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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It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death on the 23rd of June of Tim Wynn-Harris, the founding father of Te Moata. Tim was 82 years old.

For those of us who can recall the very early days of the formation of Te Moata, what immediately comes to mind was Tim’s ability to inspire and create a vision for the many people he organized to help in the formation of the centre. From the many hitchhikers he picked up on the road and inspired into staying and working on the land, to the retreatants and helpers who put in countless hours of hard work building the centre, Tim will be remembered with great fondness and the sense of fun that he brought to any task that was delegated to his many supporters: An example of one such task, was to erect a flag pole on the ridge in memory of his great uncle who had recently died. The weather was atrocious but Tim managed to inspire and instill a sense of fun and adventure into the task, and with his many helpers, ran it like a military operation; The end result being an out of plumb and crooked flag pole, his comment being; “Dear boy, I planned it that way”. There are countless stories such as this that could be related from Tim’s tenure there.

From the building of the actual centre to the cutting of kilometres of tracks and the building of huts, to the sponsoring of international teachers, it all came with boundless energy, fun and generosity and at great cost to him financially. In the latter years of him running the centre, his health suffered, resulting in him passing on the legacy of Te Moata to others to carry on and build upon.

In recent years Tim was confined to a rest home in Waipukurau to be close to his family. He still took a keen interest in what was happening at Te Moata and would from time to time make phone calls to offer suggestions into the running of the centre. For many of us, when visiting Te Moata, we are embraced by the silence and stillness that was the quality Tim strived to create when purchasing the land and building it into the refuge and sanctuary we now call Te Moata.

Many thanks to Robert French for this writing.
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Our menu boards have become works of art thanks to Cecile a french woofer. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creative energy with us Cecile. ... See MoreSee Less

Enjoy the food at Te Moata?

Here’s how to enjoy the food at home too plus have a special reminder of your time at Te Moata!

After 10 years and many requests, 'Te Moata Soul Food' is available again containing old and new delicious recipes, poems and beautiful photos of Te Moata.

Suggested donation is $30 with all proceeds going towards the ongoing vision. If you would like a copy posted to you, please add $5 and email marnie.n@xtra.co.nz
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Assistant Managers Position

Te Moata is looking for two assistant managers to support our current managers in the day to day running of the retreat centre, maintenance of buildings and care of the land. This is a live-in position with a one bedroom cottage provided. We are looking for a multi-skilled couple who have the ability to focus our woofer team, manage housekeeping and maintenance of gardens, assist on retreats and a myriad of other duties that involve the running of a unique, ‘off the grid’ Centre on 800 acres of native bush. Excellent computer skills and a good command of the English language are essential as input of accounts information and reporting are part of this role.

If you are interested in applying for this position please email your CV and covering letter to temoata@xtra.co.nz no later than 18th July 2016. Please type in subject line ‘Job Application for Assistant Managers Position’. The commencement date for this position is 13th December 2016.

Click here, to read job description.
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As a result of many generous donations from our community Te Moata has been able to purchase 15 new beds for our sleeping spaces. Deep gratitude to all who continue support Te Moata in a myriad of ways. ... See MoreSee Less

Upcoming Events

Jul 2016

The Way of Mindfulness – A 7 Day Retreat led by Stephen Archer – 30/07/2016 - 06/08/2016

Sep 2016

Love Without Barriers And Metta for Vipassana with Sister Viranani – 23/09/2016 - 02/10/2016

Oct 2016

Kahuna Principles for Self Healing – 14/10/2016 - 18/10/2016

Nov 2016

Authentic Movement Retreat with Connor Kelly – 04/11/2016 - 06/11/2016
Awakening Wisdom Heart / Mind with Sharda Rogell and Hugh Tennent – 15/11/2016 - 20/11/2016