Wild at Heart BASIC event – September 2024 - New Zealand |  Find out more

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Wild at Heart Basic retreat for men - September 2024

Retreat details

What is a Wild at Heart BASIC event?

Simply put, BASIC is a Wild at Heart mens retreat led by John Eledredge and his team through video session and facilitated locally by trusted allies.

What if you had 3 days to spend in nature with like-hearted men? A fellowship of men who want what you want and have to fight through similar battles to get it.

Our hope is that you will be able to step away from the frontlines of your life for 3 days and enter into a culture and environment that awakens your heart and your intimacy with God.

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Why do a Basic?

"A man needs a deeper understanding of his masculine heart—and why God made him just like that. What if those deep desires in our hearts are telling us the truth, revealing to us the lives we were meant to live? A man must know he is powerful; he must know he has what it takes. The way we handle the heart is everything. Basic is not a retreat about the “seven things a man ought to do to be a nicer guy.” It is a four-day quest into the recovery of a man’s masculine soul, the release of a man’s heart—his passions and his true nature—all given him by God."

John Eldgredge

Format of the event

Surrounded by nature, the event centres around powerful video sessions, interactive story groups, and a guided rhythm of engagement, reflection, and relationship.

Who will be facilitating the event

Rob Porter – Rob is a facilitator and guide for Become Good Soil events around the globe and is a close partner with the Wild At Heart team in Colorado. Rob has been walking closely with men for decades and has recently founded Let’s Keep Rising, a global platform that is pursuing the hearts of men.

Philip Kelsey – Philip has been tracking the Wild at Heart message for more than 10 years. He has lay ministry experience using this material both in mentoring men, and in prison ministry. A follower of Jesus since the late 1970s, he has found the Wild at Heart message so orientating for a calling in the marketplace.


Hunua Falls Presbyterian Camp, 203 Falls Road, Hunua. 

The camp is adjacent to the Hunua Regional Park, just south of Auckland. 

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ARRIVAL: Thursday 12th September from 5:30pm

DEPART: Sunday 15th lunch-time

What will I need to bring

Bring yourself, an open heart, something to write with, the scriptures and clothes you are comfortable in - there will be some free time and the opportunity to be outside including walking tracks in the Hunua Regional Park.

More specific details will be emailed to you closer to the event.


We don't want any man to be put off by the cost - so if you need to talk to one of our team about what is affordable for you, please do and we will try to help.

Also, if you would like to subsidise another man, please let us know.

Otherwise, costs are as follows: 

$290 per person

INCLUDED: This gets you everything you will need once you arrive - all meals, materials and a place to rest your head for 3 nights. 

We are asking for the full amount to be paid upfront as spaces are limited and we need to make a financial commitment to the Hunua Camp in order to secure the booking. That said, if something comes up after paying that prevents your attendance, we will do our best to refund the costs. 

We encourage you to prayerfully be all in from day one.


Please confirm your attendance by…

  1. Emailing: letskeeprising@gmail.com with the following details…

  • Full name and age

  • Email address

  • Contact phone number

  • How familiar you are with Wild at Heart? (eg this is all new to me / I've been tracking for years)

  • Dietary requirements

  • Emergency name and number

  • T-shirt size

  • If you would be able to subsidise another man to attend

  1. Send your payment...

Via New Zealand:

  • Acc name: Mr R K Porter

  • Reference: WAH BASIC event 2024

  • Acc Number: 06-0193-0967161-01

Via Austrailia:

  • Acc name: Mr R K Porter

  • Reference: WAH BASIC event 2024

  • Acc Number: 06-0193-0967161-01

  • Residential address: 6 Eastglen Road, Glen Eden, Auckland 0602, New Zealand 

  • Swift: ANZBNZ22


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