06 - 10 Apr 2022


5:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Breath and Savor – a Mindful Eating Retreat

Breath and Savor – a Mindful Eating Retreat

With Juliana Griese and Nicky Woodward

Wednesday April 6th to Sunday April 10th, 2022

Food and eating are so much a part of our lives, but how much are we present to it? When we attend to our food and eating habits we can ask ourselves questions such as: Why am I eating? What am I really hungry for? Am I at peace with food, with eating and my body?

With these questions in mind, I have been exploring ways to change my relationship with food and eating, and to fulfill my emotional need for love and care in a different way. You are welcome to join me on this massive journey! Massive because it feels impossible to go in another direction sometimes: compulsive eating, battling with weight and body, eating habits that end in chronic diseases… Lifelong conditionings playing in the mind and body. But the willingness to change is here and the tools are available all the time: awareness, self love and connection.

Jan Chozen Bays, the doctor and zen buddhist teacher, author of “Mindful Eating – a guide to rediscovering a healthy and joyful relationship with food”, says that it is our birthright to eat healthily using our inner wisdom, the one that is with us since the beginning. Life circumstances can upset this capacity and we can find ourselves confused around our food choices ending up with a loud inner critique that is self destructive. Through Mindful Eating we can rediscover this innate wisdom and bring back the joy of eating in a way that connects us to a healthy and good life.

In this retreat we are going to work to become more aware of our body before, during and after eating. To deepen the connection with the body, practicing to distinguish the different hungers that are part of human nature and need to be respected (physical, social, pleasure and emotional or the 9 hungers as Jan Chozen Bays teaches). We will explore the gut-brain connection through attention to the way we move, and learn how to create neurological balance and ease. Collectively these activities will enable us to eat without guilt or shame and operate from a place of care and love for the whole aspects of ourselves and the world.

This process of learning will be simple and gentle work. We will enjoy our meals with Mindful Eating practices. We will share our stories and listen attentively to each other. We will offer daily movement for awareness sessions in a way that helps us reconnect to our body’s innate inner wisdom. We will deepen our practice of breathing meditation and nature connection as a fundamental support for these explorations. With gentleness and respect this retreat will provide a way for us to be even more aware of what is going on in our body and learn to love it!

Everybody is welcome!

The Facilitators

Juliana Griese: I’ve been exploring and sharing progressively since 2007, contemplative practices (meditation) to know myself better and relate to myself healthier; to cultivate wholesome relations to other humans and the ecology of life. I was trained as a Mindfulness Instructor in Brazil by the Kiwi Jangchub Reid who has a strong history of contribution to the unfolding of Wangapeka Centre. In 2016, I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue and an autoimmune disease and realized that my relationship with food, eating and my body was full of struggling and masking something deeper that I needed to address. I had to do something about it. It became my path for awakening and I feel that it is time to share and explore this with a community.


Nicky Woodward: I have a professional background in health and have been involved with mindful movement through education, rehabilitation, Yoga and personal practice for over 30 years. I am a certified Awareness Through Movement© (ATM) teacher and NZ Guild certified Feldenkrais practitioner (2010). I have been influenced by a number of teachers over this time, and as part of this have studied with both Tarchin Hearn and Leander Kane at Wangapeka.

I have been studying mindful movement and completed an Advanced Yoga Teacher Training programme with Donna Farhi (2000), Ruthy Alon’s Bones for Life programme (2009), and I attend regular somatic movement seminars and Advanced Feldenkrais teacher training programmes. More information about my practice, current work and interests can be found from my Movement Rewired website –


Cost includes food, accommodation, a cooks fee, and a resource fee.

Member: $384 (hut/unit); $312 (camp)

Non Member: $424 (hut/unit) $324 (camp)

Dana/Koha for the facilitators is not included in these prices. To let the energy flow and contribute you can choose to give what is in your heart combining with what is possible for you at this moment. A Dana/Koha box will be available at the Centre.


Everybody is welcome!

For more information, please contact the Course Manager, Juliana

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Please be aware that the Wangapeka Board of Trustees has re-examined its COVID-19 response in the light of the new traffic light system. This addresses the number of people whom we can accommodate safely in the event of cases emerging in our local community and at Wangapeka, and methods for ensuring the maximum degree of safety for all. See the Wangapeka Documents page to download and view the details of this.

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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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