Nurture Me

We welcome you exactly as you are.

Learn scientifically proven breathing tools to help you release, rediscover and transform into our most grounded, connected, rejuvenated selves.

We believe everyone deserves the

space, guidance & time in nature

to reconnect with their true self

Have you been neglecting your health and are ready for a reset?

Are you feeling burnt out and overwhelmed?

Do you feel stuck and lack clarity in your life? 

Are you ready to shift from depletion to an abundance of energy?

Are you suffering from a lot of pain in your body?

Are you experiencing anxiety and finding sleep difficult?

Do you find it challenging to speak your truth and set boundaries? 

Do you experience a lot of negative self-talk?

Are you yearning for time out for yourself and to be taken care of?

We have helped over 100's of women retreat and reconnect

And we’ve been there too.
Retreats have been (and always will be) an essential part of our journeys

Nurture Me New Zealand

Nurture me is a retreat like no other where science meets soul. It is where all of you are welcome within a tribe of like-minded women and where we learn to find rejuvenation together.

Spend five days and four nights in Glenorchy at the at The Headwaters Eco Lodge – New Zealand’s first net-positive energy lodging – and one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Places to Visit in the World.

Set snugly between two soaring mountain ranges, a glacier-topped peak and the two rivers that feed the headwaters of Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy is a beautiful destination. The Headwaters Eco Lodge will delight your senses and allow you to melt and relax as it becomes your home away from home. Here you will learn leading-edge breathing and restorative tools to balance your body, mind, heart and soul. 

Your expert facilitators, Emma and Sarsha, will walk beside you every step of this transformational journey, where you will learn to understand yourself more fully. 

After days of nurturing yourself from the inside out, you will leave restored, rejuvenated and reconnected to the wisdom of your most authentic self.

Tools to create lasting change from the inside out to navigate life's challenges with grace and clarity.

Experience the safety of a tribe of like-minded women and learn to restore, rejuvenate and reconnect together.

Exhale and relax in a space where your joy, sadness, radiance and brilliance is celebrated. It's all welcome here with us.


Retreat Dates May 3-7 2023

Our 2024 Dates for New Zealand are currently being created. Send us an email on to be the first to get the new dates.

Each day will include

  • Three healthy and nutritious meals that will nourish you from the inside out. 
  • Divine morning embodied yoga classes to find inner freedom in the body.
  • Daily space to learn tools on breathing, coping with stress, and regulating your nervous system.
  • Practical sessions on changing your mindset to help process challenging emotions.  
  • Space each day to listen within and to each other
  • Gentle walks that immerse yourself in the stunning alpine scenery. 

Meet Your Guides

Emma Ferris

Inspirational Breathing Coach & Physiotherapist

Emma has helped thousands of stressed-out, sick and overwhelmed people bring back the calm in their life. Through The Breath Effect, she can help you reset your life by resetting your health. Through Emma’s work as a clinical physiotherapist, professional development coach and stress expert, as well as her own life experiences, she has created a formula for release and transformation. 

She understands your breathing and the way your body reacts to outside influences is a window into the disconnection between your body, mind and emotions. The strategies and tools she uses are designed to help you make the physical and emotional shifts you need to avoid reaching breaking point and instead achieve joy, success and wellbeing.

Emma knows first-hand the impact of illness, overwhelm and stress on the body. Her mission is to help you shift out of constant thinking and stress and discover the profound wisdom you have within.

Sarsha Hope

Yoga Embodied Flow and Ecstatic Teacher

Sarsha is a deeply practised, experienced facilitator & teacher of movement therapies. She has explored embodied movement & dance for over 30 years and has taught nationally and internationally for 20. As a wellness expert, Sarsha is passionate about creating balance and harmony for body, mind, heart and soul. She encourages people to lean into all these different aspects of self with compassion, openness and laughter in a grounded, empathetic way. As well as being the founder of Hope Wellness, Queenstown and New Plymouth Ecstatic Dance, she runs workshops, retreats and teacher training throughout New Zealand and the world.
Her teachings fluidly blend her wealth of experience from embodied flow, yoga, tantra & mindset coaching to create a truly unique offering that helps her students create transformative breakthroughs that make more harmony, peace, presence and truth in their lives. She continues to study the fields of embodiment, belief systems and the power of free movement to transform and create a more profound sense of wholeness.

The Location

The Headwaters Eco-Luxury Retreat

Just 45 minutes from Queenstown, The Headwaters Eco Lodge is located in the stunning town of Glenorchy that majestically sits at the head of Lake Whakatipu and the confluence of the glacier fed Dart and Rees rivers. Recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 places to stay in the world, The Headwaters Eco Lodge combination of both artistry and sustainability creates a safe and nurturing retreat space.  

The Headwaters Lodge has just 14 elegantly appointed private chalets offering modern luxury eco accommodation.

Choose from a premium Eco-cabin, a shared Eco-Cabin or a shared bunk room.  A covered outdoor veranda provides stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and the lodge’s secluded native gardens featuring sculptures, stone mosaic walkways and a covered outdoor fireplace.

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Reserve your place

Click the ‘Reserve Your Spot Today’ button and follow the instructions to reserve your place

Email to check room availability for the retreat and book your place on retreat.


Experience 5 days of deep guided retreat

Immerse into 5 days of professionally guided retreat in 2024 in New Zealand


Return Reinvigorated

Bring a new Self into your life beyond the retreat

What’s included


  • Five nights/four days eco-luxury accommodations in the quiet, comfortable Chalets at The Headwaters in Glenorchy
  • Free high-speed wireless internet
  • Yoga mats and props
  • We have three levels of accomodation for the retreat. We have 4 bed bunk rooms for those that are happy to share with other retreat guests. 
  • We have shared eco-cabins for friends or family coming on retreat together
  • For those coming solo and wanting their own space our premium eco-chalets are available. 


  • Three healthy and nutritious meals that will nourish you from the inside out. 
  • Unlimited fresh fruits, nuts and clean filtered water
  • One 60minute therapeutic massage to have you feeling refreshed and reinvigorated
  • Yoga and delicious movement practice daily
  • Daily Breathwork practices to reset your nervous system
  • Free time to relax, walk, nap, journal


  • Transformational group sessions. 
  • Powerful mindset shifting practices.
  • Ecstatic dance experience 

What’s not included

The unexpected is part of the journey: Although we are weaving amazing experiences into this trip, sometimes unexpected things come up. If a site has an unscheduled closing, we improvise to include something equally as wonderful and interesting. The quality of the trip is never at risk, as our hosts at The Headwaters are committed to excellence, along with their vast connections all over the island.

  • Roundtrip airfare to/from Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Gratuities for staff and drivers
  • Individual expenses while traveling (e.g. gifts, additional spa therapies)
  • Trip cancellation insurance (required)
  • Additional food and snacks beyond included meals at The Headwaters
  • Optional massage and spa services

Our Promises To You...

Teach tools to continue to reset, restore and rejuvenate in your everyday life.

Allow you permission to listen and honor your body's needs.

We will create a safe, confidential container with like-minded women.

Walk beside you in support every step of the way

Help you experience the cultural experience that is Bali

Allow plenty of down time to deeply rest.


You’ll find our most common questions answered here...

The best place to fly in is Queenstown, New Zealand.

While we know the unforeseen can happen in life, for us to be able to secure your place and create a fantastic experience, the $1000NZD deposit is non-refundable.
Every guest is required to have travel insurance for their time on retreat.

The remaining portion of the retreat is due for payment by April 1st 2023. Once paid, that secures your full retreat.
Cancellation after that point is not refundable, which is why travel insurance protects you.

Yes, a $1000 non-refundable deposit must be paid to reserve your spot. The remaining portion of the retreat is due for payment by April 1st 2023. Once paid, that secures your full retreat.

The Headwaters has an award-winning chefs that can cater for your nutritional requirements. The food on retreat is gluten free and has vegan and dairy free options. We will ask you about your nutritional needs on the intake form we send you once your deposit has been paid.

All our sessions are suitable for people of all levels of experience. Breathing is a base for yoga which Sarsha has taught for several decades. Sarsha is an experienced teacher that will work with you at whatever your  level making you feel safe and supported.  

Emma is a trained breathwork coach alongside a physiotherapist and can help you find the right tools to shift out of fear and reactivity and find calm. Breathwork is for everyone and Emma works first to reset your body to calm restorative breathing before we shift it into more energetic techniques. She shares the science behind breathing and stress so you are in control. 

Our combined wealth of knowledge has worked with thousands of women of all ages and backgrounds to help guide them into rejuvenated peace and joy.

We will help safely support you with any injuries that you may have. Emma is a clinical physiotherapist who has worked with men and women for almost two decades in her private practice.

To help us understand how we can support any injuries while on retreat, we send out an intake form upon registration to each of our guests that will ask for your health information. We also can adapt the experience when you are there.

Rest is encouraged, so if you need to sleep or do something more gentle, we will help you listen to what your body needs.

If you are unsure if your body can handle the experience, email us at

We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance in case any last minute emergencies arise and you can not make the retreat.  If you can’t make it you are able to sell your spot to another woman but a refund will not be given after the deposit is made. See our cancellation policy above for more clarity.

It is always fun to travel with a girlfriend, and on our retreats, our guests often come on their own and leave with lifelong friends. All the rooms at The Headwaters Eco retreat have been designed to be spacious enough to share with a girlfriend or a soon-to-be girlfriend. 

And, of course, gorgeous single occupancy is also available for your Glenorchy experience. We have a limited number of each single, double and bunk rooms so get in fast so you get your preference. If you book a double occupancy and are coming by yourself, we will match you with another guest to share.

Return Refreshed, Reinvigorated and with a new sense of purpose and identity

Whether you arrive burnt out, confused, exhausted, down, angry, frustrated or just a bit sad

The Nurture Me will give you all the time, space and skills you need to complete the transformation you need to happen.

Don’t just take our word for it...

"This is the most amazing experience that I have ever had. I only wished I had done it 30 years ago as I could have done things in such a different style. Emma and Sarsha so compliment each other. I have felt so safe at all times as the girls have guided me into this new part of my life. With all my thanks!"
“This is not something that I would normally do for myself. I mulled it over for a long time as something that other women would spend money and time on, but not me. Then my husband told me I should go for it and I am so grateful and glad that I did.

I had forgotten that my mind could be clear. That’s not something I’ll let myself forget again in a hurry. I just need to start with the body and let my mind follow. Thank you”
"I really enjoyed the breathing exercises - it unexpectedly helped me get out some of the emotions I had been holding in. I also loved the new conversations I was able to have with strangers and my mum, was new and nurture to our relationship.

I loved how nurturing and forgiving the yoga was to my body and I feel better for it. Thank you for putting me in a better headspace and pointing out(through the journaling) some things I have been dealing with and need to work on to better my well-being"
"I absolutely loved the retreat and while I was really only expecting the breathing and yoga elements, the holistic approach to my well-being was invigorating, uplifting and I guess life-changing too.

This retreat was a thank you gift to Cath but I guess I was the one who received the gift so thank you from the bottom of my heart. Oh and what an amazing group of women too! "
"This experience has been amazing. I have loved that in has been such a safe place for everyone to grow and share at a pace that has been right for them. Things that would otherwise be uncomfortable have been comfortable. I feel very nourished.

Thank you Emma and Sarsha, you both make this feel like it is not your job, but your passion and calling. More than an a-ha, it has been a consolidation and reinforcement for my journey. Thank you."
"It really sunk in when Emma told us when women gather the stress hormones start to lower. I thought this is what I’ve been truly missing, gathering with women and speaking from our hearts.
I thought the combination of nature, yoga, breathing techniques all enabled me to sync back into my internal space.
Embrace my feminine instincts and listen once again to my heart and what my body is telling me. Thank you both so much."
"An amazing and fulfilling experience. My body feels light and fluid with movement. An amazing group of wonderful women with Emma and Sarsha guiding us through this wonderful journey.

Thank you both so much for your understanding and empathy. A magical time that will remain with me forever."
"The experience has made me feel lighter, as though lot of the weight I didn’t know I was carrying has been lifted from me. The retreat has built slowly to allow us to open and relax.

I enjoyed every aspect of it, but most especially the moments of calm and reflection - the breathing in shavasana, the walks ….. I have achieved what I was looking for."

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