04 - 06 Oct 2024


5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Life As It Is (2024) With Louise Petzold, Chani Grieve, and Louise Perzigian

A family friendly community retreat

Friday 4th October 5pm – Sunday 6th October 3pm


Family life is demanding on every level. It can sweep us up in its constant push and pull, where tending to our inner lives and the deeper impulse towards freedom is often put off for later.

And yet there is nothing like our concern for our families and children to deeply motivate us towards healing and liberation, not only for ourselves, but for all present and future generations.

How can meditation practice and a deep commitment to contributing to a healthier, saner world share space with the joy and chaos of family life?

And how can we learn to not see them as separate in the least, but as part of the same precious life’s opportunity that we have, right here, right now?

Life As It Is offers families a unique chance to pause, to sink into connection with each other and the earth, to feel into and attend to what is most important in our lives.

Together we will practice how to weave our inner and outer lives together, infusing them with our deep heart of aspiration for ourselves and for our world. We will be supported by the teachings of Buddhadharma – insights and methods that are as relevant today as ever – that help us build confidence, contentment, and the capacity to meet with whatever arises with our whole being. In this way we find true refuge right here in the lives that we have, supporting and strengthening ourselves, our children, and all beings with whom we share this Earth.


The weekend will consist of group practice time, fun and explorations, children’s activities and space to be immersed in the oasis of calm that the Centre and the whenua offers.

The weekend is facilitated by Louise Petzold, Chani Grieve, and Louise Perzigian who are all committed practitioners weaving the deepening enquiry of dharma with family and community life.

Children’s activities will be facilitated by Nyima Petzold.

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Costs include all food and accommodation, and a small resource fee

Members: $198
Non- members $218
Under 4- free
5-13yrs $46.

For assistance with accommodation costs please

Costs do not include Dana for the facilitators. Louise, Chani and Louise offer their time and skills freely. You are invited to make a Dana offering, from the heart, according to your means.

To register please fill out our online registration form

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Louise Petzold

Chani Grieve

Louise Perzigian

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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