Te Whenua Retreat
Te Whenua is a peaceful & transformative retreat centre that provides a deeply nurturing space to rest & re-focus. If you are looking to calm the mind, awaken the heart, and be inspired by time-honoured spiritual & wellness practises, then a stay here will support you.
Food & cooking, and the numberless ways that our food choices (and our relationship to food) determines our wellbeing, is our specialty.
We provide comfortable and spacious private accommodation, nourishing 'heart-to-table' plant-focused meals, a purposefully designed yoga & meditation space, plus the precious opportunity to slow down and re-attune to nature. The result is greater focus, joyful connection, and an awakening of your own intuitive wisdom & healing abilities.
Te Whenua Retreat is located in Gibbston Valley, just 20 minutes from Queenstown airport, 25 minutes from Cromwell and 55 minutes from Wanaka, in Otago, Aotearoa.
Why are they so vital to wellbeing?
Whatever stage of the journey we are on, retreating from the busy-ness of our lives allows the opportunity for truth, wisdom and healing to arise.
"In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing is so luxurious as paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still."
Given the right conditions, the spiritual transformational process will work its magic, and this may be subtle yet profound. Getting back in tune with our intuitive wisdom, our hearts can make wise decisions without having to negotiate with (or even inform) our bossy minds. Seeds will germinate and sprout. Clarity, wholeheartedness and courage will manifest, and we don’t have to do anything except step out of the way and allow it.
There are tried and tested tools that can assist the drop from head to heart; slowing down, being present, stretching and moving our bodies in ways that feel good, leaning towards a wholefood plant-based diet that is in alignment with the seasons, meditation, art & poetry, journaling, and simply being in a safe and supportive environment.
This is the preciousness of retreat – the allowing of our own awakening.
Upcoming One-Day Retreats
"My stay at Te Whenua Retreat exceeded my expectations. I found I could sink into the stillness and wildness of the beautiful surroundings and allow a deep sense of relaxation and ease to sink into my bones. The warm invitation to unwind, the delicious cooking, and time spent in rich conversation in the spa under the glorious night sky made for a memorable stay, and a desire to return before too long."