Aotearoa Retreat Centre Project
As of November 26th 2021, Ren Xue Australasia holds an unconditional offer to purchase the Golden Bay farm in June 2022!
The deposit is paid and the purchase secured! This means that after a year of planning, research, information gathering and assessment we now feel confident that a retreat centre and community is really possible here, subject to resource consent.
The local community have been positive and supportive, we have had positive feedback from engineers, wastewater designer, the architectural team, the farming team and roading contractors to name a few.
The learning and growth we have experienced as a team of organisers has been phenomenal. Personal growth has been a major focus throughout the project and, although this doesn't always feel the most comfortable as we navigate the patterns which emerge, we have been able to communicate, listen and support each other with our 5 Xin. What a blessing to have the tools to work in this way - to learn and grow while creating something tangible and positive. A beacon of hope for all to share.
(See our Beacons for more explanation of how we work)
What a celebration! - a feeling of a dream starting to become reality. A time to look back and reflect on the journey. From the initial vision expressed by Yuan Tze in 2010 the donation and formation of the first team of 'midwives' in 2019 (expanded on in Cat's story) , the signing of the purchase agreement for the farm in Golden Bay in November 2020 and the formation of the working groups (Farm, Community, Healing Centre and Retreat Centre) over the past year. Amazing to see how far we have come.
It is with deep humility, gratitude and a large helping of excitement that we share this news and send our thanks to everyone who has been a part in this process. A great reason for the Ren Xue family to connect and celebrate together! Looking forward to the next exciting part of the project to unfold!