Do you want to begin 2020 with restoration, adventure and a new perspective?

Join us at Orama Oasis as we host Canadian-born author and patristic scholar Brad Jersak to grapple with the character of God, our current climate of faith and peer behind the veil of our preconceptions.

Spend three days engaging with other like-minded Christians who are also asking the tough questions whilst enjoying the unparalleled beauty of our island paradise.

 You will have plenty of time to enjoy the serenity of our natural environment through hiking, paddle boarding, boat trips and more. Sessions will be set within our vibrant Christian community anchored in the disposition of love and Christian authenticity.

If you are wanting to grapple with the tough questions, seek the face of our loving God and know the revelation that he is calling you to, this is the conference for you.

Prices start at NZ$740 (incl GST) per person depending on your choice of accommodation all-inclusive of travel, transfer, activities and food. Please see more details on the booking page.


Brad and Eden Jersak were previously pastors and church-planters and are now authors and teachers based in Abbotsford on the West Coast of Canada. They have three adult sons, two daughters-in-law and a granddaughter.

Brad serves as a reader and monastery preacher at All Saints of North America Orthodox Monastery. He also occasionally teaches at The Bridge in Abbotsford. Through his books and seminars, Brad shares the good news that God is Love, perfectly revealed in Jesus Christ. He teaches others how to encounter God through the practice of ”listening prayer,” through which God’s love heals wounded hearts and empowers us to heal this broken world. Brad's most recent book is A More Christlike God a deeply moving look at the character and nature of God.

Eden was on the leadership team that planted Fresh Wind in 1998 and served as team leader from 2008-2013. Her book, Rivers from Eden, leads readers into 40 days of intimate conversation with God. After stepping down at Fresh Wind, Eden re-entered the financial world for several years. She now runs Fresh Wind Press and continues, as invited, as a gifted teacher and retreat facilitator.


26th to 29th January 2020

SUN 26th Jan

10:00am Arrive at Claris Airport

12:00pm Check in at Orama

1:00pm Lunch

2:30pm Brad's 1st Session

5:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Brad's 2nd Session

MON 27th Jan

8:00am Cooked Breakfast

9.30am Worship and reflection

10:30am Morning Tea

11:00am Free time, discussion with Brad

1:00pm Lunch

2:00pm Optional walk to Onewhero Bay or Boat Excursion

6:00pm Dinner

8:00pm Dark Skies Experience

TUE 28th Jan

8:00am Cooked Breakfast

9.30am Worship and reflection

10:30am Morning Tea

11:00am Brad's 3rd Session

1:00pm Lunch

2:00pm Trip to Windy Canyon

6:00pm Dinner

7.30pm Brad's 4th Session

WED 29th Jan

8:00am Cooked Breakfast

10:00am Trip to Medlands, Communion at the Beach

(5th) Wrap up session Brad

1:00pm Lunch on location

1:30pm Flights off island

Take the opportunity to explore

Hike HirakImata / Windy Canyon

Walk together and discover the beautiful North Barrier landscape. We will pass beautiful Whangapoua Beach as we make our way up to Windy Canyon. We will then hike up the short walk to take in panoramic views of the forest and beaches of Great Barrier beneath us. You can then choose to continue on to Hirakimata (Mount Hobson), Great Barrier’s highest point, or make your way down to Whangapoua estuary to see take in the grandeur of the beach-line there.

Onewhero Beach

Hike straight out of Orama through farmland and regenerating bush to a 360 degree lookout with views of Katherine Bay, Port Abercrombie and Little Barrier Island. Continue on to the unspoilt Onewhero Bay with it’s 1000 year old pohutukawa trees and gentle lapping waters. Share a picnic with other families and play beach games.

Bird Sanctuary

Explore the amazing Glenfern Sanctuary and see birdlife that many people go their whole lives without seeing. Take a stroll to sunset rock or walk among undisturbed Kauri forest. Get a magnificent view on the bay as you walk the ridge line.

What you will experience


Orama Oasis is a Christian Community that loves to express our dynamic and exciting faith to all who come through our doors. Ponder and grow amongst us as friends. Engage in real and brave conversation whilst you soak up the vibe of our island life.


You will get to engage with relevant, honest and impacting teaching as we attempt to understand the true nature of God. Brad will be available to journey with and engage on topics both in sessions and over free time activities. Here you will get to open up, speak to, and contemplate together over a walk or meal as well as in a group forum.


As you journey together we will gather our song and word to contemplate, experience and worship in the beauty of our sea-facing lounge.


Nobody comes to Orama without experiencing a change or touch of the divine. Come and both have your heart experience rest and know the gentle collective awakening of authentic community. Discuss, share and have fun as we all we all revel in a unique revelation of the love of God.

The details


26th to 29th January 2020


Orama Oasis, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand


Prices start at NZ$740 (incl GST) per person depending on your choice of accommodation. Please see more details on the booking page.


Flights to and from Great Barrier Island departing Auckland Airport

Transfers from and to Claris Airport

Accommodation & food for 4 days cooked by our amazing chef Alex

Walks, day adventures, take away meals and a dark sky experience on the island

A life-changing experience!

What to bring


Sun block

Insect repellent


Togs, goggles, snorkels, flippers etc for fun in the water

Sandals or similar for exploring the foreshore (beware oyster shells)

Hiking/walking shoes for scenic walks


Binoculars (if you have them) for star gazing