Retreat, Relax & Re-Charge

The modern world can be a challenging and difficult place for all of us at times. Life seems more complex and pressured with the constant fast pace & ‘busyness’ that can so easily creep in to our lives. It can be easy to become depleted physically, emotionally and spiritually in these circumstances, and to lose touch with what’s important. Sometimes, we need the time to just be. To process, relax, unwind, re-set & look after ourselves.

Orama is a pretty special place for that. Our bay has been known as a valley of restoration from its beginning. Here you take advantage of our hospitality & stunning location, get away from it all and nourish yourself with a time that might just change your life. We hope you can recharge here and head back into life with renewed focus and sense of well-being.

“Orama for me is a place of re-set. No matter whats going on in my life, I can come out here, de-stress, & remember what matters. I like to come at the beginning of every year – I always leave feeling refreshed and re-focused ready for the year ahead.”

Making Room

Whether you are by yourself, with a group, guided with a retreat companion or unguided. Our Making Room programme includes retreats for small and larger groups. During your retreat time you are welcome to be as involved in as much of the day-to-day rhythm of the community as you like. For those who need a starting point for how to take time out during a retreat we have produced a basic retreat guide which you may find useful.

A thin Place

People have commented that Orama is one of those ‘thin places’ on Earth, where God seems extraordinarily close. Our remote location and beautiful natural surroundings make Orama an ideal setting in which to seek God and to be inspired – away from the distractions and noise of city life.

Relax & Re-charge

Orama is an oasis, a place to un-plug (Literally. Un-plug – we have no grid power or reception for phones) where you can find space to restore your spirit and give yourself a break. Visitors get to relax here in a stunning seaside location, surrounded by nature, people (If you want to be) & have your meals cooked for you. Guests have an opportunity to recharge and head back into life with a new focus and sense of well-being. Church leaders have found rest here. Others have found a place to heal,  or the courage needed to face life’s challenges, some a renewed faith or life-changing revelations in their journey. 

Christian Community

Orama, although not any 1 demonisation of Christianity, functions as a living Christian community brought together for the mission of Christ-like hospitality & the ripple effects that makes in people’s lives. Orama, seeks to express in our individual and corporate lives a sustainable rhythm of prayer, worship, scriptural study and ministry. We make room for God in our busy lives and commit ourselves to love one another and live in an authentic expression of Christian faith. People from all walks of life on many diverse spiritual journeys regularly join our community for days, weeks or months, to share in this compelling experience.

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Spiritual Rhythm

Orama’s own spiritual rhythm is built around some regular community activities:

Each day at 8:00am a small number gather for contemplative prayer in the chapel. You are welcome to join us.

We gather for morning tea and a brief devotion each week day at 10.30am in the dining room. Again, you are welcome to join us.

Our shared fellowship and worship generally takes place on a Sunday morning. Leadership of content and theme is shared in rotation between the Orama Community members. You are welcome to join us, please ask for details of where and when.


Some of our Community staff members are available to meet with you and offer a time of specific prayer or conversation. Please speak to a staff member in the office if you would like to meet with one of these people. There may be a fee or koha for their time.

Some popular restorative activities include...

  • Contemplating the glorious sunsets to the west from the front porch of the lodge or bench seats on our foreshore.
  • Taking a walk to one of the lovely places around our property or over the wider island. One of our most popular walks will see you contemplating 360 degree views of Karaka and Katherine Bay up at our lookout (30mins). Please inform the staff of your route and destination if you are planning a long walk on your own.
  • Rock-hopping around the foreshore of Karaka Bay at low tide.
  • Bush-walking in the Kotuku Peninsular and Glenfern Sanctuary.
  • Enjoying the antics of the prolific bird life – gannets, native Pateke, Kaka, Kereru, Oyster Catchers, Tui
  • Kayaking or paddle-boarding across the bay, exploring the many nooks-and-crannies and marveling at the clarity of the water.
  • Swimming out to the pontoon.
  • Taking time to be alone and quiet in the chapel – meditating or creating
  • Relaxing and reading a book upstairs in the lounge – all cosy with a nice warm fire (in the winter)
  • Find a spot & get out your journal. 
  • Gazing up at the amazing night sky – especially after lights out at 10:30pm
  • Spending Time in Silence & meditation. (Should you wish to spend some time of the day or week in silence, please let the staff in the office know. We maybe able to assist you with a quiet dining space and uninterrupted time on site, if we know.)