Nature is the Healer - A 3-day Retreat with Tribal Messenger, Jhon Kwano
Fri, November 24 2017 to Sun, November 26 2017
All Day
Green Hub, at the Old Tai Po Police Station, and Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Tai Po

“Come outside the circle of expectations,
go beyond your borders and whatever you meet there,
embrace it completely” -- Jhon Kwano

1. Nature / Objectives

KFBG is delighted to once again host Jhon Kwano, an elder from the Dani tribe in the highlands of Papua, the largest island in Melanesia. Papua is one of the most bio-culturally diverse places on Earth and Jhon's people still live as their ancestors have for thousands of years, in harmony with nature.

Jhon is from the last generation of his people to receive traditional initiation and he was identified from an early age for the role of Messenger, sharing the message of his tribe with outsiders and reporting back with what he has seen in the outside world. He is the only one known to be playing this role outside of Melanesia. As such he is authorized to represent not only the Dani, but also other cultures in both Papua and the rest of Melanesia.

2. Content

In this retreat, Jhon will share the knowledge of his culture, the challenges they face and his journey through the ‘Four Worlds’. He will help participants explore how to harmonise our relationship with nature in the modern world and guide them in a journey of healing in the beautiful natural surroundings of Kadoorie Farm.

The retreat will be based at the Green Hub in Tai Po and will include personal sharing, cooking together, experiential exercises, yoga and breathwork: a powerful healing modality involving deep, connected breathing.

The retreat will be facilitated by Andrew McAulay, Chairman of KFBG, who has overseen the development of KFBG’s programmes since it’s ‘rebirth’ in 1995 as a nature conservation center. Andrew will share KFBG’s philosophy and how it has evolved over the years, as well as his own personal journey of healing from cancer.

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3. Date / Time

24th - 26th, November, 2017 (Friday to Sunday)


24th November 0900 to 2100

25th November 0830 to 2100

26th November 0830 to 1630

Participants are expected to be residential and participate fully in every session. Applicants wishing to attend only parts of the programme will not be accepted, sorry.

4. Venue

The Green Hub, at the Old Tai Po Police Station, Tai Po, and Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

Located on a small hill at Wan Tau Kok, the Old Tai Po Police Station was the first permanent Police Station built in the New Territories in 1899. The Antiquities Advisory Board accorded the Old Tai Po Police Station Grade 1 Historic Building status in December 2009. The Development Bureau awarded the site to KFBG to transform the Old Tai Po Police Station into a 'Green Hub for Sustainable Living' under the Batch II of the "Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme".

In revitalising the Green Hub, KFBG adopted an integrated approach to conserve the historic, architectural and ecological values of the site. At the Green Hub, a range of low-carbon living programmes, and residential transformative workshops are now provided, to help individuals and organisations understand the low-carbon living alternatives to unsustainable consumption that is causing climate change and rapid resource depletion. 

The ‘Revitalization of the old Tai Po Police Station into the Green Hub for Sustainable Living’ project has received awards from UNESCO and the Green Buildings Council. You may visit the Green Hub website at for more information.

5. Language


6. Target group / No. of Participants

Aged 18 or above
Maximum 25 participants

7. Fee and Application

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8. Enquiry

Please contact Ms Esther Loes at 2483 7178 (English) or email