Te Moata is a flourishing sanctuary where we celebrate life, nurture the human spirit and encourage personal responsibility through stewardship of the natural environment. We provide opportunities for the deepening of well-being through connection with self, community and nature, and a safe haven for native flora and fauna. We offer this sanctuary for the benefit of generations to come. Te Moata is a purpose-built retreat centre sitting on 344 hectares of native bush in the Coromandel Peninsula of the North Island of New Zealand. Te Moata hosts a variety of community events and a programme of retreats and residential courses . Over the last 20 years this has included Insight Meditation retreats, Yoga retreats, Dances of Universal Peace gatherings, personal and professional development groups, seasonal celebrations and women’s gatherings.

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A wonderful working bee was held this past weekend at Te Moata. Huge thanks to Douglas for putting this together and rounding everybody up for the weekend. 18 people including our wonderful Managers Jessie, Dave, David and Kaia, brought their energy, skills and love to Te Moata over the course of the weekend. Lots of work was completed, the centre tidied up after the major works that have happened to the building, the road and also the placement of the new Elder cottage on the land. Tracks were cleared, some minor trees were taken out to let in more light in, the deck by the lily pond scrubbed up, the exterior of the cottage de-junked, de- bushed and de-gravelled from the floods that had washed half of the drive into the drains and entrance. New fruit trees were planted outside the Pheonix cottage with a troupe wheel barrowing lots of rich compost from the cottage for the planting. A beautiful new citrus and herb garden was created adjascent to the kitchen and many tree weeds taken out of the Secret Garden. We all enjoyed warm co-created community time in the evening with games and song around the fire. And to top it all off, a big thanks to Jessie and her Te Moata team, for the delicious food that was prepared to nourish the hungry workers. So much cake !!!

A big thank you to everyone who came and helped with such enthusiasm and love especially Dave, Jessie, Kaia and David who have held so much with all the work that has been happening prior to the working bee and then gave so much again over the weekend. What would we do without you : )
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Te Moata shared Alive! Psychology's Introducing Self Love Approach. ... See MoreSee Less

Self-Love Approach is a psychological approach derived from the Loving-Kindness Mindfulness practice, focusing on developing and improving one's relationship to/with themselves. This approach will be presented as a workshop at the NZCCP Conference in Queenstown on Saturday 29 July AND as a paper at the the NZPsS Conference on the 1st September in Christchurch. In this workshop Bhavna will introduce you to this novel approach to working with clients. The training will include theory as well as mindfulness practices so that participants can get a personal experience of the approach before introducing it to clients. In the workshop, you will gain theory as well as practical tools to help clients to regain their self love. These tools are easily implemented, with profound changes. This training is suitable for anyone working within the mental health field. www.alivepsych.co.nz/therapy - for more information about the self-love approach

Introducing Self Love Approach

July 1, 2017, 9:00am - July 2, 2017, 12:00am

Taruna College

Self-Love Approach is a psychological approach derived from the Loving-Kindness Mindfulness practice, focusing on developing and improving one's relationship to/with themselves. This approach will be presented as a workshop at the NZCCP Conference in Queenstown on Saturday 29 July AND as a paper at the the NZPsS Conference on the 1st September in Christchurch. In this workshop Bhavna will introduce you to this novel approach to working with clients. The training will include theory as well as mindfulness practices so that participants can get a personal experience of the approach before introducing it to clients. In the workshop, you will gain theory as well as practical tools to help clients to regain their self love. These tools are easily implemented, with profound changes. This training is suitable for anyone working within the mental health field. www.alivepsych.co.nz/therapy - for more information about the self-love approach

16-18 June 2017

Douglas and the managers of Te Moata extend a warm welcome to all to be part of a working bee. You are welcomed into the enjoyment of the energy of the land and the heartful connections that develop between us during the weekend. There will be co-created time together with opening circles and closing circles each day as well as time for Self.

Nothing is mandated; do what you enjoy from the list of tasks that we aim to complete.

Please respond now if you think you would like to come. Your response at this time will not be taken as a commitment but will enable Douglas to keep you in the loop by email as June 16th approaches. Email Douglas at douglas@douglasw.co.nztelling him how many adults and children you may be booking and your contact phone number.

We will send an email to those who register their interest in early June asking for registrations. If you would like to participate in a supportive adventure for Te Moata please respond to this now and mark it in your diary.

Call Douglas on 027 226 7686 or email douglas@douglasw.co.nz if you have any questions.
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With thanks for your generosity …
Te Moata has experienced much generosity over the last few years. Below we have listed many of the gifts given and wish to extend our deep thanks for the continued support and love which pours forth from our community. Without your caring and love Te Moata would not be able to continue and flourish.

• 2 fridges and 2 gas stoves in the Centre kitchen
• Many beds
• New septic system
• Te Moata vehicle
• Managers’ house
• ($9,000 towards Managers’ house fitout – solar, fridge, fireplace)
• Decking timber for Managers’ house.
• $30,000 towards barn renovation
• Carpet in carpeted room
• Driveway upgrade
• Solar system for Centre
• Phoenix cottage wall hangings and Turkish rug
• Meditation cushions and fabric for covering meditation mats
• Sourcing of fleeces, washing and filling meditation cushions
• Vacumn cleaner
• Water pump and piping
• Stockpots
• Fijian carved fruit bowl
• Swamp kauri salad bowl
• Mulcher/chipper
• Curtains to screen above bathroom storage
• Bokashi systems
• Concrete adornments for pump dam
• Use of digger for earthworks at storage facility
• Firewood
• Gardening tools
• Garden Seats x 2
• Wheelbarrows
• Queen bed for Air Hut
• Towels, bed linen, duvets, vases, cups
• Use of neighbouring land for moving on 2 houses
• Forgiving of loans (2 at $50,000 each)
• Friends of Te Moata financial contributions
• Gifted hours from cooks, working bees, service teams, karma yoga and permaculture training
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How exciting the driveway upgrade has started. Step one, major culvert going in. ... See MoreSee Less

Loving the newly painted kitchen and Air Hut. Many thanks to the Woofers. ... See MoreSee Less

Upcoming Events

Jul 2017

The Path of Mindfulness – 08/07/2017 - 15/07/2017

Sep 2017

Friends of Te Moata Weekend Retreat – 08/09/2017 - 10/09/2017
Private Booking – 15/09/2017 - 17/09/2017
Awakening our Natural Wisdom – 23/09/2017 - 30/09/2017

Oct 2017

Kahuna Principles for Self Healing with Gaylyn Aitken – 08/10/2017 - 12/10/2017