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This One Wild & Precious Life

An Exploration Into
Hidden Landscapes
of Body and Mind

An Ecotherapy “Wholing” Retreat 

Te Moata Retreat Centre,180 Paul Road, Tairua 3591 New Zealand

5th to 10th Feb 2024

“I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ”     ~ Mary Oliver


Imagine having five wild and precious days to connect, unwind relax, remember your whole self, reinvite self-care, self-awareness, kindness, healing and self-compassion to all aspects of your life.

In this unique and nourishing retreat, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Spend quiet time in nature with guidance to reconnect with your authentic self.
  • Deepen through mystery…. your connection to yourself, others, and the natural world.
  • Be supported in ceremony and sacred relationship to the four cardinal directions to remember and welcome and heal those forgotten or fractured parts that have been forgotten or left behind in the fast pace of modern society.
  • Connect and support your body through daily gentle yoga practices to match the rhythms of the natural world.
  • Develop or continue your own daily mindfulness practice
  • Begin or continue to connect poetically to yourself in relation to the natural world and community.
  • Create nourishing connections in a supported community
  • Replenish your body with wholesome plant-based cuisine

As we gather in the old ways for 5 days at the beautiful Te Moata Retreat Centre in Tairua, we will explore soul-centric practices embodying both developmentally and spiritually the four directions of North, West, South and East. Throughout this journey we weave together Mindful body-centered Nature connection, Meditation, Yoga, Storytelling, Creative arts and writing and Community Connection, to inspire, relax and unwind in a spacious and nurturing nature setting.

In some of the oldest stories it is said that when you were born your soul’s song was caught and with sacred reverence, placed in the forest waiting for the time when you were ready to seek and hear it This retreat will offer the space for you to listen deeply in nature to remember, ache, hear, re-imagine and receive the precious and unique song of your soul.

Your guides for the 5 precious days will be Toni McErlane and Karen Waddicor.

Toni is a experienced and passionate Ecotherapist, Counselor, Mediator, Nonviolent Communication Facilitator and Rites of Passage facilitator who has been facilitating Nature based  retreats in NZ and China for the last 3 years.

Karen Waddicor is a long time gentle Yoga Therapy Teacher and Counselor, who has completed long term training’s in Somatic Ecotherapy, Hakomi, and Nonviolent Communicaton.

These two fun and relaxed women will guide you over 5 days and nights in the old ways to hear the clearly the rhythms of the earth so you may deepen into a more soul-centred connection with yourself and the natural world. 

Also included in this retreat:

  • 4 nights in shared accommodation (there is the option to pay more for a private room, please ask upon registration)
  • Deeply nourishing plant based gluten free catered meals for the entire retreat
  • Access to walking paths in stunning transitional NZ native forest
  • Also, on offer at an additional discounted rate for retreat participants are:
  • Ecotherapy 1 to 1 sessions with Karen or Toni

What Previous Participants said:

Connection to nature was supported by safe manageable facilitated opportunities/ invitations to explore nature as a mirror to my “Self”

Connection to “Self” was supported by receiving kindness, and having space for my “self ” to be seen

I experienced the facilitators as respectful, kind, knowledgeable and wise.

So grateful to be reminded of the mystery magic and support that quiet contemplation in nature provides. Just Wow!

Facilitators had beautiful demonstrations of loving presence with a light touch but a clear sense that you being well held. I relaxed into this quickly. This has been extrordinary!

 Excellent beyond expectation. The food was amazing!


$1280 (incl GST) if paid by 31st Dec, 2023 ($1,500 afterward)

Meet Your Guides:

Toni McErlane – Ecotherapist, Counsellor, Mediator, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Facilitator, Wilderness Rites of Passge Guide.

Karen Waddicor– Yoga Therapist and Counselor

Submit Payment to:
Account name:  Restorative Relationships
Account Number: Reference:  [your name]
Code:  Retreat

Cancellations: No refund later than 6 Weeks prior to start date

unless cancelled by organisers.



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