EANZ Retreat

Effective Altruism New Zealand Retreats

The Effective Altruism NZ retreats gather aspiring effective altruists from around the country to learn, have fun, work on projects to improve the world, and support each other with our plans for having an impact in the future.


Summer Retreat January 2021:

Motutapu Island - Hauraki Gulf


The 2021 Summer Retreat will be held on Motutapu Island, on the Hauraki Gulf just off the coast of Auckland.

Dates: Thursday 14th January – Sunday 17th January

Accommodation: This is in the beachside Lodge and Cottage at  Motutapu Outdoor Education Centre. The accommodation is in rooms with 3-6 people, but there will be some capacity for people to have their own room if needed.

We will meet at Z pier in Auckland at 10.30am on the Thursday and travel by boat to the Island. Our luggage and any people unable to walk far will get picked up and driven to the lodge.  The rest of the group will walk 1 hour to the lodge. On Sunday we will be back at Z pier at approximately 2pm.

The retreat will be held at COVID level 1 or 2, but will be postponed if the Auckland region is at Level 3 or above.

This is the view from the accommodation:


  • Discussing the aspects of EA that most interest us
  • Getting to know each other while walking along one of the many scenic ocean view walks
  • Kayaking and swimming at the beach right outside our acccomodation
  • Workshops on advanced EA concepts
  • EA related presentations and group activities
  • Games
  • Working on projects related to EA New Zealand, such as the EA donation swap, planning policy submissions, and fundraising for charities
  • Helping each other with career plans and donation decisions
  • Cooking and eating shared meals

Who is this retreat for?

Our retreats are typically designed for people who are familiar with effective altruism and are dedicated to improving the world using evidence and analysis― whether by donating, volunteering, or through their career.

That’s not to say newcomers aren’t welcome. We love to meet new people and the retreats are a great place to learn more. However, we do find that people get more out of the retreat if they’re already familiar with many of the underlying ideas of effective altruism. If you’re new to EA and are interested in coming to one of our retreats, we recommend you read introductory EA materials, such as the content at effectivealtruism.org and/or reading Will MacAskill’s book ‘Doing Good Better’ before you apply (we can give you a free copy).

Our aims

We hope that by connecting a bunch of EAs together at our retreats, we can help each other do more good for the world. This could be by improving our donation choices, supporting people in effective careers, working on or starting projects together, or simply providing a community so we enjoy being altruistic, and stick at it for longer!


We don’t want the cost to be a barrier for people to attend.

The expected cost for the retreat, including accommodation, boat transport, and food will be approximately $220, depending on how many people attend. 

However, we are applying for a grant to lower the price for everyone, and to allow some low-income and student EAs to come at no cost. This grant will be able to be used for the retreat costs as well as transportation to Auckland.

So apply even if you don’t have the money to pay!


Express your interest in joining us!

To indicate your interest please fill in this form! Then one of the retreat team will get back to you with more details:

Any questions? Get in touch with Ivan on [email protected]

Past Retreats

Summer 2020- Arthur's Pass

A summer social and our first South Island retreat! Attendees can access photos, recipes, and other documents from the retreat in the shared Google Drive folder.

Winter 2019- Wainuiomata

29 EAs from all around the country braved the cold and met for a winter retreat in Wainuiomata. Attendees can access documents from the retreat in the shared Google Drive folder.

Spring 2018- Wainuiomata

Our first retreat drew together 14 EAs from across New Zealand. Attendees can access photos and other documents from the retreat in the shared Google Drive folder.