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Our retreats

Our signature 3-night and 4-night retreats, are described below. 

Jump to the calendar for the dates of all our retreat and workshop offerings, and to enquire regarding reservations. 

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Plant-Based Cooking Retreats

4-night retreats

For thousands of years humans have enjoyed food as essential nourishment, pleasure and social connection.

 

How would it amplify your wellbeing to turn your attention to your relationship with food, and rediscover - through tastes, textures, aromas, the physicality of food preparation and the convivial conversations at the dinner table - the magical and mysterious ways that what we eat truly determines who we are? Our deeply held values, our physical vitality, our bonds with other people & our natural environment are all intimately connected to the food we eat.

 

Today we have unprecedented access to exhaustive nutritional science and this knowledge has enhanced the lives of millions of people. And yet… the happiest, healthiest and longest lived populations all follow the simplest of dietary models - they home cook their meals; they eat seasonal, predominately plant-focused meals; and they dine regularly with friends and family. 

 

Wouldn’t it be priceless to reconnect with this natural affinity we have for cooking & eating, to know how and when to use food as medicine, to preserve the stories behind culinary traditions and cultures (our own and others), and rediscover how sharing food is one of the fundamental roots of all relationships?

 

Our 'Heart-To-Table' NOURISHED retreats re-awaken us to the joy and vitality of delicious, seasonal, cooking & eating.

 

These all-inclusive retreats offer a heart-centred and hands-on immersive experience, including guided cooking classes, inspiring korero, and practical information for taking this retreat experience into your everyday lives. Guided sessions are interspersed with valuable downtime for you to relax into the tranquility and natural beauty of Te Whenua Retreat.

 

Two decades of studying, cooking, experimenting, teaching (and lots of eating!) has culminated in this retreat, my offering to you; crafted to inspire, support and nourish you - heart, belly and soul. 

 

For more detailed info, please select a date below. This plant-based retreat is for everyone, regardless of your current eating style. 

All welcome. 

These retreats run with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 5. If you are considering this retreat with a friend and the published dates don't quite work please get in touch to see if we can create something for you.   

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Presence & Possibilities Retreats

3 and 4-night retreats

If you've been feeling disconnected - from your own heart, from others, or from your purpose in the world, then joining our Presence & Possibilities Retreat will support you in re-discovering your own essence, your unique gifts, and a greater sense of belonging. 

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

This retreat offers:

  • a break from your habitual patterns & routines so that you can shape new habits

  • guided meditations to calm and be-friend the mind;

  • all-inclusive plant-based meals to nourish your body;

  • yoga to help you become more embodied;

  • time in nature to re-connect with the energy and wisdom of Mother Nature;

  • rich conversations with like minded people;

  • relaxation in our hot-spa under the glorious night skies;

  • group cooking class to awaken your creativity and your five senses

  • tools to bring more presence and more compassion into your day-to-day life in 2024. 

 

Our Presence & Possibilities Retreat has a flow of facilitated sessions and plenty of down-time for you to rest and re-charge.


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 be-friending our mind, and the opportunities and possibilities that arise when we are present, curious and grounded.

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Seasonal Retreats

4-night retreats

 We spend much of our lives inside our heads, yet it is our hearts that carry both the wisdom and compassion we are seeking. 

 

Our retreats are all designed on the same principle - that with support (nourishing food, permission to deeply rest, meditation to support presence), we discover that at the centre of our being we have all the answers we need.

It takes time however for our minds to stop racing and our bodies to relax. On this 5-day retreat, as we slow down, restore our being with nourishing food and deep sleep, we can connect with that place that's always been there - call it heart, or higher self, or soul.

These retreats are fully catered with seasonal plant-based meals, and offer a balanced mix of facilitated sessions and free time. All sessions are optional, and include guided reflections, meditation, plant-based cooking, yoga and contemplations. Use the 'downtime' for a local walk, to take rest, read, rediscover your inherent connection to nature, and end the day perhaps with a hot-tub under the stars.

Come as you are, and leave feeling grounded, more creative, and inspired for your ongoing journey.

We offer these all inclusive 4-night / 5-day retreats seasonally - summer, autumn, winter and spring.

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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.

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