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Growing Joy – Cultivating Joyful Awareness (online)

May 20 @ 6:00 pmMay 24 @ 2:00 pm

Update May 22 – This event is be hosted online from May 22 to May 24.

Event Information can be found on their Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/events/873376439841638

An Integrative Meditation and Open Floor Dance retreat with Jaime Howell and Juliana Griese

Buddha speaks of an emptiness born of love and clear seeing.
Rumi tells tales of beloved belonging.
We will weave both through movement, meditation and community.


A time to deepen and nourish the capacity to live with kind awareness in all situations. Offering rituals and resources to meet the deep human needs for solitude and belonging; intimacy and connection.

Over the four days we will craft guided cycles of meditation woven with the adventure of Open Floor movement inquires in the healing embrace of the Wangapeka valley.

A space for the full richness of inclusive community. We will move together, sing together, listen deep and play. The cultivation of joy is medicine for the work of the Great Turning. Joy is something we can grow together – A way of being that is flowing, open, inclusive and creative with the challenges of change.


Guided support to develop your own meditation practice
Open Floor movement inquires to support and enliven the wild animal of body/mind/heart.
Singing and chanting to bring love and appreciation into our practice
Time in the community of solitude and time together realising our human community.
Story telling, ritual and archetypes for whole-ing.
Supporting the 20/20 clear vision initiative


This event is no longer being held at The Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre.

Please see the Event Information on their Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/events/873376439841638

Dana/koha = loving

Jaime and Juliana have not charged for the teachings they will share. It has taken hundreds of hours to learn how to offer these kind of healing spaces. This truly is an investment in your well being, the health and happiness that grows from loving. We do not set a fee because we chose to embody generosity and trust that people will honour the value and give. Generosity strengthens the giver and receiver. Both Jaime and Juliana are devoting their lives to the bringing forth of a charitable trust for young adults to be change makers of mindfulness and love.

About Jaime and Juliana

Jaime Howell is a musician, story teller, rite of passage developer and international Meditation/Open Floor teacher. He is a director of community led rites of passage events both here in Aotearoa and in Brazil. Jaime has MEd in Transformative Education, offering 20 year of meditation experience.
Juliana Griese is a meditation trained by Mti. Masters in Biology and 15 years working with nature conservation and research. She is Brazilian, wise and wonderful.


Thank you Jaime and Juliana for providing a safe space to explore our connection to self and humanity, I believe our communities would be full of health and vitality and connection if we all connected with our fire within in this playful and explorative medium. I can not go back, please continue the work you are doing, the world needs you.

Heidi Wilton Retreat Participant May 2019


May 20 @ 6:00 pm
May 24 @ 2:00 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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