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Touching the Earth Retreat with Jaime Howell

Feb 10Feb 17

Exploring the roots of belonging

A Journey of conscious dance, meditation and intimacy with nature.

10th – 17th February 2019

At the Beautiful Wangapeka Study & Retreat Centre

Costs $585 (+dana)

Includes 7 nights accomodation and wholesome food.

The feeling of belonging is our natural state, it is a hallmark of a mature human being functioning well in community. Humans have a deep need to belong. Yet we can often feel separated. Busyness, stress, too much time on screens can leave us feeling stuck in our heads, a stranger to the living earth. Even when we feel fragmented there is a way to connect to the naturalness of our birthright.

The ‘Touching the Earth’ retreat is an invitation to embody and integrate your lineage of ancestry, inspiration, and the living ecology that you are. We will offer spaces for transformation, skills to use difficulties as creative opportunities to respond with wisdom and compassion. You will deepen your capacity for authentic movement and enrich your understanding of meditation.

“This is the bright home in which I live, this is where I ask my friends to come, this is where I want to love all the things it has taken me so long to learn to love…There is no house like the house of belonging.” – D.Whyte

Teacher Jaime Howell

Jaime is an Open Floor teacher trained in New Zealand. He is a poetic Director and Founder of Opening Minds, an organisation dedicated to bringing forth universal wisdom and compassion. A graduate of the three year school of living Dharma who spent a further three years practising at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. Jaime is a Director for the Rites of Passage Foundation. He is currently preparing to deliver a three year School of Wisdom and Compassion for young adults around the world. See more of his work at www.openingminds.co.nz

Bookings and inquiries contact Nicky Woodward 0277229979


If funds are a challenge for you, there is an option to come for four days.

Note about Dana (Dana = Loving)

Jaime has not charged for the teachings he will impart. It has taken hundred of hours to learn how to offer these kinds of healing spaces. No set fee is put on the teachings so people from different income brackets can benefit. Generosity strengthens the giver and receiver. Jaime is actively working to bring a school of wisdom and compassion for young people into being, your donations will support the growth of this work. Your support matters.



Jaime Howell

“This experience has been nourishing, deepening, playful and serious at the same time. The movement and mindfulness practices complement each other beautifully, and I appreciated having spaces to integrate and contemplate.The location is perfect, and Jamie is a skilled teacher with much compassion, knowledge and laughter to share.”

Participant Simone Bensdorp October 2018


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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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