• Mindfulness Retreat NZ

Switch off from your busy life and experience two days on our Mindful Moments Retreat to bring your mind, body and spirit into balance. Surrounded by the natural elements of Rotorua and Polynesian Spa’s therapeutic alkaline and acid waters, you will be guided through yoga, mindfulness, meditation and wellness workshops.  We will also be taking time to indulge in world-renowned Polynesian Spa therapy treatments.

Mindful Moments is hosted by our highly experienced Spa and Retreat Manager Helena Keenan and inspirational Polynesian Spa Health and Wellness ambassador Rachel Grunwell.

This unique geothermal bathing and soul soothing retreat originated here at Polynesian Spa in 2016 and has established itself as a must do health and wellness experience for those wanting to unwind, relax and reset.

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Helena’s personal experience with Meditation began in 1992 developing for her a deep interest in the Wellbeing benefits of Meditation. Further studies and reading into Mindfulness Meditation created a goal to pursue formal studies in this area. Eventually the opportunity to study Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training with Dr Ian Gawler arose and in 2009 Helena completed her first training course in this field. More recently Helena has completed further studies with Ian Gawler and Ruth Gawler in Australia in the practices of Guided Imagery and Contemplation. Helena also has extensive experience with Aromatherapy, Massage Therapy, and overall health and well-being. Now settled in Rotorua, Helena brings a diverse and extensive skill-set to Polynesian Spa.


Award-winning writer Rachel Grunwell is a force to be reckoned with: not only is she a health and wellness columnist for Goodmagazine and Indulge magazine (the latter goes on the Herald online weekly), she also writes for lots of publications like Good Health magazine and a string of titles under the NZME group.  The yoga teacher, personal trainer, motivational speaker and magazine recipe creator manages to run multiple marathons every year too. On top of that, the mum-of-three is the blogger behind Inspired Health which aims to inspire Kiwis to move more and live well.

As a qualified coach and yoga instructor, Rachel helps people to manage their weight, get fit and feel happier; individually as clients, or as part of the Mindful Moments Retreats at Polynesian Spa.

Always on-the-run (25 marathons at last count), Rachel knows a thing or two about mind-set and goal-crushing. She runs for her own wellbeing, but also helps disabled athletes through events, and has helped a string of disabled athletes through the New York Marathon.

Brands view Rachel as one of New Zealand’s top wellness bloggers and influencers, collaborating with brands and businesses to inspire Kiwis to live a life with “balance”, not perfectionism.

In 2019, Rachel partnered up with beauty brand LindenLeaves, promoting the brand and running their wellness events nationwide, attracting up to 100 attendees. She’s the ambassador for the Polynesian Spa, running their Mindful Moments Retreats & the face of the iconic NZ destination for videos and marketing material. She’s also the ambassador for the Rotorua Marathon event, inspiring Kiwis to get fit and take on a challenge at the event (in any distance they choose).

Website: www.inspiredhealth.co.nz

Facebook: InspiredHealthNZ

Instagram: Rachel Grunwell

Retreat Dates & Costs


We have THREE Retreats planned for 2021:

Saturday 15th May – Sunday 16th May

Saturday 14th August – Sunday 15th August

Saturday, 13th November – Sunday, 14th November

$599.00 per person


Relaxation & Mindfulness Techniques
Mindfulness & Meditation Session
Therapy Treatment
Yoga Class hosted by Rachel Grunwell
Wellbeing Workshop
Entry to the Deluxe Lake Spa
Morning Tea
Transport to Walk Location
Premium Retreat Gift Bag to the value of $350.00


Check out the therapies you have a choice from:

Polynesian Spa Mud Massage
Pure Fiji Body Glow
Waterlily Triple Berry Facial

*Please note the Pure Source Mud Polish will be used for the Mud Massage*


We can offer exclusive rates for The Millennium Hotel Rotorua to those joining us on a Mindful Moments Retreat for accommodation rates please contact us upon booking. Bookings will need to be made directly with the hotels reservation team and Terms and Conditions will apply to the booking, these are at the discretion of The Millennium Hotel Rotorua.

There is also a wide selection of hotels, luxury lodges, lake-side bachs, charming motels available in Rotorua to check options click here.

Please see example timetable below (timings may change)

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