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'Bring in the Light' Autumn retreat

Eastwood Hill, Ngatapa Valley, Gisborne


Join us to rediscover and develop your inner light through Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Art and Qoya. Prepare to be nourished on this weekend with delicious plant-based meals, movement classes, creativity, connection and nature.

Who is this retreat for:

This retreat is open to absolute beginners as well as more experienced practitioners of yoga, meditation, pilates or qoya and of all genders and ages.

What's included*

  • 2 nights accommodation (dormitory style)
  • Entry to New Zealand’s National Arboretum, Eastwood Hill
  • All meals. Deliciously balanced vegetarian, Ayurvedic and locally sourced where possible
  • Tea/coffee and fresh fruit daily
  • 2 x morning meditations
  • 1 x sunrise yoga session
  • 1 x nourishing pilates session
  • 2 x Qoya dance sessions
  • 1 x Restorative yoga session
  • Walking meditation
  • Artistic Therapy Workshop (a ‘meditative colour experience’)
  • Yoga Nidra (guided deep relaxation)
  • Plenty of free time to immerse yourself in nature

* Everything is optional so you get to move at a pace that works for you.

If you are traveling from outside of Gisborne and require transport to/from Eastwood Hill please let us know and we can arrange this for you.

If you wish to extend your stay at Eastwood Hill Arboretum, you can book additional nights by contacting Eastwood Hill directly: or phone 06 863 9003.


$590 Early Bird (booked prior to 18 February 2022) / $650 regular price

*** Temporary COVID cancellation policy *** (full cancellation policy available upon request)
If the retreat is cancelled, rescheduled and/or you are restricted to travel due to Covid-19 the above cancellation policy is relaxed in order to provide you with more options. This temporary cancellation policy gives you the option to:
1. Accept the new (rescheduled) dates offered for the retreat. Your payment will be transferred in full to the new retreat date and no further action is required on your part.
2. Request a full refund of your retreat payment


Eastwoodhill Arboretum is the National Arboretum of New Zealand and encompasses over 131 hectares planted in exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plantings. The collection was planted by Douglas Cook and is regarded as the largest and most comprehensive collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator. Click to learn more and enjoy the beauty of this place.

Bookings are required

Please phone: 021 913 318 or email: or complete the booking form below

We will consume no alcohol, drugs or refined sugar during the retreat. This is to give you a chance to cleanse, reset, slow down and fully experience the effect of the food and breath and body practices.

Your dietary needs are of course taken care of, please specify when booking.

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Your teachers



Hi I’m Becs. I’m a Health Coach, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach, Yoga Teacher & Meditation Guide based in Gisborne.

We are all deserving of vibrant health and it’s also our birthright to experience a life of ease. I’m deeply passionate about helping people to feel good in their bodies and have a relaxed relationship with life. Through embodying Yogic and Ayurvedic wisdom, together with behavioural science and nutrition, I empower others to live a more focused, heart-centred and balanced life.

Learn more about Becs




Michele Franks first learned about Pilates in the late 1990s while holding various roles in the fitness industry. She began practicing and teaching Pilates, with positive results, qualifying as a mat and studio practitioner through Polestar Pilates Education. Since setting up Michele Franks Pilates (now Movement First Pilates) in 2002, she has extended her education through conferences, workshops, master classes and research lectures. She acts as a Polestar mentor to students learning to become instructors and in 2017 completed Yoga Teacher Training.

Today, Michele continues to explore alternative healing methods to support her own mind body health, while sharing her vast knowledge with Pilates clients, family and friends.

“Keeping our bodies strong, supple and flexible, and our minds peaceful in today’s busy world is vital.”

Go to Michele’s website



Dr Marg Peck invites people to connect, change habits, reduce stress, alter limiting patterns, improve relationships and become more effective in life. After 35 years’ practice in Australia, Marg now lives in Gisborne, she has a home based clinical practice and teaches Qoya.

Go to Marg’s website


What people say

  • Adele Holmes

    Yoga Teacher

    “Learning and now embedding the principles studied through Good Change has not only seen me start to build some great habits, they are now becoming symbiotic to both my personal yoga practice and my yoga teaching – bringing to life the ayurvedic theory we touched on in teachers Training). Becs is a fabulous coach, and has built a beautiful community of humans at all stages of life who come together to learn.”

  • Bridget Scully

    “Good Change has been life changing, but as my tutor says when describing how to make change… ‘in the most underwhelming way’. This course has been a great tool for my belt and works in beautifully with my mission to live more sustainably in ALL that I do. Not just the garden, or the food but equally my energy levels and the daily grind kinda stuff.”

  • Colleen Robinson

    “I feel more alive now, I am not tired all the time, more aware of how what I do affects the way I feel. Having some decent sleep is fantastic, and I feel more focused, and am completing tasks and projects that I had been procrastinating about. I am more in control of my life now and feel like I am achieving more.”

  • Jenny Bain

    “Learning about my body, hearing and trying to understand is the best gift I can receive. Becs has given me tools to grow and learn that you’re never too old to shift into a more easeful way of living. Good Change is a journey into oneself and not intrusive just one foot in front of the other!”

  • Kaz Jones

    DoTerra Ambassador

    “Prior to Good Change I had a never ending list and decreasing fuel to accomplish it with. I have learnt to “stop”, “breathe” and look after my body with the correct fuel and when to incorporate good habits throughout my hectic day. The result is a more nourished mind, body & soul to get through my day more effectively.”

  • Kylla Petersen

    “The impact of Good Change has been so obvious on me that even my husband is now participating in many of the habits. Becs is a great coach and has so much knowledge to share – in an absolute trusted and empathetic way, stepping you through the course. The outcome for me has been a deeper understanding of the “why” and the “how” to live a more relaxed, healthier and content version of my life.”

  • Lassara Hall

    Shiatsu practitioner & Yoga Teacher

    “Rebecca’s classes offer the student three traditions of yoga – pranayama (breath), asana (movement) and meditation. This combination raises the class from another type or form of exercise to a holistic therapy, which incorporates the entire wellbeing of the student.”

  • Marie Solier

    Osteopath & Yoga Teacher

    “Becs is a passionate teacher dedicated to yoga, her personal practice, and her students. I attended her 6-week meditation course, during which Becs thoroughly delivered practical tools whilst keeping theory & philosophy accessible. Each class was workshop quality. Becs has a gift with words. If you are lucky to attend one of her Yoga Nidra, this will feel like a nurturing treat you gift yourself.”

  • Michele Franks

    Pilates Teacher

    “I came in wanting some positive changes with my skin inflammation & to improve my mental state as I had feelings of depression & plenty of negative chatter. I wanted a better work/life balance. Participating in the 12 week Good Change program 3 times has changed my life. I have learned habits that are part of my lifestyle that give me more calm & ease.”

  • Shirley Keown

    “An opportunity to try something a little different and challenging, in a totally safe environment. Keep an open mind – give things a go – surrounded by like minded people – with no expectations – its ok if it doesn’t happen or resonate for you – or you don’t understand – you have permission to seek clarity if not in the group – individually – its ok to ask – its learning about yourself and others.”