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Bodhi Seeds: A Six Week Retreat for Young Adults

July 28, 2017 - September 7, 2017

Now in its second year, this retreat will offer an affordable opportunity for people ages 18 – 35 to practice living dharma. As a community, we will deepen our skills in contemplation, meditation, integrate service to the land, dance and explore ritual in ways that are authentic, safe and engaging. The focus this year will be around giving and receiving, there will be opportunities to deepen your facilitation/leadership skills as well as receive teachings from others.

Costs: are $900 for the six weeks; this includes food, accommodation and teaching/facilitation and resources. The costs are low because this is a residential retreat subsidised by the Board of Trustees to encourage the growth of wisdom and compassion in young people.

Participants interested require:

  • Commitment to attend 7 days a week of the retreat content for the six weeks.
  • Enthusiasm for service. As a group, we will exchange free accommodation for daily work on the land.
  • Willingness to participate with an aspiration to support life, foster kindness, speak and listen deeply and mindfully, and refrain from drugs and alcohol
  • Genuine motivation toward exploring community-living
  • Aged between 18 and 35

There are limited places available on this course. If you are a young person interested to deepen or begin your meditation, body work and sense of spiritual belonging, contact Jaime.


Applications to attend:

Please email your details and a short paragraph stating your motivation to attend and ability to meet the requirements stated above. If your application is accepted, you will be invited to complete a registration form.


Applications to Course Manager Dan Burgess–Milne:
danielburgess-milne@hotmail.com, Mobile: 021 186 6042.



Course Facilitator

About Jaime:
Jaime is a graduate of a three-year mindfulness study and retreat offered by Tarchin Hearn. He has been living and practising youth, family and community work for the last ten years through the re-invention and development of contemporary Rite of Passage.  He spent the last three and half years living as a practitioner in residence at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. Jaime is the Director of Opening Minds (www.openingminds.co.nz). He is currently studying and teaching Open Floor, an embodied moving meditation practice.

“The next Buddha may take the form of a community – a community practising understanding and loving kindness, a community practising mindful living.

This maybe the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth.”

Thich Nhat Hanh


July 28, 2017
September 7, 2017
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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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