Get Earthed Retreat:


3 x nights in the Earth Cob Cottage

1 x massage each

1 x yoga class each

Single – $480 // Double – $585

Cosy up Studio 247 Retreat:


3 x nights in the self contained Studio 247

1 x massage each

1 x yoga class each

Single – $480 // Double – $585


Re:set – Re:lax – Re:energise – Re:juvenate – June 21 – 23 2019 – taking bookings now!

Don’t hibernate – embrace this winter with an uplifting winter solstice weekend at Tara Retreat in Mangawhai on Northland’s east coast!

Glen Crofskey and Nicola Bradburn invite you to their family run retreat for a short getaway designed as an  “antidote to modern living” to shed any stress and reboot your system midway through the year.

Enjoy energising yoga classes, agility enhancing primal movement sessions, breathwork, a stunning coastal hike, cold water therapy, a bushwalk, healthy wholefood plant-based meals, a guided sound journey and great  company!

Novice, beginner & experienced yogis are all most welcome. Arrive as strangers, be our guests, leave as friends.


“A lovely relaxed atmosphere and it was nice how people could pick and choose what they did.  Glen and Nic were fantastic hosts, and it was like being at a home away from home, but pampered with delicious food and guided activities.” Abby (Auckland)

Your retreat will begin on Friday evening with a warm welcome, a flowing yoga class and a scrummy Thai dinner.

The Saturday schedule includes animal flow, primal movement and yoga sessions, a Wim Hof-style breath session and mid-winter plunge, the magnificent Mangahwai Coastal Walkway, a relaxing and meditative guided sound journey, with time set aside for feasting, resting and reading and fireside chats.

We welcome Sunday with a sunrise yoga session to get limber ahead of a walk into a lush native bush section of the Brynderwyns (and optional but highly recommended waterfall shower!) before we gather back at Tara Retreat for a relaxing fare thee well lunch.

All the meals are plant-based, made with love from healthy organic or spray free garden fresh vegetables, grown on the property or sourced locally.

Massages are also available on request.


“Really loved the retreat. I would 100% consider coming to more of your retreats! Thanks for the experience and all the advice/tips.”   Monique (Auckland)
Accommodation options and costs per person (ideal for couples or friends sharing). Visit our accommodation page for more info and pics!

$360 – Retro Revolutionary Caravan- double bed (under 6ft recommended) Single occupant price  $540

$360 – Glamping Tent – Double bed (can add another single mattress for two singles if separate sleeping required). Single occupant price  $540

$410 – Cozy Cob Cottage (handmade earth building) – Queen bed. Single occupant price $610

$410 – Studio 247 (self- contained studio) – Queen bed (double bed in loft for two singles if separate sleeping required.)  Single occupant price $610

$410 – Gypsy House Truck: queen bed (an extra mattress can be added for another single if separate sleeping required). Single occupant price $610

Fee includes two nights accommodation, five yoga and movement sessions, all healthy, delicious wholefood plant-based meals (2 dinners, two breakfasts, two lunches, teas, fruit, coffee, smoothies and snacks), two guided walks, a guided sound journey and a take home goody bag!

Excludes transport costs to & from Mangawhai

Massage times can be arranged – options available for an early check-in on Friday for a pre-retreat afternoon appointment, or a post-dinner Friday night session, or a relaxing post-retreat treatment on Sunday  afternoon. There may also be time on Saturday – we shall see! ($70 per hour)

Book now to register your place –


“Beautiful location. absolutely amazing hospitality and so awesome to get back in touch with nature…highly recommend this retreat and its hosts.” Yulia

We have timed this retreat to get the most out of your weekend and recommend taking a half-day off on Friday so guests can cruise up to Mangawhai and settle in before the evening yoga session.

We complete our time together over lunch on Sunday so that you have ample time to travel back home without stress.

This nourishing weekend will include active yoga, movement and breathing practices, and a takeaway goody bag including recipes, yoga practices to follow and a herb tea, so your restorative weekend spills over into your normal life.

“Amazing yoga class and really relaxing environment.” Patch

About Glen Crofskey

Glen has been a practicing yogi for over 13 years and has been teaching wherever and whenever he can to people from all walks of life for more than four years. He runs regular “Dynamic Yoga” classes and movement workshops from his own relaxed studio at Tara Retreat in Mangawhai, Northland.

Glen was compelled into a yogic life after a major climbing accident in the Southern Alps that could have easily killed him and left him with severe physical trauma and ongoing chronic pain.

After years of rebuilding through asana, pranayama and meditation, Glen began experimenting with other movement modalities that complimented his yoga practice, including ground-based practices such as Animal Flow (AF), which aided his healing journey by helping build a greater range of movement and ease of being. Three years ago Glen became a certified Animal Flow instructor under the tutelage of Miami bodyweight maestro and AF creator Mike Fitch, and he has been crawling around ever since.

More about Glen here –


About Nicola Bradburn (BNatMed; Dip TM) 

Nicola is a Natural Medicine practitioner and massage therapist who can provide tailored natural health programmes. She uses a multidisciplinary approach that includes herbal medicine, supplements, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle motivators and bodywork.

She has her own dispensary at Tara Retreat, where people pop in for their own personal herbal medicine blend, top up their prescriptions or to discuss any health concerns. Nicola has been a massage therapist for 20 years, a vocation she is still passionate about, and completed a degree in Natural Medicine in 2016 after many years spent tinkering with plants, herbs, teas and tonics, Nicola’s experience and skills combine all she loves so she can help people generate their own health and wellness naturally, supported by amazing plant medicine that is backed by scientific research.

“My belief is that we are made of many parts and utilising different tools to nurture and balance all our different aspects – physically, emotionally, spiritually, nutritionally – is important for happiness and health. As a herbalist and naturopath I have many simple tools to support someone on this journey.”

More about Nicola here –

“I had a lovely relaxing massage with Nicola who intuitively knew exactly what therapy I needed. Highly recommended 💕Robyn

About Tara Retreat and How to Book

So far we have a self-contained studio, a handcrafted cob cottage, a renovated caravan with its own covered deck, a glamping tent and a house truck lined with native hardwood timbers – all perfect spaces for enjoying a lovely local wine in the afternoon sun.

The property also has a  fully-equipped outdoor kitchen and BBQ area, rambling “help yourself” vege gardens and orchards and  a compost toilet and hydrogas shower block nestled among the totara.

Tara Retreat also has a massage studio, which doubles as a naturopath consultation room and herbal dispensary, and a dedicated yoga studio where regular classes and workshops are held.

To book your retreat spot email Glen and Nic at

Testimonials from guests….

“A beautiful relaxing space, generous hosts & a fab time had by all! Thanks for the beautiful space Glen, Nic & Possum! We had such a relaxing stay, we were so sad to leave!” Emma, Australia

“The property is beautiful, the accommodation and shared kitchen facilities is well stocked and the vegetable gardens are a nice touch. An interesting property to explore. Highly recommend staying here.” Luke, Auckland

“Lovely Eco friendly accommodation with relaxed and friendly hosts. Will definitely be back again. Very relaxing and peaceful stay, thank you” Brett, Auckland

“Lovely rustic setting with an awesome veggie garden. Enjoyed fresh mint in our cocktails and fresh basil in our dinner. Friendly dog and cats and great place to chat in the outdoor kitchen to other guests staying on the property.” Garry, Byron Bay

“What a gem! We visit Mangawhai often and have stayed at many holiday lets and I think we have now found the most comfortable bed in Mangas! Had a great nights sleep after being pounded by the waves at the Heads. Glen made us feel right at home and Nicky responded quickly to a phone message left enroute. Its a great option if you have a few of you staying with the caravan, cob house and tent as alternatives too. Highly recommend. At the risk of sounding like the Terminator “We’ll be back”.  Debbie, Pukekohe


Warkworth – 40 minutes

Auckland – 1.5 hours

Whangarei – 1 hour

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