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Belonging: An Open Floor Meditation Retreat with Jaime & Juliana

Jun 26, 2019Jun 30, 2019

Inclusive, Responsive, Resilient

June 26 – 30 2019

What makes this retreat special for us:

  • Deepen your mindfulness practice through dance, it is active, fun and fully embodied
  • Weave intimacy with nature
  • Express joy and connection through chanting and meditation
  • Participate in rituals that deepen awareness and make potent the capacity for wholesome change
  • Find our real teacher (who is closer than we might think)

Why is belonging our theme?

We are observing that for many fragmentation, chronic busyness and disconnection are common experiences in modern life. Something has to change both for ourselves and the world.

Do you hunger for community, connectedness and confidence?

Belonging is living in a state of inclusive love. It is to be patient, attentive, willing to question and able to participate well with life in all its offerings and changes. This is our (at times) forgotten natural state. A sense of belonging is the hallmark of a maturing human being functioning well in community.

We invite you to give yourself the time to find this wholeness and full aliveness so that we can communicate and relate from a place of clarity.

How the week will unfold?

Daily Open floor practices will nourish your understanding and capacity to be mindful because it lands you firmly in your body, using music to activate and settle feelings and emotions.
We are going to explore and deepen anapanasati, developing our awareness through breathing.
We will practice together connecting with our ancestors, living ecology and sources of inspiration.
We will have moments of solitude and community sharing.

To register please fill out our online registration form

Register now

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


$380– 4 nights accommodation, wholesome food, cooks fee, and administration + Dana for the teaching.

Jaime and Juliana are offering a non for profit school of Wisdom and Compassion, your donations (Dana) will aid their vision to resource young adults around the world with calm, clarity and creativity. Visit www.immeasurable.co for more info.


Jaime Howell is a movement and international meditation teacher. He is a graduate from the three year School of Living Dharma, followed by three years as residential practioner at Wangapeka Retreat Centre. Jaime has a Master in Education and is a Director of Rites of Passage. He is New Zealand’s only male Open Floor teacher.

Juliana Griese is a meditation teacher and mindfulness instructor trained by Mti. She has a Master in Biology and has been working for 15 years in the field of nature conservation and research.

For more information please email: jugriese@gmail.com or ph/text +64 21 0264 4351


Jun 26, 2019
Jun 30, 2019
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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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