Family Retreat

17-19 January, 2020

A Holistic and Nourishing Weekend Program for the Whole Family

Our Next  Family Retreat Will Run 17-19 January, 2020

Gabe, Rebekah, and Suzy are excited to lead a full weekend programme for children ages 5-10*, from Jan 17 - Jan 19th, 2020, Friday to Sunday (with help from some fantastic staff). This is an opportunity for families to enjoy a holistic and nourishing environment for rest, support, community building and play. The retreat will be held at Waiata Gardens in The Manawatu, New Zealand.

Kid Activities May Include:

  • Martial Arts (Jiu-Jitsu, literally "the gentle art", a form of grappling)

  • Mindfulness (including yoga, qigong and meditation [also known as "ninja-mind-training"])

  • Story Time (legends, parables, and good old-fashioned story-book stories)

  • Outdoor Games

  • Arts & Craft Activities

  • Talent Show

  • Fire Ceremony

  • Garden Tour & Garden Activities

  • A Walk To The "Big Face" for Sunset

  • Cooking Projects

  • Free Time

  • And more!!

Children must be accompanied by at least one parent or caregiver who will participate in the "Adult Track." Kids will join adults for meal times so we can all eat together as a community. 


Adult  Activities May Include:

  • Yoga (including gentle poses, and pranayama - breath exercises)

  • Meditation (gently guided)

  • Workshops (journalling, medicine making and more - 2020 workshops schedule is still being finalised)

  • Jiu-Jitsu (optionally, learn this ancient "gentle art" of self-defence )

  • Garden Tours

  • Free Time (wander around the gardens and relax, knowing that your children are in good hands)

Programme Schedule

Please plan to arrive between 2pm and 6pm on Friday, 17 January in order to register and set up your campsite or situate your caravan. Dinner will be served at 6pm on Friday, followed by a welcome circle, and will conclude at 3pm on Sunday.

All families are asked to stay on-site for the duration of the programme using their own tents or caravan. Having everyone on-site throughout the programme helps us develop of a safe, community atmosphere which supports greater learning and connection.

Programme Costs** (includes all meals, snacks, workshops, entertainment and craft supplies):

Children: $149 for the 1st child, $119 for each additional child in the family.

Adults: $179 for the 1st adult, $159 for a second adult.

*Children who are 11 or 12 may be able to participate as youth leaders, depending on their experience and interest level. Please ask us for more info. If your family has a child younger than five, please contact Gabe or Rebekah to discuss caretaker responsibilities and other considerations.

**Work study and scholarship opportunities are available if financial hardship is a concern. Please ask us for more info.


Register Now!


  • A non-refundable deposit of at least $100 is required to hold your spot.

  • An invoice with payment details will be sent to you after your registration is received.

  • Remaining payment is due by Tuesday, 7 February.

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