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Saraswati & Athena: Goddesses of Wisdom Retreat with Mira Riddiford

Jul 7Jul 13

There are *two places* available please register now to secure your place and avoid disappointment.

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 the owl, the olive tree, 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 meditating on goddesses and how their teachings can work as a map for personal development. You can find out more about her astounding 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.

    Five people are coming at 1pm with a van booked, which can take more.

    Two people are coming at 3.35pm, and the van can take more.


    Athena by Howard David Johnson

    Saraswati by Mayumi Oda

    Pallas Athena Franz von Stuck (1898)



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