May 2023 Heartsong Retreat - Deposit

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May – Heartsong

Luxury Wellness Retreat 

"Only from your heart can you touch the sky.”  Rumi


“A Heartsong is our inner beauty.  Our sense of why we are here and how we can keep going. We each have a Heartsong, rooted in purpose, or our reason for being.”  Mattie J.T. Stepanek



When you purposefully connect to the place of the heart you can quickly activate far deeper levels of inner peace, perspective and healing presence along with new levels of motivation.  Working from your heart space not only brings a new clarity and connection to your intuition it also allows you to take on a gentler yet infinitely more powerful lens of the world.  

We have many phrases in the English language to describe the state of the heart.  This retreat is filled with heart medicine - ancient and modern tools for you to “take heart”, to connect to your “hearts desire” .. to activate a "change of heart" to .. "rest your weary heart" or release any heaviness of the heart.  To ho our your "heart of Gold".. get to the "heart of the matter" and move in the new ways to the tune of your most beautiful heart songs.  

This is space in time for your to step out of the chatter, noise, distraction, roles, ideas, labels, and lower energy emotions to connect to the song of your heart.  To be seen,  held in a space of love, nurtured and looked after.  To slow down, prioritise you, nourish your body, mind and soul.  A time to remember and practice the art of deep rejuvenation of your dear heart. 

On your retreat you will have on offer nourishing daily mindfulness, yoga, mantra, qi gong, silence & nature. You will explore and practice multiple meditation techniques. You will experience the benefits of the deep rejuvenating practice, Yoga Nidra alongside Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing.  You wil be given a firm foundation into the theories, benefits of multiple practices that activate the parasympathetic nervous system – your place of “rest & digest”.


"Dare to connect with your heart.  You will be lifting not only yourself and those you love and care about, but also the world in which you live."

Doc Childre - Heartmath Institute 



Friday 5 May (programme begins from 3pm but guests welcome to arrive from 11am) to Sunday 7 May (programme ends by 2pm but guests welcome to stay and depart by 4pm)

Add on option to arrive Thursday 4 May from 3pm. 


The Heartsong Wellness Content Includes -

  • Learn and practice a 10 minute daily Activation Practice that includes simple breathing, gratitude and visualisation techniques designed to change your state of the body and mind.  Over time this practice leads you to filter out negative stimuli and allows you to set and reset your mood at will.  
  • Balance and align the energy hubs and subtle energy channels of your body to harness positive energy, promote health and wellbeing and direct your flow towards acheiving your intentions. 
  • Experience a meditation using the "Colours of Love" based on 50 years of research by Swiss Psychotherapist Dr Max Lüscher 
  • Learn or be reminded of simple mindfulness teachniques to support vibrant living.  Practice a "loving Kindness meditation" and heartspace meditations.
  • Change the vibrational frequency of the body with sound healing and solfeggio frequencies.
  • Be supported to set intentions and affirmations based on your hearts desires and learn about various techniques to stay focused and clear on the manifestations of your intentions. 
  • Enjoy a "heart centered' cacao circle using ceremonial cacao combined with rose tea for the ultimate self love potion.  
  • Using a range of powerful simple Mantras including Bij Mantra for the heart.  
    • Make your own essential roller blend to take home and learn how these natural botanicals can influence on mood and balance.


    You’ll walk away with a new sense of inner peace and greater sense of meaning, purpose and wellbeing. You’ll take powerful tools and insights back into daily life so that you can live your life with a greater sense of ease, passion and peace.



    About the Food & Fare

    Our food is full of nutrients, seasonal, fresh and prepared with great love and care. All meals are wheat free, meat free,  dairy free and refined sugar free.  Usually predominantly plant based using local produce, organic and home grown from our vegetable and apothecary gardens where possible.  We serve a range of nourishing alcohol free medicinal drinks to heighten health and aid digestion - smoothies, juices, fire cider and kombucha home brews, Chinese and local tonic herbs.


    About our Retreats

    A nourishing blend of relaxation, movement, meditation, delicious organic seasonal food, learning & most of all time to put yourself first. Hosted at the luxurious Cape South Country Retreat and Wellness Centre facilitated by Kate McLeay (Mumma Soulfood) and a team of her favourite local legends.  


    An opportunity to step out of life’s routines and dedicate real time to putting yourself first. Over the retreat we will share wisdom on holistic wellness and how to positively enhance this for more clarity, ease and enjoyment of life. With decades of experience in education, hospitality and adventures we’ve seen the profound changes these experiences can bring and what happens when people take time for themselves.


    A program of activities over the weekend is available to choose from, along with plenty of time to rest, connect and rejuvenate.  Attend all on the schedule or select what makes your heart sing.


    Maximum 8 Rooms - be in quick!


     What's Included

    • 3 day retreat with 2 nights luxury accommodation
    • All meals, snacks, coffee & herbal teas, smoothies, purified water, homemade kombucha shots
    • Nourishing movement classes including Yoga & Five Treasures Qi Gong
    • Mindfulness & Meditation with instruction and support to establish a daily routine
    • Two educational wellness workshop sessions
    • Food talks & a food demonstration
    • A guided walk
    • Full access to all Cape South facilities -gym, magnesium pool, Infra red sauna, hot tub, grounds
    • All yoga equipment
    • Access to spa treatments at a preferred rate
    • Options to extend your retreat at a special rate to a 3 night retreat
    • Take home Qi Gong practice


    The Investment

    All rooms are ensuite.  All prices include GST.  Spaces are extremely limited with just 8 bedrooms available. 


    3-Day, 2 Night Retreat

    3 day, 2 night Retreat (twin or double share) $1360 per person 

    3 day, 2 night Retreat (single occupancy - own room) $1960

    3 day, 2 night Retreat (triple occupancy for a trip booking together) $1085 per person 

    3 day retreat (non residential) $860


    We highly recommend you stay longer; those that do are always delighted to have done so.   


     Make Your Retreat Longer

     Get a jump start on your relaxation and being cared for in our luxury venue.  


    4 Day, 3 Night Retreat


    3 night Retreat (twin share) $1700 per person

    3 night Retreat (own room) $2300

    3 night Retreat (triple occupancy) $1490 per person 



     About the Venue

    Cape South is a stunning, totally unique luxury retreat located only 8 minutes from Waimarama Beach, 20 minutes from Havelock North or just 40 minutes from Napier Airport.  The gracious 8 ensuite bedroom French Colonial style homestead & cottage is situated on 16 acres of grounds and gardens with expansive views of the coastal hinterland.   Retreat facilities include a mineral pool, gym, spa, infrared sauna, yoga studio, apothecary, medicinal herb and permaculture vegetable gardens.  The venue offers the ultimate luxury escape for a true exploration of wellness.


    Extra Treats

    A menu of massage, and treatments are available to pre book with superb therapists and practitioners.  Airport transfers are $115 each way - we can give you the contact details of Jem at Village Shuttles to arrange this.   If you are adding on extra nights then additional activities of guided hikes, beach trips, surfing or surf lessons, mountain biking, biking the trails and wine tours can all be arranged as add on to your stay.


    About your Hosts


    Kate McLeay

    Kate has been a teacher in many forms her whole adult life. Starting as an early childhood then primary school teacher and went on the become an International School Principal, advisor, board member and teacher trainer. She gave up her day job for her passion In wellness after years of study in yoga, meditation, mindfulness and holistic healing through massage and energy medicine. For over a decade she has led classes, retreats and workshops in wellness. She loves to share her work to a diverse range of audiences - workplaces, hospitals, schools and prisons.. to you.  She loves how the magic of simple wisdom equally reaches all who choose to walk this path.

    "Thankyou Kate.  You are a very special person.  You have an amazing talent to bring a group of strangers together and have them leave as good friends.  I was apprehensive about doing a retreat like this but loved every minute.  Thank you again for sharing so much, you really do make a difference and have a wonderful gift." JS


    Cam McLeay

    Cam is a character of note who loves people and sharing stories of his adventures and passion for wellness and nature.  Cam is a qualified chartered accountant and yoga teacher who has spent more time on rivers and in wild places than at a desk.  He is a world renowned rafting guide and adventurer having navigated the Nile river from Sea to Source, establishing a new "longest source" of the Nile in Rwanda.  Featured on the whole fourth episode of Joanna Lumley's Nile as well as over a dozen documentaries he also signed the programme and supported many film gigs including Top Gears East Africa adventure.  Cam loves the outdoors but is a long time dedicated yoga and meditation practitioner.  With over 2 decades of regular daily practice he loves how these simple powerful tools keep him on his bike, surfboard and on mountains and rivers. 


    “A real highlight for me was getting to know Cam more on our walk – and his hill top yoga – I mean wow, where were the cameras for that marketing moment?” Cath


    The Dream Team

    Over the retreat you will also be looked after by members of our dream team.  These can change depending on group size and our crews availability. We love to have a variety of passionate foodies and cooking legends, retreat angels and talented spa therapists in the zone as well as some treasures who “make it all happen”.  The people we get to be with us making this happen really are legends.  Finding them is our super power.. bringing you into our dreamteam fold is too!  


    Part of the Bigger Picture

    10% of profits help fund the teaching of Mumma Soulfood Prison Mindfulness Programmes with former Mangaroa Prison inmates and Community Support Mindfulness with Kate & Cam McLeay.


    2022 Testimonials

    “From the minute I stepped in the door, I felt at home. It was a lovely long weekend of meditation, restorative yoga, meeting wonderful people and being nurtured and nourished with incredible plant-based food. I came home feeling inspired, able to take on the world and generally like a huge weight had lifted. Thank you, what a blessing your retreat was.”  Alex 


    “ It is challenging to find the words to express how amazing my experience was on this retreat. It surpassed all of my expectations. Kate and Cam are inspiring teachers who provide such a beautiful way of connecting to your true self. Every detail of the retreat was attended to with intention and love. The setting was perfect to relax, and the environment was one of total acceptance. There was space for quiet and personal growth, as well as space for connection, joy, love, and laughter. Give this gift to yourself, accept this opportunity, and come to this retreat.”  Annie 


    “Words do not do justice to the amazing, life changing experience I had while there…. Kate and Cam welcomed us all with with open arms and mountains of love. There was no pressure to participate in all of the activities planned but I wanted to try it all and am so pleased that I did. Kate has given me tools that I will be using for the rest of my life to help navigate whatever situation I’m in. The food was outstanding, we were nourished with copious amounts of healthy delicious meals and snacks. I made friends for life with the other girls that were retreating as we all connected on a soul level. So grateful that I was able to experience the awesomeness of Cape South and Kate McLeay, I will never forget this wonderful experience, and can’t wait to go back again.”  Sarah 


    “Thanks again for the most amazing magical weekend.  Its going to stay with me forever.”   Joanna

    “Game changer.”  Toni  


    To Book

    To secure your booking head online to to pay your deposit to secure your place.  Alternatively you can pay on invoice via online banking, cheque or cash.  For any queries or bookings email Cam on or call Cam on 0212229363.




    Your whole body will thank you, and you’ll practice and embed simple yet powerful tools to incorporate back in your daily life. Cleansing the inside to glow on the outside.  Keeping your body in great shape to create and maintain a healthy, nourishing and inspiring lifestyle.

     You’ll walk away with a new sense of inner peace and greater sense of meaning, purpose and wellbeing. You’ll take powerful tools and insights back into daily life so that you can live your life with a sense of ease, passion and peace.



    “I had the best ever weekend and my heart is content beyond explaining.”