The swimming hole at Te Moata retreat centre

The swimming hole at Te Moata retreat centre

In this retreat, we blend qi gong and mindfulness meditation, taking the time to pay attention to our actual experience as we sit and as we move. When we do this we feel more open, grounded and alive. No matter what is going on in our life, in our thoughts, or bodies, mindfulness offers the opportunity to genuinely relax and let go. Qi gong is a wonderful Taoist system designed to improve the flow of energy (qi) 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 Shibashi part i qi gong form, the six Taoist healing sounds, and more. These will be practices you can take away and use at home to relax and vitalise your body and mind.

The retreat will be mostly in silence for participants, but there will be plenty of guidance, tuition and input from me and of course you are welcome to come and talk with me if you need to. The first evening and last morning after breakfast is not in silence, and there will be a one-hour talking session each day to share insights, questions and comments.

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 to walk the beautiful native bush tracks, as well as delicious vegetarian meals, which Te Moata is famous for.

We begin with a meal at 6pm on Friday 29 November, and finish round 2.30pm after lunch on Monday 2 December. You may arrive any time from 4 pm on the Friday to settle in.

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..

Cost: $485 (covers accommodation in simple curtained cubicles, delicious vegetarian meals, and tuition / guidance for the full retreat programme)
$15 surcharge if you request bedding; $10 surcharge / day for special diets:
$5 - $10 surcharge per person per night for single room or hut requests(

lily pond at Te Moata retreat centre

lily pond at Te Moata retreat centre

  • The chance to deeply rest, to drop your responsibilities and to take time for yourself to simply "be"

  • More vital energy (qi) in your body

  • Greater awareness of the habit patterns of mind that interfere with your inherent happiness

  • A toolbox of mindfulness practices you can use in everyday life

  • Opportunity to let go, relax and unwind

  • Better sleep and improved wellbeing

  • A more focused mind and greater mental wellbeing.

You will learn and practise:

courtyard at te moata - mindfulness and qi gong retreat with rachel tobin

courtyard at te moata - mindfulness and qi gong retreat with rachel tobin

  • The art of being present, in stillness and movement

  • Qi gong warm ups and stretches

  • Sitting and walking meditation

  • Self-compassion meditation

  • Qi gong practices that you can take home and use as practical tools for wellbeing.

This is a hugely valuable opportunity to create more intimacy with yourself. There will be time for you to reflect, to write, to consider.... to eat fabulous and healthy vegetarian food... to walk the native bush tracks, close and far... to be still.... and to benefit from the input of an experienced mindfulness and qi gong teacher and guide.

People say:

"Te Moata is a lovely natural environment to disengage and unwind. The natural setting was beautiful and very conducive to quietening the busy mind. Rachel’s qi gong gudance was gentle, supportive and insightful. I am feeling both rested and invigorated.”
- Kevin Dresser, Hawkes Bay

"The 4-day programme was excellent and at one stage i actually thought Rachel had personally designed it for me ... I would absolutely recommend her retreats to anyone who was contemplating attending - or not!"
- Alison Dawson, Auckland

"A wonderful retreat with a lovely mix of inspiring activities which really help you understand what mindfulness is and how you personally can use it in your everyday life."
- Helen, Auckland

"I never knew how fast and frantic i was until i noticed how still i became.”
- Nicole B, Auckland

“Rachel offers a very gentle approach towards mindfulness without any strict or rigid rules or views, allowing space for anyone at any stage in their own practice (new or seasoned). I highly recommend retreating with Rachel for more ease and grace…"
Jacob Hepburn, Wellsford

“Rachel is a very generous teacher. She holds the retreat space beautifully with her love, her wealth of experience, her gentle presence and humour. What a precious experience.”
Hedwig, Coromandel


Give a gift voucher as part or full payment for this residential retreat to someone you love.


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.