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Wangapeka Community Hui and AGM 2020 – All Welcome

Jul 24Jul 26

Kia ora koutou! You are warmly invited to the Community Hui and AGM 2020,

This is a wonderful opportunity to come and spend time with the Community. The Wangapeka Trust is offering all food and accommodation for this weekend on the basis of dana.

Please come for the whole weekend, or just a day.

There will be a dana bowl for any contribution you would like to make to help run our Centre.

RSVP is essential for catering and accommodation space allocation, especially if there is still Covid 19 social distancing requirement.

Please contact Amber by 17th July wangapekacentre@gmail.com with:

  • Your arrival and departure dates and times
  • Any diet requirements

The Weekend will look like this:

Hui – Friday 24th & Saturday 25th  July. Start 6pm Dinner Friday. Finish 6pm Dinner Saturday.

AGM – Sunday 26th July. Start 9am. Finish 12:30pm.

2020 Community Hui – Who Are We, Here?

Who Are We, Here?

“This body of ours is conditioned by families and societies, by thoughts and dreams …”

Living in a time of global upheaval can deeply affect our inner worlds and raise questions that call us beyond habitual patterns of relationship and action.

What does it mean to recognise and acknowledge the historical wounds that have shaped our society? How can we hold this alongside aspirations for transformation and healing? How might we approach this work together as a sangha, stepping into spaces of challenging learning, with wisdom and compassion as our lamp and staff?

As a Wangapeka community, we cultivate skills passed down through an ancient lineage that help us navigate the complexity of our daily lives. The colonial history of Aotearoa raises particular questions of identity, power, and relationship to place. This year’s hui is a chance for enquiry into these questions, embracing the diversity of experiences and perspectives within our circle.

It is our intention that the hui open an empowering, heart-led space for investigating the ancestral lines and multiple histories that have led us to this moment. Through this wholesome intention, we hope to explore what it means to be good ancestors and lineage holders in Aotearoa. We look forward to your presence in the circle – 

Dan, Willow, Hadleigh, Elli and Rowan. 

Practical things

You may arrive on Friday evening for shared kai, or Saturday morning for the whole day, or on Sunday morning for the AGM, or all of the above! We only ask that you come for the whole of Saturday, rather than arriving halfway through the day. If you come on Friday night, please bring dinner to share if possible for a truly co-created feast. We will provide soup and bread to supplement, so if cooking or shopping is a barrier for you at the end of the week, please come empty-handed, prepared to be well fed.

Rough schedule

Friday night

6pm potluck dinner

7pm orientation for the weekend

Group sit


6:30am morning sit 

7:15am breakfast

9am – 12pm morning session

12:30pm lunch

2pm-5pm afternoon session

6pm dinner

(afternoon times TBC)

Emergent evening activities  


6:30am morning sit

7:15am breakfast

9am – 12pm AGM

12:30pm lunch and goodbyes 

Course manager: elliyates@gmail.com

AGM Sunday

Nominations for Board of Trustees

At the AGM,  members are elected to the Trust Board. Nominations can be sent to the secretary Tim Leyland tjleyland@yahoo.com or can be made at the AGM itself. The nominees, movers and seconders all need to be financial members.

New members wanted for Board of Trustees

Please consider going on to the Board of Trustees. This is also dana; offering your time to attend the monthly Trust Board meetings in person or on Zoom. Engaging with the other Trust Board members in this way is always a good and worthwhile experience. While the Board would benefit from some new faces at Trust Board meetings, it would also really like someone to take on the position of Treasurer. While Pierre Mitchell continues to do a great job looking after our financial wellbeing, he would be very happy to give advice and help anyone new easing into this role.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Wangapeka Educational Trust will be
held in the main hall at Wangapeka at 9.00am on Sunday 26 July 2020


  1. Short meditation
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of 2019 AGM
  4. Matters arising
  5. Reports
    1. Treasurer
    2. Coordinator
    3. Office caretaker
    4. Land caretaker
    5. Maintenance
    6. Programme
    7. Communications
  6. Election of Trust Board members
  7. Any other business

Lunch will be at 12.30pm


Please make sure your WET membership is current if you wish to have voting rights at the AGM meeting. Looking forward to seeing you! Kind wishes from the Board of Trustees.


Jul 24
Jul 26
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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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