Womens Retreat

Our Mission

A weekend of relaxation and inspiration for you to enjoy at one of New Zealands most beautiful locations. This weekend will include inspirational workshops focused on women's health and wellbeing.

Virginia and her team of specialists will host you for this weekend where you will leave relaxed, inspired, motivated and indulged.  The weekend will include wellness workshops, spa treatments and time to unwind in the peaceful surroundings of the Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort in the Coromandel.


Located in a majestic location at Pauanui Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula, Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort will captivate your senses as you relax and enjoy its exquisite mountainside setting amongst 25 acres of native bushland.


Workshops over the weekend will include mindfulness, nutrition and women’s health and there will be plenty of time for informal individual coaching and mentoring.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE.  5th – 7th May 2023

For more information email virg@imemanagement.co.nz or phone 0275588662

Be part of our our next retreat

Join our wellness team for a women’s weekend of relaxation, inspiration, motivation and rejuvenation in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations.

Held at Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort in the Coromandel, this retreat will take you on a journey of relaxation leaving you motivated, energised and balanced.


You will come away with some valuable tools and skills should you want to make changes in your life or learn skills to help others. Our team of experts take a holistic approach that will inspire and motivate you to be the best you can be in leading a happy and healthy life.


We will take care of everything, this weekend is about you… so come along by yourself, with friends, colleagues or family for a memorable wellness experience.

Your Retreat Programme

From 2.00pm – Arrival and check in at Puka Park (you may arrive earlier to utilise the facilities of the hotel)

3.00pm – Meet and Greet

3.30pm – Women’s Health workshop (1 hour) – Mindfulness Stephen Archer

6.00pm – Pre-dinner drink and canapes

6.30pm – Gourmet 3 Course Dinner (fresh local produce)

After dinner chat session

7.00am – Yoga

From 7.30am – Gourmet Breakfast

10.00am – Mission Nutrition (90 minutes)

12.30pm – Gourmet Lunch

Optional activities

  • Mindfulness bushwalk (20 mins)
  • Beach walk (beach is 10 minutes’ walk from resort)
  • Spa booking (you have a Shiatsu treatment to enjoy)
  • 9 holes of Golf including coaching tips
  • Mountain Bike riding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis team challenge

3.30pm – Women’s Health

6.00pm – Pre-dinner drink and canapes

6.30pm – Gourmet Dinner (fresh local produce)

After dinner lounge chat session – this will be fun!

7.00am – Yoga

From – 7.30am Gourmet Breakfast

9.00am – Optional activities

  • Mindfulness bushwalk (20 mins)
  • Beach walk (beach is 10 minutes’ walk from resort)
  • Spa booking (you have a Shiatsu treatment to enjoy)
  • 9 holes of Golf including coaching tips
  • Mountain Bike riding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis team challenge

12.00 Noon – Check out of rooms – facilities can still be used in the afternoon.

12.30pm – Gourmet Lunch 

2.00pm – Time to say goodbye

The Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

This beautiful property combines boutique elegance with retreat style tranquility. It offers the ultimate environment for you to take time out to restore, indulge and completely relax.

Managed by Accor Vacation Club, Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is a secluded luxury lodge set amidst 25 acres of New Zealand native bush, on Mt Pauanui in the Coromandel Peninsula. Only two hours drive from Auckland, the resort features luxurious chalet accommodation in an idyllic bush landscape.


Spend your evenings star-gazing on the private deck of your grand chalet in the treetops, following a delicious meal at the resort’s award winning Miha Restaurant. For luxury seclusion at its best, we offer a premium getaway in an unsurpassable location. This is the perfect getaway in Grand Style.




Puka Park is located at 2 Mount Avenue, Pauanui, 3579

Flying – Pauanui Aerodrome is a small aerodrome located in the middle of the Pauanui Beach township.  We can arrange collection on your arrival.

Driving – The drive time from Auckland to Puka Park is approx. 2 hours

Meet your Retreat Team

Virginia Henderson - Host

Founded IME Management in 2020 inspired to make a difference in the way in which people lead their lives. Whether it is managing your event, tailoring wellbeing workshops for your business or delivering a retreat to indulge you, Virginia is passionate about making a difference to help people lead happy and fulfilling lives.

Having worked in senior leadership positions for corporates in NZ and abroad in the airline, tourism and sport sectors, Virginia understands the pressures on workplace, culture and modern life and the effect these have on our wellbeing.

Dr Mona Ponnen - Co-HOST

Dr Mona Ponnen is a Gynaecologist who has been practicing for 21 years.

For Dr Mona it is a privilege to care for women of all ages and her practice has been drawn to the real influence of hormones on our function and quality of life.

She looks forward to engaging with everyone over the entire weekend and discussing the many issues that face us as the modern, mature and multifaceted beings we are. Bring along questions, queries and quirky energy to the weekend. Mona has so much to share with us all and a wonderful sense of humour and is also a very good dancer.

Stephen Archer – Mindfulness Coach

Stephen Archer is a leading mindfulness educator in New Zealand having been involved in mindfulness for 40 years.  Stephen was formally trained in mindfulness as an ordained Buddhist monk in the Thai forest and has delivered mindfulness trainings for organisations including Westpac, Air New Zealand and NZ Police. 

Stephen will deliver a 90-minute presentation on the power and benefits of mindfulness which will include a guided mindfulness session along with plenty of time for questions and answers.


Anna is a specialist from Mission Nutrition and has been working in the health and wellness industry for over 14 years in both NZ and the UK after completing her studies at Massey University. Anna is passionate about helping people get results, so they can look and feel their best and get the best out of life! Anna will very easily unravel the confusion around eating and food with simple evidence based advice and strategies as well as inspire and motivate an audience to live healthier lives


Lassara is a body therapist with advanced qualifications in Reflexology, Maternity Reflexology and the Traditional Japanese Healing Art of Shiatsu. Lassara has a clinic in Thames and also travels to Gisborne, Te Awamutu and Auckland.

She is a fully qualified member of the Shiatsu Practitioners Assoc. of Aotearoa and has studied in UK, Australia and NZ since 1989. Her holistic health practice is combined with her training as a Zen student, and her focus is to provide a deeply nurturing physical experience that promotes wellbeing. Lassara’s Shiatsu massages are an absolute treat.

Autumn Falk - Naturopath, medical Herbalist, Shiatsu practitioner

A German trained Naturopath, medical Herbalist and Shiatsu practitioner for over 10 years. Autumn also teaches Shiatsu with the belief that these treatments can be deeply healing and truly uniting for body, mind and soul.  

Sharing her knowledge and empowering you during your massage is an essential part of what she does. She is very excited to be part of our Women’s Retreat.

Womens Retreat yoga


IME is thrilled to have the Ashram Yoga team delivering Yoga each day of our Retreat.  As one of New Zealand’s long established yoga studios and teacher training schools they pride themselves on presenting traditional yoga in a format accessible to the very beginner up to the more experienced yogi.
Ashram Yoga embodies a very classical, traditional approach to yoga. They follow the 8-fold path of yoga, where emphasis does not solely exist on the asana (posture) portion of a yoga practice. You can expect to learn and experience pranayama (breathing practices), meditation and relaxation techniques (Yoga Nidra). They emphasise the need to connect the mind, body and breath throughout our yoga classes. It will be a magical way for us all to start each day.

Retreat Fee

Single or Twin occupancy available.


Single occupancy $1595 per person

Twin Share occupancy $1295 per person

All costs are NZ$ and inclusive of GST. Monthly payment options available

Whats Included

  • Two nights’ accommodation in a luxury room
  • Full breakfast each morning
  • Lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Pre-dinner drink and canapes each evening
  • Three course dinner each evening
  • Yoga Class daily
  • Beach walk adventures
  • 45-minute Shiatsu massage
  • 9 holes of golf including coaching
  • Mindfulness, Nutrition and Wellbeing workshops.
  • Full use of all facilities

Terms and Conditions

The retreat organisers reserve the right to deny entry and/or terminate the registration of any person who demonstrates behaviour that is deemed to be inappropriate and/or a risk to others

Registrations received will not be confirmed until full payment has been received and processed. Non-payment by the due date will be a taken as a cancellation.



All details are correct at the time of publication.  The retreat organisers reserve the right to change the programme at any time and such changes will be loaded on the retreat website.



Fees do not include insurance of any kind.  Participants are advised to take out personal insurance including cover for personal travel, accommodation and personal possessions. The retreat organisers do not cover individuals against the cancellation or postponement of the retreat or for theft or damage to belongings.



The retreat organisers will not accept any responsibly for any financial or other losses incurred by participants in the course of the retreat nor will they take responsibly for injury or damage to persons or property occurring during the retreat activities.

Frequently asked Questions

Yes, this particular programme has been designed for women.
It’s totally up to you and what you are wanting to get out of the weekend. Rooms are setup as comfortably for one as they are for two. So bring your mother, daughter or BF to share in the experience
Absolutely not. The programme is designed for all fitness levels and abilities. You will be able to choose exactly what you participate in and at what level. The programme is about relaxation and rejuvenation – being your best self mentally, physically and emotionally.
No problem – classes are structured for all levels.
All dietary requirements will be catered for by the brilliant Chefs at Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort. Just indicate these when you register.
Absolutely no problem – IME has arranged a special rate should you wish to extend your stay. Contact virg@imemanagement.co.nz if you wish to extend your stay.
IME has planned another retreat in April and Septembefr 2021. Details are currently being finalised. Please email through to virg@imemanagement.co.nz

Booking Details

Full monies will need to be paid by 28 September.

Registrations will not be completed until payment has been received.

A full refund will be provided if the Retreat has to be cancelled due to Covid-19.


Please note minimum numbers will apply for the retreat to proceed.  In the unlikely event that these are not reached your payment will be refunded in full.


Confirmation the retreat is proceeding will be provided by Virginia no later than 30 September


Should you need to cancel your attendance at the retreat the following conditions will apply:

– Prior to 30 September – full refund

– Between 30 September – 20 October a cancellation fee of $300 will be levied plus any fees imposed by Puka Park will be deducted

– After 20 October – no refund except for reasons beyond the organisers control or for the reasons of health and safety the retreat is cancelled then the fee will be refunded after deduction of expenses already incurred.


The fee includes:

– Two nights’ accommodation in a luxury suite

– Full breakfast each morning

– Lunch on Saturday and Sunday

– Pre-dinner drink and canapes each evening

– Gourmet dinner Friday and Saturday night

– Daily Yoga class

– Workshops including Mindfulness, Nutrition and Women’s Health

– 45 Minute Shiatsu Massage

– 9 holes of golf including a coach

– Full use of Puka Park facilities including heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, tennis court, gymnasium.


The following costs are at your own expense

– Getting to Puka Park – although we can offer a pick up/drop off from Bombay

– Alcohol and additional spa treatments