18 - 20 Aug 2023


5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Taking Refuge in the Interbeingness of the Wangapeka Nature with John Massey – CANCELLED

Friday 18th 5pm – Sunday 20th August 3pm

Unfortunately this retreat has had to be cancelled.

Wangapeka in its entirety has been and is a place of refuge for many people over a period of nearly 50 years, and according to one’s perspective it’s also a place of refuge for other sentient beings interrelating on a scale that is perhaps ungraspable.

Every time we come to Wangapeka, I suggest the experience is going to be different, the refuge that is Wangapeka, grows into us, we grow into it.

This weekend is an invitation to yet again deepen one’s experience of being curious and present to the aliveness that is around us, touching the aliveness within.

The practices are not too dissimilar to practices you might have been doing already, so perhaps this is more of an opportunity to refresh your practice of noticing with non clinging awareness

It would seem, at least in the times that humans have been on the planet, largely speaking, that humans have been having an effect on their environment, for better or for worse. It is perhaps a relatively rare thing to take refuge in nature. This is another part of the invitation for this weekend, either when walking, sitting, standing or lying down, letting the Wangapeka nature touch you deeply so you are truly in a palace of refuge.


This weekend needs a cook. If you are inspired by this weekend and wish to support it by cooking please get in touch with Duane.


Costs for the weekend include accommodation and food.

Weekend costs:

Members: $168

Non-members: $188

Something about John

I have had an interest in plants and trees for many years. I have been taking people on ‘plant walks’ for many years, primarily teaching about wild edibles and medicinal plants and how to identify plants. I’ve shifted the emphasis from giving information over the past few years, focusing now more on encouraging people to use their senses and developing their own experiences as a way to become more deeply connected not only to plants but to the world around them, and so develop a new way of being or living in the world.

I have had many years of connections to Wangapeka, the beingness of it, keeps deepening in me as a very special place of refuge. This I like to encourage in and share with other beings.

Information and Registration

For more information contact Duane Winter

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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