Forest of Wellbeing

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”

John Muir
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Sue takes in the forest and river below – 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. Recent research out of Japan shows that just three hours in the forest can calm the body and mind, enough to sustain us for a week.

“When you find a place in nature where your mind and heart find rest, then you have discovered a sanctuary for your soul.” John O’Donohue

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 to be listed or choose a day that works for you and a group.

2022 Programmes Covid is still making course delivery a challenge. It is likely we won’t be able to deliver public Programmes until nearer the end of this year.

Wellbeing Fridays

Currently no public Programmes on offer

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Wellbeing Fridays are particularly suited to Wairarapa residents. Starting at 9.30am and finishing at 2.30pm it fits well with those who have children at school.

Outcomes (What might be possible if you attend a wellbeing Friday)

  • Move towards a daily life in which your inner nature includes a mind-set 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.
  • An awakening of your soul connections.
  • Gain some additional fitness and some outdoor living skills.

Limited to 12 adult participants. Secure a spot book now


Day Hike


Atiwhakatu track. This beautiful track follows the river after walking through the forest of Donnelly’s flat. Depending on the groups interest and fitness the walk can be as far as the Atiwhakatu hut and back. BYO lunch and I’ll boil the billy for a cup of tea or coffee. Depending on the groups fitness and turn around point the day will be about 5-6 hours long.

  • An opportunity to find a slower more natural rhythm for life while gaining some additional fitness and some outdoor living skills. Research shows that just three hours in nature can enhance your wellbeing for the full week ahead.


Overnight Tramp 


Two days overnight Tramp – Holdsworth to Waiohine Road end. Staying at Totara Flats Hut. This two day tramp see’s us climbing to around 800m before descending along the ridge above Totara creek to the Totara Flats. Day two follows the Waiohine river out to the road end car park and departure. Each day involves about 5 hours walking and you will need to be comfortable walking across two swing bridges.

What to bring. We will provide full details of what to bring with your registration confirmation. However for a bit of early preparation, for day walks you will be required to bring a rain coat and a small day pack or shoulder bag to carry your items. Sturdy footwear, no open toed shoes, wearing or bringing warm clothing layers is always a good idea, as is wearing either shorts (with or without thermals underneath), or quick dry long trousers. (Jeans in the NZ bush are not a good idea).

While the possibility of a deep connection with nature is always a focus, we offer those not familiar with the Tararua Forest Park or hiking (tramping) in New Zealand to have an opportunity to access some of the beautiful Wairarapa forest and grow ones familiarity with and confidence in the Bush. The Tararua Forest Park is the largest in the North Island and all our trips depart from the Mount Holdsworth (Taratahi) entrance to the forest park, which is accessed by following Norfolk Road from SH 2, which then forks left onto Mount Holdsworth Road and ends at the forest park.

For overnight tramps you will need your own pack and sleeping bag along with the items listed above.

Live like the river flows is committed to the Seven principles of Leave No Trace NZ as the best practice for enjoying and conserving our environment.


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