29 Sep 2023 - 01 Oct 2023


2:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Life As It Is 2023 – A Community Family Retreat – FULL

This retreat is currently full. If you would like to go on the waiting list please contact the Course Manager, Karen Harley,

A community retreat- families and children welcome

For change to happen in any community, the initiative must come from the individual.” Dalai Lama

Friday September 29th (arrive after 2pm, dinner at 6pm) to Sunday October 1st (2pm).

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 this weekend as we look at how we can strengthen and support ourselves, and others, in the evolution of community.

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


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

Members over 14 years old: $168, Camping $152

Non-members over 14 years old: $188, Camping $158

Children 5-13 years: $66, Camping $60

Children under 5: Free

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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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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