Over the last weekend of June we had a great meditation retreat weekend at the Aio Wira Retreat Centre in the Waitakeres. 16 people came for an overnight stay which included yoga and meditation, several hikes along the Te Henga coastal trail at Bethells Beach, ocean swims, glow worm walks in the night forest, vegetarian food cooking, challenging games, and lots of fun.

We were fairly tired after lots of physical stuff – a hike around a forest encircled lake, races up the famously steep Bethell’s sand dunes, night hikes to meditate under a sky blazing with stars, a game of frisbee golf on the new Long Road course in the Waitakere Ranges.


Everyone loved it and wanted to stay longer and repeat the experience soon. Another retreat is planned in September.