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Garden of Mindfulness Family Retreat: Pan and The Magical Forest

Dec 28, 2018Jan 4, 2019

Welcome to a rich world of archetypes and play.

Explore the timeless magic of Pan (Peter Pan/Mr Tunmus) and Artemis (Wonder Woman/Diana) along with lots of fun mindfulness adventures in the magical Wangapeka forest. Fairies and nature sprites apply within!

Enhance your and your family’s wellbeing through play and nature exploration.  

A morning class will give the adults time to learn and practice a range of meditations, while the children enjoy fun activities with our children’s co-ordinator.

In the afternoon families will have time to practice mindfulness and kindness together as well experiencing the joy of a range of nature archetypes and fun activities, such as forest walks, river swims, home made water slides, badminton and bubble play.

The Garden of Mindfulness is a family retreat for all ages. Inclusive of all families, it is an opportunity to become familiar with the benefits of being in the present moment and unfolding through play and exploration. GOM offers a rare opportunity to share a retreat space with our families.

This year GOM will run for 7 nights from 6pm 28th December 2018 to 2pm 4th January 2019. We ask that people attend the whole retreat if possible. If you have any skills or talents you would like to contribute please let us know.  We look forward to sharing this retreat with you and your family. For further information, contact Course Manager Lara: laracusdin@yahoo.co.nz

Following the previous four years of successful teachings, Mira Riddiford will be leading the  the morning adults’ classes and afternoon family explorations.

About Mira Riddiford, the Mindfulness Teacher

Mira is a meditation teacher who gives classes and retreats on mindfulness and archetypes. With over 20 years of experience, she has been trained through retreat work, study and apprenticeship. Mira has taught mindfulness in education at primary and secondary level, as well as to school teachers. Her modern, warm and engaging style breathes life into these meditation teachings. Mira is respectful of diversity, is LGBTQI friendly, and her two children and partner will also be participating on the retreat. She looks forward to meeting and meditating with you.

Our Children’s Co-ordinator is Eli Maiava

Eli is an ECE (Early Childhood Education) teacher who has a gentle, unhurried, child led philosophy. She believes that children’s innate curiosity and imagination should be encouraged and supported. Authentic and real world experiences are the most effective way to ensure this, and a strong connection with Papatuānuku (nature) is essential for health and emotional wellbeing. Eli has a Master of Education and has worked with children of all ages. 

Our Course Manager is Lara Cusdin

Lara has been involved with Wangapeka and Buddha-Dharma for almost 20 years. Along with Mira, Lara is continuing the tradition of the family mindfulness retreat embracing all family types. Lara is passionate about conscious parenting, recognizing our children’s unique nature and allowing them to shape us as parents and grow into better people for them and for the planet. As a solo mum, Lara attributes a lot of her growth to her daughter.

Lara is studying counselling and has a background in psychology, care work and holistic health care. Lara will be attending this retreat with her daughter and partner and looks forward to co-creating this retreat with you.

Retreat Fees 2018/19 (includes accommodation, food and resource fee). Please bring cash for Teacher’s Dana/Koha/Donation

Retreat Fees 2018/2019 (includes accommodation, food, cooks fee and resource fee).

Adults (per person): $537
Children (per person) 6 -14 years:  $204.50
Children (per person) 4-5 years: $134.50 
Children (per person) Under 4 years: free


Member price:

Adults (per person): $495 
Children (per person) 6-14 years: $204.50
Children (per person) 4-5 years: $134.50 
Children (per person) Under 4 years: free

If finances are an obstacle for you and your family attending GOM there is the Sangha Support fund.

The Sangha Support Fund is available for anyone needing financial assistance with accommodation in order to attend retreats at Wangapeka.

For more information on applying please contact Faith: wangapekacentre@gmail.com

Dana for the Mindfulness Teacher:  So people from different income brackets can benefit from this retreat, no set fee is put on Mira Riddiford’s teachings. Please give generously according to your means, taking into account Mira has a family to provide for and that meditation teachings are her primary income you could use as a guide $20 – $60 per day (with the understanding that everyone’s circumstances are different). 

Have further questions? Contact Course manager Lara Cusdin laracusdin@yahoo.co.nz for further information.

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, please fill in one form per person

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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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