Express your interest for 2024 now
Reach out to us and pop your name on the
YES PLEASE 24 LIST
No sign up fee, and you are not locked in, so you can change your mind, as we women do :)
Simple as that, see below for link
19 - 22 May 2023
Last minute change of venue due to COVID saw us enjoying New Zealand's first town of light, REEFTON
Back in 1888, the local hydroelectric scheme brought power to NZ, said to be the first town in the southern hemisphere to get light!
'Pause Retreat' is about integrating Nutrition, Yoga, Reflexology, Acupressure and
With these tools your self-care routine will flourish and so will your sense of self.
We recognize that some of us may need to take HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)
We support this and work within its boundaries.
We care about your overall wellbeing and provide you with a safe and secure space, knowledge, and tools needed to be healthy through your transition.
It is our focus to share our modalities with you,
our menopausal sisters, whether you have naturally progressed into Menopause or it has been
Let us help you achieve optimal wellness.
Reversing our pubescent selves, that's effectively what is occurring within our bodies.
Do you remember as a teenager feeling low on energy, wanting peace and quiet, not understanding why you were moody, scratchy and everyone annoyed you?? Welcome to round two of that. Once again our hormones are drastically changing, reversing our ability to create life, changing gears and readying us for the roles of Grandmother, Great Aunts and Role Models.
Menopause, most of us are through it before we even know there is a prior stage, PERIMENOPAUSE, this is when all the 'crazy' kicks in, it can be a few months to 10 years... Then we cease to bleed,
but sometimes the symptoms persist. How we journey through POSTMENOPAUSE greatly depends on how we have walked the 'peri' years.
We help you understand your symptoms, guide you with natural and creative support to help bring balance.
Liz shared her own experience, knowledge, research and modalities to help your body find its natural balance again. Each of us experience a different set of symptoms, yet the body can be stimulated the same way and interpret it in its own language, finding harmony.
Jeanie had an amazing creative 'tool box', which she helped to guide our bodies through her yoga practice.
Nutrition knowledge brought balance to our physical and emotional states.
View from Baton Homestead
Grow in the Wilderness
The beautiful and serene Baton Valley Homestead is a replica of the old Gold mining lodging house, located up there in the gold fever hayday of the 1800's. Housing up and downstair accommodation, ball room, large kitchen / dining room, bountiful gardens and loads of camping space for your tent, it is nestled in the foothills of the Baton Range; There's also a tipi for the adventurous to sleep in, pristine waters of the Baton River to swim in and a stunning dawn chorus.
International Holistic Practitioner
Liz van Beek owned her Holistic Practice in the USA, was a board member with Reflexology Association of California, studied Massage and Acupressure and went on to teach at that same school, before returning home to NZ.
She has studied Nutrition and become an affiliate for
MyMT DR Wendy Sweet
Liz's focus is helping women naturally progress through their menopause journey
Jeanie Robertson has 20 years of Yoga experience, she is a Personal trainer, Life drawing coach, Outdoor enthusiast and trained in Nutrition! The list of Jeanie's knowledge and experience just keeps on going
Jeanie is sharing her Yoga and Nutrition advice with us at our 2 day Mini-Pause Retreat up the magic Baton Valley.
Check out her yoga at
Pause Retreat 2023 Reefton
Loved the weekend so much, wonderful instructors, food, energy, accommodation.
Food was good and filling so no feeling hungry or wanting snacks.
Very informative, good mix of practical & information. Enjoyed activities to focus & break up session.
Great introduction to demystifying menopause, lots of helpful activities for use at home.
Loved to Lymphatic system, barefoot explanations & finding objects in the environment to use.
Lots of helpful information & good to be able to discuss taboo topic in safe fun environment.
'Goodie Bags were a nice touch, great to have take home manual to refer back to '
Please reach us at 021 644402 if you cannot find an answer to your question. Or click the link on the below countdown to email us.
As yet we are to plan for 2024, we hope to stay at the beautiful Baton Valley in the summer; so we can swim in the crystal clear river water and treat our lymphatic and immune systems. Details to come :)
Approx 90min drive south west of Nelson, nestled between the serene Baton River and Kahurangi National Park. Native bird song echoes around the edible organic garden.
The prices listed below are from our 2023 Retreat, we hope to keep our prices as close to this as possible for 2024. Reach out to us via email and quote YES PLEASE 24 LIST, to get on our waiting list and receive 10% off. No advance payments required for this, and yes you can change your mind.
Course Cost Options
Price per person
$ 485.00 Full course Friday - Monday
$ 405.00 Friday - Sunday (Depart prior to dinner)
$ 405.00 Saturday - Monday
$ 365.00 Saturday - Sunday (Depart prior to dinner)
$ 99.00 Either Saturday or Sunday only (includes lunch)
Includes: Meals & course materials (Transport not included)
Preregister when 2024 dates come out to be in with a chance for a free 60minute modality session.
If you are attending with friends then you can book an entire room ie: 3 friends can share a double room with futon. If you are booking by yourself, then ye, you will be sharing with your new menopause sisters. We do not expect anyone to share a bed with someone they do not know, so please let us know in your booking if you are happy to bunk down with your friend.
Remember we also have the Tipi and camping options for those more adventurous.
Being a Homestead we will be sharing the ensuite bathroom facilities with other occupants in our room, these are located inside both up and downstairs. Don't worry though, the long drops of the Gold Rush days are gone and replaced with flushing loos
I wish I had known this info before I started into Perimenopause, I would have understood that my moods swings, frustration, achy joints and weight gain were all symptoms of my changing body; I would have been less harsh on myself.
The tools and techniques you will learn in this Retreat are relatable to all aspects of our lives, arts for wellness helps us creatively understand ourselves and let go of fear, frustration and limiting beliefs. Integrated modality flows can help our physical and emotional body at all stages. If you have already gone through menopause, either naturally or medically you can nurture and process these changes with more knowledge and clarity. If you are comfortable doing so you may wish to share your journey enabling others to further understand what may lay ahead.
COVID is still 'out there', we know that only too well; having to change our 2023 Retreat twice last year!
Cancellations within 1+ month: you will receive 90% of your payment back
Cancellations within 2 weeks: you will receive 70% of your payment back
Cancellations within 1 week: you will receive 50% of your payment back
Cancellations within 5 days: you will receive 10% of your payment back
HOWEVER: Providing us with a medical certificate allows us to reassess the above cancellation policy for you, we understand COVID and health misadventures happen.
Regardless of the cause we reserve the right to 5% of your full payment to cover administration.
Full Payment, less 2% will be reimbursed if we (Nature's Effusion) have to cancel the Retreat.
Have a query, give us a call: Liz 021 644 402
Grab your sisters and head to the hills
The big day may have come and gone, but keep in touch as we’re always up to something new and exciting.
Workshops, library talks, barefoot walks...