We really hope there is something in that mix that has helped you see how you can be involved, if you have another idea, please feel free to email email@example.com, we would love to know!
Kia ora e te whānau
E ngā iwi o te Motu; ānei mātou te whakaruruhau o te kotahitanga e whakatau ana ia koutou, tautokohia, hāpaitia tēnei kaupapa: A co-design, research and co-production process kicked-off in 2014 resulted in the launch of Taranaki Retreat as a response to a significant need in Aotearoa New Zealand for a peer-support service that included a residential "Space to Breathe".
Those doors nervously opened in 2017. Five years on, we are taking a 'Pause Moment' with you, our support whānau, to look back and look forward. So, please, grab a cuppa, be comfortable, and take a moment for reflection and thanksgiving for all that has been, and all that is yet to come!
Here's the paddock where we began. And.... Here's what it looks like to walk in, these days! Our "Space to Breathe" is a beautiful trauma-informed sanctuary, and speaks gentle volumes.
Entering into our support network is simple. You can phone, text, email, rock up at Waimanako, or hit up our support portal, right here.
...and here's a sneaky peak at the outside, weatherboarding looking so beautiful!
Our five-year birthday is our time to acknowledge what the community has given, and continues to give, through this Space to Breathe.
Our Host Whānau and Peer Support Team will, as ever, be welcoming new Guests into the space and providing the opportunity for really focussed support - not beset by the environmental/situational stressors which so often make it impossible for us to discern 'a way forward' - but held by the aroha of a community and a nation that is working to achieve an end to suicide. Person by person, situation by situation, we are getting there.
Our longed-for aim is to be present and involved before the wheels come off. It is a tragedy that any person could ever reach the point of suicidal distress. It is, therefore, crucial that you know: The Retreat and Waimanako are not just for a particular type of situation or level of distress. We want to work to pull the amblance way, way back from the edge of the cliff. Sometimes people say, "Do I have to be suicidal to access your support?" Nope. Just wonderfully human! This means you!
Shared with permission, "I saw you guys are celebrating five years. Happy Birthday!! I was one of your first Guests and I will never forget what you did for me and the others were staying too. I was so broken, and I knew I couldn't go on any more. I owe my life to the Retreat and that I am now clean, free and can honestly say, a good mother. It was hard to write that, but I know that it's true."
A space to rock up....
Partnership with New Plymouth District Council enabled Waimanako;/The Hope Centre to be established in 2021. YESSS!! The service focuses on developing and implementing care models which will strengthen the community, build whānau resilience, improve and facilitate access to support with equity through increased integration of services to better link community, primary and secondary services.
Birthday Events - JOIN IN, wherever you are:)
The Team of five hundred and fifty five.
Cards on the table: It has been a BRUTAL time to keep our doors open and to continue to do what we do - Covid has slapped down our community fundraising efforts, whilst the increase in need has been exponential. We really need your help to keep doing what we're doing; simply to fund the staff team and train/support/care for our volunteers; and to provide the resources to each person and whānau who reaches out for support.
Remember the dream of the Team of 5 million, and how it brought us all together? We are aiming high, and aiming to achieve the TEAM OF 555. 555 supporters who will be awesome enough to support us with a monthly AP of $5 (a coffee!), $55 (a dinner out!) or more! Could you / Would you be part of this team? Please?! Our GiveALittle Page is right here. We need YOU on the teamo.
We suspect that you're busy. You took the time to read through our newsletter today. Lovingly, we thank you for the gift of that time. We acknowledge YOU, and your journey.
We send you our aroha and manaakitanga.
Jamie, and all at Taranaki Retreat - Space to Breathe
We're proud that Taranaki Retreat Trust is community funded and thank you immensely for your support.
Manaakitanga, Jamie, and the whole Taranaki Retreat Whānau, local and national.
We welcome corporate donors to help us to continue to provide support in our community.Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Life can feel pretty full on right now! With technology we can get a stream of news and updates 24/7 if we allowed it, and there’s a lot of news out there at the moment. It can feel incredibly overwhelming and pretty scary at times. It’s not just the news, there can be other things going on in our world too that can lead us to feel pretty bleak or struggling.
This isn’t just a message to tell you to turn off the news, although reducing our intake of that can certainly help. I have been talking with people how that constant stream of input is exhausting and triggers a part of our brain that is there to protect us, ends up getting potentially constantly triggered. It can keep us constantly up in our headspace.
We have our headspace and we have our heartspace and we absolutely need both, our headspace is around action and doing, our heartspace is around being, play, creativity. Too much time in our head for whatever reason can make life very hard.
The kindest action we can take for our weary mind are steps that show it that we are safe, that we are connected, that we are supported. Steps for this could be around slowing the pace of life down, taking time to watch the waves, putting some calming music on or lighting a candle. It might be revisiting that creativity project, some gentle colouring, getting out in the garden, picking up the instrument that you haven’t played for a while…
What could be something you could do to drop in and reconnect with your heartspace today?
Liz our Life Coach, you can find more here