19 - 25 Jun 2023


5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Touching the Earth – June Solstice Retreat

Touching the Earth – 19-25th June Solstice Retreat

All the mytho-poets say the same thing – we must leave the village, enter the forest and return with the gift.

Touching the Earth is a guided journey into human wholeness inspired by the work of Bill Plotkin and Joanna Macy. This is a nature-based retreat to support the journey of soul initiation, inspiration and encouragement to find the unique offering that is yours to make, a retreat to find, feel and fuel our belonging, confidence, resilience and creativity.

We will explore together through Open Floor movement inquiries, yoga, non-dual meditations, guided nature reflections, group singing and dreamwork. We will aspire to bring together our bodies, hearts and minds with instincts for wisdom in service to the Great Turning away from an Industrial Growth society towards a Life Sustaining one.


Non Wangapeka Member $698 + Dana/Koha

Member $638 + Dana/Koha

These costs include accomodation in a hut or a private room unless stated otherwise; 3 nourishing meals each day, cooks fee, all teaching resources and access to three experienced guides.


Jaime Howell

Jaime is a trained Wilderness Rites of Passage guide, Work That Reconnects facilitator and experienced teacher of Open Floor movement practice. He is the founder of the Centre for the Great Turning, inspired by Joanna Macy, Bill Plotkin, Tarchin Hearn and many more. He is a humble apprentice to living in wholeness. Jaime brings together the awakening arts of meditation, movement, song, mythopoetry, sweat lodge and vision quest. These powerful initiations can help humans remember their innate sense of belonging to the natural world. Jaime has a Masters in Education, a legitimate blues guitar and a passion for singing songwriting about the path of Soul Initiation in service to the Great Turning.

Rene Aish

Rene lives in Palmerston North in the shadow of the Ruahine and Tararua Ranges, watered by the Manawatu river. He is a father to three boys, counsellor, and Soulcentric Nature Based Underworld Guide in training with Animas Valley Institute. As a guide and mentor his work is to help people dive into deepest conversation they can have with themselves and with the Earth so they might follow their Soul’s deepest longing, come to know and embrace their sacred gifts, live a life of creative service, and rediscover their deep belonging to the Earth community.

Juliette McConachy

Juliette has spent the past decade (plus) in professional training along side world class yoga teachers, travelled the world to sit at the feet of her spiritual guides, clocked many hours in meditation halls and the shifting terrains of her yoga practice. Compelled by the pursuit of health, belonging and liberation, Juliette dove heart first into trainings in Psychosomatic Therapy, Birth work, Yoni Mapping Therapy and Somatic Movement Therapy. Juliette launched Awakening Arts in January 2019 as a home for seekers of truth-centric community and embodied liberation. She is the founder and director of Rooms for Courage, center for courageous living in Mōhua, Aotearoa (NZ).

Information and Registration

If you would like further information, please feel welcome to contact the Course Manager: Jaime Howell –

One space has become available. Please email Jaime before registering.

To register please fill out our online registration form

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Main Image: Photo by Johannes Plenio

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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