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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWorkshops, retreats and day programmes offer a unique combination of nature based experiences combined with a self-reflective theme. They draw on the use of poetry to give focus, drawing and group sharing to help firm up the path ahead, by spending time in nature, with forest and river, a place to find a slower rhythm of being, as they refresh, revitalise and ground us. There are several options for accommodation for workshops and retreats longer than a day. We can at times offer individual bedrooms in the farm cottage, house, as well as a house bus. Or you can pitch your own tent. Otherwise there are several B&B options close by. Or you can lower the fee cost and camp in your own tent. See 2020/21 offerings below.


The Nature of Wellbeing – A day workshop for All artists 


To be held 28 February 2021 at Te Ao o Te Pukeko wellbeing centre. A chance to express your connection with nature and a special place for you in the Wairarapa, through your own art medium of expression.

Thanks to Carterton Creative Communities we are able to offer a no fee day, with only a small charge to cover materials and hosting,  complete with Artist Facilitators. You will need to register for the day.  Keen to know more contact us

Participants can chose 1 of three four hour long workshops on offer. Limited to 8 people per workshop and to those 16 years and older.

Print making with Jo Lysaght

Jo studied Graphic Design at Wellington School of design and is known for her outstanding print work. Jo says “with printing, some of it’s controlled but a great deal is out of your hands and that’s where the magic happens. It’s a medium that forces you to really slow down and enjoy each phase. The texture and its ability to surprise you when you peel back the paper is very addictive”.



Mixed Media with Viv Walker 

Viv 2013 copy (1)Viv Walker is well known for her painting, drawing and writing, along with her extensive  picture book illustrations and publishing at http://www.swirlbooks.com. Viv Studied and trained in Graphic design in the UK. In New Zealand she worked in the advertising industry for many years as a designer and art editor. She later ‘side stepped’ into painting and has exhibited and sold her mixed medium work at local and national exhibitions and art shows. Viv’s workshop will allow participants to chose to work predominantly in one or two mediums, drawing, ink/paint and collage. You will bring an image of a place in nature that speaks to you and Viv will take you on a creative journey.


Workshop three. (To be advised short, but likely is the art of writing and poetry) 



The Cry of the Earth – bringing your soul to the mahi


Climate change, mass extinctions, social alienation, no longer need a case to be made, they are in fact ‘a sound to be heard’. That sound is the Cry of the Earth.

“At the core of spiritual ecology is an understanding that our present ecological [social and political] crisis is a reflection of an inner spiritual crises. ” Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee.

A day workshop for those working for ecological and social justice change. Or simply for those wanting to be more connected to the all living world. To make effective change in the external world, we must be connected with our spiritual inner world. 

Leave the day with  having delved into some of the leading thinkers in spiritual ecology and how this weaves into your  mahi. Refresh and revitalise your well spring so you can draw deeply from it and sustain yourself as the year unfolds.

Much of the day will be spent out in nature either on our farm or in the nearby forest. 

Saturday March 6 2021 at Te Ao o te Pukeko in rural Carterton Wairarapa. 10am – 4.00pm. $50 per person. Numbers are limited. Use the form below if you wish to know more. 


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