I’m Angus McLean the Barefoot Chef. Earlier this year I launched my new venture, Barefoot Retreats out West at Beautiful Bethells. I've been coming to this beach ever since I moved to NZ 13 years ago and have always been in awe of its powerful energy and raw wild beauty.


Ancient Maori believed Te Henga harnessed a deep spiritual connection that transcends time. I've always felt this out here and also the healing energy the landscape holds. Since I first visited the area I've always pictured myself running retreats out here.

I’ve worked as a chef for over 20 years all over the world and most recently opened the kitchen of The Butchers Son on Jervois Rd. I've also been involved with vegan recipe development for websites and My Food Bag. I love plant based cooking!


Yoga has been a big part of my life since I was a student, 23 years ago. Having kept up my practice I travelled to Rishikesh, India to embark on my Yoga teacher training. I now specialise in Kundalini yoga, Qi Gong and mindfulness based yoga therapy.

After a year working as a retreat leader/yoga teacher at the amazing Aro Ha in Queenstown I felt I was ready to turn my dreams of running my own retreats at Bethells into reality.


Barefoot Retreats take place at HeartSong Dance Temple just 5 minutes from Te Henga and only a 35 minute drive from Auckland central.

The Temple is an amazing space to practice yoga in, Joy Lake designed and built it based upon Sacred Geometry and non toxic sustainable building practices. 

It is nestled into the native bush surrounded by Totara trees and full of native bird song.


I team up with Auckland’s favourite yoga teachers for the weekly day retreats. Barefoot Retreats are a chance to fully experience the healing power of nature, recharge your batteries and nourish your mind, body and soul.


They are a full day away from modern life and digital devices, immersing yourself in yoga practice, meditation and mindfulness, bush walks, ocean swims and enjoying healthy and delicious plant-based meals. I believe that spending time in nature practicing mindfulness, moving, breathing and being fully present is one of the most healing things we can do for ourselves.


Checkout to see our upcoming retreats and to read more about the experience. 

I hope to see you in paradise soon! xx

PS I have a cute little furry assistant who loves cuddles in savasana


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