28 - 30 Jun 2024


6:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Don’t Just Do Something. Sit there! (2024) With Kath Mitchell and Mark Schrader

Friday 28th June 6pm – Sunday 30th June 3pm

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 8th year that ‘Don’t just Do something! Sit there!’ has run at Wangapeka.

The Facilitators

Kath and Mark have all facilitated meditative retreats and workshops individually and collaboratively. They have an extensive background in meditation and retreat work and have studied closely with their teachers over many years (specifically Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche, Bonni Ross, Tarchin Hearn and Cecile Kwiat).

Mark and Kath approach to teaching meditation is to gently encourage each member to touch into their own inherent wisdom with friendliness, kindness and humour.

Costs for the weekend

Member – $225 (*early bird $205)

Non member – $245 (*early bird $225)

The costs include: accommodation in your own room, 3 meals a day (including tea and coffee), a cook’s fee and a small resource fee.

* Early bird means payment is received in full at least one week before the start of the course.

The Teaching is given freely although you are welcome to offer dana if you would like to do so

Dana – in the Buddhist spirit of dana, the practice of generosity, Kath and Mark offer these teachings freely and rely on the generosity of people who feel that this work is worth supporting. You are welcome to offer dana as an appreciation of the gift of the Teaching. A ‘dana box’ will be available in the main hall at Wangapeka. Generosity begets generosity.

Information and Registration

For more information please contact: Georgia McCrory-Bowick (Course Manager) –

To register please fill out our online registration form

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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.

Image Credit: Photo by Kalen Emsley on Unsplash

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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