Foundations of Healthy Living Retreats


The Foundations of Healthy Living Retreat is a 4-day residential program for weight loss surgery patients (or those interested in weight loss) held in a dedicated retreat facility designed to help both men and women learn how to change the way they think, act, react, feel and live. 

The basis of this retreat is learning self-care, and understanding how thoughts, feelings, beliefs and subsequent behaviours get in the way of people living their lives in a healthy way. It is an interactive, psycho-educational and experiential program that strives to give participants true meaning, value and purpose in their lives.

We place an emphasis on providing all of our participants with the support and structure you need to make comprehensive changes in the following three areas:

  • Behaviour – Our specially trained therapists help to promote personal growth though group support and learn skills to help you maintain and restore your increased self awareness and self-esteem. We also help you address the underlying emotional triggers that can prevent you from moving forward into a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle.

  • Nutrition – We provide you with delicious nutritious meals, and teach you how to incorporate healthy nutrition into your daily lives.

  • Exercise – Exercise is essential for physics fitness and good health. We help you recognise the benefit of improved stamina and strength, controlling weight and improving quality of life.

Each day is packed with activities designed to help you re-focus on your weight loss goals. With specialist guidance from our team of experts and four days just to focus on you, you will leave reignited with some practical skills and tools to help achieve lifelong successful weight management.

We understand that people feel as if they know what to do, but cannot do it alone. We help them identify and change what is standing in the way of more controlled eating and a better relationship with food and activity as well as their mind and bodies.

Our workshops, activities, and group sessions help you to learn to incorporate structure into your daily life and apply new strategies to the world around you, encouraging you to adopt lasting lifestyle changes. In short, our program is designed to help both men and women learn how to change the way they think, act, react, feel and live.

Our Foundations of Healthy Living Retreat is the ideal setting in which to dedicate serious time and energy in the pursuit of healthy lifestyle changes.

Our patients attend a retreat at any time within the 2 years of their follow-up (included in package), however from experience we know that patients receive most benefit around the 6-9 month post-operative stage. Dates of these are here, so when you have planned your retreat date, please notify us as soon as possible.

Our retreats are held in The White Haus – a comfortable, 12 bedroom lodge style accommodation in Ohakune.  This is a gorgeous place at the bottom of Mt Ruapehu and a beautiful spot in both summer and winter. The White Haus is specifically designed to enhance the learning objectives we have set, in a cost effective and affordable manner.

The cost is for the 4-day retreat, including all meals, presentations, workshops and activities is $1250.00 per person. For repeat retreat participants, the cost is $1000.00.

These retreats are open to anyone who has had weight loss surgery, not just our patients.

Watch our introductory video here:

Cancellation Policy

There is a cancellation fee of $200.00 if you cancel or change your booking less than 4 weeks before the start date.
If you cancel/change less than 2 weeks before the start date, you will lose half of the retreat cost ($600). If you cancel/change less than 1 week before the start date you will forfeit the full amount ($1250).

 If a retreat is part of your surgery package, you will be required to pay a $200.00 deposit that will be refunded on attendance. This is not refundable if you cancel or delay your attendance without 28 days notice.  If you change or cancel with less than 28 days, the above conditions apply. 

Unfortunately there have been a number of late cancellations and/or changes and this makes it difficult for us to plan and accommodate those who wished to attend an earlier date but are subsequently unable to organize time off at such short notice. 

We thank you for your understanding.

 Dates for 2019:

  • 9 - 13 August (full)

  • 20 - 24 September (full)

  • 11 - 15 October (full)

  • 15 - 19 November (full)

  • 6 - 10 December (full)

Dates for 2020:

  • 24 - 28 January

  • 7 - 11 February

  • 11 - 15 February (please note: Tues-Sat)

  • 13 - 17 March

  • 24 - 28 April

  • 22 - 26 May

  • 26 - 30 May (please note: Tues-Sat)

  • 19 - 23 June

  • 10 - 14 July

  • 14 - 18 August

  • 25 - 29 September

  • 9 - 13 October

  • 20 - 24 November

  • 24 -28 November (please note: Tues-Sat)

  • 11 - 15 December