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The Wisdom of Summer: Embracing Abundance – a Circle of Trust® Day Retreat

Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Mennie's Home - Te Puna, Tauranga, New Zealand

20 January 2018
Saturday 9 AM – 4:30 PM

Mennie’s Home in
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
New Zealand

($65 if registered by 20 December)

Click to register now

Register by 17 January


“This fact of abundance in nature is in sharp contrast to a
human nature, which seems to regard perpetual scarcity as the law of life. Daily I am astonished at how readily I believe that something I need is in short supply… The irony, often tragic,
is that by embracing the scarcity assumption,
we create the very scarcities we fear.”
-Parker J. Palmer-

Program description:
Summer is the season of abundance and harvest in New Zealand.  The days are long, the sun is warm, the earth bursts with colour and life.  Our generous, temperate climate usually offers a steady state of plenty.

Abundance is not a given, however.  Some summers can bring drought, floods or climatic events that can destroy crops and threaten homes and livelihoods.  But we can always rely on nature’s constant cycle of scarcity and abundance, which will in time return us to abundant fields.

In this one-day seasonal retreat we will reflect on the abundance of personal gifts, ideas and aspirations that have grown within us and are now ready to be harvested and shared.  Through the lens of summer we will use poetry, journaling, and times of silence and dialogue to guide our reflections, and we will create space to (re)connect with the inner wisdom that guides and sustains us, and gives meaning and a sense of purpose to our lives and work.

The Circle of Trust® approach is based on the work of writer, teacher and activist Parker J. Palmer.  It offers safe space for self-reflection and shared exploration. This retreat is for you if you are looking to develop your capacity and courage to lead a more authentic, meaningful and engaged life that is aligned with your inner values.

Going on retreat:
We use the word ‘retreat’ not to suggest escape or withdrawal, but rather as an opportunity to engage at a deeper level with your life and work – time and space to pay attention to your identity and to embrace the various roles and responsibilities that fill your life.  It is about engaging fully with yourself and the work you do.

Attend individual days or the entire series:
Dates for your Diary?

The Wisdom of Autumn: Holding On & Letting Go – Saturday, 8 April 2017
The Wisdom of Winter: Making Time for Rest & Renewal – Saturday, 1 July 2017
The Wisdom of Spring: Remaining Open to Possibility – Saturday, 30 September 2017
The Wisdom of Summer:  Embracing Abundance – Saturday, 20 January 2018

Meet Your Facilitator

Mennie-Scapens-2014Mennie Scapens, is a facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal in Seattle.   She is the co-founder and former principal of Matahui School, an independent primary school in the Bay of Plenty.

Today Mennie designs and leads leadership development programs, teacher renewal retreats, and programs for personal development.  She is passionate about helping people uncover and grow their unique talents and dreams, and discovering personal pathways to living and leading authentic lives.

Further information can be found at or she can be contacted by email at

About Our Venue

The retreat venue is the private and peaceful harbourside home of Mennie and Bill Scapens at Te Puna, a short drive from Tauranga city.  It’s located at 398 Snodgrass Road, Te Puna, Tauranga, New Zealand.

Scapens Home Scapens - harbourside

Fees and Registration

Program Fee: $75.00, includes materials, morning and afternoon tea. Please bring your own lunch.

Discounts:  Register by 20 December 2017 to receive $10 discount.

Series Information: This is the fourth in a series of 4 one-day retreats.  Attend one day or the entire series.  The series fee is $225.00 (a 25% discount). Full payment must be received by 30 April 2017.

Registration: Numbers are limited in a Circle of Trust, so please complete and return the attached registration form early by email or mail to secure your place.  Please note, your payment and registration must be received by 17 January 2018.

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By email to: Mennie Scapens at
Or post to: Mennie Scapens 398 Snodgrass Road RD4 Tauranga 3174

Cancellation Policy: We understand that life challenges emerge and changes happen.   Cancellations must be made at least two weeks before the program date. The facilitator regrets that she may be unable to offer any refund or credit if you cancel within two weeks of the program.  If the program is cancelled due to low enrollment or other circumstances, you will receive a full refund.  Please note travel costs are solely the responsibility of participants.

Questions about this retreat?
For further information, please contact Mennie Scapens at or 027 686 7449.

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