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Saraswati & Athena: Goddesses of Wisdom Retreat with Mira Riddiford

Jul 7 @ 6:00 pmJul 13 @ 2:00 pm

For the seventh annual mid-year Western Mystery retreat we will be focussing on the wisdom teachings of the Eastern goddess Saraswati and the Western goddess Athena.

Contemplation on the ancient, Eastern river goddess Saraswati helps with the cultivation of knowledge, music, art, speech, writing, wisdom, learning, grace and flow. Her major symbols include the Swan, peacock and her musical instrument the Veena.

Contemplation on the Ancient Greek goddess Athena helps develop wisdom, skill and means, healing and social justice/activism. Her major symbols include owls, olive trees, and the aegis (protection).

The associated tarot card for this retreat will be the key of Justice.

This retreat is an opportunity to unplug from the busyness and demands of everyday life, to reconnect with nature and your body, and to safely process your emotions. It’s a way to sit with and heal from the difficulties of life, and to go deeper in your meditation and mindfulness practice.

This retreat is also for those who are:

  • curious about how goddess archetypes can be relevant in modern life
  • in need of something beautiful, uplifting and inspiring
  • interested in Western Mysticism, Archetypes, the Tarot, the Qabalah and/or the Tree of Life
  • looking for creative fun ways of meditating that encourage mindfulness and peacefulness throughout the day

Investigating the richness of Western Mystery teachings can help our understanding of Buddhist and other meditations, as well as supporting our well being and creativity.

This universalist meditation retreat on goddesses is based on a series of symbolic, ancient mystery teachings, helping people live better, more purposeful lives.

The Retreat Team

Meditation Teacher

Mira Riddiford is a meditation and mindfulness teacher who runs retreats and series in Australasia. Her online classes have participants joining from North America, Europe, and Asia. With more than 20 years of daily practice, Mira has been trained through retreat work, study and apprenticeship in the Namgyal Rinpoche stream of teachings. She has a close ongoing relationship/association with the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre and the Auckland Sphere Group.

Having worked in creative fields, Mira understands how mindfulness can enhance the arts, and she is respectful of diversity in all its forms. Mira focusses on the relevance of mindfulness in modern daily living, and how it can help bring about calm and well being. She specialises in making teachings on Western Mysteries, Archetypal integration and Non-Duality available, and clear to students who are new to these subjects. Her contemporary warm and engaging style breathes life into these meditation teachings.

Mira is passionate about what we can learn from angels and how their teachings can work as a map for personal development. You can find out more about her work here: www.mirariddiford.org

Course Manager

We are grateful for having the wonderfully supportive energy of Nicola assisting Mira on this retreat. Nicola will be helping with the logistics of the retreat running smoothly.

Contact Nicola for more information: dancing.seas@gmail.com

    If flying into Nelson airport and needing to book transport to the Wangapeka retreat centre please email Course Manager Nicola first so flight times can be co-ordinated. Right now 5 people are coming at 1pm. And 2 at 3.35pm (but still need to arrange transport).


    Athena by Howard David Johnson

    Saraswati by Mayumi Oda

    Pallas Athena Franz von Stuck (1898)



    Jul 7 @ 6:00 pm
    Jul 13 @ 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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