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4 Day Nourishing Wellbeing Course Retreat with Yoga and Qigong in Whangarei Heads
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Whangarei Heads, Manaia Camp 16 McDonald Rd, TaurikuraWhangarei Heads 0174New Zealand

Wellbeing Retreat New Zealand

How good would it feel to wake up in the morning feeling fresh and healthy? Imagine having more energy. What would it be like to get connected to your calm, peaceful mind? Intention: Nourishing Roots teachings introduce how to nurture your unique energy system, engage your natural strengths, and follow your own rhythms. The aim is to learn how to care for your body-mind, nurture your lifelong wellbeing, and show up in your full power.


  • Daily Qigong practices
  • Learn how to nourish the substances of the body
  • Learn how to empower the free-flowing of your energy
  • Daily delicious plant-based food prepared by Michelin Star, Chef Oli Reuschel
  • A learning session focusing on Chinese medical teachings
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Face-to-face tuition

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

4 days with instruction
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During this retreat, you will be staying at Manaia Baptist Camp in a basic bunk bed accommodation, private room, and a shared bathroom. Manaia Baptist Camp is situated near Whangarei in the Whangarei heads, 2 and a half hours from Auckland. The camp has its own safe harbor beach and it lies within walking distance from the Mt Manaia and Mt Aubrey hiking tracks. Ocean Beach is 10 minutes away by car. The camp is a non-profit community facility administered by The Regent Community Trust.


What and why?

The Roots teachings use Chinese medical theory to introduce how to nourish your Yin, the organs, essences, blood, and fluids of the body. This head-based knowledge is brought into the body through Restorative yoga practices, which use rest to heal. You will explore Yin as the roots and anchor for the mind, the stabilizing energy of life, and the foundation for your blood production. You will look at how to nourish the substances of the body - Yin, to empower the free-flowing of your energy - Yang.

You will introduce medical Qigong practices to gather and strengthen your energy, rejuvenate your organ systems, and become more grounded in your daily life. From this strong anchored place, you can more naturally listen to our instinctive knowing and find a way of living true to yourselves and others.

Course content

The Roots teachings begin with looking at where you come from, and how to nurture your wellbeing, with an understanding of your baseline constitution. You will learn specific practices from the Medical Qigong system, which have been used for centuries to free-flow body energy and keep people well. The Qigong practices practiced regularly will maintain the rejuvenation and renewal of your energy levels and body-mind harmony.

These more active stimulating energy moving practices are balanced with Restorative yoga practices, a passive restful way to open the meridian flows, and direct the energy deep into the organs and deeper energy pathways. Restorative yoga practices are simple, effective, and easy to teach and share. Each practice is introduced with clear guidelines on the benefits, indications, and contraindications.

This course is structured in seven steps. Each step engages your energy to heal, grow, and transform. The theory of each step is embodied in Qigong and yoga practices. All steps introduce practical knowledge on how you exist as energy beings, and how to engage, vitalize and harmonize the body, mind, spirit, and soul. The Roots course is a self-healing prescription and a pathway back to more natural ways of being. Following these steps can help you rejuvenate and renew your energy, actualize more of your individual potential, and enjoy a more fulfilling life. The seven steps are:

  • 1. Connect to source
  • 2 Gather your power
  • 3. Find your flow
  • 4. Show up
  • 5. Stay grounded
  • 6. Activate potentials
  • 7. Partner the universe


The retreat begins on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with an orientation to the retreat and introductions, followed by 6:30 p.m. dinner.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

Early morning Qigong practices to strengthen and vitalize internal organs, followed by breakfast. After breakfast, a learning session focusing on Chinese medical teachings on the inner workings of the body-mind includes interactive learning with the whole group, followed by lunch. Saturday and Sunday early afternoons include options; time for guided reflection or time to watch and learn about plant-based food preparation from the Michelin Star Chef - Oli Reuschel.

Saturday and Sunday late afternoons include Qigong practice, followed by a “free-flow your Qi” experience of Nia dance. Nia invites you to engage the spirit of Springtime Awakening and new life celebration, through the joy of movement with music. Nia is pure fun, no right, no wrong just pure joy of movement. After the evening meal and a pause, you will rest into the restorative poses settling the body-mind before sleep. The retreat teachings start Friday 23rd October at 5 p.m. and conclude 1 p.m. on Monday 26th October. The closing session will be followed by our last shared lunch.



During this retreat, you will be served delicious plant-based food. Meals are prepared fresh daily by Michelin Star, Chef Oli Reuschel. The food is a very special feature of this retreat - which is designed to nourish all levels. Oli is happy for retreaters to observe him in the kitchen, and take-home food preparation and cooking tips. The low standard of room comfort is made up of extra comfort of excellent food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious plant-based food prepared by Michelin Star, Chef Oli Reuschel
  • Face-to-face tuition

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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