Weekend Retreat of Self-Discovery & Rejuvenation


Join us for an exclusive weekend retreat of rejuvenation & self discovery at the serene Makoura lodge. Encompassing internationally recognised 'Horses Helping Humans™' programme, yoga, meditation & relaxation techniques to inspire and re-charge body and mind. 


19th April to the 21st of April 2019


Introductory special package offer of $850 pp for shared accommodation or $1000pp for individual accommodation for the whole weekend!



  • 2 nights quality accommodation in our Lodge suites (individual ensuite) or Burnside cottage (shared bathroom) read more >>

  • All meals- fresh, delicious, healthy cuisine (breakfast x 2, lunch x 2, afternoon tea x 1, dinner & dessert x 2) read more >>

  • Horses Helping Humans ™ effective communications workshop (4 hours) read more >>

  • 4 x yoga/ meditation sessions. We will provide you with a 'tool box' so you can practice at home, improving general well-being.

  • Nature walk. Makoura Lodge is surrounded in native bush and farmland, walk length will be group dependent (you don't have to be fit).

  • Wellness presentation. A holistic presentation to give you knowledge and skills to take home to encourage long lasting change.

  • Welcome beverage of your choice from the bar when you arrive.

  • Herbal teas & basic coffee included. Additional beverages can be purchased (the only additional charge).



about retreat location

Makoura Lodge is located beneath the Ruahine Mountain Range, one hours scenic drive from Palmerston North and just two and half hours from Wellington. Makoura Lodge is a renowned Wedding destination. The picturesque lodge grounds provide a tranquil, scenic setting perfect for those in need of a get away  to re-balance and re-juvenate.


ABout brooke your yoga/ meditation guide

Brooke was trained in Hatha Yoga in India, 2011 and has since studied with various teachers in Guatemala, Mexico & Thailand. She managed an Island retreat centre in Indonesia and has most recently taught in New Zealand at Love Yoga, Taupo. 

Even those without any prior knowledge of yoga will warm to Brookes teaching style, her calm and engaging presence ensures beginners feel comfortable and at ease. Brooke aims to ensure the basic foundation principles are covered yet provides optional challenging poses for those with more experience. "Yoga for me is not about achieving advanced poses, its about presence of mind - connecting to the breath and calming the mind, leaving one feeling re-centered and balanced".


about kimberley, horses helping humans™ FACILITATOR

Kimberley recently became New Zealand's first licensee of the award winning Horses Helping Humans™ programme. She loves teaching people about how they can communicate better via their body language and to encourage people to have a confidence about them that is calm yet assertive. Her horses play a huge part in the programme. "The horses are actually the teachers, they provide honest and non-judgmental feedback about our unconscious patterns".

Kimberley part owns Makoura Lodge with her Father Hugh. She loves seeing the difference in people from when they arrive to when they leave. "Makoura Lodge itself and its surrounds have a way of relaxing people from the moment they arrive".



  • Learn what your body language is saying that impedes communication

  • Increased assertiveness & calmness

  • Learn and understand your own personality profile

  • Increased sense of self confidence and self awareness

  • Learn relaxation techniques

  • Connection and inspiration

Who the retreat is DESIGNED for?

  • Both genders and any age group is welcome

  • You do not need to have any prior horse or yoga experience

  • If your are overworked and stressed

  • Individuals (we are friendly) or groups

  • If you are feeling tired or overwhelmed

  • Struggling with confidence

  • Work/ life balance out of kilter?


Booking information- spaces are limited to 14 people be in quick!

To book this retreat we require a $200 deposit, the rest can be paid upon checkout. Group discounts of 10% apply for bookings of 3 or more people.  To view our sample menu and interinary, please ask.

We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you for this special, self discovery weekend.
— Kimberley and Brooke McIntyre