Opening our hearts to Christchurch
Since May 2011, The Monastery has been providing free five-night wellness retreats to people who have been directly affected by the Christchurch earthquakes. In that time we have had more than 500 people stay.
Dealing with on-going stress and anxiety
International research shows stress from major events can take several years to materialise. For many Christchurch people the cracks are starting to show now, says leading clinical psychologist Dr Rob Gordon.
Dr Gordon's main advice is for people to take time to stop and pause.
Helping people re-build their lives
The Monastery enables guests from Christchurch 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.
In order to continue beyond this point, we need your help
We have been overwhelmed with applications from people - but unless we receive additional funding, we will not be able to offer free retreats to Cantabrians in 2014.
If we are successful in finding people and organisations willing to help, we will be able to open applications for more Christchurch guests soon.
- Download a fact sheet about The Monastery
- Download 'Capacity to Pause', a document that outlines The Monastery model and its benefits (includes references)