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Building the Foundations of Mindfulness: Young adults retreat

Dec 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pmDec 24, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

‘Building the Foundations of Mindfulness: A contemplative retreat for young adults (people aged 18-35) is now full. We have a waitlist for people who are still interested in participating. To be put on the waitlist please email the office caretaker at wangapekacentre@gmail.com. A deposit will only be required upon a position being made available for you.’

What are your foundations? How can you build a strong structure for yourself in the midst of a complex, challenging world?

The Satipatthana is the root instruction for mindfulness practice. This pithy ancient text strips mindfulness back to four foundations which underpin the experience of being alive. It was written a long time ago by a human who looked deeply into the nature of things. Some things have changed since then, others have not.

As mindfulness practice becomes increasingly mainstream, studying its foundations takes on new relevance. During this retreat we will explore what the four foundations mean in a contemporary setting. We will invite and listen to the questions of our times (as expressed by the participants) in relation to these foundations, with a view to laying them afresh for ourselves and our generation.

This retreat will foster co-creativity and self-expression, while encouraging participants to drop into a deep place of contemplation. The Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre provides a wilderness environment of mountains, trees and river; an idyllic container for experiencing inner depth and expansiveness. We will eat from the organic garden, walk the mountain paths and take time to connect with the mana whenua of the local environment.

During the course of the week, we will find creative ways to share and explore our insights through movement, sound and silence. Offerings such as clay-play, creative writing, dance, poetry, massage and storytelling will be made available. We will use collaborative methods of sharing ideas and skills through Open Space technology. The retreat will be co-facilitated by Jaime Howell, Elli Yates, Daniel Burgess-Milne and Rachel Zahner, who each have long-standing connections to the Centre and bring unique mindfulness-related skills to the group.

The retreat will include a unit of dedicated kōha/dana, in which participants undertake a physical work project on the property. Doing this work will keep costs down, making the retreat accessible to a wide range of young adults.

The course cost is $250 per person. This covers food, cooking and resources.  Facilitators give their time and teaching freely. Participants will have the opportunity to offer them kōha/dana at the end of the retreat.

If using Paypal please add 5% of the total cost and include with your payment to cover Paypal’s fees – many thanks.

To register please fill out our online registration form

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Or contact Dan for more information:

Email: danielburgess-milne@hotmail.com

Phone: 0211866042

About our facilitators

Jaime Howell

Jaime is the founder and Director of Opening Minds. He has been developing and delivering programmes of mindfulness in schools since 2002. He has a Masters in Education and over fifteen years of mindfulness training. Jaime has spent the last three and a half years as a resident practitioner at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. He is a founding facilitator of the Young Adult Retreat and Director of the six-week Bodhi Seeds Retreat. A graduate of a three-year school of Living Dharma and a trained MBSR teacher, he weaves ritual, meditation and dance with a vision to create awakened communities. Jaime has worked for over a decade as a facilitator and Director for the remembering and development of Rites of Passage in Aotearoa.

Elli Yates

Elli grew up in the Wangapeka community, attending family retreats at the Centre with her parents throughout her childhood and teenage years. Since then she has been a participant and facilitator at Young Adult’s Retreats, re-discovering and sharing a passion for the Dharma with her peers and mentors. She is now a secondary school English teacher in Wellington. Elli is involved with the Mindfulness for Change community, which aims to pursue systemic change through mindful action. Elli has facilitated Open Space sessions at hui throughout Aotearoa. Yoga is an important aspect of her personal practice. She has held a regular Women’s Group space for the last six years, and is dedicated to developing mindful processes for collective healing.

Daniel Burgess-Milne

Dan has been studying the Buddhadharma since 2012 and has received teachings from various teachers including Tarchin Hearn, Bonni Ross and Lama Mark Webber. He has been both a participant and facilitator of Young Adult’s Retreats and has a background working in mental health with youth. Dan has a passion for understanding insight through a contemporary lens, and finding new concepts and methods for exploring timeless wisdom in a modern world.

Rachel Zahner

Rachel has been a participant and facilitator of Young Adult’s retreats since they began running in 2013. She has a deep connection with the Centre, and a desire to share its beautiful landscape and teachings with others. Rachel has a background in speech and language therapy and community work, and is trained in reiki and past life healing. She is currently involved in conscious dance in Nelson. She has a passion for enabling personal growth, understanding and healing through various mindfulness practices.

Jaime Howell

Elli Yates

Dan Burgess-Milne

Rachel Zahner


Dec 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Dec 24, 2017 @ 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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