Helping those affected by traumatic events
The Monastery is a wellness retreat in the Waikato. Since May 2011 we have been providing free five-day stays to people who have been directly affected by the Christchurch earthquakes. In that time we have had more than 600 people stay - and our guests say it has helped transform their lives.
Helping people re-build their lives
International research shows stress from major events can take several years to materialise. Leading clinical psychologist Dr Rob Gordon says people that have experienced trauma need to take "time out"; to stop and pause.
The Monastery enables guests 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.
If you'd like to help...
In order to continue offering this free service to Cantabrians, we need some help. You can assist The Monastery by making a donation through Social Angels, an online giving community that’s leading support for this cause, or by contacting The Monastery directly.
- Download a fact sheet about The Monastery (March 2014)