Lifehack Community Retreat programme feedback

Thank you for your ideas

We’d like to give a huge shout-out to everybody who filled out our survey about the Lifehack Community Retreat.

We believe co-design is a crucial part of successful programmes for youth wellbeing and mental health. We try to bring co-design principles and practice into our own mahi whenever possible.

With that in mind, we thought it would be useful to summarise the feedback we received through our initial survey about the Lifehack Community Retreat. If you’ve got something more to add, make sure to drop a line to

What have you told us about the Lifehack Community Retreat?


Above all, you want connection, provocation and inspiration

You told us that you want to attend the Retreat to be provoked and inspired. You want the chance to reconnect with other New Zealanders who’re looking to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young Kiwis.


And you don’t want the weekend to be focussed on your current work

Most of you feel the Retreat shouldn’t be about getting guidance or accelerating your work. Instead, it’s about having the time to stop and think strategically — not just about your current work or project, but also about your longer-term dreams and goals.


You have varied needs for the weekend

Two topics stood above all others as the most important topics for discussion. Almost all of you want to learn about Māori culture and language, and facilitation skills. We may look into organising specific speakers or facilitators to give you a chance to dive deeper into these two topics.

Apart from those two, there was a wide range of interest in topics for discussion. We think this lends us to having lots of ‘Open Space’ at the Retreat. Open Space is a facilitated way for people to offer optional sessions and you can join what you’re interested in. explains that:

Open Space works best when the work to be done is complex, the people and ideas involved are diverse, the passion for resolution (and potential for conflict) are high, and the time to get it done was yesterday.


Friends? You like friends.

We asked whether participants of previous Lifehack programme should be able to invite close friends to the Retreat. And we received an overwhelming message that this would be useful for many of you.

If you want to invite a close friend, colleague or mentor to the Retreat — please introduce them to one of the Lifehack crew so we can talk together about whether this is a good place for them to start their Lifehack journey.


No clear ticket price emerged from the survey

$50 or $300? Or somewhere in between? There was no clear level, so we’ve set the ticket prices somewhere in the middle. To make it fairer for people coming from out of town, we’ve made it more expensive for people coming from Wellington to account for their reduced transport costs. And we’ve also allowed for camping or inside sleeping options.
If the price is a barrier to you attending, please get in touch with to talk about how we can help.Keep your thoughts coming
Don’t hesitate to email if you’ve got any more thoughts or comments. We’d love to have you as a part of designing this experience!

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