Aotearoa Retreat Centre Project
News and Updates
June Celebrations on the farm
It was a heart-warming time celebrating the land and the new beginning for the Ren Xue retreat centre project. We experienced all kinds of weather - storms, sunshine and rainbows!
We took the time to look back and honour what has gone before, everything we have in this moment and to set our intentions for the future. We gave thanks for the privilege to be the kaitiaki of this beautiful land and by planting trees, we showed our hope for a bright future. A simple wish for living in harmony - with ourselves, with others and with nature.
Together, we helped to create a beautiful foundation and Qifield for the project going forward.
It wouldn't have been the same without each of you playing your part so, from our hearts, we thank you for being there and supporting us.
With gratitude and our best wishes,
The retreat centre project team
For those of you staying at Shambhala: Please note that to access Shambhala there is a ford which can be flooded and impassable at times. If you arrive during one of those times, please call Cat (027 4622663) or Ollie (027 333 9252) and we will find a good solution!
Looking forward to being together soon!
With warm wishes for safe travels
the project team!
events happening in June to celebrate this - if you’ve missed the details see the project website
are focussed around creating some baseline data - our starting point - in areas such as soil, water, climate and landscape.
We are beginning to explore a working relationship with Lincoln University, led by our farm group member Rainer
Hoffman, which thus far looks very promising. Our first adventures in this research realm came over Anzac weekend,
with honours Lincoln student Lulu Jordan leading a team of keen helpers on a soil sampling expedition - see details on
the project website: https://www.aotearoaretreatcentre.org/blog/soil-sampling-and-other-fun-on-the-farm
Much learning and planning about the farm will take place over our first 6-12 months on the land, so watch this space as we develop our ideas and look for input from the wider community.