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.

Friday, 23 January 2015


Ok.  So the retreat is less than a month off.  Here's an update on what's happening so far:



Karen Fyles has organised a sailing experience for those interested.  Children 8+ will get a sailing lesson & a chance to sail.  Younger children can be taken for a cruise by older, more experienced children.  The $100 cost of sailing will be divided up among the participants.  In other words, the more children who get involved, the smaller the cost per child.

If interested, please contact Karen to give her an idea of numbers:  Participants are asked to bring their own life jackets and wet suits (some will be available at the retreat).



Sam and Paula-Lee of NZ Bow Sports will be offering games of Archery Tag on the Friday, 2o February.  Cost will be a koha.  Check out their website for details: Participants are asked to fill out a waiver before playing (found on the website).



Other activities on offer are:
- opening and closing circles, women's and men's circles
- morning yoga (anyone keen to lead?)
- felting (offered by the lovely Franziska)
- 1 word:  WEREWOLF
- Friday evening parade & concert (bring your favourite dress-ups, instruments, singing voices & stories)
- Saturday market (set up a "stall" and sell your wares!)



Thanks to Alice, we have use of the big marquee again this year.  2 years ago it proved to be a valuable outdoor space (just ask the teenagers who slept under it the last night of the retreat).  The owner of the marquee is asking for a $100 koha, so if you can, please bring a few extra dollars to go towards this good cause.



Here's the breakdown so far of who's coming to the retreat:
- 28 families/111 people
- 6 children <2 years of age
- 18 children 3-5yrs
- 20 children 6-9yrs
- 7 children 10-12yrs
- 6 children/young adults 13-15yrs
- 6 young adults 16+ yrs
- there are 19 bunks still available



If each family could bring 2-3 rolls of toilet paper, the organisers won't have to buy it and bring it (we don't have room in our cars anyway).  : )



Please bring your own breakfasts and lunches.  We will have shared dinners - please bring ingredients for each of the dinners and help out with one meal.  There will be a roster for meal sign ups in the kitchen.  We'll use the menu that's worked for previous retreats (unless someone's got a BETTER idea).  NOTE - no need to bring ALL of the following ingredients...just bring those ingredients that your family would normally eat.

Wednesday night - WRAPS
- bring tortillas, beans, tomatoes, cheese, veggies, sour cream, etc...

- bring spuds/kumara and any toppings you like (cheese, beans, veggies, butter, sour cream...)

Friday night - PASTA
- bring pasta, sauces/tomatoes + herbs, veggies, cheese...

Saturday night - SALADS + BREADS + DESSERTS
- bring a salad, bread and a dessert

Also...herbs, spices, oils and butter are always appreciated.  : )

Fresh brewed coffees will be available for purchase, along with smoothies, ice blocks and Saturday morning pancakes.



Alice has offered to bring extra organic raw milk for those who would like to purchase some for use during the retreat.  Cost is $1.50 per litre.  Please contact Alice directly:



If you haven't done so already, please deposit your registration fees into account 12-3135-0119387-00.


Please contact Danielle with any questions: or 021 044 9411.  See you next month!


  1. KNITTING/CROCHET/HAND-SEWING CIRCLE! Always wanted to learn how to knit, crochet, hand-sew and/or never have 5 minutes peace to work on your own projects? We will be having a crafting circle at the retreat so come along and share ideas, help or learn how. Who's keen??

  2. Henry is happy to run a few workshops on paracord bracelet making. Six in a work shop. $4.50 per bracelet. Let us who is keen. Any age.