The Gift of Wellbeing

Know someone who could use a lift?

Aro Hā gift cards are the perfect way to indulge a loved one. They can unwind in our spa and relax with daily massages. Explore healthy culinary delights, reconnect while exploring world heritage surrounds and strengthen through intelligent movement.

  1. Email Your Request 
  2. We can send it digitally or post. 
  3. Valid for 12 months from date of issue
  4. Fully transferable


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Xmas Resfresa

Tiss the season for summer refreshment!  Chef Jenny has just served this new treat celebrating the solstice, and holiday season.

AroHaRefrescaMedWelcome your holiday guests with this highly refreshing summer tea.

This one is easy, and quick, comprised of simple ingredients you may even find in your garden.  Loosely inspired by our Mexican brethren, this iced tea will hydrate, cool and refresh – it’s our favorite summer drink!

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 medium cucumber, chopped
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1/4 green chili, chopped
  • a few sprigs of fresh coriander
  • a few sprigs of fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp green tea
Combine all ingredients in a lidded jar, shake, and leave to infuse overnight in the fridge. Serve chilled, over ice.
Odalé, enjoy!
 ~  The Aro Ha Kitchen

Fresh From The Garden

In the southern hemisphere it’s an exciting time of year for food production in the gardens.  As spring gives way to summer, the soils warm, new leaves & blossoms appear & everywhere we look, the earth is showing vibrant signs of life.


The production team has been busy mulching our berry areas, the orchard, preparing our vegetable growing areas, composting & making eco-sourced seaweed fertilizers. Our greenhouses are flourishing, full of lush green, red & purple foliage & floral colour.  We have also begun the seed sowing program for our contribution to the upcoming summer & autumn Aro Hā menu.  This season we will be providing our largest range yet of microgreens, herbs, vegetables, fruits & edible & medicinal flowers.


We are poised with enthusiasm & excitement, as our busiest growing time of the year evolves.

The tree huggers had it right?

It seems that our biology didn’t come with a terribly strong mechanism for prioritizing many habits that make us healthy.  It’s as though survival was the dominant driving force, and now that survival has been greatly simplified we face the potential of being overly indulgent, sedentary, and lulled by the digital glow of the screen.

While most of us experience a noticeable sense of well-being when we frolic in nature, known as the biophilia hypothesis, it seems that temptations of modern living are stronger than that of nature.  This is illustrated by the trend of urbanization.  It’s not really surprising that our human family continues to choose the comfort of domestication, but at what cost and can we go too far?


If you imagine for a moment, a chimpanzee living a modern life;  flat-whites, smartphones, fastfood, knowledge work, social media, and treadmills.  The result of urbanisation is what most of us know as home.  In Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods he describes a hypothesis he calls Nature Deficit Disorder.  His research shows we are spending less time in nature, resulting in a wide array of behavioural problems.

We are seeing an epidemic rise in depression and anxiety disorders.  Currently, 6.6% of US residents will experience a “severe depressive” event in any given year, and 18.1% will experience an anxiety disorder. While medication is often needed when the condition becomes severe, we don’t seem to be looking at the underlying causes, and to me, our distance from nature is one of the major causes.  I can certainly feel the difference in my body when I choose to spend a day with my computer, compared to a day hiking in the forest.

Did you know in Japanese they have a term that translates to “forest bathing”?!  Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, was first suggested in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan.  Research has shown forest bathers experience lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, lower blood pressure, and greater parasympathetic nerve activity compared to city bathers.  In addition, breathing the naturally occurring essential oils from trees, called phytoncides appears to support our immune system.  Phytoncides are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds from trees, such as a-pinene and limonene, and they serve as part of the tree’s immune system.  

You might be thinking, “Hanging out in a forest sounds great, but I’ve got work to do!”  All that work isn’t doing us much good.  People are reporting increased stress and less free time.  I’m sure you can imagine the negative repercussions, they include the increased risk of anxiety, depression, heart disease, weight gain, and cognitive decline.  What to do?  Question what’s most important in our lives.  Prioritize the things that truly bring you joy.  Create habits that support your wellbeing, like forest bathing, and consciously notice what activities cause stress.  Did you know that the reported benefits of forest bathing mimic those of mindfulness and meditation?  Go hug a tree and you can expect reduced stress, blood pressure, even faster recovery from injury, along with improved immune function, mood, sleep, focus, and energy.  Go nature!

No forest?  Here are some suggestions:

If you find yourself far from a forest, remember it’s nature we’re after, and she’s never far away.  Try the following:

  • Get outside anywhere.  Just pause, look up at the sky, relax and watch the clouds.  Slowing down is the answer to many of our problems.
  • Prioritise natureConsider how you can get more Vitamin-N.  Local parks, houseplants, balcony garden, or a nature vacation, remember it’s your wellbeing at stake. 

I’m ready to get outside!

With hugs,



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Blackcurrant KaPow

Need a little more punch in your step?  This is whole foods living goodness.   Unless you’ve spent some time with us at Aro Ha, chances are you’ve never tasted something so delicious and power packed as our KaPow Smoothie.



100g of any frozen berries (blackberries preferably)

½ Cup Kombucha

20g Raw Cacao Powder

15g Almond Butter

½ tsp Maca Powder

1 Medjool Dates

½ tsp Spirilina

4 Ice Cubes



Put all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend for 3 minutes on high.  Done!

Visiting Talent

As a place of transformation Aro Hā bubbles with the latest research, teachings, and techniques. We hand pick select educators to augment our signature programs.  Have a look at this summer’s hot list, and join us for a Signature retreat, or one of these upcoming co-hosted retreats.

SimonSimon Park joins us for a retreat February 16th, during his australasian tour. Simon was chosen by Yoga Journal as “one of the most influential and gifted, next generation of Yoga Teachers”. Since 2002, Simon has led workshops, teachers trainings and retreats at many of the worlds top Yoga studios and destinations in Europe, Asia, and the U.S.  His style is fluid, intuitive and encourages freedom through self-exploration.  In addition to Shiva Rea, other strong influences are Richard Freeman, Maty Ezraty, Joan White and Dharma Mittra.  Dubbed “The Flying Nomad”, he draws inspiration from road legends such as Jimi Hendrix, who said “The Earth is my home”. 

Kate-KendallKate Kendall is Co-Founder & Director of Yoga at Flow Athletic in Sydney’s Paddington. She join us March 5th for a special Adventure in Wellbeing.  Passionate about teaching the art of slowing down; her approach to yoga is down to earth, fun and light-hearted. ‘Yoga Guru’ for Body & Soul Magazine, Kate writes, presents and creates video content providing people with the opportunity to experience yoga progressively and in a way that’s adaptable to a contemporary lifestyle. 


CharlotteSmlerCharlotte Thaarup-Owen leads Mindfulness workshops, retreats and corporate trainings globally and has over 20 years experience in facilitating change. She has been the mindfulness expert for Danish Magazine Femina, produced mindfulness training CDs and numerous Mindfulness programs.  Join us May 3rd, this Adventure in Wellbeing features mindfulness classes with Charlotte, who will shed new light on our inner landscape. Whether you’re completely new to mindfulness, or an experienced practitioner, this retreat will help us all to live a more connected and fulfilling life.

Guest educators add flavour to our award winning programs, without over-powering the experience. Regardless of the program you choose, expect a life affirming experience that leads you back to your highest self.

In health,


Peace Through Play


We’re celebrating Peace Day 2015 with one of our favourite classes Peace Sticks.  Created by the Rilling brothers, Evan & Shine, this game combines meditative movement, Native American practice, and childlike playfulness.

Remember how fun it was to throw a ball, a frisbee, or to try and juggle?  When was the last time you truly played? Not to win, not to develop a skill, but just for fun?

What you’ll love about Peace Sticks

  • Instantaneous smile, and laughter.
  • Effortless presence.
  • A chance to play.
  • Joyful connection with friends.
  • Brain training!

Learn more HERE




Karmic Hug


We’re thrilled to be nominated in 9 categories for Spafinder Wellness 365 Travel Awards 2015!  

This will take less than 5 minutes, and big karmic hugs will be delivered to those who take a moment to VOTE HERE. By voting you will also have the chance to win a $1000 Spafinder Gift Card.

We’re nominated in:

  • Best for Fitness
  • Best for Healthy Cuisine
  • Best for Couples
  • Best overall healthy living program
  • Best for Outdoor adventure and activities
  • Best New Spa and Wellness property
  • Best for Mind and spirit
  • Best for Men
  • Best Eco-friendly and sustainable property
  • Best for the WOW factor

Each vote makes a massive difference, and your votes helped us win last year!  

With gratitude, thank you…