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‘Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There’ – Breathing Meditation Weekend (Now Full)

Sep 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pmSep 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Please Note: This Course is now FULLY BOOKED. If you would like to be placed on a Waiting List, please contact the Course Manager Jane Hobday on jane.hobday17@gmail.com.

Want to learn to meditate? Perhaps you have tried and need some more skills and extra encouragement?

Or possibly, you already meditate and wish to develop your practice and drop into a full weekend of meditation.  If so, then this weekend retreat will support you in exploring this.

The weekend will be predominantly silent and offers you the opportunity to learn, strengthen and enliven your individual practice of breathing meditation.

Alongside this 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 very beautiful environment.

The Facilitators

Duncan, Jane and Mark have all facilitated meditative retreats and workshops individually and collaboratively. All have an extensive background in meditation and retreat work and have studied closely with their teachers (specifically Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche, Bonni Ross, Tarchin Hearn and Cecile Kwiat) over many years.

This will be their third year of running ‘Don’t just Do something! Sit there!’ together. They have been encouraged by feedback appreciating the rich and stimulating dynamic which can happen through a ‘multi facilitator’ approach with different voices and experience included within the whole.

Mark, Jane and Duncan incorporate teaching approaches which gently encourage each member to touch into their own inherent wisdom with friendliness, kindness and humour.

Duncan is an artist and jewellery maker with a strong interest in connecting earth, planet, history, and events to the human story and condition.

Jane brings many years experience in education and a long standing commitment to collaborative projects.

Mark began working in the field of Mental Health about 20 years ago and currently works as a counsellor in Nelson at the local District Health Board.

The facilitators are giving the teaching freely. You are welcome to offer them Kōha/Dana.


$240 (early bird $215 if paid in full at least one week before the retreat starts)

Members $220 (early bird $195 if paid in full at least one week before the retreat starts)

The cost includes your own room, 3 meals a day (including tea and coffee) and the cook’s fee.

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

To register please fill out our online registration form

Register now

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

Enquiries about the workshop: email Jane jane.hobday17@gmail.com

Enquiries about the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre: email Amber wangapekacentre@gmail.com



Sep 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Sep 15, 2019 @ 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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