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    The Toilet Paper Episode by Gaye (Dawa) Rowley
    15 August 2021
    THE TOILET PAPER EPISODE By Gaye (Dawa) Rowley “The art of meditation is the ability to let go and begin again, over and over again.” - Sharon Salzberg Minds are like puppies. Excitable, inquisitive, sniffing off in every direction except the one you choose. Even puppies who grow up to take on...
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    Recent Retreat Reflections By Melanie, Stephanie, Nicqui and Karen
    14 August 2021
    Recent Retreat Reflections By Melanie, Stephanie, Nicqui and Karen   From “Where the Mind Goes, the Winds Gather” retreat with Gaye Rowley I arrive, I feel anxious. This is out of my comfort zone but I feel a pull to learn and grow so I am also excited. This is my first retreat...
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    Publishing Tarchin's Books in Portuguese by Juliana Griese
    14 August 2021
    As you might know, AME publishing house was established with the intention to translate and publish the books of our lineage of mindfulness and Buddha Dharma in Brazil, making the teachings accessible to Brazilians. It is a non-profit collective project, we are now 21 participants supporting the publishing house....
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    Service - The Practice of Going Beyond by Bonni Ross
    14 August 2021
    There is no awakening without compassionate action. Many practitioners find their growth and unfoldment has stalled, even though their skills as meditators are well-honed, and their lives well- founded in the practices of non-harming. How can this be? One contributing factor is misunderstanding the importance of service, in the context...
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    Service – The Means and End by Keith Rowan
    14 August 2021
    At a recent gathering at the Wangapeka the subject of service arose. There was some talk of how the Wangapeka is a place founded on the practice of service and is in itself a manifestation of service both in how it runs and in its very physical existence. I...
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    2021 Hui - An Exploration of Service by Shelley Taylor
    14 August 2021
    2021 Hui - An Exploration of Service by Shelley Taylor The hui's the theme was Service. This came forward as a thread to explore from a previous community hui in March, where questions were raised around what is needed for WET's wholesome evolution. When did these seeds first get sown? beginningless time? This...
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    What Have These WET BoTs Been Doing? by Shelley Taylor (WET Coordinator)
    14 August 2021
    Coordinators report WET AGM August 1st 2021 What is being on the Wangapeka Educational Trust Board of Trustees about? What have these WET BoTs been doing? ABOUT The Board can be seen as another layer of caretaking, one that keeps in touch with the pulse of the Retreat Centre and Community. Part of our...
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    Wangapeka 2021 AGM and Community Hui Weekend July 30 - Aug 1
    19 June 2021
    Inviting you to ....... Wangapeka's 2021 AGM and Community Hui Weekend Friday July 30th - Sunday August 1st In recent years this weekend has become a most wonderful expression of Awakening in Action. The Hui offers a rich theme for the community to contemplate and explore. The AGM celebrates the year that...
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    2020 Year of Clear Vision - Final Report
    22 May 2021
    Download Document 2020 A YEAR OF CLEAR VISION FINAL REPORT TO THE WANGAPEKA COMMUNITY AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES March 12, 2021 It's hard to begin this for two reasons: the tsunami of this experience continues for all of us on the organizing...
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    Visioning Hui March 2021
    20 May 2021
    Documents for Download - and Kia ora Wangapeka Community, We spent an enriching weekend at the Centre on the 27th and 28th March which marked the next phase of an ongoing consultation and visioning process for the Board of Trustees and the wider Wangapeka Community. Given we...
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    An Everest of Maintenance Jobs
    20 May 2021
    by Dave Pooch and Tim Leyland Everyone knows that it was Ed Hillary and Sherpa Tenzin who first climbed Everest back in 1953. But many others helped them get there. High altitude Sherpas, lowland porters and cooks to name but a few. There is a reasonable analogy here with the...
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    The Path by Gaye (Dawa) Rowley
    20 May 2021
    The great gift and paradox of The Path is that it not only leads to, but simultaneously also IS only this moment. All my life I’d yearned for a spiritual expression that made sense. Even as a youngster I couldn’t bear dogma. Then, when I was pregnant with my first...
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    Wangapeka Contact List
    9 March 2021
    Contacting the Wangapeka Centre and Board of Trustees There are new people offering service as caretakers, and trustees on the Wangapeka Board of Trustees. Here are the people and their email addresses so you can stay in touch: Caretakers Person Email Office Caretaker (off-site) For all general and registration enquiries and administration needs Faith Downey wangapekacentre@gmail.com; Centre Caretaker (on-site) Malu Zwier centrecaretaker.wangapeka@gmail.com Land Caretaker Hadleigh...
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    Wangapeka Books — Changes and a Lasting Legacy
    9 March 2021
    It is with great appreciation that we honour the immense and pioneering work of Tarchin Hearn, Mary Jenkins and all who have been involved in Wangapeka Books. We recently received a beautiful letter marking the end of Tarchin and Mary's involvement with Wangapeka Books and invite you to read it. It...
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    Welcome Hadleigh and Malu! 
    7 March 2021
    We are delighted to welcome Hadleigh and Malu onto the Wangapeka land as our new Caretakers. They have hit the ground running, starting their time with Tarchin's 2-week retreat, which included navigating a change in Covid Levels in the middle of it. Malu has stepped into the Centre Caretaker...
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    Kumanu February 2021
    7 March 2021
    Kumanu : (verb) to tend carefully, foster, attend to, care for, cherish. Tēnā koutou e te whānau, welcome to another report on the busy goings-on at our beautiful study and retreat Centre. We’ve hosted retreats with Tarchin Hearn and Tessa Meeks this last month, punctuated by lockdown level changes with...
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    Kumanu January 2021
    7 March 2021
    Our January BoT meeting was its usual colourful array of some of us physically present and others zooming in from around the country side. It is a joyful coming together and a pleasure to see each other’s smiling faces, with humour, goodwill and focussed attention on the matters before...
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    Experiencing the Moon 
by Sarah Baldwin
    7 March 2021
    New moon. Arriving. New faces and dear friends. Settling, softening, curious, held. Footsteps on pine needles, generously supportive, familiar ground. Waxing moon. Wild weather, within and without. Pain, resistance, perseverance, diligence, allowing the support and kindness to self. Breakthrough. Sweet and whole. The shimmering colours of rainbows, a heart shaped...
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    Thank you Ramon and Fred! by Tim Leyland
    7 March 2021
    The Wangapeka Board, our caretakers and the maintenance team want to express their appreciation and thanks to all those who volunteer at the Centre.
 Our thoughts are particularly focused on Fred Mackie and Ramon Lavia at this time. Fred and Ramon volunteered at the Centre from December 2020 to...
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    Notes from a Summer Land Caretaker by Paul Woodward
    7 March 2021
    You have arrived. Yes I have, but how will I leave? Not an immediate question at the time of my arrival but it’s one that is always there. Coming to the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre was at an interesting time for the world with Covid19 always evident in our presence even...
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    Homecoming - a life of returning to the Wangapeka by Jimi Knewstubb
    23 December 2020
    This story is based on my memories, some of which are almost 25 years old so there could be a few errors here and there but the general idea should be correct. My name is Jimi Knewstubb. I’ve been going to the Wangapeka since I was born and even once...
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    Kumanu December 2020
    23 December 2020
    December Kumanu report offerings By Shelley Taylor The BoT has been busy the last couple of months with: a visioning weekend in late November; farewelling Caretakers Amber and Patrick; enlisting Faith's services as our offsite office Caretaker; supporting new volunteers (Fred and Ramon) and an interim Land Caretaker (Paul) to keep...
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    Gratitude For Bodhi Seeds 2020 by Juliana
    23 December 2020
    Dear friends of Wangapeka, We want to share with you this special journey that Wangapeka has been a part of. During the waning months of 2020 a group of six young adults and three slightly-less-young adults set off on a journey into the wild together. Twenty-three days as a...
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    Farewell Amber and Patrick!
    23 November 2020
    Tēnā koutou, You are warmly invited to a community celebration of service on Sunday 29th November at Rabbit Island from 2-5pm. Patrick and Amber have been serving as Caretakers at the Wangapeka through a very strange year and have done a beautiful job. Here is a chance to celebrate and...
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    Offerings by Iain
    1 November 2020
    With seven digital editions available, I’ve been thinking about recommendations – How do I answer the question, “Iain what should I read first? And what next?” and how does that fit with other authors. Here is my current answer. The first book to read is Natural Awakening, and the second book...
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    Kumanu September 2020
    11 October 2020
    Welcome to the first Kumanu report from your new BoT. It was exciting to acknowledge in this hui the opportunity we have as a new configuration of people to review processes and make sure people’s needs are being met, as well as meeting our legal obligations as a Board....
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    Joining the Wangapeka BOT by Hadleigh Tiddy
    10 October 2020
    My nomination to the Wangapeka Board of Trustees was as surprising and unexpected as an optimistic kereru crash-landing on a kōwhai. I had come to the centre as part of the team organizing the annual Hui, and my intention had been to learn more about the mysterious inner-workings of the...