UPCOMING 1-DAY RETREATS IN KAPITI

7 JULY (Saturday)
Lotus Yoga Centre
PARAPARAUMU

- facilitated by Rachel Tobin
10am - 4.30pm
$95 (please bring food to share for lunch)
Morning, afternoon teas and snacks will be provided.

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

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

NATURAL EASE:
a 1-day mindfulness retreat

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. 

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.


UPCOMING 1-DAY RETREATS IN WELLINGTON

DATE in August to be confirmed
10am - 4.30pm
31 Hobson Crescent

WELLINGTON

- facilitated by Rachel Tobin
10am - 4.30pm
$100 (please bring lunch to share)

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MOVING into MINDFULNESS - a 1-day silent mindfulness and qi gong (chi kung) retreat in the city

Take a day out in a lovely, garden setting in Thorndon, to tap into the power of the now and rediscover your inherent OK-ness. In this silent 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.

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

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


UPCOMING RESIDENTIAL RETREATS

13 - 16 JULY
STRATHEAN Retreat Centre
212 Old Hautere Road,
OTAKI

$490 includes 3 nights' accommodation, meals and tuition.
There are a limited number of single rooms available, for a surcharge of $45

 Strathean retreat centre, otaki

Strathean retreat centre, otaki

For more photos of the centre, please  click HERE

Moving into Stillness
- a 3-day residential mindfulness, qi gong and movement retreat in Otaki

Treat yourself to a mid-winter retreat at Strathean Retreat Centre, a quiet venue driving distance from Wellington city, (near Otaki Forks Road). This is a wonderful chance to come home to yourself in a quiet and supportive setting, through a programme of mindfulness meditation and movement, much of which will be qi gong. Everything will support the process of stilling your mind and body - a lovely warm environment, time away from your usual responsibilities and distractions, lovely simple vegetarian food, full instruction and input from an experienced facilitator, and periods of silence. 

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.

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 finish each evening with a qi gong "sounds" practice to relax the organs of the body and to prepare for sleep. There will be time out for reflection and walking, and vegetarian meals and snacks are all provided. The retreat will be mostly in silence for participants, as an aid to coming home to yourself, though there will be times for questions and sharing reflections/insights.


21 - 25 SEPTEMBER
TUSHITA ASHRAM

Peria Valley
NORTHLAND

(retreat runs from Friday afternoon untilTuesday after lunch)

$430 covers accommodation, bedding , food, etc.
PLUS dana/koha for the teacher

Mindfulness, in Stillness and Movement
- a 4-day silent mindfulness and qi gong retreat

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.

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.

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.

 gate of Ra at tushita asHram

gate of Ra at tushita asHram


16 - 19 NOVEMBER, 2018
TE MOATA RETREAT CENTRE, COROMANDEL
 

 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

The Art of Natural Ease:
a 3-day silent mindfulness and qi gong retreat

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 16 November, and finish after lunch on Monday 19 November.

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.

COST: $450 (includes 3 nights' accommodation, all meals and snacks and tuition and guidance from an experienced facilitator)


27 - 30 SEPTEMBER, 2019
AIO WIRA Retreat Centre,
AUCKLAND
(4pm Friday - 2pm Monday)

Cost: $510 (includes fabulous vegetarian meals, snacks, accommodation and guidance from an experienced facilitator

Comments from two 2018 participants:

"Rachel is humble, wise, kind and compassionate. I found this retreat to be 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


DATES TO BE ADVISED, 2019
Nirarta Centre for Living Awareness
Sidemen, Karangasem
BALI

Early Bird: $999
Full fee:: $1300

Moving into Natural Ease
- a 5-day Mindfulness & Qi Gong retreat in Bali

Mindfulness, the art of bring present to the ever-changing ‘now’, is a wonderful way of calming your body, replenishing your energy, and cultivating joy and well being. This 5-day retreat, much of which will be in silence for participants, will take place in an exotic and beautiful setting in Southern Bali. It will offer you a rare opportunity to come home to the OK-ness of yourself, just as you are, to relax into your original nature, and to enjoy the delights of Balinese food, warmth, hospitality and unspoilt beauty.

There are some options for a single room, for an extra $150 fee, payable by bank transfer. You will need to book early to avail of these.

Nirarta Centre for Living Awareness is set in a lush river valley of terraced-rice fields, beside tree-clad hills. It is overlooked by the imposing presence of Gunung Agung, a mountain to the east of Bali. The atmosphere and the views are breathtaking. Both local villages, Tabola and Sidemen, are primarily weaving and farming villages, relatively untouched by tourism. The climate is always pleasantly warm, but rather cooler than the coastal plain. A refreshing breeze up the river valley keeps the temperature pleasant. The centre is half an hour from both magnificent mountains and seashores.


people say:

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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))

"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)


cancellation policy:

Unless otherwise stated…

  • Full refunds are provided up to 2 weeks before any course or retreat starts.
  • 50% refunds are provided if you cancel within 2 weeks of a course or 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 incurred (10% of the cost of the cancelled course)
  • 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.