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


26 May 2017 to 28 May 2017

"ORGAN SUPPORT PRECEDES INITIATION OF BREATH, WHICH PRECEDES MOVEMENT" - Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Over this weekend we will familiarise ourselves with the dynamic relationship between the internal organs and the musculoskeletal body.

Exploring the possibility of initiating movement from the organs and following that subtle action with the whole body we experience an increase in the range and strength of the postures as the "effort to perform them becomes effortless."

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 027 211 7740 or email charlotte.h@actrix.co.nz. For enquiries regarding yoga email juliet.forch@gmail.com

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21 June 2017 to 25 June 2017

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

shinko@clear.net.nz or visit greenmountainzen.org.nz

25 August 2017 to 27 August 2017
23 February 2018 to 25 February 2018

This experiential workshop retreat offers a unique approach to meditation. You will be guided through simple, easy and original creative processes to facilitate personal discovery and cultivate depth of perception.

This three day retreat is only a 1 hour drive from Wellington and 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!

Meditation has been proven to be highly effective for reducing stress, relieving anxiety, reducing depression, and increasing feelings of well-being. It can awaken a sense of gratitude, empathy, self-control, presence of mind and personal empowerment.

Commences 10am Friday and concludes 4pm Sunday

Cost: $490 / accommodation & meals included

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

06 April 2018 to 12 April 2018

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, spiritual guide, energy healer, and yoga teacher. Line is a Life Coach and Transformational Breath facilitator. Together they are known for their knowledge, wisdom, humour, compassion, deep love with which they share and teach. They respect and care for you deeply offering a safe and nurturing space for you to explore and expand. 

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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

13 April 2018 to 15 April 2018

Take time to deepen your yoga practice and indulge in ancient Ayurvedic self-care rituals.

Strengthen and tone your body with dynamic Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Experience deep release with restorative Yin Yoga. Rest peacefully in guided relaxation (Yoga Nidra). Enhance your prana with deep yogic breaths. Be still in serene meditation.

Cost: TBA includes six delicious vegetarian meals (mostly organic), four yoga classes, two nights shared accommodation, two talks, one evening of music, plenty of time to rest and relax.

Contact: Anja Foley 021 023 50601 or email anja@avida.co.nz.