Our text donation campaign in support of The Monastery has finished – thank you so much to everyone who donated! – however our mission to help The Monastery wellness retreat continues.
For two years, The Monastery has offered free five-night stays for Christchurch residents as a gift of healing and respite but it needs to raise $300,000 to continue this service for free for another year. Help us get there and give more Cantabrians a break from the stress and trauma brought on by years of uncertainty.
Each stay at The Monastery is structured around healthy foundations of nutritious food, counselling, therapeutic activities and restful sleep.
Guests who have stayed at The Monastery from Christchurch have ranged from 15 to 90 years old. They are women and men; from exhausted front line workers to sleep-deprived elderly grandparents.
She had physical pains as well and was under emotional distress when she arrived. At home in Christchurch, she was anxious, lonely and full of fear, especially at night. After having her first good night’s sleep in well over a year, Helen said she was able to think clearly and have energy to enjoy each day’s activities. She described the support she received as kind and patient. Explaining what a week at The Monastery meant to her, Helen said, “They sorted our many difficulties I faced in my present situation so I know what I need today and can feel more relaxed about the future. I take away with me peace and joy to welcome each day.”
Rupert admitted he expected that everyone would a bunch of hippies and he would be “bored out of my mind, but clearly I was wrong.” Counselling for Rupert was really beneficial to him and he expects what he learned to serve as a large stepping stone to help him in his life. He took workshops from a life coach, took part in yoga and learned about the importance of nurturing himself; something not usually available to him. The Monastery staff believe helping young people from Christchurch is very important to improving their wellbeing.
“As soon as people walk through the doors, the stress levels slip away…”
“Love being surrounded by a well-loved green space.”
“Every member of the staff knew my name and made me feel special!”
“I’ve rekindled my passion for life.”
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