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The Power of Gratitude with Kath Mitchell & Mark Schrader

July 13 @ 5:00 pm - July 17 @ 6:00 pm

Weekend option available

Compassionate Relating

We are always in relationship, we are constantly communicating both verbally and non-verbally. Our question is: How can we be with all this and keep a sense of well-being?

Cultivating an ongoing sense of gratitude in our lives and relationships, provides a space or gap that actually reveals the truth of connection.  This space has an inherent, naturally born satisfaction that invites us to live with an appreciation and easefulness in our interactions. Simply, gratitude as an emotion allows us to live “satisfied” with things as they are.

Gratitude can lead us to appreciate the gifts that relationships offer. We can grow curiosity about our perceived differences, or points of conflict in communication. This interest, that embraces all of our experience, both difficult and joyful, opens us to a deeper love and willingness to communicate with all of life — not just other humans!

This course is for anyone interested in developing wise and compassionate communication. We will explore compassionate relating, within ourselves, and with others. In relationship, is it possible to continuously meet life with kindness? This is a question we will delve into and explore deeply. 

 There will be periods of silence and individual reflective time to allow you to connect more fully with your own inner wisdom. There will be group and creative opportunities to engage with the themes of the course.

Together we will study and practice the beautiful Sadhana of “Chenreizig”, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. This is a rich meditation that supports our experience of gratitude and inter-connectedness with all of life.

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

There is the option of attending the first weekend only — please inquire.


Full Retreat:

Members: $300.

Non-Members: $324

Plus Dana/Donation for the Teachings


Members: $150.

Non-Members: $162

Plus Dana/Donation for the Teachings

The fixed cost covers food, accommodation, cooks fee and resource fee.

About Dana

The teachings are given freely. You are invited to offer Dana to the teachers. (Dana means gift or generosity). Giving Dana strengthens the giver and supports the receiver. It is a gift from the heart.

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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About the Facilitators

The facilitators, Mark Schrader and Kath Mitchell, are experienced teachers who bring enthusiasm, humour, creativity and care to the group.

Kath has been studying Dharma for 27 years, and completed her first meditation retreat with Tarchin Hearn in 1990. She has studied with Bonni Ross over 21 years and continues to cherish this precious opportunity. She and her husband Mark share a deep commitment in the Dharma and have been practicing together for 23 years.

Kath teaches meditation and communication skills in a collaborative style. She offers courses and retreats regularly at Wangapeka and in Nelson. She loves to practice Dharma in community because the wisdom of the group is a powerful and beautiful path to transformation; and that’s a joy to witness and experience together!

Mark has appreciated co-facilitating Community Courses at Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre, most recently the Community Retreat, the Chenreizig Wisdom and Compassion retreat and the Beginning Now course. He has an extensive background in meditation and has had a regular daily practice for over 30 years.

Mark has a respectful style of teaching that encourages each person to touch into their own inherent wisdom. He teaches with humour and kindness. He began working in the field of Mental Health about 20 years ago and currently works as a counsellor in Nelson


July 13 @ 5:00 pm
July 17 @ 6:00 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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