Frequently Asked Questions
Below you can find answers to our frequently asked questions. Can’t find your query? Get in touch with us directly using our contact form.
What’s the difference between BELIEVE, BELIEVE Community and Aroha?
BELIEVE is our brand and our philosophy. The BELIEVE community are gifting angels who have offered their support to bring our first community project to life; our wellness retreat. Aroha, meaning love, is the name of our retreat.
How do we know that our gifted funds are going the Aroha project?
We are committed to ensuring that all gifted funds go directly to the suppliers and creatives who help us breathe life into Aroha.
We will demonstrate this through ongoing regular updates of financial reports which will be visible on our website. We accept that we are accountable to our gifters; this is a key aspect of our beliefs around trustworthiness, honesty and openness.
What do you mean by “not for profit”?
Not for profit describes a type of organisation that doesn’t earn profit for its owners.
The Aroha retreat is an example of this; the retreat will not be run for shareholder or personal wealth generation. As an organisation we will use any surplus revenue to further achieve our ultimate objective of paying-it-forward in support of other social projects and initiatives.
We will publish the results of our surplus revenue to the community and all Aroha pay-it-forward initiatives will be shown on our website. We accept that we are accountable to our gifters to run the Aroha resort diligently; the key aspect being trustworthiness, honesty, openness and total transparency.
What’s in it for us, the founders of BELIEVE and Aroha?
For us it’s simple, the BELIEVE brand and Aroha project is our opportunity to pursue our passion for community, wellness, caring for the environment and demonstrating disruptive thinking in action.
This is a passion project and something that gifts us the opportunity to give back by creating a space focused on the wellbeing and happiness of others. This opportunity gifts us the ability to simplify our lives and ensures we live every day in a wholehearted way. And if we can make a living doing what we love every pay cheque will be a bonus.
What’s in it for the BELIEVE community?
We want our BELIEVE community to be fulfilled from both an ideological and practical perspective and therefore there are a number of ways in which you can benefit from being a part of it.
First and foremost, it’s an opportunity to be a part of an ideal, something greater, by funding, designing, building and creating a wellness retreat. Not just any retreat, but one that stands for community and cares for the environment and for each other with eco-friendly credentials.
Of course by being a community member, you’ll the able to tap into a tribe of like-minded individuals, but you’ll also have access to project development and creative opportunities for Aroha. For example, if you’re a potter you’ll be able to submit your designs for the retreat’s crockery and if selected you’ll be asked to supply these items [of course this will be paid for … the pay-it-forward principal in action]. The possibilities are endless. You’ll be also have access to our project plan which details the entire build and launch process.
Other more practical benefits include guaranteed discounts on rates and special offers. You’ll be able to access a pool of wellness content that will help you to lead a more fulfilled life which will come directly from those executing wellness experiences at Aroha. Be that our local farmers, yoga or meditation instructors or chefs. In addition, you can look out for the opportunity to win a week’s free accommodation during our soft launch!
If any of the above sounds like something you’d like to get involved with, please email us with details.
Why a tented retreat?
There is a connectedness when you inhabit an open space; allowing you to experience the energy of the earth. Every natural occurring event gives energy to the earth, it acts like a conductor, and for the most part we are one with this. Standing within the land and amongst the trees our bodies and spirits can connect to this energy field. We are not about palaces, extravagant villas or condos we are all about a low carbon footprint.
When does the Aroha retreat open and how do we book?
Ssssh … opening day’s a bit of a secret but as a community member you’ll get the news first along with details of your special discount as a thank you for your support. Like all construction projects there is a timeline to follow and key milestones to hit. We will continue to keep you abreast of the progress week-to-week, so you watch as we move closer to launch. We hope to meet you in person once we’re open and show you your gifting tag on our gifting tree! We’ll be creating a separate Aroha booking website as the project progresses; this is where you’ll be able to make your bookings.
How do I gift?
There are endless opportunities for you to be part of the BELIEVE community and Aroha project. You can gift on our website by looking for the Pay-It-Forward buttons on all our pages and feel free to contact us via this page.
Can I donate twice?
Absolutely, there is no limit to how much or how often you gift.
I’d like to pay-it-forward for BELIEVE Tribe. Who can I contact about media relations?
Please drop us an email with your enquiry and we’ll be sure to direct it to the appropriate person.