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Making Room

Great Barrier Island Sunset
Photo courtesy of Tamzin Henderson

Fearsomely and Wonderfully Made:

Living in Creation as a passionate and vulnerable human being

A presented retreat led by Caroline Leys

Caroline is an Anglican Priest and since ordination in 1990 has worked in private practice as a therapist, facilitator, trainer and more recently in ministry and business development. She is a member of the NZ Association of Christian Spiritual Directors. Caroline’s interest is integrated spirituality. She works both inside and beyond the “walls” of the Christian community assisting individuals and groups to identify core beliefs and practices and integrate these into actions.

Caroline is married to Stephen and together they have two married, adult children and eight grandchildren. They are resident members of the Orama Christian community and live within the Kotuku Peninsula wildlife sanctuary, on Aotea / Great Barrier Island. Caroline and Stephen have been involved in the development of the sanctuary as landowners over the past 18 years and Caroline is the Trust Chairperson.

This four night residential retreat will offer you some beautiful experiences especially if you enjoy the outdoors:

  • accommodation at Orama, Karaka Bay with your own room, shared facilities and dining

  • transfers to and from Claris airport

  • two half-day guided walks in beautiful Aotea, Great Barrier Island

  • star gazing in a Dark Sky Sanctuary

  • spectacular sunset views and bird life

  • regular communal prayer times including Holy Communion on the shore at Whangapoua Beach

  • three presented reflections on the words from Micah 6:8: What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

  • opportunity for you to reflect personally with Caroline during the week

  • negotiated periods of group silence

Total retreat size: 5 people

Date: exact dates to be confirmed but aiming for August and September 2018

Cost: $874 (incl GST) per person, excludes travel

Travel: we can assist with booking airfares using our discounted rate of $95 each way Auckland Airport to Claris (fully flexi)

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to take a break and go deeper on your spiritual journey. 


Orama Oasis is a dynamic Christian community based on Great Barrier Island with a vibrant history of restoring and equipping people for life’s journey. Every year more than 2500 visitors come to enjoy a holiday adventure, a spiritual retreat or a training school at Orama ... Read more

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