03 - 05 Nov 2023


5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Compassionate Contact with Brandon Schwinn – FULL

Dates: Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th November

This retreat is now FULLY BOOKED. To be placed on the Waiting List please contact the Course Manager Ross Innes-McLeish

In this retreat we will explore contact between ourselves and our environment/community.

Using tools from Contact Improvisation dance, meditation and presence work we will expand a sense of empathy and connection.

There is a spectrum of possibility between stillness and dynamic movement.

This retreat will offer space to explore that and allow the impetus for movement to come from the awareness of the deep wellspring of our heartfelt listening.

This retreat is for dancers and non-dancers. There will be open jams, creative non-verbal spaces, for exploring new possibilities of interaction. By learning to trust the wisdom of the body, we will engage with our communities in more compassionate ways.

About Brandon Schwinn

Brandon Schwinn is a dance artist and meditator living in Vancouver, Canada. He has been practicing meditation for twenty years and finds it a fundamental tool for living a life that values compassionate action. His main training in dance is in Contact Improvisation where he has been studying at Edam dance studio for five years intensively. He has also completed a thorough training program for the art of clowning. Which is where his interest in presence work began to take an artistic form.


Costs include food, single room accommodation, a cooks fee and a small resource fee.

Rooms / Huts
Members $188
Non members $208

Members. $152
Non members $158

About dana

The costs do not include any payment for the teacher who is offering the weekend on the basis of dana (generosity). Please bring cash with you if you would like to offer dana to Brandon.

An offering of dana to the teacher, traditionally at the beginning of the retreat, and is a profound practice in itself. Giving can help us open; and through an open-hearted state of receptivity, we can find ourselves more able to receive.


For further information contact Ross at

This retreat is now FULL. Please do not register at this time. To be placed on the Waiting List please contact Ross.


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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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