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The Union of Compassion and Emptiness Retreat with Keith Rowan

Aug 30, 2019Sep 6, 2019

The process of awakening our hearts and minds is a journey into vastness. A deepening recognition of the boundless scope of our heart’s capacity for goodness, opens the doors to the innate freedom of reality itself.

In this short retreat period we will explore through teachings, discussion and practice the themes of compassion and emptiness. The search for understanding is a truly scientific search, and an honest appreciation of our direct experiences. Therefore, this retreat will be accessible to all, regardless of background.

All are welcome.


30 August, 6pm – 6 September, 2pm 2019


$595 or $85 per night ($525 or $75 per day for members of the Wangapeka Centre)

Plus dana/donation for the teaching.

Dana is a practice of generosity tempered by an appreciation of your current financial means. It is a direct expression, to yourself, of how you value the teachings. Any contributions are used for furthering dharma activities. The fixed cost covers accommodation, food and cook’s fee.

Attending for just the first weekend (or longer) is OK but no one will be allowed to join after the retreat has started.

A $100 deposit is required at registration.

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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Contact: Any enquiries please contact


Registration beforehand is essential. On receipt of the deposit you will receive an email of guidance for those new to the Wangapeka Centre.

About Keith Rowan

Keith Rowan is an elder of the Wangapeka.

Keith Rowan met and travelled with the Ven. Namgyal Rinpoché, his principal teacher of dharma, over 25 years ago and, he says, “…I haven’t been the same since.” From that time he has also been taught and inspired by many other wonderful teachers and friends in many countries, particularly Chimé Shore, Tarchin Hearn and the Venerable Kalu Rinpoché, creating a rich background in the study of mind.

He came to New Zealand 17 years ago and has been widely involved with the work of the Wangapeka Retreat Centre throughout that time as student, meditator, co-ordinator, teacher and general labourer.

He says, “My interest these days is to support explorations of dharma here in Nelson. I have a great affinity with anyone trying to understand their life in the midst of the bustle of suburbia. That has been my struggle. The aim is to be a dharma friend to anyone wanting to explore this great mystery called being conscious.”

Keith draws on a wide range of methods, some traditional, some modern, presenting the work from a non-sectarian view. In between times, he practises as a building designer in Nelson.

He also teaches at The Nelson Buddhist Centre with teacher Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoché.


Aug 30, 2019
Sep 6, 2019
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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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