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Taranaki Retreat is a project to provide a safe haven for people suffering a crisis.
It is based on Hurford Rd, between New Plymouth and Oakura, and was opened in March 2017.
Nothing like it exists in the region, and the unique project is the inspiration of former Taranaki Cathedral Dean Jamie Allen and his family.
They were moved to sell their New Plymouth home and make the lifestyle change after the death of their daughter, Carrie, from cancer in 2012.
Jamie has previously talked about how Carrie’s death encouraged them to develop the vision of a sanctuary for others.
People dealing with issues such as suicide, grief or tragedy will be able to stay on site, free of charge.
The project is entirely dependent on grants and contributions. Since its inception many volunteers have laboured on the site ranching from work groups and students to strangers touched by the project’s mission.
Contributions continue to be gratefully received to fulfill its vision. The site includes a guest lodge, a sanctuary for counselling sessions, an orchard, and a peaceful outdoor area. Work continues on a small chapel being built on site.
For more information see the retreat’s website http://www.taranakiretreat.org.nz