Garden of Mindfulness Family Retreat

Garden of Mindfulness (GOM) Community Retreat

Families, friends and new people of all ages are welcome

Sun 28th Dec 2014 to Tues 6th Jan 2015
The Garden of Mindfulness is an annual retreat that allows parents, adults and children to explore Dharma and Meditation together. Community, families and fun are at the forefront of themes. Adults can enjoy the beautiful, restful environment and working together. The kids can enjoy the fresh air, kids programme and the tremendous amount of space to explore.


Come and join us for ten days of creativity, community, loud times, quiet times, action and stillness.

The sense of community that grows throughout our time together is a deeply enriching experience, and this is at the heart of what this exploration is about. For this reason it is better if you can come for the entire duration of the course. People can apply to come for part of the course, however, they must be able to start at the beginning.

Costs: This includes accommodation, food, art and craft resource fee and cooks fee.

Members of Wangapeka
Adults (per person) 9 Days @ $60 per day= $540 total
Children (per person) 6-14 years. 9 Days @ $26 per day= $234 total
Adults (per person) 9 days @$44 per day= $396 total
Children (per person) 6-14 years. 9 Days @ $16 per day= $144 plus camping fee (to be announced)

Non-members of Wangapeka
Adults (per person) 9 days @ $66 per day= $594
Children (per person) 6-14 years. 9 Days @ $26 per day=$234 total
Adults (per person) 9 days @ $49 per day= $441 total
Children (per person) 6-14 years. 9 Days @ $16 per day= $144 plus camping fee (to be announced)

Children under 6: free

Subsidy Fund

The Garden Of Mindfulness course has a subsidy fund available, and can offer financial assistance to families who wish to come but cannot afford the full fee. This fund has been made available through the generosity of several donors who wish to support families to attend this course. Please enquire.


Registration: Please register by November 1st 2014. Preference will be given to those who can attend the entire course. Registrations after this date will be accepted if space is available, or placed on a waiting list. To register contact: or ph 03 3297 010

We are on the look out for a cook and people to assist with the kids programme.
If you can help in these areas or would like more information please contact Karen Harley at or ph 03 3297 010

Many thanks!!


28 Dec 2014 - 06 Jan 2015


10:00 am - 3:00 pm



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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