We are very fortunate to be living in the 21st century. The advances in technology and medicine alone enable us to live longer and more comfortably than any other generation before us.
However, our modern day lifestyle is not without its health risks. The incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) —primarily cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and most cancers— is on the rise as a result of our tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, poor nutrition, and sedentary lifestyles.
But it doesn’t need to stay that way.
The solution lies within each of us and it starts with making different choices about how we nurture and nourish our body.
During our 4-day Wholeness Retreat you will learn and begin to experience the powerful effect that Te Atawhai’s carefully cultivated blend of movement, mindfulness, diet and rest will have on your wellbeing. It’s a natural high that once experienced we hope that you will never want to give up.
How we balance the combined effects of intelligent movement, diet, rest and mindfulness is key to achieving positive health benefits.
Nestled at the foot of the majestic Mount Te Aroha, Te Atawhai allows you to remove yourself from the stresses of everyday life and experience the benefits of introducing a deep sense of peace and calm into your world.
We are all pleasure seekers at heart. In order to create and maintain change in the way that we think, move and eat, we believe there has to be a huge enjoyment factor involved.
Taking pleasure in engaging in various forms of intelligent movement and filling our body with exactly the fuel it needs to thrive is what we strive for and deliver on our four day program.
Fun, focused and flavoursome is how we want our guests to describe their newfound approach to health and wellbeing and you will find each of these principles at the core of our program design.
Te Atawhai wellness retreat observes the principles of a whole foods diet, which means we focus on unprocessed, whole plant-based foods that are ideally organic, locally grown, seasonally fresh and bursting with flavour. We also exclude alcohol, caffeine, wheat, dairy and refined sugar from the menu.
The benefits of eating real, fresh, nutritionally dense food are well documented.
At Te Atawhai we recognise that in order to truly embrace a different way of eating, our food needs to be more than just healthy. To become a whole food convert, the food also needs to be visually appealing, full of flavour and easy to source and prepare.
That’s why we go further than simply introduce you to a new way of eating. We provide demonstrations and advice as well.
For the last 35 years of my life I have been on some sort of diet – eating all that I wanted with very little thought to the contents or origin of my food, or the calorie or fat quota of the intake – always knowing that my next “diet” would be starting on Monday.Read More...
For the last 35 years of my life I have been on some sort of diet – eating all that I wanted with very little thought to the contents or origin of my food, or the calorie or fat quota of the intake – always knowing that my next “diet” would be starting on Monday.
From Jenny Craig, to no carbs, the Israeli apple diet and the 5/2 to identify a few – you name it I have been there, hoping to have enough will power to get me through the course I intended to chart, and never really knowing how to succeed – and the one time I did get there, I managed to undo all the good work over the next few months.
I now see this behaviour not only (and tragically) in my daughter, but also in so many of the women around me that I hold close to my heart. A treadmill of hope and failure populated by small bouts of short lived success. A course that I was destined to chart for the rest of my life suddenly changed when I discovered the power of my mind. A short course in what can best be described as Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP,) gave me an insight into just how powerful our thoughts are, essentially if we believe – it will happen. I, through some training and understanding, began to harness my own mind – curing myself of a lifetime of asthma, hay fever, ongoing headaches and an allergic reaction to horses – all through a learned ability to harness my thoughts and my mind.
I had begun a journey (albeit late) that was to change so much of who I was and how I behaved, and very quickly I applied this to my wellness.
ARO HA in the South Island was my first wellness retreat, that I intrepidly and very tentatively embarked on, surprised at how I had to push myself, extend myself, so far out of my comfort zones – and I LOVED it! A journey of physical extremes, Raw food, mindfulness and learning simply saw me hungry for more.
Gwinganna Wellness retreat on the Gold Coast was next, similar but different, and the learnings were extensive. I started to remove things from my diet – they all felt so senseless, and the new food I was eating left my body feeling so good. I dropped sugar, coffee and alcohol (well nearly – I still love a social red.) I learnt things about my body, about my mind and my food – the weight dropped off with no real conscious effort, and I knew I’d found a solution to a problem that has been part of my DNA. All that was needed was a mind shift, an introduction to a new normal and to get that I’d had to immerse myself in a relevant environment demonstrating best practices, hence the two wellness resorts – ARO HA and Gwinganna.
And the start of this new journey is Te Atawhai – our own wholeness venture that is about creating new normals, enabling us to harness the incredible power of our minds and make changes that enable optional health and life styles choices. A place that will extend, educate and challenge all that we thought we knew – a place that embraces nature, through activity, environment and food – a place that I want to share with so many others, busting apart all that we thought we knew, and applying simple strategies of positive change.
Come to Te Atawhai to Nurture, Nourish, and THRIVE.
Looking back my idea of success in life was rather one sided. Married, two beautiful children, a home and a well-paying job as nurse in the mental health area – by our parent’s standards that ticked all the boxes.Read More...
Looking back my idea of a success in life was rather one sided. Married, two beautiful children, a home and a well-paying job as nurse in the mental health area – by our parent’s standards that ticked all the boxes.
But I had left one important dimension out – my own health and wellbeing.
I was 41, overweight, and experiencing high blood pressure that required medication.
I started to make some changes to my lifestyle – principally around food and exercise – but it wasn’t until life threw me some more curve balls – the death of a loved one, the break up of my marriage – that I really began to question my life -“was this truly it?” My next move was to shock my system with an 8 week hardcore dietary and exercise programme. I lost 12 kgs but I had neglected one important detail – my mindset. All too quickly I lost the clarity of my thinking as old patterns returned.
It took 5 days completely surrounded by serenity and positivity where my thinking was constantly challenged by education, good food, and the removal of anything bad (coffee, sugar, alcohol etc) that my new fate was sealed. I have now made the final transformation into the new me. A person that loves to wake up every day, and a person that wants to inspire and empower people to reach their optimum state of wellbeing in order to live a life they love.
Welcome to Te Atawhai – a place of tranquillity, true bliss, mystique and love.
At the age of 30, after the birth of my 3rd child and many years of battling severe depression and other emotional issues, a friend took me by the hand and introduced me to the world of wellness.Read More...
At the age of 30, after the birth of my 3rd child and many years of battling severe depression and other emotional issues, a friend took me by the hand and introduced me to the world of wellness.
This started my journey towards recovery and self-discovery. A journey that revealed the significance of –
– Balance in all areas of life
– Caring for oneself
– Surrounding oneself with positive, supportive and motivating people
– Expert guidance on exercise and movement
– A healthy relationship with food.
Fast-forward to today and you will find a proud owner of a gym with 20 years of experience as a personal trainer under my belt and an absolute passion for guiding people into a new place of health and wellbeing. I thrive on helping each of my clients to understand the role that movement plays in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and, most important of all, how they can achieve a perfect balance – where life and movement complement one another.
I look forward to welcoming you to our place – Te Atawhai.