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The Wisdom of Angelic Archetypes: A Meditation Retreat with Mira Riddiford

Jun 5 @ 6:00 pmJun 12 @ 2:00 pm

This is a retreat for people who love Angels!

and also for those who are:

  • curious about how Angels can be relevant in modern life
  • in need of something beautiful, uplifting and inspiring
  • interested in Western Mysticism, Archetypes, the Tarot, the Qabalah and the Tree of Life
  • looking for creatively fun ways of meditating, that encourage mindfulness and peacefulness throughout the day

The word “Angel” means messenger. An Angel’s purpose is to be of help. Angels are known as celestial or heavenly beings of light, whereas human beings, in this regard, would be said to be made of matter and light.

Angels are revered in Judaism, Islam and Christianity, and many other spiritual traditions. They have similarities to Devas, Dakanis, Dakas, and Jinns (Genies).

In this weeklong intensive we will focus on Archangels Michael, Raphael, Israfel, Gabriel, Metatron, and Sandalphon (the extremely tall, and master of heavenly song). As well, touching upon the study of the Serifot (emanations) from the Hermetic Qabalah Tree of Life; Jacob’s Ladder (on which angels ascend and descend to the divine); Seventh Heaven; the Angels of the Tarot; and the Chariot (Merkabah Mysticism).

This is an opportunity to unplug from the busyness and demands of everyday life, to reconnect with nature and your body, and to safely process your emotions. It’s a way to sit with and heal from the difficulties of everyday life, and to go deeper in your meditation and mindfulness practice.

It is perhaps not well-known that Socrates’ teacher was a woman (named Diotima), and that Socrates was also helped by the instruction of a daemon (a good spirit guide).

In the Western Esoteric tradition this type of guidance is sometimes referred to as “The Holy Guardian Angel” .

This universalist meditation retreat on Angels is based on a series of symbolic, ancient western mystery teachings, helping people live better, more purposeful lives.

Held at the peaceful Wangapeka Centre, Mira Riddiford welcomes you to a week of immersion and practice in the tradition of Western Mysticism.

The Retreat Team

Meditation Teacher

Mira Riddiford is a meditation and mindfulness teacher who runs retreats and series in Australasia. Her online classes have participants joining from North America, Europe, and Asia. With more than 20 years of daily practice, Mira has been trained through retreat work, study and apprenticeship in the Namgyal Rinpoche stream of teachings. She has a close ongoing relationship/association with the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre and the Auckland Sphere Group.

Having worked in creative fields, Mira understands how mindfulness can enhance the arts, and she is respectful of diversity in all its forms. Mira focusses on the relevance of mindfulness in modern daily living, and how it can help bring about calm and well being. She specialises in making teachings on Western Mysteries, Archetypal integration and Non-Duality available, and clear to students who are new to these subjects. Her contemporary warm and engaging style breathes life into these meditation teachings.

Mira is passionate about what we can learn from angels and how their teachings can work as a map for personal development. You can find out more about her work here: www.mirariddiford.org

Course Manager

We are grateful for having the wonderfully supportive energy of Nicola assisting Mira on this retreat. Nicola will be helping with the logistics of the retreat running smoothly.

Contact Nicola for more information: dancing.seas@gmail.com


We are glad to announce that Lilly Redgrave will be our looking after our nourishment. At the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre we have a holistic understanding of wellbeing for body and mind.

    Jacob's Ladder by William Blake


    Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm
    Jun 12 @ 2:00 pm
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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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