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Beginning Now! An Introductory Meditation Retreat

January 29 @ 5:00 pm - February 4 @ 2:00 pm

Where do I start?
I’ve never done a retreat before.

There is so much going on in the world. How can meditation really help me and others?
I’m afraid I’ll be overwhelmed by negative feelings.

I wish my busy mind could be more quiet and calm.

Silent for a whole week – how could anyone do that?


Want to learn to meditate?

Perhaps you’ve tried and need some more skills as well as some extra encouragement? Or possibly, you wish to deepen your practice and simply drop into a full week of meditation. If this sounds like you, then this week of retreat will support you to explore this. For those new to meditation, it will build confidence and answer many of those questions you think everyone else knows the answer to. For those with experience, it will provide an overview, context and a bunch of skilful tools that will enhance this retreat and any that you may do in the future.

Together we will study and practice the meditation on breathing, one of the oldest and most effective practices and one that was taught by the Buddha. This is a rich meditation that supports our experience of inter-connectedness with all of life, developing focus, calm and clarity of mind. The week is predominantly silent and offers you the opportunity to learn, strengthen and enliven your individual practice of breathing meditation. To support the deepening of practice participants will also be guided in gentle group movement classes, bringing relaxation and ease to body and mind. There will be opportunities for sharing and questions as well as time for individual practice; including space to enjoy just ‘being’ at the Wangapeka Centre – a truly beautiful environment. There will also be creative opportunities to engage with the themes of the course.

Whether your motivation is to help heal the world, or simply to heal yourself (and how could those two be separate?) this retreat will start you on a practical path designed for those who aspire to live in the world more wisely and compassionately.


The facilitators of the course, Chani Grieve, Kath Mitchell and Mark Schrader, are all experienced meditators who bring their enthusiasm, creativity, care and skills to this retreat.


Course fee (this includes food, accommodation and a resource fee)

Members: $450 (plus Dana)

Non-members: $486 (plus Dana)

The Teachings are offered freely. You are invited to offer the facilitators Dana/Koha.

For more information please contact Kath Mitchell mitchell.kath@gmail.com


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To register please fill out our online registration form

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January 29 @ 5:00 pm
February 4 @ 2:00 pm
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Welcome to the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. 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 beautiful 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.

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.

355 Wangapeka River Rd
R.D.2. Wakefield 7096
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 522 4221

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