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Touching the Earth

19-25th June Solstice Retreat

Wangapeka Study & Retreat Centre


All the mytho-poets say the same thing - we must leave the village, enter the forest and return with the gift.


Touching the Earth is a guided journey inspired by the work of Bill Plotkin and Joanna Macy. It is a nature-based journey of soul; a retreat to embody your true belonging, confidence, resilience and creativity. It will lead you closer to the conversation of the living earth.


We will explore together through Open Floor movement inquiries, non-dual meditations, guided nature reflections and dreamwork. We will aspire to bring together our bodies, hearts and minds with instincts for wisdom in service to the Great Turning away from an Industrial Growth society towards a Life Sustaining one.


Jaime Howell

MEd Transformative Education, 

Wilderness Rites of Passage guide and Open Floor meditation teacher.


Rene Aish  

A father to three boys, counsellor, and Soulcentric Nature Based Underworld Guide in training with Animas Valley Institute.


Juliette McConachy 

Somatic movement therapist with a love for tantric insight, ecopsychology, movement and imagination.



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Jaime Howell

Jaime is a trained Wilderness Rites of Passage guide, Work That Reconnects facilitator and experienced teacher of Open Floor movement practice. He is the founder of the Centre for the Great Turning. Inspired by Joanna Macy, Bill Plotkin, Tarchin Hearn and many more. Jaime is a humble life apprentice to offering Inepi (Sweat Lodge) and is growing into the guiding role of offering Vision Quests with the flavour of natural awakening as taught and demonstrated by Tarchin Hearn. These powerful initiations can help humans remember their innate sense of belonging to the natural world. Jaime has a Masters in Education, a mean blues guitar and a passion for songwriting


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Juliana Griese

I  have been exploring and sharing progressively since 2007, contemplative practices/meditation moved by a passion in the area of ecology and community care. I  worked for more than 15 years in Brazil with NGOs, the environmental movement and research projects focused on wild animal ecology. I am beginning to explore more deeply and delivering The Work that Reconnects for communities and in retreats. I am a NVC passionate and do my best to put it into practice. I am an enthusiastic supporter of community building. Me and  Jaime are a couple in awakening, singing, meditating and building a home together. We have the deepest aspiration to support each other in our growth and  collaborate in the Great Turning.

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