Our Ethos – Wellbeing
Whakatā in Fiordland is the realization of a dream. Located on the outskirts of Te Anau, Whakatā offers a place to catch your breath and take time out from busy lives – surrounded by soaring mountains and farmland. Owner Rachael Brown saw the need for a place where couples can both indulge their passions – his being hunting, fishing or hiking; and hers being relaxation and wellbeing. Whakatā in Fiordland offers the perfect place to do this.
At the core of the Whakatā in Fiordland offering is wellness, retreat and relaxation. Whakatā itself is a Maori word meaning ‘to take breath, rest, relax, and have a break’. Rachael, a qualified massage therapist, is deeply passionate about the mind and body connection that wellness treatments like yoga, mindfulness and massage bring, and has integrated these treatments into the overall Whakatā guest experience.
Yoga at Whakatā
Asana or yoga posture practice is a form of mindful movement, connecting the body and the mind in the present moment. Mindful movement on our mat takes us off of “auto-pilot” and brings present moment awareness into day-to-day experience. We intentionally pay attention to what is happening here in this body, now in this moment. In each pose, we ask ourselves, “How am I meeting this moment?” With mindfulness, we are able to answer, on or off of our yoga mat.
Private yoga sessions at Whakatā are taught on the deck or inside the chalets themselves by either Kerri-Anne Edge Hill or Tammy Magness.
Mindfulness at Whakatā
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. It’s about knowing what is on your mind.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Everyone benefits from mindfulness – the practice improves mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Why is mindfulness such a powerful tool? We lead busy, busy lives. Much of our day is spent thinking about what we need to do or what we have done. In other words, we are often “living” in the past or the future rather than attentive to what is happening right here, right now. Constant thought about the past or the future can be stressful and overwhelming, leaving us feeling emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted, not to mention that we are missing what is actually happening in each moment of our lives. However, when we skillfully bring our attention to each moment we gain clarity, centeredness and abiding calm.
Whakatā in Fiordland, surrounded by dramatic landscapes and far from the hustle and bustle of city life, is the perfect place to learn and practice mindfulness. Mindfulness at Whakatā is taught by Tammy Magness who is highly experienced in all things mindfulness and meditation.
Massage at Whakatā
There’s nothing better than coming back from a morning of exploring Fiordland to a relaxing massage in your chalet. With over ten years experience practicing massage therapy, and recently becoming qualified in Lymphatic Drainage and Reiki, Rachael believes in the power of massage and the mind and body benefits it brings. All massage therapy sessions are tailored to your individual needs; be it specific areas of discomfort or all-over aches and pains.
Sessions take place within the privacy of your own chalet. To continue the relaxation process, it’s a great idea to jump in your private outdoor spa (hot tub) afterwards.