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Panoramic Awareness, Ceaseless Compassion Retreat with Grant Rix

May 24May 31

Learning the subtle art of ‘resting in awareness’ is a well-walked path of mindfulness practitioners.

Thanks to the example of our elders, we have numerous texts and oral instructions, ancient and modern, that provide roadmaps and lamps for developing the qualities of mind necessary to rest in timeless, space-filled awareness.

Understanding and implementing the four foundations of mindfulness, diligently and patiently, encouraging an open, generous and loving disposition, and exploring with confidence the ever-changing patterns of inner and outer experience are just some of these key qualities. A commitment to developing these qualities through activities that balance, replenish and nourish mental stability and promote natural curiosity is our pathway of practice.

Overtime, and with the watering of regular practice, we begin to feel increasingly spacious and free as the underlying reality of all experience is revealed as a panorama of timeless, space-filled awareness. The heart of this panoramic awareness is a naturally loving disposition ready to serve the needs of others through acts of easeful and ceaseless compassion.

This retreat will focus on the development of the core qualities necessary for recognising and resting in awareness and will draw inspiration from the examples of ancient and modern masters who have left numerous roadmaps intended to light the way. Clear meditation instructions will be given for developing and refining core mindfulness skills and fostering ever-expanding degrees of care for self, others and the natural world. This retreat is appropriate for all levels, from absolute beginners to mature practitioners.

Cost for the retreat: $614

Member price: $544

Weekend option Fri 24 – Sun 26 May: $175

Member price: $155

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Plus Dana (donation) to Grant for his teachings.

These figures above include accommodation, food and a nominal contribution towards Grant’s travel costs. They don’t include any dana/donation to Grant for the teachings he will give. So people from different income brackets can benefit from this retreat, no set fee is put on the teachings. Please give generously according to your means, you could use as a guide $10 – $60 per day (with the understanding that everyone’s circumstances are different). Please bring cash for the Dana.

About Grant

Grant Rix has been studying and practising meditation all of his adult life. He has a sound understanding of the methods common to Buddha Dharma as well as modern approaches to mindfulness practice and research. Grant began teaching meditation in 2005 at the suggestion of his principal teacher Tarchin Hearn, and in the spirit of natural awakening, is interested in the many ways that the wisdom innate to all of us flows forth from each person given the right causes and conditions. Grant’s aspiration is to help facilitate such an environment when he teaches.

More about Grant’s work:

Grant Rix is a leader in mindfulness training, delivery and research in New Zealand. While at the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, Grant created New Zealand’s own evidence-based, curriculum aligned mindfulness in schools programme: Pause, Breathe, Smile, which is now being delivered in over 200 schools nationwide.

Grant has presented on mindfulness in New Zealand, Australia and China and has been involved in researching the effects of the Pause, Breathe, Smile programme in New Zealand schools alongside researchers from AUT University and the University of Auckland. He has co-authored four published papers and a book chapter in Mindfulness and Education: Research and Practice.

Together with Natasha Rix, Grant founded the Mindfulness Education Group in 2016 to train school teachers, counsellors and psychologists, to deliver the Pause, Breathe, Smile programme for the benefit of our children and young people.

For any queries about the retreat:

Please contact Retreat ManagerKate Laurence kate@headheldhigh.co.nz 

Grant is often called on as an expert speaker or to provide media commentary on mindfulness: 

For more information on the Pause, Breathe, Smile or Breathe programmes, media or speaking enquiries for Grant please contact October Conway.

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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, 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, 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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