SUSTAINABILITY, Let the Journey continue...

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

STIHL Milinas kitchen

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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ONE NIGHTS LUXURY ESCAPE FOR AUCKLAND COUPLES

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Feeling exhausted but too tired to take a break because you’re so busy?  Now, without travelling out of Auckland, you can escape away from your busy lifestyle for a night’s luxury escape at Warblers Retreat.

So many of us live in a pressure pot environment where the rigours of daily life can be quite overwhelming.  Added stresses can come from all sorts of unexpected angles, be it from the car won’t start to a sudden untimely toothache.  Then an unexpected bill comes out of the blue and to top it off, our kids who we love to bits, can be sometimes very exhausting.

Now and then, just a little reprieve is all it takes.  To make a world of difference.  Just a moment to catch your breath before yet another courageous charge into the rucks and mauls of life.

Now you can take just ‘one night’ out for a luxury escape.  If you’re living in Auckland it’s virtually on your doorstep.

Enjoy the total seclusion, relax in the spa bath, go for a quiet stroll down the bush track. Taking even a small amount of time out can make all the difference.

Dine out at one of our local restaurants or pre-order a prepared meal so you can leisurely spend a few minutes cooking it at your own convenience.

Take one night away.  Feel as though you have been away for a week.

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NAMING THE KERERU STUDIO

Kereru gorging on guava

At Warblers Retreat we have named all our bedrooms after several native birds that also live on the property – there are many!  When creating the studio suite we felt it definitely had to be named after the Kereru.

There’s a couple of guava bushes outside the studio window and as soon as the guava ripen (around March/April), you see the Kereru are in for a feed.  Some of the birds are so heavy the branches almost break with their weight!

Kereru is the Maori name for Wood Pigeon and they are widespread throughout New Zealand.  They feast on a variety of food include buds, leaves, flowers and fruit from a wide variety species, both native and exotic.  They are particularly fond of the berries found in Puriri trees.  In the early years they were often an easy food source for Maori because of their tendency to gorge themselves on the berries, become drunk and fall out of the tree!

They lay their eggs mostly between September-April. During the non-breeding season.  Kereru can be fairly inconspicuous, feeding and then roosting under a thick canopy for sometimes hours at a time. In the breeding season, they can be just the opposite, perching on top of trees with males giving frequent display flights at the start of a nesting cycle. While not a territorial species, an individual will defend a food tree against other pigeons attempting to feed in it too. Fights involve hitting each other with their wings while flapping about in flight and moving only a metre or two.

Seed dispersal is one thing the Kereru is renowned for.  By consuming large fleshy fruits kereru play an important role as seed dispersers in our New Zealand forest ecosystems.

Our friend Kirsty Powell has written the following poem that captures the key characteristics of the  Kereru bird.

 

       The Kereru Song

I am a great big stoic chap

my name is Kereru,

I crash amongst the forest trees

My wings go Choo, Choo, Choo

 

I have a huge white tum in front

And head of purple green,

I like to eat the forest fruit

No one could call me lean!

I have a special forest job

As a big delivery van,

I swallow all the berries whole

And drop them where I can.

So if you see a seedling tree

Upon the forest floor,

Spare a thought for Kereru

AIRPOST – door to door!

                                                                    Kirsty Powell

 

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