queenstown retreats

Queenstown Wellness Retreat Recap - June 18th

One day of bliss and escape: 10 women retreated to the stunning Taramea Passive House in Dalefield for our one-day locals Wellness Retreat on Saturday. From Gore, to Christchurch to Queenstown locals, the day was full of inspiring women dedicated to helping themselves live happier, healthier lives. 

Yoga/Pilates Fusion class

We started with some warm cups of chai or green tea (infused with lemon & ginger) then settled in for an hour long Pilates/yoga fusion class. With all levels of experience from regular yogis to first-timers, the class was a pleasure to teach, and I was so inspired with how hard each guest worked. Especially during the side planks!

Morning tea

Rich caramel, baby soft coconut cream and sumptuous chia mix; incredible chia puddings by Bespoke Kitchen, Queenstown. They were a huge hit with the guests!

Nutrition Workshop

From the cabbage diet to the blood type diet; most of our guests had tried a trendy diet before. This led us into the workshop where we debunked common myths around eating, food and nutrition, and I gave everyone tips on how to avoid the winter blues this winter.


Salads and mouth-watering soup made for a light, delicious lunch, thanks again to Bespoke Kitchen. One guest even mentioned the salads inspired her to make her lunch for work instead of buying salads. Perfect!

Goal Setting

I was so inspired by how engaged each guest was while creating goals and acknowledging the common obstacles around achieving change. The biggest was 'not enough time' - you'll have to attend one of our retreats to learn how to overcome that common obstacle!

Outdoor Breathing & Meditation

Breathtaking views of Coronet peak and rolling hills made for the perfect outlook for our deep breathing. After fully relaxing through deep breaths in the very mild winter temperatures, we headed back inside to the yoga mats for meditation. I was moved beyond words as I watched each guest sink into their calm. Most meditation classes I teach, at least one guest opens their eyes, shuffles around or loses concentration. This retreat though; everyone made the most of this rare chance to fully relax and retreat from the stress of everyday life. Afterwards, everyone told me they enjoyed the meditation and found it really easy to relax. Brilliant!

Organic Wine Tasting with Aurum (& optional massage)

The charismatic Lucie shared her experience as a wine maker for local organic winery Aurum during the wine tasting. As the women relaxed with cheese and wine, three of the guests made their way upstairs for their massages. Once they'd finished, Lucie started the tasting again just for them, but rather than run off home, all the other guests stayed and chatted at the venue. I was so thrilled watching as the guests got to know each other, all different ages and coming from a number of different home towns.

Once the last guest had made her way to her car to drive home, I couldn't help but smile as I remembered the happy hugs each guest had given me on their way out. These women had truly inspired me; their commitment to living their best lives, and looking after their bodies and minds created a palpable energy throughout the day, and everyone was smiling as they headed home.

If you wish to attend a day of bliss like this one, request a customised retreat for you and your friends, or just want to get in touch, contact me below. I'd love to hear from you. 

Thank you to our massage therapist Pao, and to the brands who supported this wonderful day: Kiwiherb, Sid & Jac, Goodbuzz Brewing (kombucha) Climate House NZ and Vudu Larder. 

What to do in Queenstown March 2016

Come to our retreat! The holidays are over and you've settled back into work, life and general busy-ness. You're tired, stressed and worn out and you need a fun day of luxury relaxation to rejuvenate you for autumn!

Our next retreat is an inspiring day of yoga, Pilates, nutrition, relaxation and meditation designed for people of all experience levels to live a happier, healthier life. Whether you're a hardcore health nut or just after a fun activity for the day, this special one-day retreat is for you.



Get moving with low impact exercise to strengthen your spine, balance and learn how to prevent back pain


Learn the biggest nutrition myths about weight management, and what you can do to better manage your weight




Learn why it works and how it can help you manage your weight


Dive into luxury at Nugget Point Boutique Hotel. Enjoy the spa, sauna, steam room, cold pool and relaxing lounges

PLUS! Special gifts from The Skin Kitchen NZ, Ashley & Co & more.

Managing your weight shouldn't be about feeling bad

So many of us need a chance to relax, take a minute, and look after ourselves. Unfortunately though, we're often too busy to think about ourselves, and end up stressed, tired and grumpy.

Thinking about weight loss becomes about punishment, avoidance and self loathing and you get fed up of thinking about it all. It doesn't have to be this way.

This inspiring day will give you the tools to understand the main issues that make managing your weight difficult.

From stress to anxiety, habits and confusion around nutrition and food, this day will help give you the tools to make lasting changes, and help you achieve your weight management goals.

The perfect day out with friends, or a solo activity to get away from everyday life, this event is for everyone!