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Young Adults Retreat 2020: The Courage to Question

Dec 13 @ 6:00 pmDec 20 @ 2:00 pm

YAR 2020: The Courage to Question

6pm, Sunday 13th Dec – 2pm, Sunday 20th Dec

“We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good” – Carl Sagan.

What does it feel like to be in a state of question? What would it be like to embrace the mystery of the universe, to take shelter in the heart?

2020 has shaken the foundations of what many of us consider to be ‘normal.’ Many people find themselves in precarious positions, without stable ground underneath. It could be said that the planet is demonstrating realities that have always been true, but now we are witnessing them on an unprecedented global scale – everything changes; life is struggle; everything depends on everything else. This is impossible to deny, and not easy to be with.

It can be easy to seek comfort in habitual patterns of sense making, but sometimes these fixed ideas can become divisive and destructive as we scramble to find a simple, knowable answer to impossibly complex situations.

What tools could we resource ourselves with to meet the discomfort of not knowing? How can we find ways to explore creatively in the face of challenge? Could we allow ourselves to open to the power of not knowing? If we can learn to open ourselves to vast, collective fields of intelligence and support, then perhaps we can find extraordinary capacities for compassionate action in the face of uncertainty.

This retreat is an opportunity for young people to develop and deepen a meditation practice within the supportive context of the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. Together we will dive into the unknown with wisdom, compassion, and ever-fresh awareness. Explorations will include meditation, group processes, movement and embodiment practice, explorative art and nature connection. There will be periods of silence and reflective time to allow you to connect with your inner wisdom. Guidance will be available for those who are interested in learning to meditate, as well as for those who wish to develop their meditation practice.


For more information, contact Dan: danielburgess-milne@hotmail.com


Unit or Hut: Member: $534,  Non-member: $604
Camping: Member: $443,  Non-member: $464

This fee includes six days of food and accommodation, and a small materials fee.

Inclusivity remains a core value of YAR and we encourage you to apply for support if the cost is a barrier. Funds have been donated to Wangapeka to offer support for people who cannot afford the retreat but want to attend; this is called ‘Sangha Support’ and operates like a scholarship. To apply for this contact the Wangapeka Office Caretaker with your inquiry wangapekacentre@gmail.com

Why Dana / Kōhā for the teacher?

In the Buddhist spirit of dana, the teachings are offered freely by facilitators. Dana operates like a sliding scale; it translates as ‘generosity’ – an act that empowers giver and receiver – and is at the core of everything that happens at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. You will need to bring cash to make this offering.

About the facilitators

Elli Yates grew up in the Wangapeka community, attending family retreats at the Centre throughout her childhood. Since then she has been a participant and facilitator at Young Adult’s Retreats, re-discovering and sharing a passion for Buddhdharma with her peers and mentors. She is now a secondary school teacher and lives on the Kāpiti coast. Elli has been involved with the Mindfulness for Change community, which aims to pursue systemic change through mindful action. She has participated in a regular Women’s Group space for the last seven years, and is dedicated to developing mindful processes for collective healing.




Daniel Burgess-Milne has been studying the Buddhadharma since 2012 and has received teachings from various teachers including Tarchin Hearn, Bonni Ross and Lama Mark Webber. He has been both a participant and facilitator of Young Adult’s Retreats and has a background working in mental health with youth. Dan has a passion for understanding insight through a contemporary lens, and finding new concepts and methods for exploring timeless wisdom in a modern world.





Chani Grieve has been a dedicated practitioner of meditation and body-centred modalities for over 15 years, sharing her experience since 2012. She graduated from the 4-year Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in Melbourne in 2013, and began to weave movement and meditation to utilise the power of working with the body to awaken our innate freedom. She works as a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Community Support Worker, and as part of The dharmasphere Collective based in Nelson, is deeply engaged in the cultivation of “Awakening in Community”. Chani has studied, received teachings from, and worked with many influential and inspiring teachers of a range of traditions and lineages, and most intensively over the last 12 years with her principal teacher Bonni Ross. She brings the heart of practice alive through her creativity, connection and care for each individual’s unique experience, teaching classes, workshops and retreats in Australia and New Zealand.


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Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm
Dec 20 @ 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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