20 - 23 Oct 2023


6:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Namgyal Rinpoche Celebration – Labour Weekend 2023

6pm Friday 20th – 2.30pm Monday 23rd October

This retreat is now fully booked.

HOWEVER, you are welcome to attend as a Day Visitor. Please contact Tracy the Centre Caretaker

We are delighted that Terry Hagan and Mala Sikka, special guests from Canada, are planning to come to the Wangapeka for the Labour Weekend Namgyal Celebration, marking 20 years exactly since Rinpoche’s passing. Terry was Namgyal’s assistant for nearly 30 years and both he and Mala have extensive experience in leading creative courses and retreats.

This special weekend will consist of a range of offerings and experiences …. of teachings, explorations, recollections, shared stories as well as time to just ‘be’ at the Centre. Everybody is welcome including families with children. It will be a rare opportunity for a gathering of old and young, new and not so new, those who knew Rinpoche and those to whom he is just a name, to come together. It’s a chance for us to remember the vision and transformative energy behind the Wangapeka Centre that we care for deeply and which grows and supports us all.

Priority will be given to those who are able to attend for the whole weekend.


These costs include food, cooks fee and a resource fee. They do not include accommodation which is by dana for this special occasion. We are expecting many visitors so sharing with family and friends will help us accommodate all who wish to come.

Members and non members (rooms) – $128 plus dana for accommodation

Members and non members (camping) – $128 plus dana for accommodation

Children 14-18 – $108 plus dana for accommodation

Children 5–13 – $69

Under 5  – No charge

Please add any dana you wish to give the Centre for accommodation to the total payment.

About Terry and Mala

For over a decade they were resident teachers at the Dharma Centre of Canada (founded by Namgyal Rinpoche). More recently they together completed a three year retreat under the guidance of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche. You can read more about Terry and Mala here.

About dana

These priceless teachings can’t be quantified in monetary terms. Liberation teachings have always been given freely.

An offering can be made to the teacher, traditionally at the beginning of the retreat, and is a profound practice in itself. Giving can help us open; and through an open-hearted state of receptivity, we can find ourselves more able to receive.

Giving as generously as you can enables teachers to continue sharing the precious Buddhadharma for the benefit of all.

Dana for Terry and Mala

There will be a dana bowl available during the weekend to support Mala and Terry.

For more information

For more information. contact Jane Hobday

To register

This retreat is now FULLY booked. Please do NOT register at this time.

To attend as a Day Visitor, please contact Tracy the Centre Caretaker

To register please fill out our online registration form

Register now

If using Paypal please add 5% of the total cost and include with your payment to cover Paypal’s fees.

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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