Sunday, 21 January 2007

Retreat provides seclusion, healing

Local Health Practitioner Barbara Ward and Design Consultant Sue
Dawson have set up Ashande Retreat with today's busy pace of life in

Barbara and Sue have transformed a barn on their 15-acre Clark Road
property on Double Hill near Waitati into a comfortable B&B. "If you
want to be completeley looked after we can offer you a package deal,"
said Sue, "but if you want to be undisturbed, we have a self-contained
private space."

The retreat is set in native bush supporting kereru, parrots, tui,
bellbirds, hawks and fantails. It differs from typical B&Bs: "We want
people to have time to themselves, to nurture, unwind and be with
mother nature," Barbara explained. This provides seclusion for a
couple, a mother bonding with a new-born child or room for 1-2
individuals seeking a restful time.

The Retreat provides personal needs other than accommodation: healing
packages will be available, drawing on Barbara's skills as a Homeopath
and Shamanic Facilitator - skills which will also be available to
locals at Barbara's weekly clinics.

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