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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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

A great mornings work by the 'mudlarks' de-silting the Lily pond during the working bee. Supported by Hadrien, Nikolai and Evie who cooked a beautiful lunch. ... See MoreSee Less


Douglas and Gay and the managers of Te Moata extend a warm welcome to all to join in on a working bee with the main focus being to clean out the Lily Pond and, if a carpenter comes along, replacing rotten boards and battens on the Centre ready for winter.

If you would like to be involved but you are put off by the thought of wading in a Lily Pond, and you are not a carpenter, you are still very welcome to join us. There are many other tasks that you can choose from.

If you would like to come, please register now with Douglas by emailing him on douglas@douglasw.co.nz telling him:
1. How many adults and children you are booking
2. Any special dietary needs that you have
3. Your contact phone number.
if you are a goldfish handler, Water Lily gardener or a carpenter
Please also let us know if you will bring strong buckets and /or shovels so that we are prepared to supply what is needed.

We will send an email to those who register with final thoughts on what to bring.

Please respond to this now so that Jessie has time to organise food and accommodation for us all.

Call Douglas on 027 226 7686 if you have any questions.
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Our thanks to Douglas, Beccy and Lyn who organised and cooked for the Te Moata Working Bee which was held to clear the Santara site. An enormous job was accomplished by those who attended. The process is unfolding for a new cottage to be moved onto site which will happen sometime in 2016. ... See MoreSee Less

The retreat is ending tomorrow and we have been gifted with lovely, deep teachings from Sister Viranani plus wonderful food created by Hadrien, Grace and an amazing service team. The vege gardens have been weeded and planted, the kichen label board has been given a new lease on life and the practice of metta, compassion and vipassana has touched us all. ... See MoreSee Less

Very lucky to be working on the service team for Sister Viranani's 10 day meditation retreat. The sun is shining and it is a stunning afternoon here in paradise. ... See MoreSee Less