ABOUT  US

Our values

Here are our values and some of the ways we try to integrate them. This is a work in progress.

Fosterton retreat is to be a place of:

Connection

We believe connection is important: connection to people and place. Each year we hold an  Open Day where people can come & enjoy/experience Fosterton Retreat for free. Booking the accommodation provide opportunities for friends, families & groups to spend time together. Team building & retreats are intentional times of connection: with nature, each other, ourselves and the mysterious Other.  Both Max & Bronwyn are involved in the wider Dungog shire community through work, community building & art.

Re-creation &

Restoration

We provide a gentle, comfortable setting to physically unwind & detox from a busy life. Not just in a beautiful place but also as a place for the deeper parts of ourselves to be nurtured through reflection & understanding-a soul connection, with various retreats, workshops & connections to nature. When other people want to run a retreat we work with them to see that they too will be providing opportunities/ exercises for people to be creative.

Creativity

Art is intentionally on display at Fosterton Retreat via sculptures, decor & 2D works, because we believe it is an important part of life that goes deeper than the decor. As well as these there are many ways anyone can be creative; retreats & workshops incorporate creative exercises designed to enable all people to create ( we believe everyone is creative in some way).

Transformation via nature

Nature nurtures us & teaches us, so our property is set up to encourage visitors to explore, relax in & reflect on nature. Our retreats & other activities all have components so participants are intentionally  learning from & connecting to nature. When other people want to run a retreat we work with them to see that they too will be providing opportunities/exercises for people to intentionally connect with nature around them.

Thinking locally, acting globally

We want to make a difference in the lives of visitors, each other, those around us locally and across the world. We do this by being involved at the local level, keeping our carbon footprint smaller wherever possible- we use less, re-use resources & recycle or upcycle as much as possible. We also support local, national and international environmental, health & humanitarian projects, through: Habitat for Humanity,  Opportunity International, TEAR fund, World Vision, Australian Conservation Fund and  some others. THANKYOU because by visiting us or coming to a retreat you have helped provide housing, a global village with education, health, children with education, some microfinance projects, provided water and supported children receiving Christmas presents  to name a few.

ABOUT  US

Max & Bronwyn Greive

We are privileged to have taken over this lovely property- a thirty year dream finally happening! Every week we discover more things. Walks have been set out on the property and Bronwyn is compiling a list of native Australian flora and fauna with the aim of making a small filed guide for visitors. It was three years in before we sighted (with much excitement) our first koala and see them more regularly now- although Max sees them the most. It has occurred to us that from a distance he might be mistaken for a koala.

We are also hoping to discover more about the history of this land, stories from Indigenous people and those who settled it after them. You might meet us when you stay & don't be scared because while Max looks like a pirate he's really quite lovely. If you are considering coming to a retreat it is only fair you know a little more about us:

We are both practicing artists with decades of experience in creativity. Through our interests, passions and work we also have experience in developing creative and interactive practices which feed your soul, with the aims of facilitating spiritual and personal growth. We are parents and grandparents and have both been community workers, pastors, and counsellors. We like to help people in their quest to find a greater depth, meaning, peace and enjoyment in life. We also like to facilitate opportunities to deepen people's self-awareness and sense of being by nurturing their soul, strengthening their connections with nature and the divine.

Max has training in: Choice Theory, Spiritual Direction, Labyrinth Facilitation and years in Welfare,

Bronwyn has training in Choice Theory, The Enneagram, a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration and is currently a PhD candidate & in Spiritual Direction formation.

We look forward to meeting you one day,

Max & Bronwyn Greive

We hope you enjoy your time at Fosterton Retreat, after your visit please go to our Feedback page to get a discount on your next booking (conditions apply).

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Cabins

 

 

The cabin is the ideal getaway and the view from the deck at sunset was amazing! -Annette

Really secluded, private and a great mini break. - Caitlin

Fosterton House

 

 

Perfect house for 3 families with kids. pool & spa were very child friendly with a ledge within the pool....perfect for young kiddies. - Monica

Retreats

The natural and tranquil setting at Fosterton lends itself to moments of reflection on the verandah which surrounds the main house... Bronwyn & Max are generous hosts who share their knowledge and experience with those who are keen to explore. - Sande

Our dream

 

A place of connection, re-creation, restoration and transformation via nature, 

creativity and place. 

Max & Bronwyn acknowledge that our retreat is on sacred Worimi land once under the care of the Gringai and Biripi people. We recognize the care & connection they have with country and respectfully acknowledge their past, present & emerging leaders. 
Our role is both a privilege & responsibility to care for this land in a respectful way that gives credence to its origins and the inhabitants.