• WHY Retreat (map)
  • 16 Reotahi Road
  • Whangarei Heads, Northland, 0174
  • New Zealand

TO REGISTER for this 5 day retreat facilitated by Cameron Tukapua select dates to suit within available date range and go to: http://whyretreat.com/living-element-retreat/

5 Nights - 5 day Retreat - This retreat starts Thursdays at 6pm and ends Tuesdays at midday. You can select dates to suit you between June 21 to August 23. VENUE DETAILS www.whyretreat.com 

This retreat combines Kum Nye - Tibetan Yoga with outdoor nature study for us to have a direct experience of how we each resonate with the five elements of nature.

Kum Nye Yoga comes from a fusion of Tibetan, Chinese and Ayurvedic medical systems. These yoga practices directly active Qi - energy flow in the meridians which nourish the internal organs of the body. Each day we explore the relationship between the elements of nature and the functions of the body mind and spirit. You will take home a series of practices which can help free-flow and harmonise each organ system enhancing overall functions of well-being. “The internal organs systems are the means by which the Five elements are made real in the body” JR Worlsey

Through the natural world we can learn a lot about the ways of human nature and our interconnected universe. Life is energy and and the same life principle that makes the grass grow and the sun shine is manifest in all living things. The five elements manifest through; Wood - the trees and plants that grow between heaven and earth, Fire - the sun and light that illuminates our world, Earth - the land which receives seeds and transforms them into food to eat, Metal - the mountains, crystals, stone and solid materials that provide structures for our lives  Water - the oceans, rivers and streams which generate and sustain life for the long term.

The ways that the five elements express in nature are mirrored in our human nature, traits and behaviour. Each of the five ways express unique characteristics of the same shared life energy. Exploring these simple archetypal characters gives us easy access to the universal ways in which people think, act and feel.As we explore the natural strengths and challenges of the five character types, we discover ways to grow closer more genuine relationships with others and realise more of our human potential. 


Cameron shows us that we all exist on a spectrum. It is one thing to know who we are and what we’re capable of doing now, but another to awaken the potential of what we can become. This ability to help awaken one’s own potential is the true gift of a good teacher, and Cameron is one of the rare, real teachers– Mimi Kuo-Deemer, Co-founder and Co-Director, Yoga Yard, Beijing


5 nights accommodation: Breakfast and lunch food will be provided for self-catering and a delicious vegetarian dinner will be prepared for a shared evening meal.

PROGRAM: Thursday 4pm arrival and settle in with shared evening meal at 6pm for informal meeting of retreat participants. 8pm a guided Yoga Nidra sets the tone for a week of deep rest and letting go.

Friday – Monday daytime schedule

Breakfast.  9.30 Morning teachings on the Element, Kum Nye Yoga with introduction to reflections on Living In Your Element. 12.30 Lunch is followed by free time. 5pm Restorative Yoga.  6pm shared evening meal and discussion on days teachings

**Note some variations to exact timings will occur 

Tuesday: Breakfast 9.30 Review of teachings and closing circle. Check out 12 noon.

Cost: $1199 per person queen/twin share, $1549 private room