04 Dec 2022


12:00 am - 12:00 am

Advanced Shamanic Training & Vision Quest with Dr. John Broomfield

This is a rare opportunity for intensive practice with a senior shamanic teacher. Exploration of shamanic cultures from around the world will lay the groundwork for our own practice of advanced techniques. The wilderness locale of Wangapeka Centre in the foothills of NZ’s Southern Alps enhances the power of the practice and provides the perfect setting for the two-day solo fasting vision quest which is heart of the workshop.

“Stand still. The trees ahead and the bushes beside you

Are not lost.

The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this place around you.

The forest knows where you are.

You must let it find you.”

David Wagoner “Lost”

Group numbers will be small so there will be time for in-depth work on individual issues.

Workshop Information

Cost for the workshop, four days’ accommodation and vegetarian meals will be NZ$750 (Aust$705; US$505; Can$670; £385; Euro 445). Reduced fee for Wangapeka Centre Members.

Accommodation will be in single rooms with shared bathrooms.

Individuals’ dietary restrictions will be catered for on request. Information on any dietary needs must be indicated when registering.


Wangapeka Centre is approximately an hour-and-a-half’s drive southwest of Nelson. Those driving to the Centre should be there by 3:00 pm, Sunday Nov. 10. Detailed directions will be provided. Participants coming from overseas or from other parts of NZ should fly to Nelson Airport, arriving at the latest by 1:00 pm on Sunday November 10. Car sharing and/or shuttle bus transport will be arranged to the Centre and back to Nelson Airport on Thursday November 14 morning. Outbound flights that day should be booked for no earlier than 12 noon. Please budget a maximum of NZ$100 additional to the workshop cost for the round trip Nelson-Wangapeka.


Please give your name, gender, postal address, email address and phone numbers (including mobile), along with a statement detailing previous shamanic or comparable experience and why you are interested in this workshop. A registration deposit per person of NZ$250 (Aust$240; US$170; Can$225; £130; Euro 150) is required. This can be by personal cheque in any of the listed currencies payable to John Broomfield or by bank transfer to ASB Bank account #12-3167-0000866-00. As the reference give Workshop and your last name.

The deposit will be refunded only if the workshop is cancelled. A minimum enrolment of ten persons is required for the workshop to proceed. The balance of the fee is due September 12, 2019.

Ka u ki Mata-nuku, ka u ki Mata-rangi,

Ka u ki tenei whenua, hei whenua

He kai mau, te ate o te tauhou.

“I come to the power point of Earth,

I come to the power point of Sky,

I come to this land for it is to be my land.

A stranger, I offer my heart for its sustenance.”

Whakatauki (Maori proverb)

For further information contact John,, phone +64-3-547-1084 &

576-5497, +64-27-547-1084 (texts),


About Dr John Broomfield

Born in New Zealand, John did a doctorate at the Australian National University (ANU). His distinguished academic career includes fellowships at MIT, the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies and the ANU; and service as Professor of Asian & Comparative History at the University of Michigan, and as President of the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco.
He brings a wealth of experience in cultures around the world, including study with Native American, Tibetan Buddhist, Hindu, Balinese, Maori and Aboriginal Australian teachers. His most recent book is: “Other Ways of Knowing: Recharting Our Future With Ageless Wisdom”

He has travelled extensively in Asia, Europe, North America and the Pacific and spent a year living in an Indian Himalayan village. After 10 years in San Francisco, he moved to the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand, where he established a private nature reserve on 50 acres of remote coastal forest, Te Wairua, “place of spirit.”

It would be my pleasure to have you join me on this retreat.

“This workshop and vision quest was one of the more down-to-earth spiritually transformative experiences I’ve ever had.”

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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