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Gardens

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Houchen Retreat House and Conference Centre is a rural haven set in five acres of gardens, native bush and beautiful bird life, ten minutes drive from the centre of Hamilton and ten minutes from Hamilton International Airport. This makes Houchen an ideal location for conferences, retreats, meetings, training events or simply a place to revitalize your spirit in the serenity of our spacious grounds.If you wish to visit the gardens, please ring a week beforehand to ensure staff are on the premises.These are PRIVATE premises.

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Labyrinth


The Houchen Retreat House Labyrinth was designed in March 2003 by a group of people affiliated with the retreat house. The design work was influenced by two main sources: the ancient ‘Classical’ or ‘Cretan’ design and the group’s response to the land and space where the labyrinth was to be located.

 

These various influences, together with the inspiration of the group, resulted in a unique design.The design takes into account the slope of the land and its hill top location.

There are two additional circles added to the labyrinth before entering the seven circle pattern. These extra circles allow time for the walker to establish focus and a rhythm of movement before entering the central pathway.

The gazebo beside the labyrinth provides a place to sit and review the experience either in solitude or with companions.

Houchen Retreat House staff are available to further discuss the experience of walking the labyrinth. Please ring a week beforehand to ensure staff are on the premises.These are PRIVATE premises.

 

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Catering


We are a “self catering” centre. You will need to organize any catering and kitchen staff requirements for your event. However we can help put you in contact with a selection of local catering companies.

We ask that you leave the kitchen clean and tidy otherwise an additional cleaning charge will be incurred.

Tea, herbal teas, coffee and biscuits can be provided for $6 ( includes GST ) per person, per day.