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Moved to Learn Mindfulness with Jaime Howell

Oct 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pmOct 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

A five day residential mindfulness training.

This new approach to mindfulness training incorporates periods of guided stillness with movement inquiries. We will explore emotional wellbeing directly through the body, cultivating awareness of wholesome and unwholesome patterns that influence the worlds we bring forth.

The strength of this approach is the potential of integration to nourish qualities of ease and clarity into all postures and experiences. An experience of wholeness, joy and belonging is a gift for people living busy lives.

We are not learning to dance, we are dancing to learn how to move well in a world of change.

We are all teachers, our living is our offering to the world. As caring communities we demonstrate to children how integration lives in our bodies, in our words and actions.

The uniqueness of this retreat is that Jaime is bringing fifteen years of mindfulness teaching together with Open Floor. Mindfulness has exploded around the world for good reason. Neuroscience has enabled us to see the positive changes in the structure of the brain and the nervous system that happen through mindfulness.

Music is the life blood of every culture on earth, it is our nature. Directly through music and movement we can make visible the invisible

Your Facilitator 

Jaime Howell has a Masters in Education. He is a graduate of a three year school of mindfulness/meditation and went on to spend another three years as the resident practitioner at the Wangapeka study and retreat centre. He is a volunteer Director of the Rites of Passage Foundation.

Jaime is an Open Floor conscious movement teacher and Director of Opening Minds an organisation dedicated to nourishing the seeds of wisdom and compassion.

What you will get

  • Learn how to stay grounded and centred in challenging states of reactivity
  • Connect with joy, aliveness and sense of renewed purpose and power
  • Learn to welcome difficulties as creative opportunities
  • Access calm more quickly and easefully
  • Learn in a supportive group in a nourishing environment
  • Explore the foundations of mindfulness in a modern integrative way and have resources to share with others in education settings.

Investment: $425

This includes your own room, three nutritious meals each day, accomodation in the beautiful natural environment of Wangapeka Valley and a small administration fee for teacher costs and materials.


There is the possibility of offering dana to the teacher. Jaime offers a lot of volunteer work for young people. Dana will help Jaime continue to develop and bring this kind of work into the lives of people.

Scholarships available on request

A $200 scholarship is available on application for any teacher participating in the Calm Clear Creative Mindfulness Teacher training programme.

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

Contact Jaime for further information: 

or visit: www.openingminds.co.nz

“The key to meaningful living is mindfulness. The heart of mindfulness, a simultaneous blending of love with clear-seeing-enquiry, arises out of the multi-levelled life and living that we are. This is the music of the universe and it resounds in everything. Listen! You can hear the singing in your bones, your feelings, your perceptions and intuitive understandings. There is singing in the wind and rain, in cities and rural farmlands, in flow and difficulty, in climate change and political shenanigans. The words of this music are infinitely various, but the meaning is the same; Everything interconnects!”Tarchin Hearn.
“Sometimes I struggle with meditation. It is easy to forget the body, to lose myself in subtle cravings to get somewhere. I found the movement inquires enlivening, opening, contrary to how it might appear, moving to music actually improved my capacity to sit still.”

Juliana Griese, participant 2017 Mindfulness and Dance retreat.
““I would recommend Jaime Howell to anyone wanting to learn mindfulness.”

Barbara Greene. Counsellor, Coach, Celebrant and Developer of "Calming the Chaos".


Oct 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Oct 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
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Welcome to the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. People visit from all over the world to meditate and enjoy the peace of this remarkable destination. 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.

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, Conscious Movement, Nature, Forest Walks, Yoga, Dance, Feldenkrais, Wellness, Wellbeing, Archetypal Integration, Western Mysticism, Non-Duality, Zen, 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, in the South Island of 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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