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Amazing You!—A Well-Being Weekend for Teens (14—18 Years)

Jul 12, 2019Jul 14, 2019

Life is full of possibilities, full of changes, full of hopes, fears and dreams.  It can be wonderful and confusing as we surf the changes and ride the waves of “who I am”, “who I was” and “who I am becoming”. Sometimes it feels OK “In my Skin”, and sometimes, not so much.

This is a course for teens where all of “who you are” is welcome.   It is a mindful journey of discovery, to find out more about your inner-self and your social-self within an accepting group atmosphere.  It is a course which gives us space to be curious about our experience and emotions; as we make friends with ourselves and others. 

Using fun, face-to-face communication games, mindfulness, guided meditation journeys, movement, group sharing and creative activities, we can make new discoveries about ourselves and each other.  As we listen and share with others, our connections and confidence grows and opens into new dimensions; our trust in Wairua-our spiritual being-can emerge and find expression.

This weekend is a special opportunity to experience greater emotional resilience, a new sense of self-worth and well-being. We can learn tools and strategies to go confidently back to our lives and relationships in the wider world.

Our journey is happening at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. Experience the peaceful and beautiful environment of Wangapeka and let nature and a supportive, non-judgemental group, help you to discover the amazing, changing fullness of Amazing You! 

Date: Friday July 12th 5pm to Sunday July 14th 2pm

Cost: $250 (plus Dana/Koha*). This includes accommodation, food and cook’s fee.

Members cost: $230 (plus Dana/Koha*). This includes accommodation, food and cook’s fee.

For more information please email Rachel Zahner: rachel.zahner@gmail.com or text/phone 027 309 6784

If using Paypal please add 5% of the total cost and include with your payment to cover Paypal’s fees – many thanks.

To register please fill out our online registration form

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*Please consider becoming a Wangapeka member – click here for details.


Dana means generosity and giving joyfully.  The teachings are offered freely.  You are invited to give Dana/Koha to Kath for the teaching.

About Kath Mitchell:

Kath Mitchell has over 18 years of experience teaching teens drama and, more recently, learning support and well-being. She has studied and practiced at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre for 28 years.  

For 4 years Kath co-facilitated the Young Adults Annual Retreat at Wangapeka.   She has also co-led the “Beginning Now” Introductory Retreat at Wangapeka, and taught “Simple Goodness:  Loving Kindness” weekend retreats.

Kath feels heartfelt appreciation for her Teachers and the excellent Dharma teaching she has received, and continues to receive. She loves to facilitate enjoyable learning environments for people to explore deeply, heal and grow, for the well-being of the world.

About Rachel Zahner:

Rachel Zahner is passionate about enabling individuals to find themselves and gain confidence. She has a background in Speech and Language Therapy and community work. She is an energy healer and intuitive and teachers Angelic Reiki in Nelson. She is an empowerment coach for women to help them to love themselves and their bodies. 

Rachel has twice been a facilitator of Young Adult’s retreats and has attended various retreats at the Wangapeka Centre and is passionate about sharing the unfoldings that occur there. 

Rachel has a passion for enabling personal growth, understanding and healing through mindfulness and other healing practices in order to benefit individuals and their communities. 

Islay Harley 2017 Teens Weekend Participant

“This course was not only fun, but also rewarding, physically and mentally. I found myself relaxed and happy at the end and had a different, more positive understanding about things. At the start, I didn’t know any of these girls, but by the end, we all knew so much about each other and learnt it in such a personal and beautiful way.  People shared things they wouldn’t usually share with anyone else, because we were in a trusting, non- judgemental environment. The games and activities we did bought everyone closer and the yoga and meditation was something I really enjoyed because you don’t realise that you are holding on to so much stress and so many thoughts until you think about it and let go of them. Being away from your normal life – away from social media and the pressures of school and your social life, will help you to learn important things about yourself and become an even better, kinder, smarter, amazing version of you ☺”


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Welcome to the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. People visit from all over the world to meditate and enjoy the peace of this remarkable destination. The Wangapeka is a purpose built retreat centre, with fresh clean air and beautiful vistas. It is very quiet and ideal for respite, stress relief and deep meditation. We have a meditation hall, solo retreat huts, a main hall for dining and community, and a fully catered kitchen and an onsite vegetable garden.

The Wangapeka Study and Retreat Meditation Centre is a Universalist centre home to a wide range of teachings, paths, and studies. Retreats are held on Mindfulness, Vipassana, Insight, Heart based practices, Loving Kindness, Calm-abiding, Metta, Compassion, Conscious Movement, Nature, Forest Walks, Yoga, Dance, Feldenkrais, Wellness, Wellbeing, Archetypal Integration, Western Mysticism, Non-Duality, Zen, Dzogchen, Mahamudra, Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings with Empowerments and Sadhana Practice.

We are located in the foothills of the Southern Alps overlooking the Wangapeka River, about an hour and a half drive SW of Nelson, in the South Island of New Zealand.

We have meditation retreats throughout the year, have huts available for solo retreats, and welcome bookings from external groups. There are also opportunities available to work on our land. Come and enjoy this uniquely vibrant and peaceful centre.

355 Wangapeka River Rd
R.D.2. Wakefield 7096
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 522 4221

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