Retreats

Come away from the bustle of life… to a safe place to … rest, play, grow.

Trinity as FOO retreat

We all get a bit weary on this journey called LIFE and need to stop and rest in an oasis. I regularly put on spirituality retreats that are aimed at refreshing your soul and in the process your mind and body too. 

Upcoming Retreats:

One Wild and Precious Life: Rest, Play, Grow!

Auckland – Dates: August 23-25, 2024

Location: St Francis Retreat Centre, Hillsborough, Auckland

The theme of this retreat is Rest Play Grow. Our sessions will be focused on the need for rest and play for resilience. Here are the session titles:

  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 to restore our souls.
  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 much ‘free time’ and on Saturday evening we will get a chance to ‘play’ together by watching classic movies or playing board games, dancing or any other ‘silliness’ that recalibrates our nervous systems with FUN.

Prices:   Option 1: Fully Residential: $555 (early bird before May 31st, 2024) Includes single room, shared bathroom facilities and all meals.

Option 2: Fully Residential $605 (Full price) Includes single room, shared bathroom facilities and all meals.

Option 3: Non-Residential Full Retreat (3 days): $300 early bird before May 31st. Includes meals and morning/afternoon teas.

Option 4: Non-residential Full Retreat (3 days): $350 Full price Includes meals and morning/afternoon teas.

Option 5: Non-Residential Saturday only (1 full day): $150 Early bird before May 31st includes lunch and morning and afternoon tea.

Option 6: Non-Residential Saturday only (1 full day): $175 Full price.  includes lunch and morning and afternoon tea.

Spaces are limited for the residential option to the first 15 attendees. Priority is given to those from overseas or not living in Auckland, NZ. It is on a first-come, first-served basis, with full payment made to secure your place.

Refund policy: if you need to cancel here are the cut off dates for refunds. Within One month of retreat start date: no refund (as the full payment has been processed by the venue). Within 2 months: partial refund of 50%. Within 3 months: Full refund minus admin costs of $80.00. If the retreat needs to be cancelled by the organizer for any reason, you will get a full refund.

For more details and a registration form please email therapy@ruthmcconnell.com

See what others have said about their experiences and see the title of previous retreats I have run.

“We have loved being together with you. The beautiful way you have shared your life with us today will continue to challenge us on many levels and draw us into richer relationships!” Counsellor: Auckland. 

“Thank you for sharing your wisdom, not only with your words but also with your life. In today’s world, that is not always easy to do – but you do it with kindness and consistency. That’s what makes you different – and its the reason you make a difference.”  Psychologist: Tauranga.

Previous Retreats

“Embracing a Transformed Life”. A one day retreat. at Vaughan Park, Long Bay, Auckland, May 2013.

“Creating Resilience in the Heart of a Leader: Seminar.” A forum for not for profit organisations by Wilberforce 21.Waiheke Island Resort, Waiheke, Auckland, May 2012

“Finding God in the Midst of Life’s Crises”. Keynote speaker. Church Leaders Day Conference. Laidlaw College, Henderson, New Zealand. May 2011.

“Becoming Transformational Leaders”. Seminar for Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Auckland, May 2011.

If you are interested in a particular topic please email me. Otherwise, look out for upcoming retreats on the EVENTS page

Upcoming Retreats

Rest Play Grow – weekend retreat in Sydney, Australia.

Save the date: Sept 20-22,  2024.

Watch this space for more details.

If you are interested, please email to be placed on the mailing list: therapy@ruthmcconnell.com