OUR WARBLERS RETREAT WEDDING

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What better place to get married than right here, we thought!

Having been married before, we both decided we wanted to have a tiny wedding, so tiny that we only needed a couple of friends as witnesses.  Between us we had ten children, and with seven of them being girls, we thought it would be easier for everyone if we just ‘quietly’ tied the knot.

We had considered going to an Island Paradise, but very quickly decided, it was so beautiful here in our New Zealand native bush, that we would get married at Warblers Retreat by the waterfall.

A local friend who was a Marriage Celebrant, a couple of witnesses and it was very simple and easy.  Our friends were told they were coming to a blessing of the creek, which was in fact true; it’s just that we tagged the wedding along at the end of the blessing.  It was fantastic!  It was just one of those moments of absolute excitement, and plenty of anticipation for us!

After the wedding, we went back to the Cottage for a few celebratory drinks, then we went five minutes down the road to our local restaurant, Avenue 28 where we wined and dined.

Six months later, we did have a summer gathering where we invited our family along.  It was a very relaxed event with no pomp and ceremony.  A very enjoyable time for us all.

 

Dave and Barb

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THE LOVE SHACK

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Our story together started out like this…

We fell in LOVE!  It’s as simple as that.  We had so much in common, especially our love of landscaping, not to mention our hard out competitive nature and a trait we both seemed to exude -  being thoroughly driven by passion!

Settling into the Warblers Cottage together was the first step.  It was fairly basic but certainly comfortable enough to live in.  Dave had owned the property with a previous partner for several years.  We settled in for a bit while we decided on what our future might hold.

Not knowing whether to stay or go, we decided to test our relationship by living in a caravan for a year.  Living and landscaping in a Rockwood Caravan, (great name we thought!), while we planned to travel throughout New Zealand.  We rented out Warblers Retreat and set about on our new adventure.

Funnily enough, we never left the North Shore!  There was plenty of landscape work for us, including a lot of Council work.  And obviously, our relationship held together very well.  We thoroughly enjoyed our time living in the caravan, however there was the hankering for something more.

After friends had shown an interest in buying the property we returned to Warblers Retreat to do a tidy up.  It was at that point we decided we would stay and we would knuckle down and do some renovating – inside and out.  We moved back into the Cottage and started on our new venture of a major makeover.

The Cottage was where we lived for the first couple of years.  We loved the fact that it received all day sun, it was so easy and comfortable to live in, and you felt very connected to nature through the large windows.  In fact the majority of the windows are made of mirror glass which means you can clearly see out, but not in.  This gives you maximum privacy, but the best part about it is that the birds see themselves in the mirror and love to preen themselves allowing you to watch some of our NZ native birds up very close – from only inches away.

The Cottage is now available for our guests to stay and enjoy the pleasures we had in staying there.   If you’re interested in looking at the Cottage, please feel free to give us a call and we’ll happily show you.   Check out the photo gallery

 

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SUSTAINABILITY, Let the Journey continue...

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2012 Supreme Winner Sustainability Auckland Council Awards. Left to Right: Derry McLachlan, Kim Ward, Barb Cooper, Len Brown

It feels as though we are starting, all over again, but really, it’s continuing the original journey along the pathway of sustainability. It's fueled by a passion for nature; just being in touch.  We are very excited about sharing our knowledge and understanding of what we have learnt over the years. While family is very important to us, so is our local community, and our country – New Zealand.  We openly welcome the concept of sustainable tourism; we see it as a wonderful opportunity of sharing knowledge, our love of nature and a chance to inspire others from not only New Zealand, but from many other overseas countries.

In 2007 I sent out a newsletter in our local area Paremoremo, Albany, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND which happened to mention the words, Sustainable Community’.  These were words that both intrigued and excited me.  Before long, I was connected with another ex-teacher from South Africa who had taught in very poor communities.  She empowered the people, (mainly children as many of the adults had died).  She taught them to become more sustainable through enhancing their knowledge and in teaching them practical skills.  We discovered we had shared ideals and through this connection I was impelled to connect with others who would help me to bring the ideology of a sustainable community to the small semi-rural suburb of Auckland.

The journey that was about to be embraced was based on an authentic connection with nature.  This is what underpinned a lot of what we achieved within the years that followed.  Sustainable Paremoremo was the vehicle that allowed for a community to become connected, with the natural environment being the catalyst for change.   We were subsequently well acknowledged in regional awards in 2010 and 2012.

 

In late 2012 my life went on in another direction, but never forsaking that wonderful connection with nature.    I joined Dave Milina, an incredible craftsman and stonemason and in 2013 we went into business creating exciting new landscapes under the name of Sustainable Landscapes.

When we initially got together we just knew that we had a joint passion of creating, especially with natural materials. Hardscape and softscape, (i.e. stone and plants) met together in harmony!  Together we have enjoyed creating natural landscapes for clients whilst in our spare time, we haven’t stopped.  We have been developing our passion, Warblers Retreat.

So, it is with great excitement we are now able to show and share some of the creations and workings of Warblers Retreat.  Recycling, up-cycling, growing our own food, enhancing the beauty and protection of the natural environment.   Let the journey continue…

Barb

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REIKI ENERGY HEALING

Cheryl Eatwell Reiki Practitioner

RELAXATION, REJUVENATION AND STRESS RELIEF with REIKI

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the “life force energy” that flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

I am a fully qualified Master/Teacher dedicated to offering Energy Healing/Reiki, a natural holistic (Body, Mind, Spirit and Soul) healing process channelling life force energy.  This invisible force which flows around, through and within all living things helps restore balance and heal body mind, emotions and spirit.  It promotes relaxation, a sense of wholeness and well-being, and encourages self-awareness, personal growth and spiritual development.  Cheryl Eatwell

I also incorporate Crystals into my healing session as they also have an intelligent healing energy of their own to offer.

Invest in yourself and take a small retreat from your busy life to relax and enjoy a peaceful, gentle, restorative healing session.

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Reiki is a system of natural healing whereby a reiki practitioner positions their hands just above or lightly on you fully clothed body while lying on a massage bed or sitting in a chair.  The Universal Life Force Energy then flows from Source through the practitioner’s hands to the energy points within your body.  This life force energy automatically knows exactly what, where and how much is needed for your special healing.  The Reiki practitioner is just the channel through which the energy from above needs to flow through and into your body.

This Universal Life Force Energy then stimulates the body's energy so it will flow smoothly again removing the blockages thereby promoting healing and wellbeing.

It is a passive experience where you either feel the warmth from the practitioners hands, tingling or just fall into a very relaxing sleep.  Either way, the one hour Reiki healing session is a very pleasant relaxing experience which carries on working through your body for approximately a week, clearing out all that no longer serves you.  Three Reiki sessions are normally advisable for best results, but only one is also beneficial.

Some ailments that can benefit from Reiki healing sessions are: stress, trauma, loss of a loved one or having left loved ones behind in another country, divorce situation, anger issues, negative thinking, carrying old "baggage", side effects from cancer treatments, vitality, etc.

Reiki can also be done remotely/distantly as it is just as effective and powerful as experiencing a hands-on experience.  This method is very effective, especially for those who are bedridden.  Reiki is a very safe, calming and relaxing healing modality which can be used on the young, the old, expectant Mums, pets, animals and plants.

BODY:  Physically – any pain or illness

MIND:  Emotionally – what you are feeling and experiencing

SPIRIT:  Mentally – your thoughts and attitude

SOUL:  Spiritually – your capacity to love yourself and others unconditionally

 

To book your session with Cheryl phone 021 176 5705, or email reiki@warblersretreat.nz

 

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THE STIHL LADIES GARDEN PARTY, 2017

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The inaugural STIHL Ladies Garden Party event was held at Warblers Retreat, Albany Auckland on the 23rd September 2017.  If you are wondering what it's all about, read on...

Why Stihl?  It’s reliable and a great brand.

Why Stihl Shop Silverdale?  Because Pete and Jude Leishman along with their team give you great, friendly service and excellent follow up – they care about their customers.  They give hours of time and a lot of money towards helping kids through the Trillian Trek which partners with Blue Light NZ.

Why Warblers Retreat?  This is a property Barb and her husband Dave (landscaper/stonemason) have created.   They have acquired many Stihl tools over the years in their work.  Barb looks after the gardens and loves using her STIHL tools (toys), especially the battery powered lawnmower.  Dave’s very happy with that!

Why Barb Cooper?  Because Barb works for Harcourts Cooper & Co and has a strong community focus.  Having been a primary school teacher herself, Barb always likes to promote the local school.

Idea “!@$#!   Those are the ingredients for a great gathering.  Jude and Barb got their heads together and thought that a STIHL Ladies Garden Party would be a bit of fun, especially in the spring when it’s time to have a good clean out in the garden.  As a promotional event, it would be a great chance to demonstrate how easy the battery powered tools are to use and it would be a good way to raise funds to help kids.

The gathering was a great success with over 30 participants dressed up and ready to do some damage to overgrown plants and lawn with the mere push of a button. Victoria Mears and her team from Milinas Kitchen provided a delightfully decadent High Tea while Sharon Benton arranged the beautiful flowers for the tables. The High Tea was followed with bubbles and a prizegiving where STIHL Shop Silverdale generously gave away a range of prizes and vouchers.  A luxury night’s stay at Warblers Retreat was also donated by Dave and Barb.  As well as having a fun day out, every lady went home with something. 

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