Upcoming Retreats and Dates


My workshops and retreats are natured based experiences combined with a self-reflective theme. They draw heavily on being in nature, with forest and river, a place to play and to find a slower rhythm of being, as they refresh, revitalise and grounds us.

I have a facilitation style that supports the individual to find their own questions and answers, that draws upon the insights gained from your own drawing (as simple as crayon on paper – reflections, not art works), the wisdom found in poetry and story, along with workshop exercises, journaling and the interaction with others in this retreat community.

As live like the river flows gathers momentum, the retreats on offer will be added to. I’m excited about the retreat set for March 2019,Into your own unfolding’ to be held at the beautiful Waihoanga lodge on the banks of Otaki river.

Into your own unfolding

braided riverThe retreat opens with the metaphor of a braided river.

Our lives consist of many strands, both internal and external. These strands unfold and intertwine, some carry us forward, some hold us back, others sustain and support.

This retreat will hold you in quiet waters so you can reflect on what supports and sustains you, as your river continues to carry you into your own unfolding.

Held during the autumn equinox, we can can harvest the bounty of our external and internal autumn richness.

Situated on the banks of the Otaki River, at the beautiful Waihoanga River lodge retreat, you will explore your own unfolding. Here is a short video of the venue and site at waihoanga

“I attended this retreat not really searching for answers but for connection. But in connecting back to my source, to nature, I found both questions and answers I will be dwelling on for a long time to come. I left feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and nurtured. Thank you Michael.” (Conor)

Arrive early on Friday evening – 22nd March 2019

Depart Sunday 2.00pm   – 24th March 2019

Fee: Includes

  • A facilitated weekend that builds on the metaphor of the braided river, a facilitation practice that includes drawing (as simple as crayon on paper), poetry from the wise, some universal learnings and a fair amount of play.
  • Shared accommodation – one bunk room for women, one for men, 1 room for four (perhaps a group of friends) (four singles available) includes linen and a towel.
  • All food (although Friday night will be bring an item for a shared supper).

Standard fee $ 195.00                     Standard plus single room $ $220.00

Optional activities.

  • Bring your swimming gear for a dip in the river. (subject to river and weather conditions)
  • A Yoga class is available with a local teacher. More details are provided with your application enquiry.

Retreat is limited to 18 adults. Secure you place with a non-refundable $50 deposit. For more details. Email facilitator Michael Woodcock mdwoodcock@gmail.com

Who is this retreat for?

  • You will be seeking some time out from your everyday, from the distractions that can easily fill the quiet moments of our lives.
  • Keen to discover or re-confirm the people, the things in your life that support you, give you both strength and purpose. Identify what counts and what may not as you continue on your life’s unfolding.
  • Be open to the sharing and learning within this weekend retreat community,
  • You may want to nourish your soul. Take time out of the fast currents of your life, and join us in this quiet spot, to sustain, refresh and renew.
  • You will want to rewild yourself a little, by spending time out in nature and letting your river run through you.

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The changing nature of work – Surviving the future!

Technology is replacing jobs at an ever-increasing pace. Paid work that we thought might see us through for many years to come is disappearing. For many, the coming of what once was an expected retirement date is instead a marker to work past as the need to for some form of ongoing income becomes a reality.

For others who are younger the swiftness of change, the need to un-learn, re-learn, to move not only places of work but careers many times in a lifetime, pose unprecedented challenges. How to cope, how to survive this present future is the focus of this retreat workshop.

This retreat will be held in 2019. If you are interested let me know and I will send more details.

Congratulations, this looks great! I am forever grateful to you for your advice about pursuing residence in New Zealand, which has led to me having a fulfilling job and my own home here. I am very happy to recommend to others that they benefit from your wisdom! I’ll certainly pass on information about the retreats to some friends and acquaintances.” Helen Caldwell

Retreat enquiry

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