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‘Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There’ – Breathing Meditation Weekend

August 10 @ 6:00 pm - August 12 @ 2:00 pm

Full no longer taking registrations, if you would like to go on the waitlist please email: jane.hobday17@gmail.com

Want to learn to meditate? Perhaps you have tried and need some more skills and extra encouragement?

Or possibly, you already meditate and wish to develop your practice and drop into a full weekend of meditation.  If so, then this weekend retreat will support you in exploring this.

The weekend will be predominantly silent and offers you the opportunity to learn, strengthen and enliven your individual practice of breathing meditation.

Alongside this 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 very beautiful environment.

The Facilitators

Duncan, Jane and Mark have all facilitated meditative retreats and workshops individually and collaborativley. All have an extensive background in meditation and retreat work and have studied closely with their teachers (specifically Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche, Bonni Ross, Tarchin Hearn and Cecile Kwait) over many years.

This will be their second year of running ‘Don’t just Do something! Sit there!’ together. They have been encouraged by feedback appreciating the rich and stimulating dynamic  which can happen through a ‘multi facilitator’ approach with different voices and experience  included within the whole.

Mark, Jane and Duncan incorporate teaching approaches which gently encourage each member to touch into their own inherent wisdom with friendliness, kindness and humour.

Duncan is an artist and jewellry maker with a strong interest in connecting earth, planet, history, and events to the human story and condition. Jane brings many years experience in education and a long standing commitment to collaborative projects. Mark began working in the field of Mental Health about 16 years ago and currently works as a counsellor in Nelson at the local District Health Board.

The facilitators are giving the teaching freely. You are welcome to offer them Kōha/Dana.


$225 (early bird $195 if paid in full at least one week before the course starts).

The costs include: your own room, 3 meals a day (including tea and coffee) and the cook’s fee.

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

Register now

*Please consider becoming a Wangapeka member – click here for details.

Enquiries about the workshop: email Jane jane.hobday17@gmail.com

Enquiries about the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre: email Faith wangapekacentre@gmail.com

Jane Hobday

Duncan Mackay

Mark Schrader


August 10 @ 6:00 pm
August 12 @ 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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