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Coming Down to Earth – At Home in the Body, At Home in the World [Fully booked]

Oct 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pmOct 21, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

*** Retreat is now FULLY BOOKED ***

*** Please email the Course Manager Graham Sandlant graham.ento@gmail.com for information ***

5 days of movement, meditation and creative enquiry with Chani Grieve

“Everybody alive today carries the pearls, the gems – we are the beneficiaries of all the life and wisdom of the planet up to now” – Thomas Heubl


Our journey to freedom starts with the body. It offers a down-to-earth yet immediate way to connect with ourselves and align with what is real. A light in the dark, our bodies show us exactly where we are, and also the next step we need to take along our path. They are also the most direct line of communication to the wisdom and life of the earth – expressions of a living planet. By listening to our human body we learn to attune to the rhythms and intelligence of the earth body and all life.


At this time of upheaval and fragmentation, as institutions, structures and old ways are dissolving, we may wonder what is trustworthy? What is real? Where can we look to find genuine refuge, and from where will the answers come? The answer is right here with us – in this body, on this earth. This human body carries the pearls of all the life that has ever been on this planet, and every single person alive today is a beneficiary. Through the body, we each have unmediated access to this reservoir of wisdom and life, and we can learn to access powerful resources of support, inspiration, creativity, joy and trust.


“We must look after the treasure that is our body” – Rob McGowan


In this retreat we will explore through movement, meditation, and creative enquiry, the intimate relationship between healing ourselves and restoring our world. We will slow down and take time to rest deeply, as much as we need to. We walk the land. We eat good food and nourish the senses. We bring our bodies and hearts in line. Steadily, we make friends with ourselves and peace with our place in the “family of things”. Caring for our bodies and caring for our earth go hand in hand, and the Wangapeka is a healing laboratory where we can experience this directly.


As we land deeply in our own skin, our natural capacities for clear seeing, creativity and compassion arise. We tap into the intelligence of the earth and can align ourselves with an indomitable force for good. By learning to inhabit our bodies again, we reclaim not only our personal healing and freedom, but we will also be clear and loving agents for the healing of our world.


Participants in this retreat will be supported by connected movement sessions and guided meditation, one-on-one bodywork, ample time for rest and personal practice, creative exploration of the theme and discoveries arising from it, delicious vegetarian food, and the healing beauty and support of the Wangapeka whenua.


This retreat is suitable for adults of all ages. It may be of particular interest to those in healing/education/environmental 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 15th. Preference will be given to those who can attend the full retreat.

For enquiries please contact Graham Sandlant (Course Manager) – graham.ento@gmail.com

Costs :

Members = $464 Units and Huts / $386 Camping

Non members = $524 Units and Huts / $404 Camping

Costs include fully catered vegetarian meals and accommodation, cooks fee, and small resource fee. They do not include Dana for the facilitator.

Dana is the practice of generosity. In accordance with the tradition of liberation 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.

If the cost is a barrier for you, Wangapeka has a Sangha Support Fund and you are welcome to apply for assistance to attend a retreat. Information about the Fund can be found on the Costs page under the About menu, here.

About Chani

Chani Grieve has been a dedicated practitioner of meditation and body-centred modalities for over 15 years, sharing her experience since 2012. She graduated from the 4-year Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in Melbourne in 2013, and began to weave movement and meditation to utilise the power of working with the body to awaken our innate freedom. She works as a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Community Support Worker, and as part of The dharmasphere Collective based in Nelson, is deeply engaged in the cultivation of “Awakening in Community”. Chani brings the heart of practice alive through her creativity, connection and care for each individual’s unique experience. She teaches classes, workshops and retreats in Australia and New Zealand.


To register please fill out our online registration form

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photo credit: Esther Tuttle, Unsplash


Oct 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Oct 21, 2020 @ 3:00 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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