Spiritual retreats are personal to each participant. The programs are designed to help each individual person to grow emotionally and spiritually at their own pace. You are not pushed, but gently led to break down the barriers that have been built from the conditioning that has surrounded your life. As these barriers, both emotionally and spiritual, are taken down, we help you to begin, regain or to further enhance living your life in balance and harmony.
A retreat is time out from everyday life, if we do not allow ourselves to step out of our comfort zones, then those barriers become more subtle and more difficult to break down.
Retreats give you an opportunity to contemplate, meditate and to be with like minded people who are also seeking answers, which may help open the door for yourself. Of the thousands of people who have participated in one of our retreats, each one has left with a new insight into their life.
Hollyford Valley, New Zealand - Spiritual Retreat
These retreats are non-religious and are designed for people to experience their own spirituality through nature. This is done through simple exercises using Zen techniques and meditations during the day, incorporating the natural beauty of the areas through which we travel. We stay at Gunn's (Hollyford) Camp in the Hollyford Valley in Fiordland and the wilderness trips are day trips with light day packs.
During our lives we tend to accumulate a lot of rubbish in the mind, making life confused, complicated, difficult and stressful. In the evenings we have meditation and discussion sessions to further our understanding and to bring things back to their simplest form, giving us clarity and perspective, enabling us to live life to the full, without the emotional and mental baggage that we so often think has to go with it.
These Retreats, although incorporating walks on bush and wilderness tracks, will require a modicum of fitness. People with heart conditions are advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for these Retreats as there is a good deal of physical activity involved.
Type of Country:
Although the walks you go on are not extremely arduous it does pay to have a modicum of fitness if you are to enjoy yourself. If you do a couple of hill walks a week and 20 - 30 squats a day, for two to three weeks before you go, then you will be able to handle anything that comes your way. The emphasis is on enjoying your life, not enduring it, consequently there is no rush in anything we do and plenty of meditation time as we move up to the mountain lakes, rivers and forests, etc.
The tramps are just one day affairs lasting from about 9.30 a.m. until we get back in the afternoons at any time between 3.30p.m. and 5.00 p.m. During these times you will experience some of the most beautiful country in the world, and we emphasise the word "experience" because you will be taken into realms of understanding that you may not have experienced before. From the time we arrive back in camp until 7.30p.m. we have free time for meals and showers and from 7.30p.m. we gather in a nominated Cabin and have evening Meditation and Spiritual discussions helped along with drinks of your choice, i.e. water, tea, coffee or soft drink.
Todd's fee is NZ$25.00 per day. This is for daily tramps with Zen focus lessons and Meditations and for the Evening Spiritual Sessions and Meditations.
The cabins can hold between 6 and 8 people but because of the time of year, which would be winter time or early Spring when Todd is usually there, plenty of cabin space is usually available and people can spread themselves out a bit. We find that four people to a cabin is comfortable. Each cabin has bunk beds, most of which are separated into two rooms, one each end of the cabin. The space between contains the coal range or wood burner (for which wood and coal are provided) and is the dining, cooking, lounge area, although a new Community Hall has now been built and contains all the cooking facilities (gas rings) in the kitchen off of the hall. The hall/lounge itself contains a large wood burning fire, chairs and tables and is large and comfortable.
Cabins may not be so readily available at certain times, especially during the Summer period; therefore accommodation could be a little scarce so be sure to book your accommodation before you go.
If Todd isn't around he will be out on one of the tracks so make yourselves comfortable and have a good look around the camp and he will contact you when he returns.
There are no insects, snakes or dangerous animals in New Zealand
This then is the type of country you are invited to experience with us, and once you do you won’t want it to end.
CHECKLIST-What You Will Need:
Because the Hollyford Valley is in a remote alpine area, in winter it would be prudent for you to take snow chains for your vehicle, which you can hire in either Dunedin, Invercargill or Te Anau. If you get caught in snow with no chains the fees for towing your vehicle can be expensive. Although this has never happened to anyone connected with Todd's Hollyford Valley Retreats in all the time he's been going to the Hollyford, try not to make it a first.
Finally, if you want to be certain of having a cabin available to you then contact the Manager of the Hollyford Camp and book your accommodation. Otherwise you may just like to take a chance that there will be one available when you get there. During the Winter months cabins are usually available but nothing is certain.
Remember, the wilderness is unforgiving and the weather can turn within an hour from sunshine to snow so make sure that you don't bring flimsy gear.
The website to make contact for accomodation: www.gunnscamp.org.nz
For further information on Spiritual Retreats in the Hollyford Valley please e-mail us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheila and Todd Wall
Touch Your Heart3 Morse Street, Brighton, Dunedin, New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 481 1105 eMail:
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