About Us

Rachel’s Vineyard NZ has been helping New Zealanders heal from the effects of abortion since 2013. During that time we have run more than 21 retreats.  Our team is made up of trained counsellors, spiritual directors and those whose lives have been impacted by abortion.


Where does the name 'Rachel's Vineyard' come from?

The Hebrew Scriptures tell the beautiful story of Rachel, who mourns the loss of her children.  Her grief is real and she is broken – but God hears her and gathers her in love…

Rachel mourns the loss of her children.  She refuses to be consoled because her children are no more.   Thus says the Lord:  Cease your cries of mourning.  Wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward.  There is hope for your future.  (Jeremiah 31)

The Gospel stories of Jesus are the perfect response to the Hebrew Scriptures.  They reveal the promise that Jesus is with us, in our everyday lives.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  (John 15)

The name Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats recognises the reality of grief from the loss of a child, the unbreakable promise of God’s love and the gift of being ‘part of the vineyard’, to each other.

Do I have to be a christian to attend a Rachel's Vineyard Retreat?

No.  The Retreat is a place where anyone can come regardless of your faith, denomination or beliefs.

Will you keep what I tell you confidential?

Yes.  Your story is yours to tell.  We won’t share any information about you or your experiences without your permission.  The only exception to this would be if we were seriously worried about your safety or the safety of someone else. Then we would only share the minimum necessary to make sure that you are okay.

How much does it cost to go to a retreat?

Our retreats are free for anyone who would like to attend.  They are our gift to you and in turn, are funded by the generous gifts of others.  It is our hope that every Retreat weekend is a turning point for those who attend and the beginning of a new journey filled with hope and gentleness.  

Many people who come to a retreat choose to give a koha (donation).  This money is put toward the cost of the next retreat, helping others to receive healing and support.

If you would like to make a donation to support the work of Rachel’s Vineyard, you can do so here

I don't want to go to a retreat. Can you still help me?

Yes. We have qualified counsellors available who can talk with you.  If you would like to know more information you can phone us on 04 974 8693, 027 254 9222 or fill out our contact form

How can I support the work of Rachel's Vineyard?

The work of Rachel’s Vineyard can only happen through the generosity of volunteers and donors.

Find out more about how you can support our work HERE


Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats is an international network of counselling and retreats specifically for post-abortion healing.  The Retreats were first developed by Theresa Karminski Burke, Ph.D., in 1995 in the USA and retreats are now run in over 70 countries around the world.  Theresa and her husband now provide training and resources to the many groups running these retreats around the world.

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats are held at locations throughout New Zealand and Australia by Teams approved by the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats leadership team.