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Coming Down to Earth – At Home in the Body, At Home in the World

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

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


“The ancient rhythms of the earth have insinuated themselves into the rhythms of the human heart. The earth is not outside us, it is within; the clay from where the tree of the body grows” – John O’Donohue


Our journey to freedom starts with the body. It offers a down-to-earth and immediate way to connect with ourselves and align with what is real. 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.

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. 


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


As we come back “down to earth”, landing deeply in our own skin, natural qualities of clear seeing, creativity and compassion arise. So too does the energy to create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. Through the body we can discover our joy, our humanity, and our deepest inspiration. By learning to inhabit our bodies again, we reclaim not only our own personal healing and freedom, but we will also be agents for the healing of our planet.


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.

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 @ 5:00 pm
Oct 21 @ 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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