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Summer Retreat 2020: FAQs

Hey purpose people!

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 Festival will be Enspiral's 15th retreat. As a visionary, global network, retreats are the time when we come together for some quality face-to-face connection. They have become an important part of our ongoing collaboration - the network's heartbeat, as they have been called - as a rhythm that supports us to align and express our collective intelligence. Retreats give us a chance to contemplate, to envision forwards and reflect back...

... and celebrate! They are also about having fun, taking time out, catching up over shared meals, and enjoying each other's company. There will be structure and emergence, flexibility and intentional facilitation of creative and brave spaces. If you're keen to get down to work with people, go for it. If you want to sit with deeper questions of the heart or society, please do.

If you want to play all weekend, you are more than welcome. Make the experience whatever you need it to be to nourish yourself and others around you.

When do we start?

Please arrive by 10am, so we can get you registered and settled in your accommodation in time for our opening circle at 11am, Thursday 6th of February 2019. We'll finish before lunch on Sunday 9th.

How to get there

See the frontpage 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. Update: A better bus/ itinerary would likely be taking the 91 "Airport flyer" to the end of the line (Queensgate), and then taking the 170 from there. The 91 timetable can be found here, 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!

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!)

Can I bring my kids? Family-friendly!

Children and families are welcome at the Retreat! Kids under 3 can come for free.
Older kids will have to pay for accommodation, but please contact us at to discuss details.

The current plan is to have two dedicated child minders who take shifts looking after children during the morning and afternoon sessions (no child care for mealtimes or evenings at this point). In addition to this, we suggest each parent take on one slot to support the child minders, as well as a pre-rostered volunteer (adult) event participant.
The activities for the children is going to be a range between indoor and outdoor activities (eg, painting, play dough, forest walks etc). The main daytime area for the children will be the lounge area of the two lodges in which families will be located.

For the two child minders: We're looking for two child minders to look after a small group of toddlers and children at the event. You would be committing to 3-4 morning or afternoon slots during which you'd be looking after the children, alongside one parent and another event volunteer. You'd be looking after children approx 30% of the time and participating fully for the rest of the time. No child minding will take place during mealtimes and evenings (prime mingling and hangout times).

Call for volunteers: If diversity and inclusion is your jam, here's an opportunity for you. We're looking for participants to commit to joining the childminding crew for one morning or afternoon session. This would greatly enable the participation of the parents and hugely appreciated. (Snacks provided :)

What else is on? Satellite events!

While our main invitation is to 4 days and 3 nights of awesomeness 6-9th Feb, there are a couple of other "satellite events" in the weeks before and after the retreat. We'll keep the front page updated as events are confirmed.

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, pillowslip and either blankets or sleeping bag.

If you have a BYO Accommodation ticket, you'll need to bring your own tent and bedding. If you can't stay in a tent, contact us to ask about off-site accommodation in the area. We have a limited supply of these discounted tickets.

Contact if you have any preferences about who you bunk with, or with any needs beyond the default.

What should I bring?

  • Pillows are provided but please bring your own bedding (pillowcase, sheets, sleeping bag or blanket) and towels.
  • Bringing a diary or notebook is a really good idea. There will be lots of ideas and new people to track.
  • 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.
  • Torch! It will be dark at night to walk from common spaces to your room.
  • Walking shoes, or anything you might want to enjoy the surroundings.
  • We'll provide morning and afternoon tea, but bringing some extra snacks could be a good idea.
  • Bring fun stuff to share like musical instruments and games.

Wi-Fi and Reception

Wi-fi is not available, except in dire cases (you can contact myself, john, if need be).


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 amazing healthy and delicious mostly-organic & local meals cooked daily with love and care by Doris (even homemade bread!).

We’ll do our best to ensure special diets are taken into account (including vegan, allergies, etc). Make sure you let us know your dietary requirements when you register.

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.
These people are:

Lucia Die Gil
Doris Zuur
john gieryn
Melina Chan
Gina Rembe

I have questions not answered here!

Email our crew's participant liaison, Lucia Die Gil, at

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