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September 2023

Life As It Is 2023 – A Community Family Retreat – FULL

This retreat is currently full. If you would like to go on the waiting list please contact the Course Manager, Karen Harley, A community retreat- families and children welcome “For change to happen in any community, the initiative must come from the individual.” Dalai Lama Friday September 29th (arrive after 2pm, dinner at 6pm) to Sunday October 1st (2pm). ... ...
29 Sep - 01 Oct
2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
October 2023

Dana to the Wangapeka Garden with John Massey

A weekend of giving Dana to the Wangapeka garden Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October It’s a spring time activity, to immerse yourself into. Giving to the Earth and all beings who are part of the intricate web of life. Giving to the Centre and to all beings who come for refuge. Come for one day, or two. We will ... ...
06 - 08 Oct
5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

ANNOUNCEMENT: Integrating Physical Body, Subtle Energy and Consciousness with Bonni Ross

Liberation teachings support the purification and expansion of consciousness holistically, engaging with physical form, subtle energy anatomy and the conceptual/emotional screens, filters and blinds which obscure the ultimate nature of mind. Over a 7 month period, from October 2023 to May 2024 in four separate sessions, Bonni will offer a continuum of practice for those who wish to begin or ... ...
12 Oct
All Day

Teacher, Mentor, Spiritual Friend, Guru – The Big Picture, With Bonni Ross

This is the first in a program of retreats in 2023/24 being offered by Bonni. October 13 to 17, 2023 There may be a “Weekend Only” option (13-15th October) available, however preference will be given to those who can attend the full retreat. To request to attend for the weekend only, please contact the Course Manager Jane Hobday Open ... ...
13 - 17 Oct
5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Namgyal Rinpoche Celebration – Labour Weekend 2023 – FULL

6pm Friday 20th – 2.30pm Monday 23rd October This retreat is now fully booked. To be placed on the Waiting List or to register for a Day Visit, please contact the Course Manager Jane Hobday We are delighted that Terry Hagan and Mala Sikka, special guests from Canada, are planning to come to the Wangapeka for the Labour Weekend ... ...
20 - 23 Oct
6:00 pm - 3:00 pm
November 2023

Compassionate Contact with Brandon Schwinn – FULL

Dates: Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th November This retreat is now FULLY BOOKED. To be placed on the Waiting List please contact the Course Manager Ross Innes-McLeish In this retreat we will explore contact between ourselves and our environment/community. Using tools from Contact Improvisation dance, meditation and presence work we will expand a sense of empathy and connection. There ... ...
03 - 05 Nov
5:00 pm - 3:00 pm
December 2023

Peaceful Human Body, With Bonni Ross

This is the second in a program of retreats in 2023/24 being offered by Bonni. December 1 to 8, 2023 Open to All This retreat will explore the principle that body and mind are not separate. If our bodies, including the senses through which we receive data, are agitated, shut down or in pain, it will be very difficult for ... ...
01 - 08 Dec
5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Young Adults Retreat 2023

Wednesday 13th to Wednesday 20th December The Young Adults Retreat (YAR) provides the opportunity for young adults (18-35) to come together to learn and deepen the craft of meditation. YAR offers a friendly introduction to a universal meditation retreat at an affordable price. 
There will be periods of silence and reflective time to allow you to connect with your own ... ...
13 - 20 Dec
5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Garden of Mindfulness Family Retreat 2023: The Power of Kindness

Journey through the mindfulness looking glass with us! Nurture the wild creative within and enhance your and your family’s wellbeing through play and nature exploration.   A morning class will give the adults time to learn and practice a range of contemplations based on the above themes, while the children enjoy fun activities with our children’s coordinator. In the afternoon families ... ...
28 Dec - 04 Jan
All Day
January 2024

Breath is Energy Healing, Breath is Life, With Bonni Ross

This is the third in a program of retreats in 2023/24 being offered by Bonni. January 12 to 26, 2024 Open to All. Preference will be given to those with some experience of one-pointed focus practice. This predominantly silent retreat will review classical focussed anapanasati meditation, exploring spontaneously-arising physical and emotional/mental states, as well as the various arisings of bliss. ... ...
12 - 26 Jan
5:00 pm - 3:00 pm
March 2024

Primordial Dharma and the Sadhana of Samantabhadra with Tarchin Hearn

good at the beginning, good in the middle and good at the end A 3-week residential retreat with Tarchin Hearn Fri 15 March (5pm) – Fri 5 April (2pm)   Primordial Dharma –      where love and clear seeing perfumes the ever-fresh gardens of our lives      and the lives of all living beings. In essence, primordial dharma is an ... ...
15 Mar - 05 Apr
5:00 pm - 2:00 pm
April 2024

ANNOUNCEMENT: Space, with Bonni Ross

The final retreat offering in this series being offered by Bonni requires a good skill-set and subtle perception. The first part will look at some traditional methods for accessing the experience of space/consciousness/emptiness. Building on these discoveries, in the second part we will investigate formation of group consciousness as the platform for opening to infinite potential. SPACE Part 1: April ... ...
19 Apr - 17 May
5:00 pm - 3:00 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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