27 - 29 Aug 2021


5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Exploring Kaitiakitanga of the Wangapeka Whenua with Rob McGowan

With the Centre closed under Level 4 COVID-19 response this weekend of exploration has been postponed.


When new date are advised Registration will re-open.

Exploring kaitiakitanga of the Wangapeka whenua with Rob McGowan

Ka ora te whenua, ka ora te tangata
When the land is well, the people will be well.

The Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre is a flourishing sanctuary for many beings in these times of rapid change and challenge.

And yet, how well do we know the health of the whenua at Wangapeka, the very ground on which we and many beings depend? What is our understanding of what the Wangapeka whenua needs to be well, and so in turn, enable a sense of connection that strengthens our health and wellbeing and the health and wellbeing of many beings?

How do we become better kaitiaki of the land?

Dharmasphere are delighted to host Pa Ropata (Rob McGowan) as he guides us through a weekend of enquiry, connecting us to the whenua, it’s journey back to health and exploring the vision and principles of Tiwaiwaka.

As the old people said, “All you have to do is get to know the plants and they will tell you everything you need to know”.

Weekend costs:

Costs for the weekend include accommodation, food and a resource fee.

Members: $202

Non-members: $222

Children 5-13 years: $86

Under 5’s: free.

Pa Ropata is generously giving his time and energy to this weekend and a dana/ koha bowl will be provided for anyone who wishes to give.

More Information:

For more information contact Louise at

About Pa Ropata:

Rob McGowan is a prominent rongoā Māori practitioner, well respected for his work in the restoration of rongoā practise and traditional knowledge of native plants and medicines in Aotearoa New Zealand. Pa’s foundational knowledge of Rongoā Māori comes from Kaumatua on the Whanganui River, and he has spent the last 30-40 years learning and sharing his knowledge in a variety of ways about Te Waonui o Tāne. Rob is central to the movement of Tiwaiwaka, a kaupapa vision and set of principles which support the healing of the whenua and the reconnection and health of the people.




[Banner photo by kazuend 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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