Aotearoa Retreat Centre Project
Kath Flight, a Ren Xue teacher, gardener and member of the Farm working group, came to the Ren Xue farm recently with a mission: to get the garden of the old farmhouse back to a state of harmony. She lovingly called it ‘The Great Reveal”.
She put up her tent on the verandah (there were a few deluges of rain,high winds and the old building is currently too damp to provide a healthy living space) and immersed herself in the Qifield of the place - including the weeds. The birds gave her a very special welcome with the dawn chorus.. To listen, click the video below. And here are 2 of the birds we hear - the tui and the bellbird.
When she first arrived, Kath found overgrown bamboo, banana passionfruit vines taking over the vegetation, self seeded plum trees which had passed their prime and obscured the beautiful views to the estuary and river below.
Here are some steps along the journey....and some of our volunteers - Wayne, Simon, Nathan and Chris.
Kath shares some of her video diaries...
Some of the team take a well deserved rest at the Mussell Inn! Kath, Chris, Wayne and Renee
The History of the old farmhouse
The old farmhouse is a building which is particularly special for a few reasons: the situation it is in, overlooking the estuary and bordered by the Onekaka river makes it a peaceful and beautiful place to be. It was a home for many years for the farming family who lived and worked there - the Bennet family. It was built in the early 1900’s and has served as a general store, a library and a post office so it already has a Qifield for communications and a hub for gathering community. With this in mind, a group has been formed to work on what this building might be used for on the Ren Xue farm. Ideas so far have been - a healing centre, a visitors accommodation, a practice space, a community gathering space. Many people, including local community members, have already formed quite a love for this building and have been involved in projects such as fixing up the leaky roof (link to blog post here) If you are keen to know more, or you have skills to get involved with a project like this, we would love to hear from you - please contact Ollie Clifton our Project Coordinator.