14 - 16 Aug 2020


6:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Every Precious Moment – Mindfulness of Death, Impermanence & Uncertainty

Death isn’t just something that happens on one particular day. Death and dying are intimately related to life and living.  In this weekend workshop, we will work together to explore what it truly means to make friends with life’s only certainty.  Through the practice of meditation, mindfulness and group exploration we will endeavor to become clearer, confident, open and fearless.

Join us in a nourishing and restorative retreat exploring what it means to make friends with death. Recently popular Death Cafes have helped to relax the taboo of speaking about death. Come and be nurtured and supported by the beautiful Wangapeka environment as we create a community of courageous conversations.

This retreat is suitable for health professionals, lay people, those new and those experienced in meditation.

Please contact Di on 021 025 35843 or for more information.

“Most of us go to extraordinary lengths to ignore, laugh off or deny the fact that we are going to die, but preparing for death is one of the most rational and rewarding acts of a lifetime. It is an exercise that gives us the opportunity to deal with unfinished business and enter into a new and vibrant relationship with life”  from “A Year to Live” by Stephen Levine.


Inclusive of accommodation, food, cooks and resource fee:

Members: $215
Non-members: $235
This weekend is freely offered by dana/koha.  You are welcome to offer dana/koha to the facilitators.

About the facilitators

Di Johnston is a New Zealand Registered Nurse with 25 years of experience working with people and family at end of life and those facing life-limiting illness. Described as compassionate, creative and generous, Di also brings a strong commitment to meditation practice to this retreat. Chani Grieve has been passionately practicing meditation and a variety of embodiment modalities for over 15 years. She works as a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Community Support Worker and is deeply engaged with the cultivation of “Awakening in Community” with her mentors and peers. Chani’s particular skills are in guiding people to discover for themselves the liberating power of working with the body. Both endeavour to bring life and practice alive through creativity, connection, compassionate care, and deep respect for each person’s unique unfolding.


To register please fill out our online registration form

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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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