Bodhi Seeds 2020


18 - 26 Nov 2020


6:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bodhi Seeds Retreat 2020 – 7 days at the Wangapeka

Bodhi Seeds Retreat 2020 – 7 days at the Wangapeka Study & Retreat Centre.

Tools for The Great Turning. A deeper dive in meditation and community for young adults (age 18-35)

18th – 26th November 2020.

Why come to this Retreat?

We are facing the collapse of the natural environment and challenges to our old social and economical structures. There is a need for active hope to participate in and support wholesome communities, where integrated and mature human beings contribute for the birth of an interconnected, response-able culture.

“Do not look away. Do not avert your gaze. Do not turn aside. This teaching clearly calls for radical attention and total acceptance.” Joanna Macy

We are offering the cultivation of insightful awareness as a primary capacity to realise interbeing and build wholesome communities that cooperate in the thriving of earth’s life and it’s beauty.

What is the focus?

This is a Vipassana/Samatha retreat with the increasing attention on the cultivation of tranquility. Tarchin Hearn offers an image of Samatha as…

“standing completely firm: solid and unshakably present in the midst of whatever is arising.” The Cycle of Samatha,

We know that this unshakable faith in the midst of whatever is arising is medicine for the world we are living. It is from this place we may glimpse life inspiring insight into the true nature of our belonging. We will be emphasising gentleness, body work and integration through all of the senses and moving modalities.

Who is walking beside you on the path?

The retreat is blessed with three facilitators, Jaime Howell, Juliana Griese and Andy McIntosh. It takes place in the beautiful and supportive environment of  the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. This centre was one of the first retreat centres in Aotearoa. Wangapeka offers us a deeply supportive environment; you will be moving into the presence of generations waking up.

Jaime Howell

Jaime Howell is a musician, story teller, rite of passage developer and Meditation/Open Floor teacher. He dedicate your life to nourishing the seeds of wisdom and compassion. He is a graduate of a three year school of mindfulness/meditation and went on to spend another three years as the resident practitioner at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. He is a volunteer Director of the Rites of Passage Foundation and is the Director of Opening Minds, an organisation dedicated to nourishing the seeds of wisdom and compassion here in Aotearoa. Jaime has a Masters in Education.



Juliana Griese

Juliana Griese have been exploring and sharing progressively since 2007, contemplative practices for the development of consciousness and awakening; of love and clarity of thinking, feeling and acting, moved by a passion and doings in the area of nature and community care through the work in NGOs and research projects in Brazil. She is a NVC passionate practioner and an enthusiastic supporter of community building.





Andy McIntosh

Andy is a Meditation teacher and Feldenkrais awareness through movement instructor. For the past 15 years he has been Studying Meditation and Awakening under the Guidance of, and attendant too, Tarchin Hearn and other inspired teachers. His exploration of Wisdom and Compassion, a deep appreciation of the natural world and regular sharing with others brings a grounded and practical approach to the question of what it means to live well and awaken in these times.




Is this retreat for you?

This is for any experienced young adults (aged 18-35) who want to take their meditation practice and personal inquiry deeper. It is for young people who hunger to do this as a community. We want to support the change makers. Young people who feel motivated to learn how to plant, grow and harvest the fruits of mindfulness and more for the wellbeing of everyone and everything.

In this retreat we expect to offer an opportunity for you to deepen your meditation practice. This means that some experience is required for you to participate. Reflect on these questions, if the answer is mostly yes, you are welcome to register.

  1. Have you ever participated in at least one vipassana or mindfulness retreat for more than 5 days?
  2. Do you have a regular practice of meditation in your daily life or aspire strongly to create one?
  3. Are you hungry for the more beautiful world you heart knows is possible?


Our aspiration is that young people can afford this opportunity. If the cost is a limitation for you, we are open to hear your needs and think together about some possibilities that can support you.

Yes there are some possibilities that are already in our view. Sliding scale $504 – $826 – including food and accommodation for this 7 day retreat.

$504 – is the baseline – camping as a member in Wangapeka, without fee for the organization and Dana that you may choose to give;

$826 – includes stay in a unit as a non member in Wangapeka, a fee for the organization without Dana.

The cost varies due to the type of accommodation (unit or camp) that you choose, if you are a member or not and if you are willing to contribute to the organization/administration fee that covers the cost of materials and basic expenses of the facilitators, like transport. Let us know your preference, so we can send you the cost options with more precision, by contacting us at:

For the teachings and facilitation you can choose to give what is in your heart combining with what is possible for you at this moment.

Places are limited, there are 14 places available for this week’s retreat.


To register please fill out our online registration form

Register now

If using Paypal please add 5% of the total cost and include with your payment to cover Paypal’s fees – many thanks.

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

Do you want more? Bodhi Seeds 2020 full journey.

This Wangapeka retreat is part of a 3 week journey structured as a Rite of Passage, an awakening journey for experienced young adults. It will begin with a multi day wilderness meditative journey, followed by a one week gentle Vipassana/Samata residential retreat in Wangapeka and finishing with an artistic integration and visioning time, living in community.

If you are interested check here more information

or get in contact with Jaime and Juliana:

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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