Event Details

Event Details


Converge to emerge

Definitions of emerge:

1. To move out of or away from something and become visible.
2. To become apparent or prominent.
3. To recover from or survive a difficult situation.

This year’s theme ‘converge to emerge’ offers an opportunity to explore new
beginnings – a new expression, a new enquiry, a new healing, a new action. To
become more visible by, perhaps, taking a risk and stepping onto the cabaret
concert stage, or standing and sharing truthfully in a circle, offering a workshop or
attending one that is outside your comfort zone.
The theme focuses on what can be achieved with others that may not be possible
alone. Converging offers a chance to be witnessed, to be held, to be seen and
heard. It also offers the risk of being judged, criticised or misunderstood – and
learning how to either respond to these challenges or to reflect on them can result
in great personal transformation.
So converging can be the most challenging place in which to explore our authentic
selves and discover what wants to emerge. To allow life to transform, emergence
must be welcomed.


Convergees share on this year’s theme:

Rob L – ‘Convergence brings out SO many things in people. I know it does in me. Anything
beautiful, surprising, painful, darn inconvenient, revealing, funny, annoying, healthy,
fascinating, pleasant. It all ’emerges’ in the wonderful energy Convergence brings.
Bring it on…whatever emerges.’
Steve – ‘Bring my best which encourages others to bring their best which inspires my best,
and so it goes on….’
Victor – ‘From Complexity theory emergence arises from the interactions of many people (or
other systems) working together that the Individual people could not have achieved by
themselves.’, and ‘It is the magic that arises when a group just clicks’
Jazelle – ‘More of oneself emerges from within the active loving, encouraging and accepting
people who witness us at Convergence’.
Surendra – ‘To emerge into a new inner space that is more fluid and goes from moment to
moment in being fully who you are – sharing your heart, cooking a meal, dancing together –
fully emerged in life.’
River – ‘The more I converge the less I seem to be emerging!  For some strange, unknown
reason I seem to have taken a vow of silence lately which some, I’m sure, will see as a
blessing…’ Duncan responded, ‘The wisdom of the elder emerging.’


Emerge from the sea
like a wave making a splash
rising to be strong
Mary Holz


Convergence is held at the Journeys End Campground on Smarts Road, in North Loburn.  The site is about 40 minutes from Christchurch, New Zealand and is in the base of the foothills across the Ashley river inland from Rangiora.  The site is at the end of Smarts Road and surrounded by the Grey river.

How to get to Journeys End Campground

Journeys End Campground is now on Google Maps.  Search for Journeys End Campground, Smarts Road, Loburn.

Directions NORTH from Christchurch

Travel north from Christchurch on Highway 1, once on the Motorway take second exit after Waimakariri River bridge “Ohoka/Kaiapoi Exit”

Turn left at top of exit ramp and turn right at the T intersection. This road takes you to Rangiora. Follow the “Ashley/Loburn” signs through the Rangiora township.

Go over the Ashley River bridge, straight ahead past the “Sefton” turn off and turn right at the end of the straight. This turn off is in the middle of the 85km sweeping left bend, just after the “Welcome to Loburn” sign.

Continue on Carrs Road for 10km of tarseal, then reduce speed and continue straight ahead for another 4.2km on gravel road (take care when passing livestock and horses).

At the top of the rise continue on the road past the Journey’s End Farm,down the hill. The entrance to Journey’s End Campground is through the second gate on your left.

Directions SOUTH from North Canterbury

Travel south on State Highway 1 to Amberley, turn right at the “Inland Scenic Route” sign post and follow “Inland Scenic Route” signs along the  road through Sefton towards Loburn.

Turn right at the Loburn/Rangiora T-intersection, then turn right at the end of the straight. This turn off is in the middle of the 85km sweeping left bend, just after the “Welcome to Loburn” sign.

Continue on Carrs Road for 10km of tarseal, then reduce speed and continue straight ahead for another 4.2km on gravel road (take care when passing livestock and horses).

At the top of the rise continue on the road past the Journey’s End Farm, down the hill. The entrance to Journey’s End Campground is through the second gate on your left.


Map not to scale.


Convergence runs to a loose structure that has evolved over the years. This is of course subject to change and any times listed are purely guidelines. A watch is not required as Convergence can easily revolve around the signals for morning circle and meal times.

27th December

12 midday site open for Convergence
Self catering for meals prior to 29th Dec.
Evening meal will be provided on 28th for those who participate in set-up.
Start set-up

28th December

General arrival day and setting up site.
Self catering for meals

29th December

9am                                 Opening Ceremony

Next                                Creating Community

Then                                Lunch

Then                                Creating Community continues

Then                                Dinner

Then                                Open Mic Night

30th December

9am                                  Morning Circle

Next                                 Meal preparation / Workshops / Playshops

Then                                 Lunch

Then                                 Meal Clean-up/ Meal preparation / Workshops /


Then                                 Dinner

Then                                 Evening Entertainment

31st December

9am                                  Morning Circle

Next                                 Meal preparation / Workshops / Playshops

Then                                 Lunch

Then                                 Meal Clean-up / Meal preparation / Workshops /


Then                                 Dinner

Then                                 New Year’s Eve Celebration

1st to 2nd January

9am                                  Morning Circle

Next                                  Meal preparation / Workshops / Playshops

Then                                 Lunch

Then                                 Meal Clean-up / Meal preparation / Workshops /


Then                                 Dinner

Then                                 Meal Clean-up / Entertainment

3rd January

10am                                Closing Ceremony

Next                                  Meal preparation

Then                                 Lunch

Then                                 Meal Clean-up / Commence clean-up of site

Then                                 Dinner (prepared from left-overs)

4th January

9am                                  Co-ordinate pack-up of site

Next                                  Lunch (prepared from left-overs)

Then                                 Continue pack-up of site

Then                                 Dinner (prepared from left-overs)

5th to 7th January

Site available for those that wish to stay on – you may be required to cater for yourself during this time.

Things to Bring

Whether you are a Con-vergin (first timer) or a Con-verget (veteran) there are a number of things you could bring to make your time more enjoyable.

Essentials to bring

Eating bowls, plates, cups, cutlery, water bottle, tea towel and a carry bag for these.
Sleeping gear, mattresses, rugs, groundsheets, cushions, torch, chair
Breakfast, drinks, snacks  (No refrigeration available)
Sun-block, insect repellent, first aid kit, toilet gear sunglasses, towels, gumboots, swimsuit (optional), warm clothes as it can get cold!
Love, lightness and laughter!

Optional items to bring

P1150287For Music and Dance: guitar, drums, flute, voice…or whatever you play.
For Creative Nature Space:
 bio-degradable craft resources, newspapers, dress-up clothes, string, hemp, glue, egg cartons, corrugated cardboard, cane, feathers, seashells, fine copper wire, balloons, end rolls of newsprint, poster paint, brushes, old sheets.
For Main Marquee, Nurture Space, Kitchen/Cuddle Cafe, Chapel etc: big cushions, incense, candles and holders, wall hangings, music, tissues, towels, sacred objects, icons, plants, flowers.
For the Cabaret or New Years Celebration: Your favourite elegant clothes or costume for dressing up or dressing down.


This is possible in 3 main areas, namely around the main field, near Leigh Lodge and a ‘car free’ walk in-area further downstream.

Due to the possibility of strong to gale force winds, only sturdy and well-anchored tents are suitable.

A communal sleeping marquee is available you’ll need a ground sheet, camp mattress, sleeping bag or similar.


Vegetarian and vegan buffet lunches and dinners will be provided every day during the event from 29th December until the 3rd January. Please note the meals are strictly vegetarian and do include a lot of P1060711vegan, soy free, nut free, gluten free dishes to cater for the majority.   If you have special dietary requirements, health issues or allergies, you are advised to bring some supplies of your own to supplement what is available. As much as possible, the food will be organic and GE Free. Everyone is encouraged to help with preparation and clean-up after meals.

Please bring your own breakfast foods, snacks and drinks. Hot water is available in the ‘Cuddle Cafe’ area of the kitchen for hot beverages.

The first community meal will be lunch on 29th December. An evening meal will be available on 28th December for all those who assist with the set-up.

Meal times may vary during the event. Please ensure that you bring snacks for your children for between meals.
Meals are signalled by an air-horn (3 short hoots), blessing 15 minutes later.

Lunch and Dinner are served at the Main Marquee following a short blessing. Your pendant is your event ticket and proof of your membership at this year’s event. Thank -you for wearing it to meals.


Morning Circle: This is something you want to be a part of! Any group activities can spontaneously occur! (maybe you have one in mind)  each morning at approximately 9:00 am at the Main Marquee. This is often time to play with the whole group and feel the heart of the community aspect of Convergence.


Morning circle will be signalled by the sounding of an air-horn (1 long hoot) & start 15 minutes later.


Networking Tent: This is a place were you will find information about daily workshops, housekeeping matters and general information, as well as communication with other Convergees.

Wash up of personal dishes and cutlery occurs at the basins along the outside wall of the main hall\kitchen area. Food scraps go into plastic compost buckets.

Toilets: The site has male and female flush toilets opposite the Amberley Hall/kitchen building. There are 4 composting toilets at the north side of Main camping field. You are encouraged to use these. (Small amount of mulch added to the waste after you have finished). Another composting toilet is located at the south end near the Octagon. Portaloos are also located around the site as shown on site map.

P1060492Showers: Amberley Lodge (by outside baths) 2 showers available inside and far end of Leigh Lodge 1 shower available (access from left side of building not through Nurture Space)

First Aid: please provide your own first aid kit. A first aid room is located at the ‘Pines Hut’ behind Amberley Hall/kitchen and beside Amberley Lodge. 1st Aid volunteers are also identified by small red cross patches.

Nurture Space (Leigh Lodge) This is a quiet space where you can find refuge and peace amongst the excitement and emotion of the event. Various healing and energy workers maybe present here to assist you in what ever way they can. Feel free to place meaningful objects & photos in here. Thank you for respecting that these items belong to someone and leave them where they are placed.    There is also a small kitchen accessible through the door on the left of building. Please clean-up after using.

Found Property is located outside the entrance to the Amberley Hall/ Kitchen (near wash up area). If your property is still missing after the event, check the lost&found page.

The Heart Cave (Chapel) is a sacred place, the spiritual centre of the event. Thank you for respecting this and for being mindful when near it of people who maybe meditating inside. Feel free to place meaningful objects & photos in here. Thank you for respecting that these items belong to someone and leave them where they are placed.

The areas near the workshop tents, massage tent, and nurture space are also places to be mindful of excessive noise. Once again thank you for respecting these places.

Cuddle Café is located in the far end of the Amberley Hall accessed from the doors on the North wall. Hot water & herbal teas are available here. This is a comfortable space to rest and/or chat with others.

Water: All tap water on-site is filtered and safe to drink.

Workshops: If you wish to offer a workshop please email workshops@convergence.net.nz for a workshop form. Workshops are given freely by participants of Convergence.
There are 5 main Workshop Marquees available they are labelled ‘Water’, ‘Fire’, ‘Earth’, ‘Wood’ and ‘Air’ on the site map. Other workshops maybe offered in places such as the Nurture Space, Massage Tent or The Circle.  Workshops will begin after Morning Circle and in the afternoon afterlunch.  To find out more about workshops check the Networking Tent and listen tothe announcements by the workshop presenters at evening meal – for following morning workshops and at lunch for the afternoon workshops.

Cell phones: Due to limited reception cell phones may or may not work on site. In case of emergency please go back down the road until reception is available.


SONY DSCAs primary caregivers you are responsible for the children in your care at Convergence.

Creative Kids Space: This is an area that has paint, paper, books, dress-up clothes etc supplied for you to use with your children.  Feel free to bring other items with you.

There will be opportunities to meet other parents and organise/assist with activities for the children to participate in.

Snacks: Bring snacks as meals aren’t necessarily when your child will want food.

Cuddle café please respect that this is a space to quietly relax and chat to others.

Further Tips

We have collected a few more tips here.

If you wish to be kept updated before Convergence and during the year, make use of the Convergence Notices.

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