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The Mindful Teacher Weekend with Jaime Howell

Jun 4 @ 4:00 pmJun 6 @ 2:30 pm

An introduction to the effortless practise of open hearted mindfulness for educators with Jaime Howell

4th-6th June
Arriving time at Wangapeka 4pm, soup and check in meeting at 6pm
Departure 2:30pm

The aspiration:

This weekend offers teachers a nourishing chance to pause and re-connect to the source of calm and creativity. We spend time exploring mindfulness in all postures building a bridge between personal and professional life. You will get time to yourself and build connections with Open Minded teachers. You will learn how to shift awareness from thinking towards the richness of being. This is a training that embodies simplicity, openness, connection, clarity and caring.

The retreat is fully catered, it includes; accommodation, nourishing wholesome foods, resources and teaching.

Numerous teachers over the last eight years have been funded to attend this retreat with the aspiration to bring mindfulness into their classrooms. The mind science research is irrefutable, mindfulness helps children and adults build neural pathways of calm, clarity and creativity.

Words from a Teacher

“As a busy teacher, I really valued the opportunity to go on retreat. It gave me a chance to slow down and settle, and to work on deepening my meditation practice. This has helped to reduce stress and improve my family life. It has also been valuable at school, where I have introduced the practice in my classes, and lead a group of teachers who meet to sit together once a week supporting each other in our practice. I am very grateful for the opportunity to go on retreat, it has had a positive and profound impact on me, which is being passed on to others.”

Tim Wright, Social Science Teacher Waimea College.

About Jaime

“For over a decade I taught in both secondary and primary settings as a Health teacher. I know something about the burn out and the beauty of teaching. I am passionate to create supportive cultures of mindful awareness with children, teachers, parents and families. We engage the whole body in nature using deep play, mindful movements and joy.”

Jaime has a first class Masters Degree in Education and is Founder and Director of Opening Minds





Wangapeka Member $250-320
Non member $280-350
We are willing to support anyone who wants to come but needs financial assistance. This retreat can be a fully funded Professional Development train paid for by the school.

For more info contact: jaimeopeningminds@gmail.com | 02102644351 or visit www.openingminds.co.nz


To register please fill out this Registration Form: https://forms.gle/X1vVR3zYpJMZz5JNA.


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


Jun 4 @ 4:00 pm
Jun 6 @ 2:30 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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