July – August events 2024 – Matariki – Happy Maori New Year deals


Kia ora Friends and Colleagues,

The winter solstice is a special time of year in Aotearoa as we come together to celebrate Matariki Māori New Year. In the night sky the Seven Stars of Matariki (Pleiades) reappear signalling a time for reflection, renewal, and new beginnings. May you experience renewed hope and peace in your work as you reflect on the past year, celebrate the present, and plan for the year ahead. To help you plan ahead and create space for reflection and reinvigoration in your work, read on to learn about the many offerings coming up over the next few months.

As part of running the One Wild and Precious Life course and retreats (https://ruthmcconnell.com/product/one-wild-and-precious-life-12-week-online-course/) I need to ‘practice what I preach’. So I try to regularly have an Artist Date with my inner artist child. Here is a painting of Matariki stars, which I did at a recent Paint and Sip event with my youngest daughter. The most important thing about true play is that it is activated rest with no outcomes attached (Dr Gordon Neufeld, 2023) which is why it’s ok to look so amateurish, as it’s the joy of the process that counts.


Deadlines coming up soon: 

July 1st, 2024
Applying Attachment Theory to Clinical Practice

There are still a few spaces on my next online presentation with Grow: https://www.grow.co.nz/applying-attachment-theory-to-clinical-practice/

I negotiated with Grow a special 25% discount exclusively for my newsletter readers. Click here to take advantage of it:

If you need any persuasion, here is a very encouraging endorsement from a recent participant of my last presentation:

I recently attended one of Ruth’s workshops and highly recommend her training. Ruth has a wealth of in-depth knowledge to share. Her workshop covered a wide range of topics related to the impact of attachment on the development of human beings, the power of therapeutic attachment, and how to best support clients in healing from their trauma and moving through the process of maturation to become whole, integrated people.  She presents in a way that is engaging and informative, without being so dense that it is overwhelming.

One Wild and Precious Life – Online course starting July 24th, 2024

Are you are needing some time for self-care, reflection and creative renewal? Good news: there are a few spaces left on the next One Wild and Precious Life 12-week online course! If you are feeling burnout, experiencing compassion fatigue, or some unrest, you may benefit from this course. It is all about creative and spiritual recovery, with tools and exercises (Daily Pages & Artist Dates) that focus on reducing internal blocks, healing the inner critic, releasing emergent energy by engaging your creative inner child. To read more and register click on this link: https://ruthmcconnell.com/product/one-wild-and-precious-life-12-week-online-course/

I am offering these spaces at a 25% off discounted rate – registration closes July 12th so get in quick: email admin@ruthmcconnell.com

The Power of Connection: Attachment-Informed approaches to working with depression 
August 19, 2024, online via zoom

To find out more click here:

A special 25% discount exclusively for my newsletter readers ($320 standard price reduced to $240.00 inc. GST).

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Early bird ends July 28th, 2024 


If you can’t commit to the One Wild and Precious Life 12-week online course, then you might find that a weekend retreat is just right for you.

The theme of the retreat is Rest Play Grow. In our busy lives we are in great need of rest and play for resilience. As a continuation of the themes explored in the One Wild and Precious Life course, the retreat content for reflection and growth includes:

  1. Rest in Right Relationships: Recovering a sense of Connection (reflections on attachment theory for richer relationships).
  2. Play as activated rest: the neuroscience behind play and creativity. Introducing Neurographic exercises and other creative outlets for your own self-care and in your counselling/clinical practice.
  3. Circle of Trust: engaging in a Courage and Renewal exercise with a poem and a creative exercise to reflect on our lives and emerging areas of growth.
  4. Interconnectedness and Awe: the new science of awe and the healing benefits of nature.

During the retreat there will be ‘free time’ for creativity and a chance to ‘play’ together (watching classic movies, playing board games, dancing or any other ‘silliness’ that recalibrates our nervous systems with FUN).

Auckland Retreat – August 23-25, 2024
Location: St Francis Retreat Centre, Hillsborough, Auckland

The Auckland retreat is hosted at St Francis retreat centre located near Pah Homestead where there is a gorgeous collection of art, as well as a sumptuous cafe. The grounds of St Francis are an oasis of calm and lush beauty in the busy centre of Auckland, so it will feel like a real escape, despite being easy to access!

Click here for more details:  Retreats – Ruth McConnell
To register please email admin@ruthmcconnell.com



Retreat in Sydney Australia – Sept 20-22, 2024
Location: St Joseph’s Spirituality and Education centre, Kincumber South NSWSt Joseph’s Spirituality and Education Centre is located at Kincumber South, in a natural bushland setting, in a quiet corner of the beautiful Central Coast of NSW. The spacious grounds at Kincumber South on Mary MacKillop Peninsula, creating an atmosphere of tranquility and peace that enhances the spiritual and reflective nature of the Centre. It is located on the Central Coast at Kincumber South, about 25 minutes drive from Gosford, and an easy drive from Newcastle and Sydney areas.Click here to find out more: Retreats – Ruth McConnell
To enquire please email admin@ruthmcconnell.com


In this darkest season of the year when we celebrate Matariki, with its emphasis on rebirth and renewal, I leave you with this inspiring poem from the wonderful Michael Leunig:




25 Jun 2024


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