07 - 11 Oct 2022


2:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Life As It Is 2022 – A Community Family Retreat – FULL

A community retreat- families and children welcome

Friday October 7th (arrive after 2pm, dinner at 6pm) to Tuesday October 11th (2pm).

This retreat is now FULLY BOOKED. If you wish to go on a WAIT LIST please contact Karen Harley

N.B. There is also a weekend option.

As human beings, we have a unique opportunity to investigate the comings and goings that make up the human experience. In the midst of our lives just as they are, this interest and exploration is always available to us- however difficult or easeful that may seem!.

Living in this way creates the possibility of opening to, and surfing all that arises, and inviting an open, inclusive and caring way of being, for the benefit of many.

Join us for 4 days as we practice as a community exploring the Buddha’s teaching on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

There will be time for group and individual meditation practice, periods of silence and child-focused activities.

Please note: there is an option to stay for just the weekend (Friday to Sunday).


Costs are inclusive of accommodation, food, cooks fee and resource fee.

Attend the whole retreat – Friday to Tuesday

Members over 14 years old: $336, Camping $264

Non-members over 14 years old: $376, Camping $276

Children 5-13 years: $132, Camping $120

Children under 5: Free

Attend for the Weekend – Friday –Sunday

Members $168, Camping $132

Non members $188, Camping $138

Children 5-13 years $66, Camping $60

The facilitation of this course is freely offered. You are 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.


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

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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