The Retreat

Have you ever looked back at something and thought “that was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done”? Well for me, that’s what hosting The Retreat was like.

The Retreat began as a way of helping others, one of the objectives we set out to achieve when we created our business.

It all began through a Facebook promotion, where people had to self nominate themselves and tell us why they deserved a free weekend including rustically charming accommodation, gorgeous country meals plus some amazing guest speakers. As the nominations rolled in, I realised it was going to be very hard to decide the 12 people. We are however fortunate enough to work closely with the team at CEDA in Palmerston North and together we decided the recipients.

As the weekend played out, the participants began to get to know each other but more importantly they got to know themselves and how to live their best life. In between lots of laughs and yummy food we covered how to deal with stress, goals/vision board, nutrition, exercise and mental health. Meals were made fresh from the farm and more importantly shared round the table where life long friendships were made.

It felt awesome to be merging my background in Education (Physical Education and Health) and Tourism together. It was amazing to know I had helped others go forward and live their best life. I can’t wait to host the next free 2020 version of The Retreat and already we have had other groups wanting a similar experience. If this sounds like you, get in touch. Or perhaps you would like to follow our Rangitikei Farmstay Facebook page to keep posted on the Wellness Workshops we will be hosting too.

In the mean time, don’t forget to make sometime for yourself. Take 10 minutes to go for a walk in the fresh air, maybe you will surprise yourself and go further. Did you know that exercise helps your mental health? If not, perhaps you need to come along to The Retreat next time.

Warm Wishes,


“Move your body, shift your mind”

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