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Beginning Again! An Introductory Meditation Retreat

Jan 7 @ 5:00 pmJan 12 @ 2:00 pm

Beginning Again!
An Introductory Meditation Retreat for All
(beginners and those with experience)

Friday 7 January (5pm) to Wednesday 12 January 2022 (2pm)

Where do I start?
I’ve never done a retreat before.
There is so much going on in the world. How can meditation really help me and others?
I wish my busy mind could be more quiet and calm.
Silent for 5 days – how could anyone do that?


Want to learn to meditate? Perhaps you’ve tried and need some more skills as well as some extra encouragement? Possibly, you already have meditation experience and wish to refresh and deepen your practice. If this sounds like you, then this 5-day retreat will support you to explore this.

For those new to meditation, it is an opportunity to build your confidence and ask those questions you think everyone else already knows the answer to. For people with experience, it provides an overview, context and skilful tools that will enhance your practice as well as supporting you in any further retreats that you attend.

Together we will study and practice the meditation on breathing, one of the oldest and most effective practices, and one that was taught by the Buddha. It is a rich meditation that supports our experience of inter-connectedness with all of life by developing focus, calm and clarity of mind. It is designed to lead people from wherever they are, wherever they begin, to the full experience of healing and freedom made possible through meditation.

The course is predominantly silent and provides the opportunity to learn, strengthen and enliven your individual practice of the breathing meditation. To support the deepening of practice participants will also be guided in gentle movement classes as a group, bringing relaxation and ease to body and mind. There will be opportunities for sharing and questions as well as time for individual practice; including space to enjoy just ‘being’ at the Wangapeka Centre – a truly beautiful environment.

This retreat is offered as a practical path designed for those who aspire to live in the world more wisely and compassionately. The facilitators of the course, Chani Grieve, Kath Mitchell and Mark Schrader, are all experienced meditators who bring their enthusiasm, creativity, care and skills to this retreat.

*Note – Those who have completed this retreat in previous years are most welcome to attend again.


Course fee – this includes food, accommodation and a resource fee
Non-members – $500 plus dana/koha
Members – $450 plus dana/koha
Camping option – $375 non-members / $360 members plus dana/koha

The Teachings are offered freely although you are invited to offer the facilitators dana/koha as an expression of your generosity and support for the Teachings.

For more information contact the Course Manager – Mark Schrader: schrader.mark@gmail.com

About Chani, Kath & Mark

Chani is a Feldenkrais Practitioner who has been weaving together meditation and body-centred modalities for over 16 years. Chani has shared movement practices in the Introductory Retreat since it began 8 years ago. She enjoys the collaborative approach to teaching that this retreat offers, as it celebrates the wisdom of the group and enriches the experience for all involved. A student of Bonni Ross, she maintains a dedicated personal practice that is the central inspiration for her work. She offers classes, workshops and retreats in New Zealand and Australia.

Kath completed her first meditation retreat with Tarchin Hearn in 1989. She has studied with Bonni Ross for over twenty five years and continues to cherish this precious opportunity. Kath and her husband Mark share a deep commitment in the Dharma and enjoy practicing and teaching together.

Kath teaches meditation in a collaborative style. She offers courses and retreats regularly at Wangapeka and in Nelson. She loves to practice Dharma in community because the wisdom of the group is a powerful and beautiful path to transformation; and that is always a joy to witness and experience together!

Mark has appreciated co-facilitating Community Courses at Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre, the introductory meditation retreats – Beginning Now & Don’t Just do Something-Sit There, and the Transforming our Emotions course. He has an extensive background in meditation and has had a regular daily practice for many years.

Mark has a respectful style of teaching that encourages each person to touch into their own inherent wisdom. He teaches with humour and kindness. He began working in the field of Mental Health about 20 years ago and currently works as a counsellor in Nelson.


To register please fill out our online registration form

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


Jan 7 @ 5:00 pm
Jan 12 @ 2:00 pm
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