Forest of Wellbeing

“Every person alive today descended from nature based peoples.”

Martin Prechtel

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Sue takes in the forest and river below – April 25th Rewilding trip into the Tararua forest park. Photo – Stephen Olsen

You are invited into a circle of friendship that takes you into the ngahere (forest). A day in which your inscape can connect with the landscape, to refresh, reflect and sustain a deeper life rhythm.

Spring and Summer season

Starting on the 5th of October you are invited to a fortnightly programme run over four Saturdays. Dates are 5th October – Mount Holdsworth Taratahi, 19th October – Wairongomai South Wairarapa, 2nd November – Mount Holdsworth to Swing Bridge and 16th November – Fenhshem Reserve with its 700 year old Kahikatea and at Te Ao Nga Pukeko the home base of Live Like The River flows.

You can come to any of the four as a casual or choose to book in for the complete programme. Booking for the four Saturdays not only gets you a discount but it also means you can choose to do the 5th week in the early summer of 2020 for an overnight stay in the Atiwhakatu Hut. (Over-night trip will be restricted to six participants. The fee is $50 per person, plus your Hut stay pass and food).

These four sessions will be held in a number of locations offering a range of environments and experiences, including silent meditative walking, sits spots, tree and medicinal plant identification, fitness and outdoor skills. Book for the four and only pay $100. The Casual fee is $35 per session. If you like to know more and or book enter this link. 

Outcomes (What might be possible if you attend a rewilding day)

  • Move towards a daily life in which your inner nature includes a mindset that is characterised by – curiosity instead of fear, awareness instead of distraction, Passion instead of apathy.
  • An opportunity to find a slower more natural rhythm for life.
  • Gain some additional fitness and some outdoor living skills.
  • We will incorporate and learn about the Seven Leave No Trace principles.

If you are keen to explore and reconnect with some of the sacred, to begin to fill that ache within your soul, then you can book for one of the upcoming days listed above.

The inner rewilding movement is gaining momentum across the globe as people from western countries in particular seek to reconnect with nature deep within, and lost ritual and traditions. There are a number of core practices found wherever rewilding groups gather. But each also has its own geographic and cultural identities.

Rewilding is not a journey back to living as hunters and gatherers. Instead it offers the opportunity to examine our cultural paradigms, to see how they affect our physical, mental, spiritual and mental health. A chance to  dissolve the barriers between ourselves and  nature, to reconnect with the sacred.

For me, rewilding in Aotearoa New Zealand must have at its core the connection with whenua – the land. Being Wairarapa based, recognising and honouring Tangata whenua – Rangitāne O Wairarapa and Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, is essential. Rewilding days need to be accessible (and affordable), support each person to find their place, their rhythm, their connections with the sacred world we live in.

While this deep desire to reconnect with nature is not exclusive to pakeha or more recent arrivals in this land, it is often pakeha and the western world, seeking such connections. I as a pakeha recognise the internal call to find and know my place, to reconnect with the sacred life force in all things.