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Explorations and Mindfulness on the Nature of Wangapeka [Fully Booked]

Aug 21 @ 5:00 pmAug 23 @ 3:00 pm

*** This retreat is FULL ***

*** Please contact the Course Manager before registering ***

Explorations and Mindfulness. Meditations on the Nature of Wangapeka

A weekend retreat with John Massey

 Friday August 21st 5pm – Sunday 23rd August 3pm

The intent or purpose of this retreat is both simple and multidimensional. Here is yet another opportunity to focus on the foundational practises of Compassion, Wisdom and Non-clinging Awareness through this eternal relationship between ourselves and the natural world we inhabit. We can develop compassion for All Life and all life forms and so overcome the tendency to like just what we like!


The ‘Book’ of nature is the greatest book. Antonio Gaudi said ” nature is a book, read it”!


It is also a great skill to develop the senses so they have the ability to allow impressions of nature to ‘touch oneself’ on deep and lasting levels. Such ‘touching’ could be said to be at the root of healing or becoming more whole, as in being non separated from our true natural essence. To assist this healing and becoming more whole, we will use some mysterious practises that sometimes seem alien to 21st century living.


Simple practices such as slowing down, developing stillness, becoming more mindful and noticing the amazingly intricate  wonder and beauty of nature. As we slow down and develop more stillness we naturally become more curious and more interested in the life around us. As I write this the world of humans is full of uncertainty and fear. I believe these moments are opportunities to re-immerse ourselves in more simplified ways of living and in the ‘corner’ of the earth we might call our garden or our home. No previous experience of any kind is needed, just a willingness to be present and to be deeply interested in life.


For more information please contact the course manager Graham Sandlant graham.ento@gmail.com


Inclusive of accommodation, food, and a cooks fee, but does not include dana/koha for John:

Members: $148
Non-members: $168
This weekend is offered freely.  You are welcome to offer dana/koha to John.

About John Massey

I have been deeply interested in nature and in particular the plant world for a long, long time as a gardener; the term of which covers a multitude of facets or applications.

Much more recently and as I get older, gardening has become not only a place of doing, but also a place of non-doing.

In non-doing I become more of the silent watcher or observer. I become more attuned to other lives and let them ‘touch’ me, in sense.

This ‘work’ is never ending. It is a realm that is specifically available to the young or the aged, but not necessarily so.

When I sense there is deep interest in connecting to the natural world, I love to; in a true gardening way, cultivate that interest.

Wangapeka through its many years of mindfulness practises is a perfect place to cultivate more mindfulness of the natural world.

Discovering the rich ‘ gardenness’  of Wangapeka while being on retreat or by giving Dana  to the land ( over many years) has helped to give me more insight into the world outside of Wangapeka, opening windows to the gardens of the earth. This is the essence of my work.


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Aug 21 @ 5:00 pm
Aug 23 @ 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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