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Labour Weekend Working Bee and Remembering Namgyal Rinpoche

Oct 23 @ 6:00 pmOct 26 @ 3:00 pm

Working Bee: 6pm Friday 23rd October to Sunday 25th October

Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to our 2020 Labour weekend working bee! Spring is upon us, the garden is bursting into a new cycle of life, and the beautiful Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre needs a loving spring-clean. This is a chance for our community to come together and offer dana to our Centre. Everyone is welcome! Enormous generosity from countless beings has enabled the creation and maintenance of this precious Centre, and so it continues with the help of many hands.


Working Bee: Friday 23 6:00 pm and Saturday 24 9:00 am and/or Sunday 25 9:00 am


All fees for accommodation and food have been waived for this long weekend. There will be a dana bowl for the Centre.

For the working bee please bring your working clothes, sun hat, raincoat and sturdy shoes for getting stuck into the mahi. Arrive in time for the morning briefings with Patrick at 9:15 am.

We look forward to seeing you for all or some of the weekend. Thank you in advance for the dedication and wholesome intention to continue breathing fresh life into this place which holds such potency for awakening. Sarva mangalam.


For more information about the working bee contact Elli Yates, elliyates@gmail.com

How to register for the working bee

Please email the Centre on wangapekacentre@gmail.com before Monday 19th October, specifying the times you will be at the Centre. Wholesome gluten free (GF) and dairy free (DF) food will be available.


Remembering Namgyal Rinpoche:  10am Monday 26 October

Two of our Elders, Keith Rowan and Bonni Ross, will korero/converse together freely. Everyone welcome.

Labour Day Monday 26th October 10:00 am

Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche taught and empowered many of the Wangapeka Teachers and Community. He inspired into existence the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. On October 22 2003 in a cottage on the shore of the Bodensee in Switzerland the great teacher we knew as Namgyal Rinpoché died at the age of 72.

To mark this occasion we have invited two Wangapeka Elders who were deeply influenced by Namgyal Rinpoche, Keith Rowan and Bonni Ross, to have a conversation together. Korero will be free flowing between Bonni and Keith and will touch on themes relevant to us all as we try to live well in these uncertain times.



10:00 am in the main hall.

The conversation will be followed by a lunch together. Gluten free (GF) and dairy free (DF) food will be available. There will be a dana bowl.

How to register for the korero

Please contact the Centre on wangapekacentre@gmail.com before Monday 19th October, saying that you will be there (for catering purposes).


Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm
Oct 26 @ 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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