Homecoming Retreat – New Zealand

Dates: TBA

Our first retreat will be held in a large, unique home on the edge of beautiful Lake Rotoma. With spectacular views, private and sheltered backyard garden, lots of room for parking, and only a stones throw away from the closest jetty. Lake Rotoma is famous for its pristine and clear algae-free water teeming with Rainbow Trout and Tiger Trout.

Course: Homecoming 1 with Jeff Pratt

Date: To be announced

Location: Stillwaters Lakeside Retreat, Lake Rotoma

Hosts: Chris and Gaelyn

Cost: $250pp with own room, $225pp with shared room, $450 per couple with own room

Attendees: 15 people max

Rooms: We have the following rooms available – 3 x double rooms (queen or king bed), 2 x single rooms (single bed), 1 x shared room with 5 beds (mix of single beds)

Food: All food included, we will prepare meals together

Time: Approx. 7:00pm arrival Friday, Approx. 12pm departure Sunday

About Jeff Pratt

Jeff is the Founder of Axiom Monastic Community, a global network of aspiring contemplative activists and communities. He uses the mediums of storytelling, movie illustrations, biblical teachings and discussion groups, to establish a climate within our hearts – and as an intentional community – for a spiritual renewal.

You can read more about Jeff and his book ‘The Homeward Call’ here – http://www.jeff-pratt.nz

Chris and Gaelyn will donate a copy of his book to all attendees.

About Homecoming 1

A Place Called Home – Using John 15 we will discover how to find “The Abiding Place” or “The Place called Home” where the Trinity lives within our hearts. This is a place of great power and security, anchored in His undying love. However in our busy culture we’re often too busy to live “at Home” and thus we’re prodigal sons and daughters who are need of a homecoming.

Prayer and Contemplation – We will explore how Prayer and Contemplation pave for us a pathway home to the heart of our God where we can be free from our false self, and the fractures in our hearts… free to have a life changing encounter with Christ that will affect the world.

Alone Time with God – A time of practical application where each attendee will prepare one’s heart for a homecoming with God through a time of guided silence, solitude and prayer.

Sharing and Affirmation – Time and fun together!

God’s Dreams and Missional Purposes for Our Lives – Using Ephesians 2:10, some poetry and an act from a famous Broadway production, we will explore a series of questions that will help us understand God’s unique personal purposes for our lives so we can better understand our destinies. Time will be given to approach God with these questions in prayer.

Communal Meals – Meals will have a communal aspect in both the preparation and eating of our meals together.

Goals for the Attendees – To be led in a homecoming journey of personal transformation, where we are able to leave the negative affects of our pasts behind, as well as the busyness of our present lives, and more clearly hear the Voice that calls us “The Beloved.” Our desire is to facilitate a weekend where we expect nothing less than a spiritual awakening, a revitalised passion for God and for His missional purposes.

I want to come! How do I book?

Places for the retreat are limited to 15 people max. Priority for couples will be given for double rooms, otherwise please indicate which room option you prefer.

You can book by email to Chris & Gaelyn Parnell – cgparnell@live.com or by phone to Chris 021 1190 164 or Gaelyn 021 865 568

A deposit of $100 is required. Once you book, details will be provided for a deposit fee to be paid by internet banking. The deposit is non-refundable if cancellation occurs within 30 days of retreat.

Once your booking is confirmed we will provide a full list of details around what to bring, food and any dietary requirements, arrival and departure information.

We are really looking forward to spending this time together with you!




117 State Highway 30, Lake Rotoma, Rotorua

You can book:

By email to Chris & Gaelyn Parnell – cgparnell@live.com

By phone to Chris 021 1190 164 or Gaelyn 021 865 568