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It’s about you...


ARATIKA means choosing the right path for you to follow.

We are here to support you over this 5-day retreat to find your own right path

to greater health and wellbeing.

Our hope is that you will benefit in many real and tangible ways

from the time we spend together.

To ensure a personalised, intimate and safe group experience we limit attendee numbers to 24 including support people that may attend with you.
Our team includes two or more facilitators, our kaumatua, support people and additional trustees who function as support staff. The Tauhara Centre have their own team of staff (and WWOOF’s too) that look after the facilities and cook our delicious, wholesome plant-based meals.  We work together to ensure the food available is healthy and fresh.

Transport to Tauhara Retreat and Conference Center in Acacia Bay, Lake Taupo

If driving we suggest looking on Googlemaps before you leave to locate the venue.

PH: 07 378 7507


If booking flights we recommend flying into Taupo Airport. This is about 20 mins from the Tauhara Retreat. You can book a shuttle with Taupo Taxi Service.

Other airports one hour or more drive time away are:

Rotorua Airport - 1 hr away

Hamilton Airport -  2 hrs away

These will require additional transport e.g Rental Car


Some people choose to arrive the night before the retreat starts. You can arrange your own accommodation or we can book you in for an extra night at the Tauhara Centre - Please contact us directly around this.


Our hardworking volunteer team, here to support 


Beds are made up with sheets, duvets, pillowcases and towels. All rooms have heaters, however, if you feel the cold please bring an extra blanket or hot water bottle!

Delicious plant-based/vegetarian meals will be prepared using organically grown food where possible. Fresh raw juices will be offered daily. The food will be refined sugar-free.
Please let us know if you have special dietary requirements such as gluten-free, dairy-free or particular food allergies.

Brief Daily Schedule

The day is broken into 4 sessions (approximately 1.5 hrs or less) with an extended 2 Hr lunch break. You are invited to start the day with us at:

07:15am - Warm lemon juice, followed by light stretches & meditation.

08:30am - Breakfast

09:30am - Session One

11:00am - Morning tea

11:30am - Session Two

01:00pm - Lunch

followed by an afternoon break of a few of hours to rest, relax, book a massage, or enjoy some optional exercise.

03:00pm - Session Three

04:15pm - Afternoon Tea

04:45pm - Session Four

06:00pm - Meditation

06:30pm - Dinner

07:30pm - Evening session

You will receive a detailed booklet and overview on arrival.

We appreciate commencing each session on time. Thank you for your cooperation around this.

It can be cold in the morning and evenings; we have a list of suggested items to bring to make your stay as comfortable as possible.



We suggest

  • Loose comfortable clothing

  • Socks or slippers for the meeting room

  • Raincoat/jacket and umbrella

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Warm tops for evenings

  • A warm hat if you feel the cold, possibly a sunhat!

  • Yoga mat or towel if you have one

  • A meditation stool if you have one

  • Water bottle

  • Blanket or wrap to be cosy in the meeting room or in the lounge areas.

  • A cushion for your chair if required

  • A torch

  • Your own pillow if preferred

Medical Assistance

Please be aware there is no medical facility on site, or GP close by.

Taupo Hospital is a 20min drive away and Rotorua a further hour.

It is important whoever your chosen emergency contact is available to attend and support you if necessary at short notice.

A trust member will be on duty at all times and an ambulance is only a phone call away.



If you have medication that requires being refrigerated, there are fridges in some cottages and a fridge in the dining area you can use.


People having chemotherapy, those with allergies or chemical sensitivities can become very sick from perfume and aftershave so we request that you do not use these products while on the retreat.


Retreat Atmosphere

Tauhara is smoke & alcohol-free at all times.


Mobile Phones

The retreat is an opportunity to lesson social media contact. Please be mindful of other participant’s enjoyment of the retreat by making ph calls out of earshot of others.

It’s about you...

We recommend that you minimise outside contact and ask your friends and relatives to allow you the space and time to focus on yourself.


Unless there are exceptional circumstances, we find it better for everyone if visitors do not visit during your retreat. If you feel that there is a particular need for a visitor, please speak with Trust member.


Library Books

We will be bringing our specialised library books that you are welcome to loan to read.

Extra Cash Expenses

 Oncology & Reiki Massage therapists will be available. The Trust subsidizes these sessions. They are available at a reduced cost – You can book on arrival.

  • We have a few sundry items for sale: Books, Flaxseed Oil, Vitamin C, & Honey. Please bring cash for these purchases or we can arrange internet banking.

Subsidies may be available depending on funding available to us. Please reach out to us if a subsidy would make the difference for you to be able to attend.
Contact Claire Gower-James,
our hard working superhero,
to have a chat. 
Happy to answer any further questions.

Contact details you may wish to share with family

Aratika Trust 022 429 5063

answered 24 hours a day during the retreat


Tauhara Centre  

07 378 7507

Feel free to share these details with

family and friends.