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A Wellspring of Rest Retreat with Chani Grieve

Oct 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pmOct 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

17 – 23 October 2019


Our human bodies are the doorway to a wellspring of nourishing energy and genuine inspiration. This wellspring is always flowing, always fresh, and always available when we know how to recognize and tap into it. All it takes is a moment of awareness, of direct experience, to return to the home we never left. Right here in our bodies, we can learn to gradually soften into what His Holiness the XVII Karmapa describes as “the most beautiful rest we’ve ever had”.



It can take time to get underneath our genuine fatigue, to have the space to deeply rest and honour our “noble tiredness”. It takes practice to quiet the inner voices who prod us to do somethingout of restlessness or anxiety. We must turn our gaze to a deeper seeing, and do this with eyes of love.

Deeply resting. Gently Moving. Clearly Seeing. Naturally Being

The body invites us to slow down, to listen, and to approach life in a spirit of ease and play. This allows us to first, see clearly what is going on, and second, open ourselves to the creative energies that can bring about something truly new for ourselves and for our world.

In this retreat we will apprentice ourselves to the body as teacher. Gentle, intelligent movement sequences, explored with awareness, foster a new understanding of ourselves. Respecting our natural timing, the body responds with gratitude, and long-held tensions begin their willing release. This makes space for delightful and healing qualities to emerge, leaving us refreshed and wholesomely energised. We re-discover how to truly nourish “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible” (Charles Eisenstein).

Participants will be supported by group movement classes, opportunity for one-on-one guidance, simple meditation practices to deepen our embodiment, nourishing vegetarian food, ample time for rest and reflection, and the healing beauty of the Wangapeka land.

This retreat is suitable for adults of all ages. It may be of particular interest to those in the healing/education professions, people with health challenges needing a gentle and attuned approach to self-care, and anyone curious about how the body can guide our natural unfoldment into wisdom and compassion.

Weekend and part-time attendance is possible, as long as participants begin on the 17th. Preference will be given to those who can attend the full retreat.

For all enquiries please contact the Course Manager:

Graham Sandlant graham.ento@gmail.com

About Chani

Chani Grieve is a Feldenkrais Practitioner and has been a dedicated practitioner of meditation and body-centred modalities for over 15 years, sharing her experience since 2012. Her principal meditation teacher is Bonni Ross, and she also acknowledges the influence of Leander Kane whose masterful approach to bodywork inspired her to undergo the 4-year Feldenkrais Training Program in Melbourne graduating in 2013. She loves seeing people discover for themselves the power of working with the body to awaken our innate freedom, and supporting each person’s unique experience of the process. She teaches classes, workshops and retreats in Australia and New Zealand.

I believe that embodiment practices are utterly essential for our time. In this age of distraction, our practice is to keep returning home, and eventually to never leave. Our own bodies and senses are the doorways that lead us to where true healing can take place. By learning to inhabit our bodies again, we reclaim not only our own personal healing and freedom, but we will also be agents for the healing of our planet”.


$404 members / $464 non-members

Course fee includes all meals and accommodation, and a small materials fee. This does not include Dana for the facilitator.

Dana is the practice of generosity. In accordance with the tradition of these teachings, Chani offers her facilitation freely. You are welcome to offer Dana/Koha as a gesture of appreciation. It is an offering from the heart, according to your means.

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Oct 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Oct 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
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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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