13 - 15 Aug 2021


6:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Life As It Is 2021, a Family Friendly Community Retreat

Life as it is.

A Community retreat- families and children welcome.

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August.

In these times of rapid change, what is the most beneficial action we can take for others, our planet and ourselves? Where do we turn for a sense of true refuge and support? How do we do this in the midst of our lives?

This weekend we will come together as a community of practice, to slow down and return to the knowing of our interconnection with this earth and all things. By practising in this way, we open the opportunity to access a deep unshakable sense of support, wisdom and compassion for Life as it is.

We will spend time as a Community exploring this Earth and the living creatures and plants above and below. There will be time for group and individual meditation practice, periods of silence and child focused activities.


Costs are inclusive of accommodation, food, cook fee and resource fee

Members over 14 years old: $178
Non-members over 14 years old: $198
Children under 4: No Cost
Children 5-13: $72

The facilitation of this weekend is freely offered. You are very welcome to offer dana/koha.

The weekend is led by Louise Petzold and Glenn and Karen Harley who share a deep commitment to the study and practice of the teachings of liberation in the midst of community life.

More Information

For more information about the retreat contact the course manager Karen Harley


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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