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    Wangapeka Repairs and Maintenance
    Jun 21, 2019
    The name is almost sleep inducing. The Wangapeka repairs and maintenance sub-committee. Yawn. Despite the long winded name, it is currently enjoying a renaissance. Thanks to the efforts of Glenn Harley and Board secretary Tim Leyland a whole lot of new energy has arrived. Over Queens Birthday weekend the...
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    Wangapeka Weekend with Qabalah, Moon, Venus, and Friends
    Jun 7, 2019
    The first day of winter brought the year’s first snow to Wangapeka. There was snow on the peaks at the head of the valley and maybe, possibly, there was a light sprinkle on the top of Jones Ridge. This was also Queens Birthday weekend and a cancelled retreat gave...
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    Teachings from the Qabalah with Bonni Ross
    May 25, 2019
    The focus of the morning will be on the ''Tree of Life'' and Bonni will guide us in exploring some of the mysteries concealed within it. Date: Sunday 2 June 2019 Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm Venue: Riverside Community Cultural Centre 289, Main Rd, Lower Moutere. Morning tea will be provided. If you would like...
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    Brazilians on Retreat with Jangchub at the Wangapeka
    May 25, 2019
    Lovely experience with lovely people in a lovely place Jangchub would often tell us the importance of organising retreats outside of our home country. That would get us out of our comfort zone by living in different cultures. I never thought I would, but I cheered up when I heard him...
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    A two week travel retreat in Western Australia with Mira Riddiford
    May 25, 2019
    Students from New Zealand, Bali and Australia recently spent a two-week travel retreat led by Mira Riddiford at the Origins Centre, in Balingup near Perth, Western Australia. Origins is a sister centre to the Wangapeka, both being founded by Chimé Shore and friends. How invigorating it was to rise each...
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    Introduction to the Mithraic Journey with Mira Riddiford, Nelson Buddhist Centre
    May 7, 2019
    Local Nelson Event: Nelson Buddhist Centre, 87 Nile St, Nelson, 6 June 2019, 7pm   In this day and age, why would anyone retreat for a week to focus on gods and goddesses? It’s important to note that Mira’s teachings focus on the archetypes rather than the myths surrounding them. A...
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    Kumanu Wangapeka March 2019
    Apr 3, 2019
    BOT Meeting Report from 6/3/19 Meeting Big change for the centre is the theme for the New Year at Wangapeka.  It has been a very full couple of months with much activity as we navigate the fast-approaching changes of our caretakers' Faith and Guy, and the resignation of our Communications...
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    An article on why I devoted ten years to doing communications
    Apr 3, 2019
    My mother and father both came from large family farms. This meant on weekends and school holidays when visiting grandparents, I spent as much time as possible wandering in nature. I took long walks by myself to relax my mind. I felt at...
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    Samantabhadra in the Buddha Grove Retreat with Tarchin Hearn Review
    Apr 3, 2019
    The Buddha Grove sits up in a little roundish copse, a clearing within the meandering gardens of Orgyen, the lovely home of Tarchin and Mary. With its lush green vegetation, its huge variety of trees and plants and little benches for rest and...
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    Tarchin's 70th Birthday Celebration
    Apr 3, 2019
    Tarchin turned 70 this year - not a particularly remarkable milestone when most of us these days can expect to live well into our nineties. But there was an extra poignancy to this one, given that Tarchin and his body have been dancing...
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    Supporting Each Other
    Feb 12, 2019
    Although the Centre strives to keep prices as low as possible, the financial cost of participating in a retreat can still be a barrier to some. In order to have a way to support each other, the Sangha Support fund was created and has benefited many over the years. This...
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    Nelson/Tasman Fires Update: The Wangapeka Centre is Ok
    Feb 9, 2019
    Gripping in person account by Matt Lawrey It's no exaggeration to say that today Nelson felt like it was under attack. We woke up in a city that smelled of smoke; a city where the air and light were tainted by a dirty haze and people were worried. At Saxton Field volunteers got...
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    An All-inclusive Murder Mystery
    Dec 14, 2018
    by Susan Fisher “Merely looking at the world around us is immensely different from seeing it.” — Frederick Franck Late in February, I compress, squeeze and fold my body into a Sunwing all-inclusive flight to Cuba for two weeks with my friends, Maureen and Dave. Such travel has never become me....
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    Kumanu Wangapeka Dec 2018
    Dec 14, 2018
    Our first Kumanu Wangapeka was very warmly received. We hope you continue to enjoy a greater sense of connection with what’s happening “on the land” and how you may be able to contribute and get involved. This Kumanu includes information from a summary of the November BOT meeting.  Read on for...
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    Communications with the Community
    Nov 15, 2018
    Wangapeka Board of Trustees Summary of October 2018 Meeting At the 2018 Wangapeka Hui and AGM, a beautiful new focus emerged around the need for a more frequent flow of communication between the Wangapeka centre, Board of Trustees and membership community. The community of people who were present, expressed a deep wish...
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    Music by Dan Burgess-Milne
    Nov 15, 2018
    I have been involved with the Wangapeka for the last 6 years and it has deeply informed who I am, and what my values are. Something that has been a passion of mine from before the Wangapeka was rap music. I've always appreciated its ability to allow the listener to...
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    An invitation to the Kiwis
    Nov 15, 2018
    How far are we willing to go, to explore the path to awaken? We, Brazilians, are writing this article, as an invitation for you, Kiwis, to participate in the Guru Yoga retreat, with Jangchub (Lindsay Reid) at the Wangapeka, 5 – 14 April, 2019. We had thought about many ways of writing...
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    Introducing Kumanu Wangapeka
    Nov 15, 2018
    Kumanu 1. (verb) (-ngia,-tia) to tend carefully, foster, attend to, care for, cherish. Emerging from our annual Hui this year on the practice of Dana was an expressed need for more flow of information and communication between the Board of Trustees, Caretakers and community. This would keep the community better informed of the day-to-day...
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    Notes from the Cancer Ward by Tarchin Hearn
    Sep 21, 2018
    1/9/18 Contemplating the awesomeness of surrendering into living. Life is a terminal condition. All living creatures die – 100% of them. I am living with metastatic cancer. In a week or so, I may have surgery to remove a cancerous left common iliac lymph node. There are no statistics to...
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    Coming Down from the Mountain with Stories to Share
    Sep 21, 2018
    HINTS OF BLESSEDNESS: REFLECTIONS FROM BODHI SEEDS RETREAT 2018 AND THE BEGINNING OF IMMEASURABLE SCHOOL Eight young explorers ascended the Wangapeka driveway in early August, bringing with them uncertainties, expectations, talents, and a willingness to show up, to name but a few qualities. All of us together for one month,...
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    Assisting the Centre and the Sangha
    Sep 21, 2018
    The profound oasis of sanity that is the Wangapeka was established in 1975. The centre has always and continues to strive to be a place of refuge and learning for everyone. To assist this admirable objective accommodation and food costs for courses and retreats are kept to a minimum. The...
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    Pilgrimage Reflections—From Kath Mitchell
    Sep 2, 2018
    Touch and Feeling During 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 visceral....
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    Enjoy a Healthy Tax Rebate When you Donate to the Wangapeka
    Aug 23, 2018
    The Wangapeka is a charitable trust and we exist thanks to your generosity. We are an approved donee organisation, so the IRD will happily give you a beautiful big tax rebate on your donations to us. Here's how it works... Individuals If you are a New Zealander and you have a taxable...
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    Programmes Committee Report for 2018 AGM
    Aug 23, 2018
    The Centre is humming. Wangapeka continues to offer a wide range of courses and retreats giving people different access points to the dharma (e.g. the short and often topical weekend workshops through to the month-long meditation retreats).  All sorts of people continue to find their way here whether through...
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    Bodhi Seeds is Underway by Jaime Howell
    Aug 22, 2018
    Eight buddhing seeds begin. For some introducing, other reacquainting in ever fresh ways each other to pujas, cycles of samatha, anapanasati, moving bodies to dancing stuck places, all in the warm embrace of smiling and breathing. Matching skills and passions we are working with Guy and Faith to clear land,...
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    An Inspiring Weekend: The Wangapeka Hui and AGM By Rona Spencer
    Aug 22, 2018
    It begins on Friday afternoon at the airport, meeting long-time member David Pooch from Auckland. He is an interesting companion for the drive and one of our valued Board members who demonstrates that distance is no deterrent to fully participating in regular meetings through clever technology. We enjoy the hourʼs drive of winding...
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    Wangapeka comes out of the Stone Age
    Aug 22, 2018
    Physical labour along with improvisation and simplicity is an essential ingredient in the making of Wangapeka Retreat Centre. To save the driveway from catastrophic wash-away, stone culverts were once upon a time installed to channel water underneath. Each underground culvert was a compilation of "letter D" shaped sections of...