This retreat is held under the auspices of Tibetan Buddhist master Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche with Jakob Leschly as his resident instructor.

About the course

The practice of Buddhist meditation allows us to uncover and experience our natural heritage of wisdom though cultivating insight or vipashyana.

It is to establish a peaceful space of presence and mindfulness, allowing us to awaken a calmer and wider appreciation of our reality.

A retreat is an invaluable moment of clarifying and reaffirming our commitment to the vision and path of meditation. Jakob Leschly will lead the 5-day retreat, offering general instruction and individual interviews.

Please email Kim at to see the Vipashyana Retreat Schedule and Info document which outlines the proposed schedule to be followed and relates further information about how the retreat will be run and a more in-depth overview.

Newcomers needn’t feel apprehensive; the retreat is suitable both to those new to meditation through to the more seasoned practitioners.

Retreat start and finish time

The course will start at 5 pm on Friday 30th November for registration with dinner from 6 pm. Come earlier if you can to give yourself time to have a look around and get settled in. The course will finish at around 11 am on Wednesday 5th December.


There is a mixture of camping sites, single and shared rooms (2 single beds to a room) available.

Karma yoga

Each participant will be given a small daily job to be responsible for in helping out with the running of the retreat. Also a dishes rosta will be in place.

What to bring

  • toiletries, a torch, walking shoes, sunscreen, hat & wet weather gear
  • hay fever remedies and other personal medications, if required
  • meditation shawl or small blanket (recommended)
  • extra cushions for how you feel comfortable sitting if you require them (there are cushions and chairs available).
  • two sheets or a sleeping bag and one sheet.  One blanket and a light duvet plus two pillows and two pillow cases are provided – if you have special requirements, please bring your own.
  • towel/s

The weather can be unpredictable in November. It could be very hot or cool, and possibly wet so best to check the forecast and prepare accordingly.

Retreat Cost

Early bird price (book before 1 November 2018): Camp: $485, Single: $590, Shared: $540

After 1st November 2018. Camp: $505, Single: $610, Shared: $560

This cost includes food and accommodation. Please prepay to secure your accomodation preference. Please enquire to the retreat coordinator if you are a member of Wangapeka study and retreat centre.

Pre payment is appreciated and can be made to: Red Hat Gompa Trust, 02-0832-0048488-000 (or 00 if your bank only allows 2 spaces) Please leave your name as a reference.


To register or if you have any questions, please contact the Retreat Coordinator, Kim at or Mb: 021 116 2490. On registration please specify:

  • if you are gluten free
  • what accomodation preference suits you
  • if you would like to car pool from Christchurch