A Marathon Effort to gift women a two night stay at Te Wahi Ora Women's Retreat, Piha beach, West Auckland. A Counselling Session included.
We stagger along black sands
Like giggling school girls.
Clad in night gowns. Feet bared.
Weighed down by fatigue, yet
Light as champagne flutes;
Our fears released!
The sea sweeps in from our left.
To the right; a Morepork laments
It's name; Calling. Us. Home.
Wild Women. Un-tethered.
Unleashed. Quite, Quite, Unhinged.
Returned to our selves. At last.
Mandy Edwards (c) 2018
I wrote this poem after a few wonderful days at Te Wahi Ora Women's Retreat at Piha, Auckland. It was truly a transforming experience; and a much needed respite from an often overwhelming, busy life. I received beautifully cooked meals, wonderful conversations, a counselling session that was so affirming; and a delicious therapeutic massage that I will remember for life! I left Te Wahi Ora feeling effervescent and free; a giggling 'school girl' who had discovered that life could be simply wonderful.
This experience I would love to gift to other women; women who give so much love and energy to others but often neglect their own inner needs and desires. I intend to run a Marathon (a huge commitment of time and energy for me) to fundraise and give women who can't afford it themselves a chance to Retreat to a space of love and safety. "A place to explore life with passion, compassion, humour and style." Maya Angelou.
"Te Wahi Ora Women's Retreat is run by women for women - A place to go to refresh your soul and warm your heart. It is a Charitable Trust, 'not for profit' organisation; and all income and donations are used to make this retreat available to women and to subsidise women in need of a rest, respite, a breathing space for contemplation of ''their next step' in life." I have stayed in this beautiful place and long to give other women the opportunity to stay there at a time in their lives when they may really benefit from it.