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Awakening the Embodied Mind Retreat with Leander

Feb 9 @ 6:00 pmFeb 27 @ 2:00 pm

According to the ancients, the awakened mind has no height or depth; all measurements are finite views. In the tradition of the Buddhadharma, the universal teachings of awakening, it is also said that the path begins and ends with samma-ditthi – totality view. How then do you come to totality, the unlimited view, to consciously experience the union you are already in?


Sati, often translated as “mindfulness” in Pali, also means “remembering”. The Buddha’s treatise on sati commences with contemplation of body. By “re-member-ing” the body, by coming to ‘whole-ness’ or ‘totality’ through awareness of body, luminous qualities of mind such as centredness, groundedness and openness reveal themselves.


According to the late Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche,

“You become what you meditate on. Too much dialogue on diagnosis of illness results in a meditation on illness. Where does that get you? Jesus said, ‘Let the dead, bury the dead.’ Your first concern is to be alive. Find the path to health; then from the divine you can diagnose quickly and easily what further work needs to be done.

Unfortunately many people are inclined to breed hysteria, to make molehills into mountains; there is an over-concern with what could go wrong. There should rather be a concern for finding the way to a state of union, a state of health first; then, look at whatever balance there is and see it in perspective. [Then] you will be able to see the causes, symptoms and be able to cure the imbalance.”        Unfolding Though Art, p26


By dedicating extended time, immersing oneself through retreat and exploring the “many mansions” of the temple of body guided by Leander, participants can touch directly, multiple dimensions of wholeness such as clarity, non-separateness and spaciousness or other facets of totality mind. Through experiences of both the wholeness and detail of the body prompted by gentle movement, we can release habitual bodily patterns and evoke insights that often surprise. By practising and directly experiencing enhanced qualities of body-mind whilst being safely grounded in body, a depth body-memory of these qualities develops that is easily accessible when walking, standing, sitting and lying down both in the retreat space and subsequently at the supermarket checkout.


About Leander

For the past thirty years, Leander has dedicated herself to studying, exploring and sharing the Buddhadharma. Her teaching is inspired by Ven. Tarchin Hearn, the late Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche, His Eminence Beru Kyentse Rinpoche, the late Moshe Feldenkries, Ruthie Alon and the late Cecilie Kwiat. Leander is also renowned for her one-to-one healing work with people from all walks of life. She is inspired to share her unique and evolving approach towards unfolding the dharma for the benefit of all.


Please contact Catrin with any enquiries at catrins.guenther@gmail.com


Leander gives her teachings freely, so the costs for this retreat do not include any payment for her time. We invite you to offer dana (generosity) for Leander, which is an expression of your appreciation. There will be a dana bowl at the Centre for this. Please be as generous as you can.


The fees for this retreat include food, accommodation, payment for the cook and a contribution towards the Teacher’s travel costs:

Course fees: $1,314
Member price: $1,206

Or for those wishing to camp ~
Course fees: $1,116
Member price: $1,062

Please remember to bring dana for Leander.

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Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm
Feb 27 @ 2:00 pm
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Welcome to the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. 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. Many people visit from all over the world to meditate and enjoy the beauty of the centre.

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, Movement, Yoga, Dance, Feldenkrais, Wellness, Wellbeing, Archetypal Integration, Western Mysticism, Non-Duality, 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, 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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