24 - 26 Sep 2021


6:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Don’t Just Do Something … Sit There! 2021

*** Registration is CLOSED as this retreat is Fully Booked ***

Start 6pm Friday, September 24th, ends 3pm Sunday 26th

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 in exploring this.

The weekend will be predominantly 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.

The Facilitators

This will be the 5th year this popular course has run at Wangapeka. Our usual facilitators (Duncan, Jane and Mark) are taking a break this year as they are embarking on their own retreat work.

In their place we have Jonathan Chambers and Chris Petzold, both very experienced meditators with a longstanding connection to Wangapeka and the practice lineage inspired by the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche.

Jonathan will lead the facilitation with support from Chris as course manager.

More about Jonathan, his teachings and related activities is available here:


This retreat is held in collaboration with the dharmasphere collective –

Costs for the weekend

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

Member $202 (early bird $182)

Non member $222 (early bird $202)

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.


Registration is CLOSED. The Retreat is Fully Booked.

For more information: Those interested in joining the retreat can direct inquiries to Chris at


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 – many thanks.

*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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