11 - 13 Oct 2019


6:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Life as It Is! – a Family Friendly Community Retreat

Come up and join us for a warm community weekend of mindfulness for adults and children. We will explore some of the joys and challenges of walking a spiritual path in the midst of our lives – with families, in community, at work. Let’s support each other to strengthen and discover how to live well with things as they are.

This weekend provides space for family practice, adult practice as well as children-focused sessions. The rhythm for the weekend will include a morning gathering to practice together, family friendly forest walks, times for sharing and conversation, short periods of silent eating, and inclusive games.

By simply exploring the thread of presence together, with a focus on the shared learning we find in community, we can experience contentment and enrichment in our ordinary spiritual lives.

Everybody is welcome to attend this weekend.

The course is facilitated by Louise Petzold, Kath Mitchell, Mark Schrader and Jane Hobday. They are experienced practitioners who have been connected with the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre (and each other) for many years.


Costs include all food, accommodation, cooks fee and a small resource fee. Facilitators are offering the course on the basis of dana / koha.


Members $175

Non members $195


4 years and under No charge

5-13 years $60

14 and over $175

We try to keep our costs as low as we can.

If cost is an issue the Wangapeka has a Sangha Support Fund to assist with accommodation costs for adults and children. Please contact the caretaker to apply:

For more information about the retreat contact the course manager Louise Petzold:

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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