04 - 09 Aug 2021


5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Body of Wisdom, Body of Love with Chani Grieve

Body of Wisdom, Body of Love. Awakening our Natural Inheritance.

Four days of movement, meditation and creative enquiry with Chani Grieve, August 4th – 9th 2021

Built by millions of years of evolution, our very own bodies offer us direct access to an inner “compass” that can reliably guide us to the fundamental intelligence, dignity and beauty of the human person. They show us directly the inherent freedom that is our natural inheritance, and lead us to a life of alignment, truth and purpose. In a world where the messages we receive from our distressed culture become more confused and confusing every day, it is a profound relief to discover true refuge and sanity, right here at home. By observing and listening to our human body we learn to attune to the rhythm and intelligence of Life on planet Earth, and open a door to our deepest nature – a song of wisdom, a song of love.


Our culture excels at distracting us from our only real opportunity for discovering genuine freedom – a journey that starts right here in this body, on this earth. Now more than ever we need people who are fully present in their bodies, open in their hearts, and steady in their minds. We need to remember ourselves as intelligent, clear and wise human beings. These skills and capacities are imminently available, and can be developed by anyone who wishes to learn. The teachings of Buddhadharma offer a profound and complete view of the potentiality of a human being. And our bodies themselves show us directly the path to realising this for ourselves. Through the body, we each have unmediated access to a reservoir of wisdom and love, and we can learn to access powerful resources of support, inspiration, creativity, joy and trust.


This retreat offers time and space to develop these skills through movement, meditation and creative enquiry. We will learn to recognise and be inspired by the heart seed of awakening (bodhicitta), the deepest desire we have to be truly free. We will bring our bodies and hearts in line with the natural laws of the universe that reduce and eventually eliminate suffering of all kinds. Practicing in this way allows us to develop the kind of genuine confidence that can only come from our own direct experience.


By learning to inhabit our bodies again, we tap into the intelligence of the earth and can align ourselves with an indomitable force for good. We reclaim not only our personal healing and freedom, but we will also be clear and loving agents for the healing of our world.


“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy” – Friedrich Nietzsche


In this retreat you will be supported by :

  • connected movement sessions using Feldenkrais and gentle somatic practices
  • guided meditation suitable for beginners and those with experience
  • skilful facilitation and the emergent wisdom of the group present
  • opportunity for one-on-one dialogue
  • ample time for rest and personal practice
  • creative exploration of the theme and discoveries arising from it
  • delicious vegetarian food
  • the healing beauty and support of the Wangapeka whenua.

  This retreat is suitable for adults of all ages. It may be of particular interest to those in healing/education/environmental/creative professions, people with health challenges needing a gentle and attuned approach to self-care, and anyone curious about how the body guides our natural unfoldment into wisdom and compassion.

This retreat will be assisted by Jonathan Chambers. To read more about Jonathan visit here.


$455 members / $505 non-members

This includes private single accommodation (in a unit or hut), fully catered vegetarian meals and snacks, a cooks fee, and a small resource fee. It does not include Dana for the facilitator.

Dana is the practice of generosity. In accordance with the tradition of liberation teachings, Chani offers her facilitation freely. You are welcome to offer Dana/Koha as a gesture of appreciation. It is an offering from the heart, according to your means.

If the cost is a barrier for you, Wangapeka has a Sangha Support Fund and you are welcome to apply for assistance to attend a retreat. Information about the Fund can be found on the Costs page under the About menu, or here.


Chani Grieve was born into a dharma community in Tasmania, and has been a dedicated practitioner of meditation and body-centred modalities for over 16 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 as part of The dharmasphere Collective based in Nelson, is deeply engaged in the cultivation of “Awakening in Community”. Chani brings the heart of practice alive through her creativity, connection and care for each individual’s unique experience. She teaches classes, workshops and retreats in Australia and New Zealand.    


For more information contact Chani


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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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