Helping those affected by traumatic events
The Monastery is a wellness retreat in the Waikato. Since May 2011 we have been providing free five-day stays to people who have been directly affected by the Christchurch earthquakes. Since that time we have had more than 500 people stay - and our guests say it has helped transform their lives.
Helping people re-build their lives
International research shows stress from major events can take several years to materialise. Leading clinical psychologist Dr Rob Gordon says people that have experienced trauma need to take "time out"; to stop and pause.
The Monastery enables guests to focus on their own wellbeing by providing a space to rejuvenate and time for reflection. Each week is structured around healthy foundations of nutritious food, counselling, therapeutic activities and restful sleep.
We are taking applications until 30 June 2014
We need your help
We are taking applications until 30 June 2014 but to continue past this point we need additional funding.