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Summer Retreat 2022: FAQs

In this post, find some basic logistical information and FAQs to help you arrive ready to make the most of our time together.

* Why gather now?

This Summer Fest will be Enspiral NZ’s 18th retreat. As the heartbeat for ongoing collaboration for our visionary change makers and the global network, we are delighted to welcome you all together to bring forth our collective and creative forces to contemplate, heal, create, and innovate……

...and kick back and unwind. 

Make the experience whatever you need it to be to nourish yourself and others around you. Interesting people and conversation, time for laughter and games embraced with the beauty of papatuanuku, nourishing home cooked meals, and anything else you would like to bring! 

Note: The event will not go forward if we do not sell 30 tickets by 13 February 2022. 

* When do we start?

Please arrive by 10am, so we can get you registered and settled in your accommodation for an 11am start on Thursday 17 March 2022. We'll finish before lunch on Sunday 20 March.

* How to get there

See the frontpage festival.enspiral.com for the map. 

Transport to the event is self-organised. We will have a discussion thread on the Loomio group to organise carpooling. And give you the best details we can. For now:

From Wellington Airport,

By public transport: Plan in advance, as the trip is around 2 hours and the final bus you’ll need (the 170) comes every 30-45 minutes in the morning; keep in mind it calls for walking about 10 minutes (twice, but only once if you’re coming from downtown). Here’s an example itinerary. Note: Finding the 2 bus from the airport is a bit tricky (10 min); you may want to connect with someone you know or with us to see about carpooling or getting picked up and here's an example partial itinerary of the second leg (Queensgate to Camp Wainui)

By car: Camp Wainui is about 45 minutes from Wellington Airport

By taxi: There is a New Zealand based car-sharing app called Zoomy. There are also taxi companies, including Green Taxi, to be found online.

* Who's invited? Be welcome to share this invitation!

The Enspiral Summer retreat is for Enspiral contributors and invited friends who wish to contribute and co-create, in a self-responsible and committed manner. 

You are welcome to invite others to attend the retreat. It’s always been a great way to introduce new people who want to get involved, or finally show your partner what the heck it’s all about. We only ask that those invited have a sincere interest in supporting ‘purpose’ and the efforts for social/environmental good of the communities, groups and individuals that may be in attendance – we hope you’ll support us in co-creating an event that is a vibrant expression of a generous culture of mutual care, aid, and freedom.

If you are bringing someone completely fresh, please be prepared to be their guide and point of contact. While we’re not exactly discouraging social media posts, we heartily encourage direct invitations (they’re so much nicer!)

Note: Until 30 January, we invite you to keep invitations to Enspiral Contributors and close-knit friends and whānau (you can ask if unsure).

* Can I bring my kids? Family-friendly!

Children and families are welcome at the Retreat! Kids under 6 can come for free.

Children/dependants are warmly welcome, under parents'/caregivers' responsibility at all times. We trust that the "village approach" will kick in spontaneously and we will help each other with looking after children. We have a modest budget put aside for some child care. However, this all depends on who shows up and what they offer, and the needs of the children. We can't pre-organise and pre-commit to firm childcare options. We think it is better not to overpromise. 

Responsibility to know where your children are at all times will remain with you as the parent.

* Where do I sleep?

The default accommodation will be in comfortable, rustic 4-bed bunk rooms. There’s plentiful access to showers and there are kitchenettes and lounges dispersed throughout the facilities and lodges. You will need to bring towels, a cover sheet, pillowcase and either blankets or sleeping bag.

You can bring your own tent and bedding, if that's your prefered way. It won't change the ticket price. 

Contact summer-fest@enspiral.com if you have any preferences about who you bunk with, or with any needs beyond the default.

* What should I bring?

  • Bringing a diary or notebook is a really good idea. There will be lots of ideas and new people to track.
  • Pillows are provided but please bring your own bedding (pillowcase, sheets, etc.) and towels.
  • If you’re staying in your own tent... the tent. ;)
  • Warm clothes for the evening, rain jacket and boots just in case... New Zealand weather can be quite unpredictable, cold and wet any time of the year.
  • Sunblock and a sun hat - New Zealand sun can be very strong.
  • Walking shoes, or anything you might want to enjoy the surroundings.
  • We'll provide morning and afternoon tea, but naturally you are welcome to bring your favourite snacks.
  • Bring fun stuff to share like musical instruments and games.

* Wi-Fi and Reception

Wi-fi is not available, except in dire cases. 

Cell reception is possible though potentially spotty or difficult. The venue says: 

Data - Vodafone has the best coverage over the whole camp , Spark can be fussy all depending which way the wind is blowing and where you are, 2 Degrees seems to be OK most of the time.

* What am I going to eat?

The ticket price includes full-time catering from "Home Cooking Plus", Enspiral member Doris Zuur's catering business, using seasonal local and organic ingredients as much as possible, plus love and care! The homemade bread is a treat!

Most dietary needs can be accommodated. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, specific allergies, etc. Please specify in details on the registration form. 

* Looking after each other

As a community Enspiral has always worked hard to make retreats a safe, inclusive space for everyone. Our personal conduct agreement provides a framework for a code of conduct for the event.

If you feel uncomfortable or would like to discuss an issue please contact one of Summer Retreat host team during the event.

They will be introduced over the coming weeks and months

I have questions not answered here!

Email our crew at summer-fest@enspiral.com

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