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Beyond Body: Opening up the View of Yoga with Jonathan Chambers

Jul 17, 2019Jul 21, 2019

The word Yoga is often used to describe a posture based (asana) practice. While Asana practice is great for improving the quality of embodied experience, it is not a complete path of Yoga.  If we aren’t clear about this, our practice may lead us to temporary feel-good states, but we may never develop the insight required to approach the true goal of Yoga (and Dharma): Unconditioned Freedom.

In this retreat, using breath meditation and gentle somatic practices including Yoga and Qigong, we will slow right down and contact the joy of embodiment. Contemplating Patanjali Yoga Sutras and various Buddhist teachings, we will allow our concept of Body to soften so that more subtle dimensions of Being can emerge. We will open up our View of Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness, so whatever we choose to practice can become a pursuit of genuine Freedom.


Course Fees:

The set fee covers accommodation, materials and all meals.

In accordance with tradition, teaching is by dana/donation.

Full Course:

Weds 17 July 10am – Sunday 21 July 4pm

Member – $350 + dana

Non – $390 + dana

Weekend option:

Friday 19 July 6pm – Sunday 21 July 4pm

Member – $190 + dana

Non – $210 + dana

In accordance with Buddhist tradition, Jonathan offers the teaching of Dharma out of generosity.  There will be an opportunity to offer dana/donation in return, in appreciation of the teachings and to help support their continued flow. Please give as generously as you can (within your own means, of course…).  As a rough guide, we suggest allowing for about NZ$30 per day, but this should be considered in light of your individual means.

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

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

Enquiries and Registration

For all enquiries, please contact Jonathan:

e: info@openbreath.org

w: www.openbreath.org

p: 021 1860 476

To register please fill out our online registration form

Register now

About Jonathan

Jonathan has been practising yoga, meditation and Buddha-dharma since 2003 and teaching since 2011.  He began teaching Yoga under the wing of world-renowned Ashtanga teacher John Scott, and he has been given the blessing to teacher Dharma and meditation by his root teacher, Lama Mark Webber.

Jonathan has studied with many other great teachers in complementary wisdom traditions including Daoist Qigong.  Jonathan has a background in earthquake engineering and music and is currently studying towards a diploma in craniosacral therapy.

He lives in Nelson, New Zealand with his partner and two young children.  He integrates a full family life with a dedication to the practice and teaching of a universal path of healing and awakening.

Artwork by Milca (https://www.facebook.com/milcasevero/)


Jul 17, 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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