Events at Riverslea

This page lists coming events to be held at Riverslea Retreat which you may be interested in. Note that private bookings and events at Riverslea are not listed.

Coming Events


01 March 2019 to 03 March 2019

This retreat will explore the world of colour as a doorway to spiritual insight and self-development. Through simple artistic exercises and contemplative enquiry, we will explore how colour can create inner soul experiences of a universal nature opening our perception for supersensible phenomena.

This three day retreat is your opportunity to take time out from the pressure and routine of daily life and discover the peaceful, healing inner world of meditation as a pathway to self-discovery and personal development. Come and enjoy a great venue in a beautiful environment, delicious food and fellowship!

Emily Fletcher and Mark Geard are experienced facilitators and practitioners who engage in on-going research into the synergy between creative processes and meditation. They offer a safe, caring environment for self-discovery. Their enthusiasm, humour and insight offers a foundation of support and encouragement for the practice of meditation.

Commences 10am Friday and concludes 4pm Sunday

Cost: $520 / Accommodation & Meals included, Early Bird $490 full payment by 1 February. Payment by instalments is possible.

To book contact Emily contact@alamandria.co.nz or visit alamandria.co.nz/retreats

07 March 2019 to 12 March 2019

Join us at Riverslea Retreat for a  five-day introductory course on the Drut’syla method of storytelling. Shonaleigh is generously sharing her traditions, offering a course based on the hereditary training of Jewish women storytellers – the ability to 'midrash' a story is a practice handed down through the generations, knowing the stories within stories and how they connect and link to each other.

This is a rare and unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the life-affirming wisdom and joy of this method. The course is for anyone who uses narrative or stories as an inspiration in their practice. So that could include leaders, social workers, teachers, librarians, communicators and community workers as well as artists in any field, writers and storytellers.Through this course, you will gain an insight into an ancient Jewish tradition of storytelling that is infinitely practical, providing you with a deep understanding of how story works, and tools to work with story in an intricate and unique way. We will explore ways in which the Drut’syla’s methods and approaches can be adapted practically to any form of narrative use from creative writing and the contemporary arts to communicating your mission and engaging your audience/clients.

Be ready to laugh, explore, create, gain new insights, learn, share and connect to your own wisdom and that of others. Shonaleigh's personable, vibrant and spontaneous style is sure to leave you inspired and ready to weave new stories of your own.

Arrive late afternoon/ early evening for dinner together on Thursday 7 March; leave late afternoon on Tuesday 12 March.

Cost: $900 inclusive of all food, accommodation and tuition.

Enrolment is open! 

Sign up by filling out this form

A $300 deposit will be needed to secure your place and full payment is required by 1st December 2018.

Questions / enquiries:thestorycollectivechch@gmail.com

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29 March 2019 to 31 March 2019

This is a unique opportunity to take some quality time out, recharge your batteries, nurture yourself and slow down with the ancient sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda. This retreat comprises two relaxing days of yoga, ayurvedic self-care rituals, delicious organic vegetarian cuisine, like-minded people, an evening programme of music and meditation, and inspiring talks will increase your knowledge and experience of how to live according to the healing wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda.

Surrounded by the beauty of the Otaki River and extensive gardens, the venue at Riverslea Retreat in the Otaki Gorge caters wonderfully for the needs of nature lovers.

Includes 2 nights shared accommodation, 6 main meals plus afternoon tea, 4 yoga classes (2 vinyasa flow, 2 yin yoga classes), 2 talks and plenty of time to rest and enjoy. Payment by instalments is possible. The retreat starts at 6pm on Friday and finishes at 4pm on Sunday.

Be in touch if you would like to reserve your place or have any queries. Anja on 021 023 50601 or anja@avida.co.nz

11 April 2019 to 17 April 2019

Open and expand your breathing and experience its potential to gift you with great changes such as enhanced health, greater peace, direction in life, vitality, creativity, and spiritual awakening just to name a few.

Your unique breathing pattern tells a specific story of what is happening in your subconscious, behaviors, and areas of expression. These patterns run your life. By simply changing the flow of the breath major life changes can occur automatically for lasting change. Learn about the science and history of Transformational Breath; explore body mapping, movement, meditation, sound, connected breathing, and much more.

This has been called a life changing week, because for many it is. It is a time for deep personal transformation, and also the first part of your training should you wish to share this internationally recognized self-healing modality with others.

Manual is included.

Senior Trainer Helle Thomson has studied with the creator of TBr Dr. Judith Kravitz. Helle is a Transformational Breath Senior Trainer, Lighthworker, Yoga teacher and Retreat Leader. She teaches with profound knowledge, empathy and love.  

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Contact: Helle Thomson

Transformational Breath Senior Trainer, Energy Healer, Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Guide

hellemorthomson@gmail.com - 06 877 8068 / 021 1049366

24 May 2019 to 26 May 2019

Over this weekend we will explore how we stand, sit and lie in relationship to the earth and to gravity; and how this relationship affects our breath and our yoga practice.

Juliet has studied yoga since 1990. In 2000 she established the Papakura Yoga Centre where she is the principal teacher. Juliet is a Senior Associate teacher with Donna Farhi, with whom she continues to study and assist.

For reservations contact : Charlotte 027 566 0704nbsp;or email charlotte.h@actrix.co.nz. For enquiries regarding yoga email juliet.forch@gmail.com

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19 June 2019 to 23 June 2019

Zen meditation retreat (sesshin). Sesshin is an integral part of Zen Buddhist training and includes sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, interviews with the teacher, chanting, work practice and rest periods. The session is suitable for beginning and experienced Zen students and full instruction will be given. The retreat will be led by Philip Shinko Squire, an ordained priest in the Soto Zen tradition. In November 2003, following ten years of full-time residential training, he completed formal koan study and received precept transmission from his teacher, Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center in Southern California. During this time he served as head monk, administrator and assistant teacher. Shinko is a Wellington native, the father of four young girls.

For details contact : Shinko 021 215 5565

contact@greenmountainzen.org.nz or visit greenmountainzen.org.nz

23 August 2019 to 25 August 2019
20 September 2019 to 22 September 2019

Sick of winter and ready for some internal spring cleaning?

Learn ascension meditation as taught by the Ishayas of the Bright Path

We promise you will have a fun and relaxing weekend with great people and delicious food together with the priceless opportunity to learn these techniques which you can use with eyes open and closed. These techniques are very powerful and effective at burning off stress and anxiety, allowing us to become much more present, calm, peaceful, focused and joyful. Don’t miss this opportunity.

We will have the whole retreat to ourselves. Nestled amongst native bush and trees, within a few minutes’ walk to the Otaki River, this is a very private and relaxing location.

Wellington Ishayas Savitri and Prasada will lead the retreat and will be joined by Auckland Ishaya Mahima, who will also take a daily yoga class. Massages are also available.

The mini retreat will start on Friday from 4pm and finish on Sunday at 3pm.

For more details email Savitri on savitri.ishaya@gmail.com or phone 021 493 783.

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27 November 2019 to 01 December 2019

Zen meditation retreat (sesshin). Sesshin is an integral part of Zen Buddhist training and includes sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, interviews with the teacher, chanting, work practice and rest periods. The session is suitable for beginning and experienced Zen students and full instruction will be given. The retreat will be led by Philip Shinko Squire, an ordained priest in the Soto Zen tradition. In November 2003, following ten years of full-time residential training, he completed formal koan study and received precept transmission from his teacher, Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center in Southern California. During this time he served as head monk, administrator and assistant teacher. Shinko is a Wellington native, the father of four young girls.

For details contact : Shinko 021 215 5565

contact@greenmountainzen.org.nz or visit greenmountainzen.org.nz