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.

23 August 2019 to 25 August 2019

Wellington Folk Centre

17 January 2020 to 20 January 2020

Join Carol Shortis for a beautiful weekend of singing, swimming, eating delicious vegetarian food, singing, adventures and more singing! Now extended to a long weekend from Friday evening to Monday afternoon - its Wellington Anniversary, so no rush to get back to work!

She'll be teaching songs particularly suitable for women's voices - and everything taught by ear, so no previous musical experience required.

Camp starts late Friday afternoon and you can stay until Sunday afternoon or through 'til Monday, when we'll finish around 3pm.

For more information contact Carol Shortis or

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 or visit

11 March 2020 to 17 March 2020

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.

Contact: Helle Thomson

Transformational Breath Senior Trainer, Energy Healer, Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Guide - 06 877 8068 / 021 1049366

20 March 2020 to 22 March 2020

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

22 May 2020 to 24 May 2020

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 For enquiries regarding yoga email

Click here to download brochure.

27 March 2020 to 29 March 2020

Details to follow