Autumn Mindfulness Retreat with Stephen Archer


Start:  Thursday 29th April (6pm)

End: Thursday 6th May (3pm)

Location: Te Moata Retreat Centre, 180 Paul Road, Tairua 3591 (View Map)


Autumn Mindfulness Retreat (7 Nights)

Mindfulness is an orientation to life though feeling-awareness of our natural state, moment by moment. It is developed through simple meditation practices which involve stilling the restless mind, relaxing the body and softening into the feeling of being. Mindfulness invites us to deepen self-awareness and liberate our attention to be more fully and joyfully in the present moment. The process of mindful awareness makes use of the inherent ability of our mind and body to re-balance and sustain well-being, and discover positive new insights and responses to the challenges of life.

This silent retreat will consist of group sessions along with free time for retreatants to move with their own rhythm. Daily sessions include instruction in the practice of mindfulness, sitting and walking mindfulness meditations and an enquiry period. This retreat is suitable for people who are new to the practice as well as those with previous experience of mindfulness

Please note due to the popularity of Stephen’s retreats this is now a 7 night event. 

Fee: $600 (plus donation/dana to the teachers)  The registration fee covers food and accommodation for the retreat. The Teacher’s fee is not set and consists entirely of your Dana.  As there is no Eftpos at Te Moata, Dana payments at the end of retreats need to be by cheque or cash, or made online. Registration is refundable/transferable (less $20 admin fee) up to 2 weeks before the retreat.  

Dana (meaning generosity) invites each individual to develop their own capacity to be generous according to their means. We invite you to also contribute Dana for Te Moata’s ongoing costs. Dana contributions can be given at the end of the retreat.

Accommodation – Rooms are mainly curtained cubicles with shared bathrooms. To secure a single room you need to register early and pay the full fee.  Bedding can be hired for $15.00.

Meals – The kitchen team, led by Te Moata’s French chef will provide delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals. Please indicate on the registration form if you have any food allergies or special dietary needs. If your needs are complex please ring and discuss them with us. There is a $10 per day surcharge to cater for special diets.

*Please note: Single Accommodation, Bedding and Special Diet Surcharges are payable directly to Te Moata so please bring cash or pre pay online for this.You can also pay online after the retreat.

Registrations open 1st February 2021

To book, please go here

For further information please contact Lorraine  


Stephen Archer

Stephen Archer is a mindfulness educator, presenter, principle of Mindfulness Training and lead trainer and supervisor for Mindfulness Works for Organisations, the largest network of Mindfulness Facilitators in Australia and New Zealand. He is passionate about helping people to learn mindfulness and discover its benefit. Stephen is an engaging speaker and trainer providing practical and original perspectives on practicing mindfulness in the digital age.

He has been involved with mindfulness for over 35 years and began practicing while he was finishing a degree in Eastern studies in the UK. At the age of 23 Stephen was formally trained in mindfulness as an ordained Buddhist monk in the Thai forest tradition. His training included working closely with different teachers and a completing a number of long solitary retreats to strengthen his practice. Thirteen years later he emerged from the monk-hood with the intention to offer his skills and learnings to the general public.

During the last 20 years Stephen has run workplace mindfulness trainings for organisations including Westpac, Kiwibank and Air New Zealand, delivered courses in healthcare and prisons, and assisted the Mental Health Foundation of NZ to develop their approach to mindfulness. He has worked at the Leadership Development Centre in Wellington running year-long mindful leadership programmes, and is also a trustee of Te Moata where he has led over forty public 7 day residential mindfulness intensives since 1996.



Autumn Falk

Autumn is a Medical Herbalist, Naturopath and Shiatsu Practitioner, based in Tauranga.

Autumn’s strengths in her private sessions include combining herbal remedies with body work. She is inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which plays a major role in Shiatsu and influences her approach to natural health. With her compassion and playfulness, she naturally guides her clients to improve their health and wellbeing.
Meditation has also played an important role in Autumn’s life and the principles of meditation as a sanctuary for wellness and self love have become a part of her nature in working with her clients.

Autumn has been practicing the Japanese art of Shiatsu for 12 years, has been teaching short courses since 2015 and has just launched her Shiatsu Bodywork Academy in 2020 to include a 1 year certificate course and a 3 year diploma in Shiatsu Therapy.

1-hour SHIATSU (Japanese Bodywork) session with Autumn for $80 (cash or by her EFTPOS)

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