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    "Septical" Doubt and the Cycle of Life
    December 12, 2017
    Some three years ago our septic tanks were cleaned out by the Richmond based Simply Septic company. Our storehouse of nutritious consumption had reached its absolute. It was a massive relief to call in the professionals with their extraordinary industrial mechanisms...
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    Pilgrimage Reflections—From Kath Mitchell
    December 12, 2017
    Touch and FeelingDuring this Pilgrimage I have noticed an opening of touch and feeling. A sense of love, a deep desire to know and feel into a deeper sense of connectedness with all of life. The feeling of the Buddha’s presence, was...
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    Mindful Teacher Training at the Wangapeka Education and Retreat Centre
    December 12, 2017
    Faith, the caretaker at the centre invited me to write share a few words about the mindfulness training that is taking place at the Wangapeka Education Centre. Here is what emerged…Teaching is heroic. My experience of teaching in general is that it...
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    More Circles, a review of the Community Hui
    October 4, 2017
      The day before the recent Annual General Meeting at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre three members (Kath, Chani and Jaime) facilitated a  Community Hui on the theme ‘Who teaches? What is teacher?’ They decided to use the circle process to explore this question. The circle of 30 people was wonderfully...
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    What makes up the Annual WET programme?
    June 7, 2017
    A few years ago a small sub-committee (The Programmes Committee) was rejuvenated by the WET Board which in consultation with the Board has the responsibility for co-ordinating aspects of the WET programme. Over the years the programme offered at Wangapeka has developed some regular events – these are outlined below....
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    An evening on Western Mysticism with Mira Riddiford
    April 5, 2017
    8 June 2017, 7pm. Nelson Buddhist Centre, 87 Nile St. Most of us seeking experiences in mindfulness, meditation or enlightenment turn to the excellent Eastern spiritual traditions. But what of our Western spiritual inheritance? In this evening talk, we will explore how Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Norse civilisations have supported their...
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    Namgyal Three Cantos Empowerment with Lama Mark Webber
    March 28, 2017
    Lama Mark would like to extend an invitation to all Nelson Dharma practitioners to attend an empowerment ceremony / Wongkur this Weds evening, 29 March 2017 @ 7:30pm at Wangapeka. The Wonkjur will be followed by a (light) ganachakra / feast and marks the end of the 1 month Vajrasattva...
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    Update from the Board of Trustees
    February 28, 2017
    Your Board members are: Jane Hobday; Sue Wilson; David Pooch; Duncan Mackay; Pierre Mitchell. Wangapeka has a board of trustees and we meet monthly.  Once a year we have a longer meeting in the form of a “board retreat” and this was held at Wangapeka earlier in February. Most of what was discussed was procedural...
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    Wondering what's happening at the Centre? Back by popular demand Rastus is here to update us!
    February 28, 2017
    News from the Main Hall It has been a great opportunity for lots of pats up here for me!  One day we had two classes of 12 and 13 year-old Steiner school kids overnight.  They were having a great time exploring the centre’s grounds and playing lots of games. They also...
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    Living Buddha, Living Dharma, Living Sangha: a modern Buddhist’s response to a Donald Trumpian world
    February 28, 2017
    Living Buddha, Living Dharma, Living Sangha or What’s the problem? What can I do? What can I realise? How can we help? (a modern Buddhist’s response to a Donald Trumpian world) by Tarchin Hearn, Feb. 2017 Click here to read in PDF format Late afternoon sun and it’s hot. With passing rainless days, everything has...
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    Caring for our Centre – Labour Weekend Working Bee Photos
    December 9, 2016
    Over labour weekend we had a successful working bee at the Centre. Projects tackled included painting the Hay Shed, cleaning the pagoda and cool store, maintenance of the stream track, rat-proofing of Omahu, defrosting the freezers, and lots of little painting and gardening jobs. It was great to have...
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    Red Chenrezi Retreat and recent photos of Tarchin Hearn
    August 30, 2016
    Tarchin Hearn gave beautiful teachings on Red Chenrezi and Mahamudra at Orgyen Hermitage recently. Here are some photos from this meditation retreat. If you would like to be kept up to date with Tarchin Hearn’s retreats you can sign up to their mail list on the Green Dharma Treasury website contact...
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    We are looking to fill the Office Caretaker Position
    June 5, 2016
    Work in one of the most beautiful places in the world We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic office caretaker to join the community at the Wangapeka Study and retreat Centre ideally starting September 2016. You must be a NZ resident or have permission to work in NZ and have computer...
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    Green Tara Empowerment with Tarchin, Katikati Feb 6
    January 25, 2016
    Green Tara empowerment with Tarchin for Waiting Day in Katikati. Waitangi Green Tara  at Whispering Stream Feb 6, 2016 84A Windridge Lane RD 4 Katikati   There will be cars going down from Auckland – text/ring Mira if you need a lift 021 548 781 In the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Jetsun Dolma Ariya Tara, in green...
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    The Dharma of Illness and The Medicine of Wonderment by Tarchin Hearn
    November 3, 2015
    A Note from Tarchin Due to ongoing health issues, which are in the process of being looked after, I am not committing to any further public teachings. Instead, Mary and I are enjoying a pause for deepening contemplation and study. In the mean time I continue to work with individuals at here at Orgyen.  We...
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    A day in the life of a Land Caretaker Part 2
    June 3, 2015
    By Guy Nicholls Land Caretakers at the Wangapeka Retreat Centre have to be compassionately tough and resilient or else, as many know, the Land will soon enough be taking care of them. Thankfully for me every day in some way feeds into the enlightening process. It’s absolutely nothing like serving...
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    Ethical Giving for Nepal - Urgent Request
    April 29, 2015
    Message from Tarchin Hearn to our worldwide community: Dear Friends Yesterday I received an e-mail requesting help to send immediate, practical aid to Nepal. I have known Anna Crotty in Tasmania for a number of years and am inspired by her extraordinary hard work dedicated to helping people in dire...
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    STORM CLOUD WITH SILVER LINING
    March 25, 2015
    “Every cloud has a silver lining” was an expression from the English poet John Milton. Now, last May, the day before Bonni’s month long retreat, several of these clouds burst open and a deluge ensued. The lovely and peaceful little stream on the stream track became a raging torrent, taking...
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    Wangapeka AGM: 28th June 2015
    February 6, 2015
    The Annual General Meeting for the Wangapeka is Sunday, 28th June 2015, 10:00 am at the centre. As ususal, we offer free accommodation on Friday and Saturday nights and ask for people to bring a contribution for the Sunday lunch. For any further information please contact: wangapekacentre@gmail.com  
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    Practitioner in Residence Jaime Howell
    January 27, 2015
      Jaime has a Masters in Education and has spent much of his adult life listening, developing and teaching educational pathways that explore wholeness. Jaime's background involved teaching Health and allowing nature to impart her wisdom to young people as a part of the NZ school system. He has spent...
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    In Remembrance of Warwick Broadhead
    January 10, 2015
    13th of January update: Warwick's funeral was attended by upwards of 600 people at St Matthew in the City, Auckland, many people were standing as the church was filled to capacity. Wangapeka Community members were there to farewell Warwick. The Wangapeka was spoken of as a meaningful part of Warwick's...
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    My Story of Wangapeka By Irene Eilers
    December 22, 2014
    What a beautiful time I’ve had since I first arrived at the Wangapeka. Seeing seasons change, nature grow and flourish… what an interesting journey of growth I’ve been through. It’s not just this beautiful piece of earth, but the energy you feel flowing through everything. Seeing the love and...
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    The latest Wangapeka Newsphere
    November 11, 2014
    Our latest Wangapeka Newsphere has just been emailed out. It's been awhile since we sent the last one out, but from now we have undertaken to produce them monthly again, and hope to generate lots of new teaching articles from our Teachers for this. Click here to read it: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b39e8b60e9aa8399319340a52&id=b267d7e306&e=2e5deec26f Sign up...
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    The Latest Wangapeka Newsphere
    November 11, 2014
    Click on the link to read our latest E-zine issue - sign up to our email list to have these monthly emails keep you informed of what's happening. We hope to generate lots of new teaching articles from our Teachers for this. http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b39e8b60e9aa8399319340a52&id=b267d7e306&e=2e5deec26f and you can sign up for our...
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    In Remembrance of Sonia Moriceau by Anna Wilde
    November 2, 2014
    I first met Sonia as a 21 year old, on a 6 day Shiatsu and meditation retreat, at Aiowera retreat centre near Auckland. The retreat included 3 days of silence. Sonia’s teachings touched my core and something woke up. A few years later, having graduated with a Shiatsu diploma, my...
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    Young Adults Retreat
    June 29, 2014
    Young Adults Retreat – Wangapeka Retreat Centre Sunday 15 Dec (afternoon) – Sunday 22 Dec (afternoon) What nourishes you? What gives you a sense of well-being and belonging in any life circumstances? What can you really depend on? The theme for this year’s young adult retreat is refuge....
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    AGM Agenda: 29 June - All are welcome to come
    May 11, 2014
    The Wangapeka Annual General Meeting Agenda, 29 June 2014 10:00 AM Start 1. Moment of silence 2. Apologies 3. Minutes of 2013 AGM 4. Matters arising 5. Coordinator's report 6. Office caretaker's report 7. Treasurer's report 8. Land caretaker's report 9. Amendment to the constitution with regards to the Charities Commission's requirements. 10.Election of board members 11.2013 sub-committee's report 12:30...