Our Journey Begins In The Coromandel
The Coromandel Peninsula is an easy 2 hour drive from Auckland, its rugged coast line and pristine beaches are known as some of the best in the country. Beach side towns are a haven for creatives and holiday makers, while stunning white sand beaches are around every corner. Nature flourishes here, cork screw roads provide stunning views, while native forests sweep down dramatic mountain ranges.
Our tour begins in Auckland where we will take an easy 2 hour drive to our first stop of a tranquil Buddhist meditation centre. We will take the time to explore meditation, forest bathing and native plants. We continue on to the beautiful town of Whangapoua, boasting world-renowned New Chums beach, a short walk away. Experience the wonder of a true kiwi bach experience before continuing to spend our final three nights in a luxurious forest retreat. A deep dive into full nature immersion and natural hot springs end our tour. This tour is led by Hannah McQuilkan qualified Naturopath, Medical Herbalist and Forest Bathing Practitioner, along with Louise Taylor, yoga teacher and somatic therapist and Rakura, Maori Medicine Woman.
This tour offers three very different accommodation options ranging from 2 star to 4 star. Each has been chosen for the unique experience they offer.
Buddhist Retreat Centre – Hidden in a native forest is a tranquil Buddhist retreat centre. This is an opportunity to calm your mind and start to gently melt away the layers standing between you and a profound connection to nature. Rooms are simple with shared bathrooms. Food is vegetarian only. We will work with a Buddhist teacher who will guide us through meditations and share insights linking Buddhist beliefs to nature.
Kiwi Bach – Holiday like a local! Kiwis love their beach holidays and call their holiday homes a ‘bach’ (pronounced batch). We will be staying in a lovely Kiwi bach, located in the secluded holiday town of Whangapoua. Located right next to a stunning white sand beach, with calm water, perfect for swimming. You will take another step in your relaxation journey.
Wairua Lodge – This luxury lodge is set in its own native New Zealand forest. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed, with private bathrooms. The property features bush walks, natural swimming holes and private outdoor hot tubs. Its secluded nature atmosphere will lead us into a full nature immersion experience.
Your adventure departs from Auckland 9am. Stop in charming Thames for morning tea and continue to the Buddhist Retreat Centre where we will spend our first 3 nights. After orientation, lunch and a rest, there will be an introduction to Forest Bathing and a Forest Bathing excursion. After dinner, we will be treated to a talk about Buddhist principles and nature by one of the Buddhist Teachers.
Wake up for our optional Buddhist Meditation followed by an hours yoga session. After breakfast, we will head out to experience a native plant workshop, learning about some of the special NZ plants and uses. Break for lunch. After lunch, we head into charming Coromandel town to ride on the quaint Barry Brickell Railway and check out the cafes/souvenir and art shops. Return to the Buddhist Centre for dinner and enjoy a deep relaxation experience with a Buddhist Teacher.
Wake up to a Buddhist Meditation. After breakfast, we depart for a full days tour to the northernmost tip of the Coromandel Penisula. You will have the option of doing the breathtaking coastal walkway or staying the van and meeting us. After returning to the Buddist Centre we will recentre with a short walking meditation. After dinner there will be an optional Aromatherapy demonstration and how you can incorporate essential oils into your Forest Bathing Practice.
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Hannah McQuilkan: Hannah McQuilkan: Qualified Naturopath, Aromatherapist and Forest Bathing Practitioner. A native New Zealander, who loves sharing this beautiful land with all those who she comes into contact with. Her mission is to bring all people into a profound and deep communion with the natural world. Her specialised tours and events are designed to open up human/nature relating, creating pathways of connection that will last a lifetime.
Louise Taylor: Visual and movement artist, therapist and teacher. She is a Tamalpa Life/Art Process® Practitioner www.tamalpa.org and has participated in extensive workshops with G Hoffman Soto, www.sotomotion.com She recognises the importance of creating a deep sense of connection with nature, both inside one’s own skin and heightening that experience outside in the natural environment. She runs specialised events in New Zealand and overseas, inspiring people to create a deep sensorial connection with nature. Her retreats offer participants time to contact their internal nature through yoga practice and nature walks, attuning to the rhythm of nature, heightening senses, expanding awareness, exploring and responding creatively outside, in a stunning natural environment.