Public events at Waihōanga: January – June 2019

We don’t organise retreats ourselves at Waihōanga,  but several groups organise retreats that have an open registration. Here are some that are coming up – please contact the organisers directly for more details… and we hope to see you here soon!

February 2019

Kadodo Drum & Dance School
15-17 February 2019

Immerse yourself in an inspiring weekend of African drum, dance & song, learning from the source with the amazing master drummer and dancer Robert Koffie Fugah (Ghana/NZ), who brings great energy, joy, and fun and funky moves and grooves which will be sure to bring a smile to your face. Supported by local tutors Jenny Bloomfield of Moringa Dancers (dance & yoga) and Simon Elwell of African Beats NZ (drumming). Shared lodge bunk style accommodation and delicious vegetarian meals are included. Come relax, get away from it all, and enjoy some wonderful music and movement against the stunning natural backdrop of the Otaki River landscape at Waihoanga.

Booking contact details:
Jenny Bloomfield: [email protected] 0276996918


March 2019

Residential Permaculture Design Course
1-15 March 2019

A hands-on experiential course about sustainable living that makes sense and is fair for all, for the planet and all its people. A permaculture design approach is always ‘situational’, not a ‘one size fits all’ approach, not a ‘recipe’ approach, but designing for the specific situation or your personal life and community within the cultural, ecological and geographical context of Aotearoa, with the permaculture principles and ethics as the lens and ‘filter’.

Booking contact details:
Doris Zuur: [email protected], 027-2811570 and 04-905-6500
Website: please visit for all the information and registration form.
Don’t hesitate to e-mail/ring Doris Zuur with any questions you may have.

Acoustic Yin Yoga & Raw Food Retreat
15-17 March 2019

Join us for a weekend of bliss, restoration, nourishment and fun :-). A perfect opportunity to get away, spend time in connection to your body and self, deepen the yoga practice and connect with nature.

The intention is to stretch, open and restore the body even deeper than we get chance during our daily practice in the studio. We spend so much of our lives rushing and being busy in our minds and days. This weekend will be a perfect opportunity to just reverse the busyness, to slow down, be still and quiet so you can go back to your life with more vigour, more energy and contentment.

Booking contact details:
Jana Grossmannova:
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Into your own unfolding
Friday 22 – Sunday 24 March 2019

The retreat opens and builds with the metaphor of a braided river, our lives consisting of many strands, both internal and external. These strands unfold and intertwine, some carry us forward, some hold us back, others sustain and support.
This retreat will hold you in quiet waters, so you can reflect on what supports and sustains you as your river continues to carry you into your own unfolding.

Booking contact details:
Facilitator Michael Woodcock: [email protected]


Mindfulness Meditation Retreat with Kelsang Shechog
29 – 31 March, 2019

In the fast pace of our work and personal lives, our attention is easily scattered and our mind cluttered with endless distractions. Training in mindfulness gives us the power to overcome disturbing thoughts and to stay focused on what brings peace of mind. This retreat is suitable for everyone, and provides an excellent introduction to meditation as well as an opportunity to improve our meditation skills. Taught by Buddhist nun Kelsang Shechog, the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington, this retreat offers a unique opportunity to experience stillness within the tranquil setting of Otaki Gorge and the Waihōanga River Lodge and Retreat.

The course begins with supper at 6.30pm on the Friday night and finishes with lunch on Sunday. There are plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind in the beautiful gardens and various nature walks in the forest. This retreat is catered with delicious vegetarian food, and there is a range of accommodation options. All you need to do is to relax and enjoy yourself.

Booking contact details:

April 2019

Mum & Daughter Yoga Retreat with Kula Yoga
12-14 April, 2019

Take some time out of the busy routine to connect with yourself and each other in the peaceful woodland setting of Waihōanga. Simple, wholesome (and offline!), with just enough activity to keep it  fun and enough free time to relax.
Practice self-care with yoga and meditation, wholesome food, natural spa day with homemade body products, crafts, and special mum-daughter activities.
Nourishing shared meals and linens are provided so you can just show up and enjoy!
Booking contact details:

May 2019

Voice Alchemy Retreat – ReSounding You
24 – 26 May, 2019

Allow yourself the space to explore, express, and connect with who you are. Come on a deep experiential journey with you and your voice and Re-Sound-You.  Be held in nurturing surroundings with bird song and the playful elementals.

The Voice Alchemy offering has now expanded into a 2.5 day retreat to create more space for you to explore and integrate the healing power of your voice. Perhaps you have experienced many changes over the last few years and now is the time to re-align and integrate with your new vibration.  Or perhaps you are looking for a nurturing space to be able to express who you truly be. Or perhaps you have a gift of healing with your voice you would like to explore more? What can ReSounding You be like for you?

Booking contact details: