Wellspring Parau Retreat

The land with stand of kauri, crown of copper leaves
(That rests on brow of Parau headland), weaves
From understory and undergrowth, a cloak
Of green that drapes on shoulders, gentle slopes
(The cloth of rimu, kahikatea, miro, and ponga grows,
Harakeke flax and grasses fall like fringe below,
Nearly touching where rocky toes reach into the sea,
Mighty Manukau’s tidal waters keep soles of the feet clean).
And in the soft cloak’s embrace is warmed the heart – those
Drawn to take a part in (what the future only knows
Will be achieved) – the path of Wellspring Parau Retreat.

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