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.

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.


Retreats at Te Whenua

Details of our regular residential retreats are given below.


Heart-To-Table Cooking Retreats

One Day & Multi-Day Retreats

Cooking Retreats are at the heart of Te Whenua. There is something timeless, magical, and transformative about cooking that reaches into our very soul. The act of cooking awakens in us a reminder of who we are, reconnects us with nature, and allows us to experience the great pleasures and benefits of sharing meals we’ve prepared ourselves. Our cooking retreats are whole-food plant-based, and focus on delicious and nutrient dense recipes and ideas that you will want to cook at home. There will also plenty of time for rest and good conversation. As we progress through the retreat we discover new recipes, and certainly new perspectives. With a maximum of 6 participants you are ensured an intimate, highly rewarding, and delicious retreat!

Buddha Statue

Presence & Possibilities Retreats

Cultivating Presence in Daily Life

This is a fully catered residential retreat, which aims to support the cultivation of presence through daily meditations, embodied practises, periods of silence, and tranquil surrounds, allowing a shift to a more mindful way of being.
The aim of the retreat is to leave you feeling rested, more connected, less attached to old stories and automatic modes of reacting, and with experiential understanding of the ways in which being present supports our health, our relationships, and our enjoyment of life


Rest & Refocus Retreats

Fully Catered Retreat Opportunities

The peaceful & nurturing atmosphere of Te Whenua is all yours during our regular Rest & Refocus Retreats, offering an island of calm in a hectic life. Rest, replenish your wellbeing, and surrender to a simpler way of being in order to re-connect with your creativity, passions and joy. Be nourished with plant-focused ‘heart-to-table’ meals, and tap into time-honoured wellness and spiritual practises to carry you forward. We can't wait to meet you.


Bespoke Retreats

Here to Support You

Whether you are looking for a longer (or shorter) retreat, to be supported in a particular practise or a fast, or perhaps you are wanting the solitude of a solo retreat, then please don't hesitate to get in touch. If you are needing something bespoke at this time we will do our best to assist you.


Day-Long Retreats & Events at Te Whenua


Quiet Days of Meditation & Rest

The 1st day of every month, 10am to 5pm

Once a month, we offer the peaceful space of Te Whenua as a restful time-out to a limited amount of day guests. The day is held largely in silence. 

We offer a suggested schedule of sitting and walking meditation periods, although you are also welcome to just enjoy the quiet, and to tune into nature and your own inner wisdom.

A plant-based lunch is included, and we will end the day with home-made chai and an opportunity for connecting and sharing.

Insight Dialogue, half-day retreat

Sunday 5th June, 2022 9.30am to 2pm

Insight Dialogue is an inter-personal meditation practice that brings together meditative awareness, wisdom, and human’s natural longing to connect and be in relationship with one another.

In this half day retreat, we will begin with a period of silent sitting meditation and are then work in pairs or small groups to explore how 6 simple guidelines -  Pause, Relax, Open, Attune to Emergence, Listen Deeply and Speak the Truth can reveal the deep potential for all our conversations - both in the sense of our own spiritual enquiries, and also, our hugely important day-to-day interactions out in the world. 

Although Insight Dialogue is grounded in the Buddha’s early teachings and the practice of Insight or Vipassanā meditation, people of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome and will find benefit in the practice.

Over a cup of tea

"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."