Retreats

Why Are They So Vital For Our Wellbeing?

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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.
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; stretching and moving our bodies in ways that feel good, eating 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.

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Heart-To-Table Cooking Retreats

Residential Retreats, and taster days

A Cooking Retreat at Te Whenua offers much more than a collection of plant-based recipes to add to your repertoire. 

We are certain that you will feel both nourished and inspired by the plant-focused meals we create together, and you will appreciate the nutritional and wellness tips we can share. We also invite a slowing down and a shift from head to heart - the emphasis isn't on achieving, but on exploring and connecting.  


The Dalai Lama has said, "I sometimes think that the act of bringing food is one of the basic roots of all relationships" and we couldn't agree more. Cooking together is one of the most wholesome, meaningful and nurturing activities we can engage in.

Awaken all your senses, be nourished, and in turn nourish others. 

 
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Presence & Possibilities Retreats

3 and 4 day Retreats

Cultivating more presence helps us live more fully, connect more deeply, and access deeper levels of wisdom and compassion in our hearts. 

This is not an ‘intensive’ meditation retreat, rather we practise ways we can cultivate more presence in our daily lives. Using teachings from Buddhism and other contemplative religions, as well as latest research from neuroscience and interpersonal-neurobiology, you will experience for yourself the benefits of taming our wandering mind, and the opportunities that an open and calm mind can bring.

To support us in getting out of our heads and into our bodies a little more, the retreat also includes, a 2-hour hands on cooking class, a 75 minute restorative yoga class, and (weather permitting!) opportunities to take mindful walks in nature.

 

Rest & Refocus Retreats

Fully Catered Plant-based Retreats

Join one of our Rest & Refocus retreats if you are looking for a place to pause, refocus and be nourished with delicious home-cooked plant-based meals. Make yourself fully at home, and use all the spaces within Te Whenua - the meditation & yoga loft, the gardens, the cedar hot tub, and of course your private comfortable bedroom with direct garden access. The retreat is relatively unstructured, allowing you to intuitively tune into your needs as the retreat unfolds. You may incline towards periods of stillness and reflection some of the time, and to creativity and movement at others.

We can arrange additional activities and treatments such as one-2-one yoga lessons, massage and shiatsu, which can be booked in advance for an additional fee.

With a maximum of 3 guests for these retreats, you are guaranteed peace and privacy with just the right amount of connection and conversation to support your journey. 

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Retreats 2021

  • Presence & Possibilities; a One-Day Retreat welcoming spring (postponed)
    Te Whenua
    19 Sep, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm NZST
    Te Whenua, 2277 Gibbston Highway, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand
    $125
  • One Day Plant-Based Cooking Retreat - FULLY BOOKED
    Te Whenua Retreat
    26 Sep, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Te Whenua Retreat, 2277 Gibbston Hwy, Gibbston, New Zealand
    $150 all inclusive
  • Death Cafe, 10:30am - 12.30pm
    Te Whenua
    28 Sep, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Te Whenua, 2277 Gibbston Highway, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand
    drink tea, eat cake, and let's talk about death
  • A Quiet Day of Meditation & Rest
    Te Whenua
    01 Oct, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Te Whenua, 2277 Gibbston Highway, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand
    $50 all inclusive
  • Rest & Refocus Retreat, 3-days / 2-nights
    Te Whenua
    04 Oct, 3:00 pm – 06 Oct, 11:00 am
    Te Whenua, 2277 Gibbston Highway, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand
    $550 all inclusive
  • Weekend Retreat - Reset & Re-energize into Spring with Amanda Jane Hanna
    Te Whenua
    09 Oct, 10:00 am NZDT – 10 Oct, 5:00 pm NZDT
    Te Whenua, 2277 Gibbston Highway, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand
    $295
  • Gentle Care in Death, led by Claire Turnham MBE
    Te Whenua
    15 Oct, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm NZDT
    Te Whenua, 2277 Gibbston Highway, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand
    10am to 5pm $245 including plant-based lunch
  • Presence & Possibilities Retreat, 4-days / 3-nights
    Te Whenua Retreat
    18 Oct, 3:00 pm – 21 Oct, 11:00 am
    Te Whenua Retreat, 2277 Gibbston Highway, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand
    $995 all inclusive
  • One Day Plant-Based Cooking Retreat
    Te Whenua Retreat
    29 Oct, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Te Whenua Retreat, 2277 Gibbston Hwy, Gibbston, New Zealand
    $150 all inclusive
  • A Quiet Day of Meditation & Rest
    Te Whenua
    01 Nov, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Te Whenua, 2277 Gibbston Highway, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand
    $50 all inclusive
  • Presence & Possibilities; a One-Day Retreat Nuturing Resilience
    Te Whenua
    07 Nov, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm NZDT
    Te Whenua, 2277 Gibbston Highway, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand
    $125
  • Heart To Table Cooking Retreat, 4-days / 3-nights
    Te Whenua Retreat
    11 Nov, 3:00 pm – 14 Nov, 11:00 am
    Te Whenua Retreat, 2277 Gibbston Highway, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand
    $995 all inclusive
  • Presence & Possibilities Retreat, 4-days / 3-nights
    Te Whenua Retreat
    20 Nov, 3:00 pm – 23 Nov, 11:00 am
    Te Whenua Retreat, 2277 Gibbston Highway, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand
    $995 all inclusive
  • One Day Plant-Based Cooking Retreat
    Te Whenua Retreat
    28 Nov, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Te Whenua Retreat, 2277 Gibbston Hwy, Gibbston, New Zealand
    $150 all inclusive
  • A Quiet Day of Meditation & Rest
    Te Whenua
    01 Dec, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Te Whenua, 2277 Gibbston Highway, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand
    $50 all inclusive
  • Spiritual Spa Day
    Te Whenua
    05 Dec, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm NZDT
    Te Whenua, 2277 Gibbston Highway, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand
    A day retreat for women $95
  • Rest & Refocus Retreat, 3-days / 2-nights
    Te Whenua
    08 Dec, 3:00 pm NZDT – 10 Dec, 11:00 am NZDT
    Te Whenua, 2277 Gibbston Highway, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand
    $550 all inclusive
  • Presence & Possibilities Retreat, 4-days / 3-nights
    Te Whenua Retreat
    15 Dec, 3:00 pm – 18 Dec, 11:00 am
    Te Whenua Retreat, 2277 Gibbston Highway, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand
    $995 all inclusive