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Mindful Activism with Rowan Brooks & Marama Mayrick

Aug 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pmAug 26, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

A weekend retreat to support effective, regenerative social change work.

This weekend is offered to resource activists, community workers, educators, organisers and advocates to work with the complexities of social change.

We will explore how the integration of inner and outer practice can sustain our efforts while increasing our impact.

Over the weekend we will:

  • Connect around shared experiences and challenges of social change work
  • Learn foundational skills for mindfulness in stillness and in movement
  • Use creative, embodied group processes to explore responses to complex issues
  • Have contemplative time in the forest
  • Practise periods of silence to support integration and insight
  • Use ritual to strengthen intention in how we work.

The exact form of the weekend will respond to the needs of people who attend.

Why attend?

Trying to work for a better world is too often marked with burnout, feelings of isolation, and unhelpful conflicts. Our best intentions meet with complexity as the very forces we are trying to change shape our interactions. Experiences of privilege and marginalisation rub while unconscious habits, reactivity and urgency make effective responses difficult.

Through practicing presence, we can more clearly see and engage with social and ecological issues. In being mindful of what is going on for us in each moment we can also work more effectively with others. This can free us from stories of right and wrong, us and them, and increase our potential for social impact.

The Wangapeka retreat centre offers a place of peace and natural beauty to take a step away from everyday patterns and challenges. Overlooking mountains and valleys on the edge of Kahurangi national park, it is a supportive environment for reflection, insight and healing.

About the facilitators:

Rowan seeks to support people to realise their power together and create soulful social change. He has a decade of experience in grassroots community projects and political campaigns and an academic base in ecology and community psychology. He facilitates trainings and events that draw on this together with six years of dedicated meditation practice, extensive rites of passage work, clowning, poetry, gardening, and dancing in the wild world.

Marama draws on 12 years of yoga practice and two years of meditation practice. She started grassroots organising in 2003 and has been working with unions for 8 years. She is an artist, gardener and cat lover.


$225 (early bird $195 if paid in full at least one week before the course starts).

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

Plus Dana (donation) to Rowan and Marama for their facilitation.

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

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

Rowan Brooks

Marama Mayrick


Aug 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Aug 26, 2018 @ 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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