02 - 04 Sep 2022


5:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Don’t Just Do Something. Sit there! 2022 – CANCELLED

Friday 2nd 5pm – Sunday 4th September 2pm

Unfortunately this retreat has had to be cancelled. People who registered will receive a full refund.

Want to learn to meditate? Perhaps you have tried and need some more skills and extra encouragement? Or possibly, you already meditate and wish to develop your practice and drop into a full weekend of meditation. If so, then this weekend retreat will support you to explore this.

The retreat will predominantly be silent and offers you the opportunity to learn, strengthen and enliven your individual practice of breathing meditation. Alongside this there will be opportunities for sharing and questions as well as time for individual practice; including space to enjoy just ‘being’ at the Wangapeka Centre – a very beautiful environment.

This is the sixth year that this popular retreat – ‘Don’t just Do something! Sit there!’ – has run at Wangapeka.

The Facilitators

Duncan and Mark have both facilitated meditation retreats and workshops individually and collaboratively. Both have an extensive background in meditation and retreat work and have studied closely with their teachers (specifically Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche, Bonni Ross, Tarchin Hearn and Cecile Kwiat).

They incorporate teaching approaches which gently encourage each member to touch into their own inherent wisdom with friendliness, kindness and humour. Mark and Duncan are also contributors to the Nelson-based vibrant dharmasphere collective. To find out more see

Costs for the weekend

Costs includes food, accommodation, cooks fee & resource fee.

Member – $205

Non member – $225

Dana – the Teaching is given freely although you are welcome to offer dana/koha if you would like to do so.

Information and Registration

For more information please contact Duncan Mackay (Course Manager) –

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.

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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