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with Ali Watersong and Craig Whisker,

Craigieburn Forest Park, Canterbury High Country

17 – 20 November 2022

You are invited to join this unique 3-day personal development workshop being held at Craigieburn in the Canterbury High Country.  The workshop uses the psychodrama method to promote and expand creativity and spontaneity in all aspects of life, including personal, global and spiritual issues.  During the workshop you can expect to enhance or regenerate life by developing new responses in your relation to yourself, your family, friends, workplace or community.

The Craigieburn Environment Centre is nestled in beech forest at the base of the Craigieburn Mountain Range. This beautiful setting has been chosen to support mental and emotional restoration, and to promote creative expression. This will be our ninth annual psychodrama workshop in the mountains. Our aim is to offer experiential psychodrama to a wide range of people, including those with no previous psychodrama experience. This year there is an option to stay on for an extra night on Sunday in order to relax and recreate in the Craigieburn Forest Park.

The retreat fee ranges from $850-$1150 depending on your annual income and provides for your use of retreat facilities, group sessions, home-cooked meals, and 3-nights’ accommodation.

Your Investment:        $850.00 (for annual income under $30,000)

(incl. GST)                  $1000.00 (for annual income between $30,000 & $75,000)

$1150.00 (for annual income over $75,000)


Enquiries to:     Ali          027 276 5992

                          Craig      021 213 9921

The workshop begins with a meal at 6.00 p.m. on Thursday 17th November and concludes at 3.00 p.m. on Sunday 20th November. You are welcome to arrive at the venue any time from 5 p.m. on Thursday. You are also invited to stay an extra night on Sunday November 20th to enjoy the mountain environment on Monday November 21st – walking, mountain-biking, relaxing and socializing. There will be an extra cost for accommodation (see online registration form for further details).


The workshop is fully catered from dinner on Thursday evening through to lunchtime on Sunday. The serving of meals and cleaning up afterwards is undertaken communally.

About the Leaders:

Ali Watersong is a certificated psychodramatist, counsellor and teacher now living in Whakatu/Nelson. She has led numerous personal growth groups over the past 30+ years and delights in using the psychodrama method to assist people to create the lives they want. She loves being in nature whether that is through tramping, cycling, kayaking, skiing or playing with her dog, Sophie.

Craig Whisker is a certificated psychodramatist and educator, who first experienced psychodrama in 1988 and completed training from 2000-2007. Craig lives with Selina in Kihikihi, southwest of Hamilton, and together they have five adult children.


 Located in Craigieburn Forest Park, the Craigieburn Environment Centre is set in the spectacular Canterbury high country, surrounded by mountains and beech forest, just over 100km west of Christchurch. It is approximately one-and-three-quarter hours travel by road from Christchurch on State Highway 73.

The Craigieburn Environmental Centre is a cosy venue and a base for a range of recreational activities, including walking, tramping, mountain and rock climbing, skiing, mountain-biking, caving, and fishing. You are encouraged to bring comfortable indoor clothes and footwear, together with outdoor apparel for exploring the local surroundings. As air temperatures can vary from very hot in the midday to cool in the evening, we recommend you bring clothing for all climates. For further information, see


Korimako Lodge is the main Centre building and can comfortably accommodate 28 people with its large kitchen, main workshop room, and four separate bunkrooms, and electricity throughout. Recent improvements include new individual bunks and mattresses, and a large night-store heater in the kitchen. There is also a log burner in the main workshop room.

Accommodation is provided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in single bunk beds. No bedding is supplied so bring your own sheets, duvets, pillows and towels. Bathroom, shower and toilet facilities are shared.

On Sunday, the workshop concludes by 3 p.m. and there will be approximately an hour of cleaning  up to do prior to leaving the venue. Please schedule this into your plans for homeward travel.