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Shambhala Sisters

Wild Out West

with Inna Alex

A women’s weekend of nature immersion and connection at Mangarākau, Golden Bay.

22-24 July 2022

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During this winter retreat we will slow down to immerse ourselves in nature while allowing the supportive power of being in community with women to nourish and inspire us. You are invited to take time out to be present to what is alive for you, to deepen your connection to nature in creative and playful ways, and to enjoy connecting with fellow women who share your love & care for our world.

Activities may include:

  • Nature walks & meditations at Mangarākau Swamp and Paturau Beach

  • Nature craft, land art and creative writing

  • Deep Time immersion through Work That Reconnects

  • Sharing Circles

  • Preparing food together


To support us each to journey inward for reflection while being in intimate connection, the group size is limited to 10 women joining.

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Shambhala Sisters nourish 21st century women in our journeys of living consciously, empowered and regeneratively in the time of the Great Turning. As Shambhala Sisters we practice two-fold to take part in the healing of our world: Growing our capacity for connection and compassion with all living Beings we share this planet-time with (including my Self), and sharpening our insight and clarity about where to put our energy for creating positive change​.

Join a community of women who deeply care about sisterhood and the web of life on Earth.

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Dates & Location

Friday, 22 July 3pm - Sunday, 24 July, 4pm

at Mangarākau Lodge, Golden Bay

Arrival time is 3-3.30pm on Friday for a welcome with cake & chai, and our first nature exploration. You may already arrive from 11am onwards and enjoy the space (BYO lunch). If you cannot make it for 4pm, you may arrive for our 6pm dinner.

Note: The lodge is about 1.5hrs drive from Takaka, 2.5hrs from Motueka.

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$390/310/230 (solidarity/standard/concession)

includes full program, 2 nights marae-style accommodation, and wholesome vegetarian food (we will prepare this together).
BYO sheet, pillow, bedding. Mattresses are provided.

$50 non-refundable admin & logistics fee is due within 3 days of registering to secure your spot. The remainder of your total fee is due one week prior the event, i.e. July 15th.


Cancellation policy:

Cancelling 7+days prior the event incurs a $50 fee (=the non-refundable admin & logistics fee). Cancellation 3-7 days prior the event incurs 50% of the full fee. No refund for cancellations 2 or less days prior the event.

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Your Facilitator

Inna facilitates Shambhala Sisters with a deep love for weaving women of all ages and walks of life together, growing support and mutual empowerment.

She brings her experiences in facilitating Work That Reconnects & Deep Ecology, guiding women’s gatherings, community living, yoga-based lifestyle and a wild love for nature.

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The Venue - Mangarākau Lodge

Mangarākau Swamp is a national treasure, a unique and special place. It is the largest remaining wetland in the Nelson/Marlborough region - almost as big as all the other freshwater swamps in Nelson put together.

Accommodation at the lodge is "kiwi-bach-style" with everything available to meet our needs to be close to nature. We will sleep marae-style accommodation; BYO sheet, pillow, and bedding. Mattresses are provided.

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