13 - 20 Dec 2023


5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Young Adults Retreat 2023

All huts and rooms in the units are now fully booked. If you’d still like to participate, there are camping sites available. Please indicate on the Registration Form that you are willing to camp.

Wednesday 13th to Wednesday 20th December

The Young Adults Retreat (YAR) provides the opportunity for young adults (18-35) to come together to learn and deepen the craft of meditation. YAR offers a friendly introduction to a universal meditation retreat at an affordable price. 
There will be periods of silence and reflective time to allow you to connect with your own inner wisdom. Guidance will be available for those young adults who are interested in learning to meditate, as well as for those who wish to develop their meditation practice.

This year we will explore the four Postures.

Meditation is often associated with sitting cross-legged on the floor, but a life of meditation extends beyond this narrow traditional image. Viewing our practice as only one expression of activity can limit our understanding and create a separation between daily experience and formal sitting practice.

In reality, the Buddha taught meditation in the four postures, offering a framework that embraces meditation in all expressions of the human body. Together, we will delve into these four postures: sitting, standing, walking, and lying down.

This exploration will enable us to bridge the gap between formal meditation sessions and the richness of our daily existence. By incorporating meditation into all our postures, we can cultivate a greater sense of presence, clarity, and understanding in all our actions and experiences.


Cost: $275

This includes food, accommodation, and resources. The overall cost is subsidised through the work exchange aspect of the course.

The retreat is subsidised to make it affordable and accessible to young people. This is achieved by inviting the participants to contribute some love and energy to the land at the Wangapeka through a work exchange programme. In exchange, participants do not pay accommodation costs during their time at the centre.

We encourage you to apply for support if cost is a barrier. Funds have been donated to Wangapeka to offer support for people who cannot afford the retreat but want to attend; this is called ‘Sangha Support’ and operates like a scholarship. To apply, contact the Wangapeka Office Caretaker with your inquiry –

In the Buddhist spirit of dana, the teachings are offered freely by facilitators. Dana translates as ‘generosity’ – an act that empowers giver and receiver – and is at the core of everything that happens at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. You will need to bring cash to make this offering.

More Information

If you are interested in participating but have questions about any aspect of the retreat, please contact the course manager, Dan:


Daniel Burgess-Milne has been studying Buddhadharma since 2012 and has received teachings from various teachers including Tarchin Hearn, Bonni Ross and Lama Mark Webber. He has been both a participant and facilitator of Young Adult’s Retreats and has a background working in mental health with youth. Dan has a passion for understanding insight through a contemporary lens, and finding new concepts and methods for exploring timeless wisdom in a modern world.

Jaime Howell is a founder of The Centre for the Great Turning. He has been developing and delivering wilderness rites of passage journeys that include myth, meditation and conscious movement. He has a Masters in Education and over fifteen years exploring meditation and mindfulness with people of all ages. Jaime is a facilitator and Director for the Rites of Passage Foundation. He loves to sing and write songs that evoke the deep imagination, in the spirit and the necessity of what Joanna Macy calls the ‘Great Turning.’


To register please fill out our online registration form

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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.

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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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