14 - 16 Jul 2023


5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Garden Working Bee – A Dana Event with John Massey

Friday 14th 5pm – Sunday 16th July 3pm

Garden Working Bee – A Dana Event

John Massey is offering to lead this opportunity for us to offer Dana to the garden at Wangapeka. It will be weather dependent so please contact John (below) to find out more and keep up to date with any changes.

The key focus will be working with compost – the living force that accepts Dana from the kitchen along with other goodies and in turn gifts nourishment to so many beings – including our Sangha. We will be turning the compost that’s been ‘creatively composing or decomposing’ over the past few months, and then starting another bin on its journey back to the soil.

And there may well be other garden work depending on time available.

Garden activities will start mid-morning on Saturday.  If you would like to come Friday please come after 4 pm – there is a retreat finishing earlier on Friday so there needs to be some time between the two events. Otherwise you may like to arrive bright and early on Saturday morning.

There will be time for practice and socialising, and those who would like to continue with the garden work are welcome to stay on for Sunday as well.

This will be a ‘group volunteer’ event so please bring food to share. We will prepare meals together. There is no charge for staying, just the expectation that all facilities are left clean and tidy.

And please bring some food for the compost – maybe horse manure or something similar!


This is a Dana Event.

Please bring Dana for your accommodation.

Please bring food to share

Information and Registration

For more information contact John Massey P: 027 234 8561 or E: to find out more. This event will be weather dependent so keep in touch with John to keep up to date with any changes.

To register please fill out our online registration form

Register now

Please consider becoming a Wangapeka member – click here for details.

Images: Dylan Nolte, Annie Spratt, Gabriel Jimenez; 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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