Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice | Titoki Retreat May 6-7


With Steve Tollestrup | May 6-7 | Titoki Christian Healing Centre

Dear Friends,

We invite you to join us for a fully hosted overnight retreat at Titoki Christian Healing Centre in rural Whakatane from Friday May 6 - Saturday May 7, 2016.  We have some spaces still available so please contact us to secure your spot on

The retreat is themed ’Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice' and will be facilitated by Steve Tollestrup and hosted by the Titoki team.

The theme of this retreat is about exploring the presence of God in the pursuit of justice; in our lives, our work, our communities and world. It is an applied and activist workshop. The content will come from the history and thought of Christian Social justice from Christ to modern day. It will also draw on participants experience as well as that of the workshop leader.

"I have run this workshop many times and in every instance people have said how much they gained in insight, confidence and commitment to the social justice and what I call ‘The justice of Jesus.’  The format is highly participatory through the use of conversation, art, role play, film, reflection and meditation."

"My deepest hope is that participants will leave the workshop with a real encounter with God’s presence to renew their commitment to social justice and not just words, theology or theory. Participants will have something to take away and apply. My prayer for the weekend is that everyone attending the weekend will leave renewed and motivated." ~ Steve

Please book early to secure your spot.  Email:  Phone:  07 308 6503

About Steve Tollestrup

Steve Tollestrup arrived in Aotearoa in 1975 from the United States. He was a member of the 1975 Hikoi with Dame Whina Cooper and was formerly the Executive Director of the Inter-church Trade and Industry Mission ( northern). From 1995 to 2012 he was Executive Director of TEAR Fund New Zealand. He was also Director of the World Evangelical Alliance Peace and Reconciliation Initiative, Executive Member of the Duke University Global Reconciliation Network and the INTEGRAL Alliance (Global Christian Disaster Relief Network ). Steve is an elected member of the Auckland City Council and Owner Director of Ploughshare a specialist consultancy for the not for profit, NGO and faith-based sector. Steve is currently completing training in Spiritual Direction. He is married to Deirdre a family and couples counsellor and has four awesome kids, three grandchildren  and lives in the wonderful Waitakere Ranges of West Auckland.

Retreat Q&A

Will this retreat be taken in silence?

No, this is not a silent retreat. It is an interactive and conversational retreat.

When do we arrive and leave?

The conversation with Steve will begin at 7pm on Friday night and finish around 9.30 p.m. 
Saturday’s programme will run from 9am - 4pm.

What meals are included?

A delicious warm supper will follow the Friday night conversation with Steve.  For guests staying overnight for the Saturday programme there will be breakfast and lunch provided with Titoki’s home grown produce, plus morning and afternoon tea.  Saturday day guests will also receive lunch and morning and afternoon tea.

How much does it cost?

For those coming just for the Friday evening, the cost will be $15. 
For those staying for the whole programme and staying overnight at Titoki the cost of a double bedroom with ensuite is $100, single room with shared bathroom $85. All meals are included in this rate.
For those coming as day guests the cost is $50 which covers your meals on Saturday and includes the Friday night if you choose to attend.

How many spaces do you have left?

Titoki has accomodation for 8 more individuals or couples to stay over on the Friday evening.


Can you describe the accommodation at Titoki?

Accommodation is in Titoki’s traditional homestead style building where there are ensuite queen rooms and assorted single rooms with shared bathrooms. Rooms are heated and cozy.  

All meals are included, and you can expect to be treated to the usual good home-cooked fare where the food matches the psychology of the house. 

What do we need to bring?

Guests need only bring personal items, Bibles or note books as required individually. 

How do we book?

Contact the Titoki team as soon as possible to secure your spot.  Email:  Phone:  07 308 6503   Address: 71 Titoki Road, Whakatane

We look forward to meeting you!

Roger & Margie Upson & The Titoki Team

Posted: Monday 11 April 2016