03 - 06 Sep 2020


5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Awaken! Dharma & Meditation Retreat with Jonathan Chambers


Dharma & Meditation Retreat, Sept 3-6 2020

An extended weekend retreat, suitable for all. At Wangapeka, near Nelson, with Jonathan Chambers


Beneath the myriad challenges we face in these ‘unprecedented times’, a call resounds. It echoes in the depth of all our hearts – in the very fabric of the universe. Can you hear what it is saying? “AWAKEN!”

The trajectory of ‘human progress’ has never before clashed so abruptly with natural law. For many, the wish to create a happy life is being undermined by a troubling uncertainty. In times like these, it is easy to become overwhelmed, to feel helpless, to resign ourselves to distraction. But these responses won’t help to quell the ripening of centuries of collective human blindness.

There is another possibility: to view this time as nothing other than a Great Awakening. A chance to align whole-heartedly to the deeper truth of human potential. A potential that can be seen bursting through the cracks in our collective unconscious, if you know how to look. In Buddhism we call this potential Bodhicitta: the Enlightenment Mind.

In this retreat we will discover how Buddhist Dharma, supported by meditation and embodiment practices, can entirely transform the way we view and respond in challenging times like these. We will learn how to treat every moment as an opportunity for awakening – how to become warriors of Truth and Tenderness – and how to manifest a better world by aligning our collective creative power with natural law.

Course Timing

3-6 September 2020

Please aim to arrive by 5pm on Thursday 3rd Sept.

First class 7:30pm 3rd Sept.

Course will finish after lunch and cleanup on Sunday 6 Sept.

Part-time attendance may be permissible with special arrangement.

Course Fees

Wangapeka Member * – $260 + dana

Non-member – $290 + dana

This fee includes all accommodation, prepared meals, cooks fee & materials. It does not include any payment for the teacher / teaching. In accordance with Buddhist tradition, Jonathan offers the teaching of Dharma out of generosity. There will be opportunity to offer dana / donation for Jonathan in return, in appreciation of the teachings and to help support the continued flow of Dharma. Please give as generously as you can (within your own means, of course…).

About Jonathan

Jonathan is a long-term practitioner of Buddha-dharma, meditation and yoga and is a registered craniosacral therapist. He began teaching yoga in 2011, under the wing of world renowned Ashtanga teacher John Scott. In 2013 he was given the blessing to teach Dharma and meditation by his root teacher, Lama Mark Webber. Jonathan has studied with many other great teachers in complementary wisdom traditions including Daoist Qigong.

He has a background in earthquake engineering and music and lives in Nelson, New Zealand with his partner and two young children. He integrates a full family life with a dedication to the practice and teaching of a universal path of healing and awakening.

Contact & Information



p: 021 1860 476


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*Please consider becoming a Wangapeka member – click here for details.

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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