25 - 27 Aug 2023


5:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Gentle Face: Remembering Loving Kindness with Kath Mitchell

Friday 25th 5pm — Sunday 27th August 2pm

Kindness is natural and unconditional, you don’t have to deserve it, or earn it. Kindness is already here, within you. What a relief to remember this and know that love is always present and available. The gentle face of loving kindness is only a remembrance away.

Each moment that we recognise Loving Kindness, we reconnect with this source of nourishment. The present moment transforms into a nurturing space, increasing our capacity to be with whatever we are experiencing.

Many of us find it easier to be kinder to others than to our ourselves, and what arises in our minds can be challenging and painful. Through cultivating kindness, we can strengthen our minds and allow our hearts to open; to be present with whatever is happening, in the changing world and in our relationships with ourselves and others. This experience is one of wholeness and interconnectedness.

In this weekend retreat we will learn a traditional Loving Kindness meditation and explore other creative ways to connect with Loving Kindness. As we attune our hearts to kindness, we learn to rest into this gentle way of being.

This course is open to anyone who is interested in having more kindness present in their life – no previous experience in meditation is needed.


Members: *$198 (plus **Dana)

Non-Members: *$218 (plus **Dana)

*This amount covers the accommodation, food, cook’s fee and resource fee

**Dana means “Generosity” and it is a gift freely given, from the heart. Dana opens us to receive the teachings. Kath offers these teachings freely. The course fee does not include any payment to the teacher. If you wish to offer Dana for the teaching, there is a box in the main hall, where you can place your gift anonymously. Dana is traditionally given at the start of a course.

For more information you are welcome to contact Mark the Course Manager –

About Kath Mitchell

Kath completed her first meditation retreat with Tarchin Hearn in 1989. She has studied Dharma with Bonni Ross for over twenty-five years and continues to cherish this precious opportunity. Kath is a teacher and health worker. She offers meditation retreats, workshops and meditation instruction at Wangapeka and in Nelson. She loves to practice Dharma and study in community, because the wisdom of the group is a powerful and beautiful path to transformation; and that is always a joy to witness and experience together!


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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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