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Touching the Earth
Solstice 2024 

Touching The Earth Retreat 
16th-23rd June 2024
At the Beautiful Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre


Touching the Earth is a guided journey into human wholeness. A home grown weaving of work inspired by Bill Plotkin, Joanna Macy, Open Floor Movement and the Rites of Passage Foundation. This is a nature-based retreat to support the journey of Soul Initiation. It will provide inspiration and encouragement to find the unique offering that is yours to make, a retreat to find, feel and fuel our belonging, confidence, resilience and creativity. 


We will explore together through; Open Floor movement inquiries; yoga; non-dual meditations; guided nature reflections; group singing and dreamwork. There will be the option of a solo wilderness time. There will be three guides contributing their skills and experiences to this retreat. An opportunity to bring together the arts of being fully human as a community, together.... honing the instinct for wisdom in service to the Great Turning toward a life enhancing society.




Non Wangapeka Member $710 + Dana/Koha

Member $650 + Dana/Koha


These costs are what the Wangapeka charges for 7 days of accomodation in a hut or a private room unless stated otherwise; it includes 3 deliciously nourishing meals each day, cooks fee, all resources and access to three experienced guides. 

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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. He is a humble apprentice to living in wholeness. Jaime brings together the awakening arts of meditation, movement, song, mythopoetry, sweat lodge and vision quest. These powerful initiations can help humans remember their innate sense of belonging to the natural world. Jaime has a Masters in Education, a legitimate blues guitar and a passion for singing songwriting about the path of Soul Initiation in service to the Great Turning.


Juliette McConachy 

Juliette has spent the past decade (plus) in professional training along side world class yoga teachers, travelled the world to sit at the feet of her spiritual guides, clocked many hours in meditation halls and the shifting terrains of her yoga practice.  Compelled by the pursuit of health, belonging and liberation, Juliette dove heart first into trainings in Psychosomatic Therapy, Birth work, Yoni Mapping Therapy and Somatic Movement Therapy. Juliette launched Awakening Arts in January 2019 as a home for seekers of truth-centric community and embodied liberation. She is the founder and director of Rooms for Courage, center for courageous living in Mōhua, Aotearoa (NZ)

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