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Beginning Now! An Introductory Meditation Retreat

Jan 6Jan 11


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? Or possibly, you wish to deepen your practice and simply drop into a full week of meditation. If this sounds like you, then this week of retreat will support you to explore this.

For those new to meditation, it will build confidence and answer many of those questions you think everyone else knows the answer to. For those with experience, it will provide an overview, context and a bunch of skilful tools that will enhance this retreat and any that you may do in the future.

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.  This 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 week is predominantly silent and offers you the opportunity to learn, strengthen and enliven your individual practice of breathing meditation.  To support the deepening of practice participants will also be guided in gentle group movement classes, 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 will start you on 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.

Course fee– (this includes food, accommodation and a resource fee)

$465 plus dana/koha

Member price – $410 plus dana/koha

Camping option – $345 non-members / $330 members plus dana/koha

The Teachings are offered freely although you are invited to offer the facilitators dana/koha.

For more information or to register please contact Chani – chanigrieve@gmail.com


About Chani, Mark & Kath

Chani is a Feldenkrais Practitioner who has recently relocated to Nelson from Australia. She has been passionately practising meditation and body-centred modalities for over 15 years, and weaves these together so people can discover for themselves the liberating power of working with the body. Chani has shared movement practices in the Introductory Retreat since it began 6 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 has been studying Dharma for 28 years, and completed her first meditation retreat with Tarchin Hearn in 1990. She has studied with Bonni Ross over twenty years and continues to cherish this precious opportunity. She and her husband Mark share a deep commitment in the Dharma and have been practicing together for 25 years.

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’s a joy to witness and experience together!

Mark has appreciated co-facilitating Community Courses at Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre and then more recently the Young Adults’ Retreat, the Introductory Retreat & the Compassionate Relating courses.  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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Jan 6
Jan 11
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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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