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Transforming our Emotions – Relating Compassionately in the World

Sep 11 @ 5:00 pmSep 13 @ 2:00 pm

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Transforming our emotions – a Doorway to Relating Compassionately in the World

with Mark Schrader and Kath Mitchell

Friday 11 (5pm) – Sunday 13 September (2pm)

Is it possible to harness the intelligence of our emotions so we can connect, relate and live more fully? Emotions can create both difficulty and beauty in our communication – leading to ill feeling and confusion; harmony and mutual understanding. Is it possible to meet all of our emotions, with kindness and interest so as to reveal the wisdom aspect of the emotion to guide us – to bring forward healing and an openness in our communication in new and wholesome ways.

We are always in relationship, constantly communicating both verbally and non-verbally with friends, partners, whanau, colleagues, shop assistants, pets and other creatures, earth, food, breath, sleep, our minds… everything. Our question is: how can we be with all this and maintain a sense of well-being?

This course is for anyone interested in developing wholesome relating and communication; to ignite greater compassion in your experience of life. It is about kind and deep listening within yourself and with others.

Together we will practice meditation to help develop deeper calm and insight, and to reveal our interconnectedness with all of life. There will be periods of silence and individual reflective time to allow you to connect more fully with your own inner wisdom as well as creative opportunities to engage with the themes within the group.

Our shared search is set in the awesome beauty of the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. The facilitators, Mark Schrader and Kath Mitchell, are experienced teachers who bring enthusiasm, humour, creativity and care to the group.

More information

For more information please contact Mark Schrader: schrader.mark@gmail.com

Course fee

The course fee includes food, accommodation and a resource fee:

$188 plus Dana/koha. Non-members
$168 plus Dana/koha. Wangapeka Members

The Teachings are offered freely although you are invited to offer the facilitators Kōha/Dana.

About Mark Schrader and Kath Mitchell

Kath has been studying Dharma for over 30 years. She completed her first meditation retreat with Tarchin Hearn in 1990 [at Wangapeka] and has studied with Bonni Ross for over 20 years. She continues to cherish this precious opportunity. Kath and her husband Mark share a deep commitment in the Dharma and have been practicing together for many years. Kath has a special interest in communication and collaboration. She loves to practice Dharma in community because the wisdom of the group is a powerful and beautiful path to transformation; and that is a joy to witness and experience together!

Mark appreciates co-facilitating a variety of courses and retreats at the Wangapeka Study & Retreat Centre. He has an extensive background in meditation spanning over many years, continuing a daily practice and discipline. Mark has a respectful style of teaching that encourages each person to touch into their own inherent wisdom with kindness and often with a sense of humour. Kath and Mark are married and have been sharing their spiritual journeying for over 20 years. Mark began working in the field of Mental Health 20 years ago and currently works as a counsellor in Nelson at the local District Health Board.


To register please fill out our online registration form

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Sep 11 @ 5:00 pm
Sep 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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