Retreat 2016

Welcome & Kia ora
Hold the dates....the retreat is coming February 25th-28th 2016.!!!
The retreat will be an opportunity for everyone interested or involved in unschooling to share their journey, ask questions, find inspiration, learn new skills, connect with others and enjoy living in an
unschooling community. This is a family centred retreat - anyone you consider part of your whanau is welcome.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Activities at the retreat

We have found being unchoolers, natural learners, life learners( and potential ones,) most people don't want too much organisation.

If however you would like to offer an activity we would be very pleased to have you!
                                      Anyone want to be around for flag painting on the first day??
        Run a morning  yoga session?
Retreat kids choir?                                        Flax weaving?
                          Any other activities?

*****Of course for the younger kids especially they make their own fun and play the most amazing games without any adult suggestions.

For the older children/ teenagers there has been much discussion around things they would enjoy and that would encourage them to attend the retreat.
We have so far come up with paint ball
                                                        Wind warriors
                                                                    Movie night
                                                                                 Board games
If you or your teenager has any other suggestions, please let me know!  :)

Evening meal plan

The plan for evening meals is to all provide the basics and then a small team of people put it together.  This means you only have to prepare one meal (hopefully) and means meal times aren't crazy busy in the kitchen...

Thursday night - baked potatoes and toppings (bring scrubbed spuds and a topping/salad)
    ******* those doing the meal cook the spuds and heat up/chop up/ put out toppings

Friday night  -  Tortillas -
(bring wraps, beans or tomatoes to add to the refried beans then some cheese or  sour cream or salad bits)      ********those doing the meal add to the beans,(basic mix will be made) chop and grate things, heat up wraps and serve/lay out  

Saturday night  - Pot luck salads/breads  & pudding   
(bring salad/ breads/other easy finger type food and pudding)
*********those helping heat, slice, lay out etc....

Sunday night   -  Pasta night  
(Bring your families favourite sauce, some cheese and some pasta to cook en masse - salad too :)  )
*******those helping cook huge pots of pasta and heat, grate and lay out everything

Monday - leftovers  and rice      
(rice will be provided, so just put an extra little something just in case there are no leftovers!!)
**********helpers will need to cook rice and be expert fridge cleaner-outer-ers!!And creative....    

We still need some vounteers to help organise these meals so please contact me if you can help - especially if you have a partner there, or older children. ( )

Remember there will be smoothies and dried fruit/nuts   to buy.
*** We are very close to shops as well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Friday, 11 January 2013

Less than 6 weeks until the Retreat!

Kia Ora and Happy New Year,

Less than 6 weeks to go until our retreat.  Registrations are rolling in and I am sure it will be a wonderful  time together!

Latest little updates-


Smoothies will be available to buy, twice a day, freshly made.

Small bags of dried fruit, nuts and scroggin type mixes will be available to buy

Pancakes will be available for Sunday breakfast (a very popular treat last year!)

Breakfast and lunch will be self catering

Dinner will be shared - more details on the food blog and in later blogs!
(Please let me know if you are available to help co-ordinate any evening meals - 4 or 5 people in the kitchen is a more pleasant experience than 20 or 30!)

The Programme

As unschoolers, and potential unschoolers there was a natural flow to last years retreat than worked best being mostly unscheduled.

There will be some scheduled activities for  the little kids, the big kids, the adults and for everyone.

Most popular and top of the list -

****Market place - kids, adults, homemade....get creative and remember to bring lots of small change to spend.  Last year we had hand made shields, tools, candles, jewellery, felting, massage, cups of tea, snacks.....

****Women's and men's circles (separate) - this was a time to share, ask questions, listen and just hang out.
          Everyone found these sessions very valuable - maybe we can squeeze in more than one each...?

**** Concert

****Fancy dress dinner/party

Ideas for this year are still underway I will be blogging as things are finalised.
If there is something you would like to run or be involved in please let me know.

Watch this space and please remember to pass this on and sign up for updates if you haven't already.