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.

Common activities include:

  • 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 are retreats 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!

When is the next retreat?

We usually run retreats once or twice a year. The next retreat will likely be in either winter 2021 or summer 2021/2022. To be notified when the next retreat is coming up, sign up for our mailing list or follow us on Facebook.

Past Retreats

Summer 2019/2020- 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.