UPCOMING 1-DAY RETREATS IN KAPITI and WELLINGTON

MOVING into MINDFULNESS:
a 1-day mindfulness
and qi gong retreat

SAT 23 NOVEMBER
10am - 4.30pm
Te Ra School
RAUMATI SOUTH

Take a day for yourself, in the lovely setting of Strathean Retreat Centre, to tap into the power of the now and rediscover your inherent OK-ness. In this retreat we use sitting/walking mindfulness practices and simple movements from qi gong (chi kung) to explore the experience of being present and to open to a still place of moving and being. For participants the retreat is mostly silent, though full instruction and guidance is given. There will be time sit and walk in the gardens at breaks, to rest, and to write.

During the day you will be guided in these, and more:

  • Sitting and walking mindfulness meditation practice

  • Qi gong warm-ups to stretch and energise your body

  • A guided qi gong self-compassion meditation

  • Some qi gong sequences that you can practise at home

Who is this retreat for?

  • all levels - suitable for both beginners, and experienced practitioners

  • anyone who wants to experience more ease and vitality in their day-to-day life.

Facilitator: Rachel Tobin
Times: 10am - 4.30pm
Cost: $100 (please bring food to share for lunch)

Morning, afternoon teas and snacks will be provided.

The retreat is suitable for beginners, and for those with experience in mindfulness meditation and qi gong (chi kung).

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NATURAL EASE:
a 1-day mindfulness and
movement retreat

SAT 16 NOVEMBER
10am - 4.30pm
Hobson Crescent , Thorndon
WELLINGTON

Experience more ease and vitality in your day-to-day life! Join me for a day to explore and practise a more natural state of being.  During the day we will explore mindfulness meditation and awareness through movement lessons to access the benefits of being fully present. We will also include some simple stretches and movements to warm and energise the body.

  • Replenish your energy and vitality

  • Nourish your well being and mental health

  • Enjoy the benefits of giving your mind a rest from over-thinking

  • Wake up your awareness and tap into the power of NOW

Mindfulness is the art of being present, right here, right now, to whatever is happening, whether it is how we like things to be, or not. We take the time to stop and pay attention to our actual experience as we sit, move, or learn something new. When we do this we feel more open, grounded and alive.

The way we move and breathe has a profound effect on our quality of life.  In this 1-day retreat, we include two mindfulness in movement lessons drawn from the work of Moshe Feldenkrais and designed to free the body and create more ease of movement and posture. Because an easy and relaxed body assists us in meditation practice, the lessons are a wonderful adjunct to sitting and walking mindfulness practice. 

Who is this retreat for?

  • all levels - suitable for both beginners, and experienced practitioners

  • anyone who wants to experience more ease and vitality in their day-to-day life

Facilitator: Rachel Tobin
Times: 10am - 4.30pm
Cost: $105 (please bring food to share for lunch)
Morning, afternoon teas and snacks will be provided.

In this retreat, which will include periods of silence, mindfulness and Feldenkrais-based awareness through  movement work complement each other to promote balance, vitality and well being.

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There is no religion, dogma or belief system proposed in this retreat. Emphasis is given not to theory, but to your own experience.

GIFT VOUCHERS ARE AVAILABLE!

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UPCOMING 1-DAY RETREATS IN AUCKLAND

MOVING INTO MINDFULNESS:
a 1-day mindfulness and qi gong
retreat

MONDAY 28 OCT (Labour Day)
10am - 4.30pm
Blockhouse Bay Boat Club
91 Endeavour Street, Blockhouse Bay
AUCKLAND

Take a day just your yourself, to tap into the power of the now and rediscover your inherent OK-ness.. The venue for our retreat is ithe beautiful and spacious Blockhouse Bay Boatclub This will be a day to revitalise your reserves and calm your mind. We’ll use sitting and walking mindfulness practices plus simple movements from qi gong (chi kung) to explore the experience of being present and to open to a still place of moving and being. To help this happen, much of the day will be in silence for participants, so you can really come home to yourself and experience stillness. However please note that full instruction will be given (I’ll talk!!).

During the day you will be guided in these, and more:

  • Sitting and walking mindfulness meditation practice

  • Qi gong warm-ups to stretch and energise your body

  • A guided qi gong self-compassion meditation

  • Some qi gong sequences that you can practise at home

Facilitator: Rachel Tobin
Times: 10am - 4.30pm
Cost: $110 (please bring food to share for lunch)

Morning, afternoon teas and snacks will be provided.

The retreat is suitable for beginners, and for those with experience in mindfulness meditation and qi gong (chi kung).

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UPCOMING RESIDENTIAL RETREATS

NATURAL EASE & MINDFUL LIVING:
a 4-day silent mindfulness and qi gong retreat

11 - 15 OCTOBER)
TUSHITA ASHRAM

Peria Valley
NORTHLAND

Mindfulness, the art of accessing the power of the ‘now’, is a wonderful way of calming your body, replenishing your energy, and cultivating joy and well being. If you have the tendency to lose yourself in over-thinking, or would simply relish time for balance and restoration, join me in this beautiful and supportive setting for a blend of mindfulness meditation and qi gong practices.

You may have already attended the 3-day retreat, Moving into Stillness, (offered in May this year). If so, you will find this retreat a wonderful chance to deepen into yourself a little more than just three days allows. However, it’s also fine if you are a beginner.

Qi gong is an ancient Taoist system designed to improve the flow of energy in the body, create vitality and concentrate the mind. The qi gong practices we will learn include qi gong warm ups, qi gong self-massage, the six Taoist healing sounds, a compassion practice, and a moving form. These will be practices you can take away and use at home to relax and revitalise your body and mind.

Facilitator: Rachel Tobin

Times: Retreat runs from Friday afternoon on 11 October until after lunch on Tuesday 15 October

$400 covers accommodation, bedding , food, etc.
PLUS dana/koha for the teacher

The retreat is suitable for beginners, and for those with experience in mindfulness meditation and qi gong (chi kung). There is no religion, doctrine or dogma proposed on this retreat.

practising qi gong at Tushita Hermitage, Peria Valley, Northland

practising qi gong at Tushita Hermitage, Peria Valley, Northland

gate of Ra at tushita HERMITAGE

gate of Ra at tushita HERMITAGE


THE ART OF NATURAL EASE:
a 3-day silent mindfulness and qi gong retreat

29 NOVEMBER - 2 DECEMBER, 2019
TE MOATA RETREAT CENTRE, COROMANDEL

This three days offers you a rare chance, in a beautiful, tranquil and natural setting, for you to come home to the OK-ness of yourself, just as you are. In the retreat we will blend mindfulness meditation, qi gong and other movement. Qi gong improves the flow of energy in the body, creates vitality and refreshes the mind. The practices we will learn include qi gong warm ups, qi self-massage, a lovely moving form, the six Taoist "healing sounds," and more - all tools that you can take away and use at home to relax and revitalise your body and mind. 

We will begin each morning with stretches and meditation and finish each evening with the qi gong "healing sounds" to relax the organs of the body and to prepare for sleep. There will be time in the programme for reflection and to walk the beautiful native bush tracks, as well as the lovely vegetarian meals Te Moata is famous for.

We begin with a meal at 6pm on Friday 29 November, and finish after lunch on Tuesday 3 December.

There is no religion, dogma or belief systems proposed in this retreat.  Emphasis is given not to theory, but to your own experience.  The retreat will be taught assuming some - even if if's brief - experience with meditation. No experience in qi gong is necessary.

The retreat is facilitated by Rachel Tobin.

$485 (includes 3 nights' shared accommodation, all meals and snacks plus  tuition and guidance from an experienced facilitator. Surcharge for single room requests and special diets.

the labyrinth at te moata retreat centre

the labyrinth at te moata retreat centre

the river at te moata retreat centre

the river at te moata retreat centre


Comments from two 2018 participants:

"Rachel is humble, wise, kind and compassionate. I found this retreat to be very nourishing - she is authentic and i would highly recommend her and all that she offers."
- Parvin, AUCKLAND.

"I encourage you to take this time for yourself to restore your confidence ... that life can be good again... Rachel has an openness and aura that is warm, welcoming and non-judgmental. For anyone trying to work through issues in your life, this retreat will give you tools to start your road to recovery." - Vanessa, AUCKLAND

drawn by Daniel, one of past participants in mindfulness, Qi gong and self-compassion at aio wira retreat

drawn by Daniel, one of past participants in mindfulness, Qi gong and self-compassion at aio wira retreat


THE ART OF MINDFULNESS:
a 3-day silent mindfulness and qi gong retreat

DATES TO BE CONFIRMED in 2020
TUSHITA ASHRAM

Peria Valley
NORTHLAND

Mindfulness, the art of accessing the power of the ‘now’, is a wonderful way of calming your body, replenishing your energy, and cultivating joy and wellbeing. If you have the tendency to lose yourself in over-thinking, or would simply relish time for balance and restoration, join me in this beautiful and supportive setting for a blend of mindfulness meditation and qi gong practices.

Qi gong is an ancient Taoist system designed to improve the flow of energy in the body, create vitality and concentrate the mind. The qi gong practices we will learn include qi gong warm ups, qi gong self-massage, a compassion practice, and a beautiful flowing moving form (from the Shibashi part i form).
These will be practices you can take away and use at home to relax and revitalise your body and your mind.

You are welcome to join as much or as little of the scheduled programme as you wish; this is a retreat in which none of the usual social expectations are placed on you. It offers you a very rare chance for you to come home to the OK-ness of yourself, just as you are. We will begin each morning with stretches and meditation before breakfast, and do a relaxing ‘awareness through movement’ session each evening. There will be time for reflection, writing, walking or resting as well as delicious vegetarian meals. The retreat will be mostly in silence for participants, though full instruction will be offered.

The retreat is facilitated by Rachel Tobin.

Fee: $320 for accommodation, meals, bedding etc
plus KOHA for the teacher (you can bring cash or pay by direct transfer after the retreat)
Some singe rooms are available for a $60 surcharge.

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front door to Guardian House, Tushita hermitage

front door to Guardian House, Tushita hermitage


people say:

“The day was quite possibly one of the most amazing personal experiences of my life! Thank you so much  for your generous spirit and skilful facilitation to allow us the space to practise being present over a whole day.... so precious. I have wanted to do a silent retreat for a very long time... and it was better than I could have imagined! I especially liked how the breaks were also in silence .... that was pure magic.”
- Jane F, Auckland, (1-day retreat at Vartamana)

"My wife thought it was a miracle that i would book myself into this course. it was a deeply fulfilling experience and one i hope to keep with me, if not return."
- Luc Hansen, Auckland (3-day retreat) at Aio Wira)

"Rachel has amazing facilitation and teaching skills, and I never fail to learn new things from her retreats.
I’ve followed Rachel for some years now because of her groundedness and her ability to teach. Rachel’s focus on holistic wellness has taught me much about integrating meditation and body work into my life. She’s enabled me to connect mind, body and spirit in the most delightful, fun and useful ways. I come away from her retreats renewed, refreshed and reinvigorated."
- Jane McCann, Wellington (1-day retreats, Wgtn and Kapiti)

"Do this retreat! It was amazing. I feel so at ease and clear, almost like my mind and body have been stripped bare and replaced with love and ease.... Rachel is a great facilitator with a wonderful sense of humour and mindfulness"
- 2017 Bali participant, NZ (5-day retreat, Nirarta, Bali)

"A fabulous, balanced, insightful, nurturing weekend taught in a supportive, relaxed way... Rachel's teaching style is very allowing and i enjoyed the way the weekend flowed with just the right amount of downtime.".
- J. Natusch, Auckland (3-day retreat at Aio Wira)

"I enjoyed the balance of qi gong dynamic meditation, the sitting-still meditation, the mindfulness walking and the artistic offerings of poems, music and dance… The meditation sessions held a 'sit with me' invitation and the number of sessions during the retreat helped deepen my meditation practice. And I learnt the importance of returning my mind from wandering and that this was a natural occurrence.
I liked the rhythm of life on the retreat with bells calling us to meditation and meals. I found the practice of being together in silence together both novel and refreshing. I feel I have experienced mindfulness practice that I can take from the retreat to my everyday life."
- Gloria Henderson, Wellington (3-day retreat at Strathean)

."A nourishing experience from every possible perspective - the teaching, the body movement, the meditations, the food, the setting and the people. Rachel is a wonderful teacher who has a gentle manner yet doesn't pretend to know all the answers - so refreshing."
- Janine L-M, Palmerston North (1-day retreat in Kapiti)

"The combination of meditation and movement/body work with (mostly) silence was perfect for this 50-year old man. I left the retreat feeling lighter, moving slower and with an unfamiliar quietness in my head."
- Rob Cherry, Wellington (3-day retreat at Strathean, Otaki)

"I enjoyed all the teachings in this 3-day retreat. I came expecting silence and a few stretches. By the end I gained so much more. It was a wealth of experience for me. Rachel is a kind and compassionate teacher. But don't let this fool you. She will make you work on your journey of discovery :) "
- D. Haberdank, Auckland (3-day retreat at Aio Wira)

“The five-day silent mindfulness and qi gong retreat I did with Rachel was life-changing. It was incredible to experience such a sense of stillness and calm and at the same time to feel so energised and alive.”
- K. W., Auckland (5-day retreat in Bali)

"Ten days after Rachel's Moving into Stillness retreat and I feel physically energised and motivated, my mind calm and clear. I enjoyed the chi gong and the mindfulness equally"
- Kate Taylor, Auckland (3-day retreat at Te Moata, Coromandel)

"Te Moata was the perfect setting for the retreat, as it combines the wildness and true energy of nature with a peaceful, simple space, that Jessie and Dave have managed to make a haven for relaxation, appreciation of the simple things of life and respect for the importance of inner peace. The fantastic food, the basic set up of the place and the surroundings are exactly what is needed from a retreat place."
- Juliana Bustamente, Auckland (3-day retreat at Te Moata)

I've learnt some great techniques on how to slow down in a world that is going a million miles an hour."
- Sharyn Pask, Auckland (3-day retreat)

"Rachel is a fabulous teacher in both mindfulness and qi gong. She has a lovely energy as well as an easiness and sense of humour. I will definitely be back."
- Craig Douglas, Auckland.

"I'd highly recommend doing one of Rachel's mindfulness and qi gong courses. I came on the retreat feeling i needed to learn how to quieten my mind and deal with mental pressures of life. That happened, but as a bonus, my whole body felt streched and awakened. I feel mentally and physically back in touch with life. Thank you."
- Alison S, Auckland.


cancellation policy:

Unless otherwise stated…

  • Full refunds (minus the Eventbrite booking fee, if applicable) are provided up to 2 weeks before any course or retreat starts

  • 50% refunds are provided (minus the Eventbrite booking fee, if applicable), if you cancel within 2 weeks and up to two days of a course or retreat starting

  • No refunds are available within 48 hours of a retreat starting

  • You may transfer your booking to a later retreat, but if this is within 2 weeks of the event, there will be a 10% admin fee (10% of the cost of the cancelled course) incurred

  • If a deposit has been paid to secure a place, $25 of that deposit is forfeited per person in the case of any cancellation prior to 2 weeks before the retreat.