered some tools to work with and now have a plan moving forward.     I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at 21 Renew (Ubud). Working within an intimate group away from my normal surroundings and pressures. I now have clarity in who I am and have dealt with some serious underlining issues of the past and now look to my new life where I can unwrap my true talent. 21 renew has been a success for me and others due to the openness of the group from day one digging deep and being honest with others and more importantly our selves.  I have always seen a bright future for myself but was unsure how to put it all together I started to doubt my self, I wasted a lot of opportunities and was very hard on my self and what I really stood for in life and the purpose for why I existed. I was spinning out of control in a negative spiral.   21 renew has really opened me up. I am now able to began to get to question my identity and what I really stood for in life and the purpose for why I existed.  Some of the reasons being:   – “First Class” property / facility  – Quality content, exercises and case studies. – Openness, honesty and ability for everyone to be non judgmental in the group.   – Appropriate breaking to help digest information and discussions.   – Friendly, helpful and professional staff.  – Quality food and exercise programs such as yoga, boxing and massage.     Graeme Alford has been the only person I have connected with since my addiction, which has been in full flight for last 5 years. Graeme has simply walked the walk. His calm, measured, positive energy and assuring approach and manner is the best in the business. His ability to present, deliver and personalise everyones recovery path and understand He is a genius at work and someone I really admire. I am one of the lucky ones who found Graeme early in my addiction and very thankful. We all know how hard it is to find someone we can trust and connect with.  His story alone is fascinating and would give “anyone” hope. He is one of a kind. A true gentleman. Graeme’s words on the second last night summed it up for me.   ” It is up to you now you are in control but not alone” “You are right to go ”  “I’m always here for you. I certainly don’t abandon anyone and I sure DON’T ever give up “. Words like this speaks volumes of his care for his clients. This gave me confidence that I can do this and I’m well on my way to recovery.         On this note, I would like to thank all the staff who were very professional polite and always smiling day to day making my experience a positive and memorable one.  Thanks Greame and Team”             


About 21Renew

Vicki Crowe “Graeme was at the top of his game and lost almost everything due to addiction. Since beating his addiction Graeme has turned his life around and has spent the last 25 years doing the same for others.  I have known Graeme for 20 years and I’ve witnessed first- hand the extraordinary impact and success of his programs. As an executive coach, I have seen the destruction and impact of addiction, from losing jobs, family and often sad lives. The 21renew program is groundbreaking and life-changing. I would highly recommend it to any executive needing to make changes in their life.  


Darren Hughes “I met Graeme when I was very early in my recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Graeme’s help, friendship and knowledge of my disease was and still is today, instrumental in myself still remaining clean and sober many years later. I am very confident in saying, I would not be the man I am today if I had not met Graeme.”  


Andy Fraser “At my first meeting with Graeme Alford at Complex Institute in Geelong, I found Graeme to be sincere, honest and a man of integrity. The stories about his past and how he fixed things for himself were awe inspiring. Never did I imagine that 12 months later I would be calling him for help with addiction for my son.  Graeme made a very difficult situation a lot easier to deal with.  My son followed Graeme’s words of wisdom and tips to get over this terrible addiction and is now doing well.  I trust and respect Graeme and truly believe he is proof that you cannot keep a good man down. There is always help out there if you want it, and Graeme is definitely the man to do it.  I would totally recommend this program to anybody wanting to get help.”  


Phillipa M-W “I have friends who have been coached by Graeme who has made amazing changes to their lives.”  


Craig Maloney “A friend of mine that is a business executive got involved in daily drinking and before he knew it his life started to fall apart both at work and personally. Didn’t know what to do So he was then handed a book by a friend called Never Give Up and tracked down the author Graeme Alford who took him through an intervention supporting his sobriety and to this day he’s still there. This 21 Renew is a fantastic way to get your life back on track take control and be in control.”  


William Nelson After having worked on various projects with Graeme for over twenty-five years I continue to witness the impact and change he can bring about. His latest program 21renew is the culmination of 35 years of real-world experience. It is a must for anyone looking to regain the control of their life.”  


Robert Angelovski “About 12 months ago Linda and Michael ( I have changed their names) who are two of my work colleagues were having a serious battle with alcohol and I suggested they contact Graeme Alford. Linda followed this up and enrolled in one of Graeme’s programs and the change in her work output has been remarkable. So much so I suggested to Linda she should have a coffee with Michael and explain why and how the program had worked for her. She did this and Michael is now working with Graeme and his team at 21renew and already seems to be a different person.”  


Vi Nguyen “I have referred Graeme to several close associates. In my culture addiction is very misunderstood. Graeme led and intervention of a close associate and consequently, they are now in active recovery and free from drugs and alcohol. If you have a loved one affected by drugs or alcohol I would highly recommend seeking advice from Graeme and his highly skilled team.”


Michael Jenkins “I referred Graeme and his team a close friend and associate. He had tried other methods of which had zero cut through with him. Since working with the team at 21 Renew he has returned to work and is kicking serious goals in his career and has reconnected with his family and friends.”