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Wangapeka Community Hui and AGM 2018 – All Welcome

Jul 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pmJul 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Kia ora koutou!  You are warmly invited to the Community Hui and AGM 2018.

For the Hui and AGM the Wangapeka Trust is providing and paying for the cook (thanks to Ronnie who has offered). Food and accommodation for the Hui and AGM provided with no charge. A Dana bowl will be available to offer towards food and accommodation.

Please come for the whole weekend, or just for the Hui, or just the AGM.  Accommodation may need to be shared if we have big numbers.

RSVP essential for catering and accommodation space allocation.  Please contact Faith wangapekacentre@gmail.com with:

  • Your arrival and departure dates and times
  • Any diet requirements

Community Hui Friday 20th-Sat 21st (more details below)

Start–6pm Dinner Friday. Finish–6pm Dinner Saturday

The community Hui is organised and facilitated by Chani Grieve, Duncan McKay and Dan Burgess-Milne.

AGM Sunday 22nd July 

Start 9.00am—3pm finish (or earlier)


1. Short Meditation
2. Apologies
3. Minutes of 2017 AGM
4. Matters arising
5. Coordinator’s report
6. Office caretaker’s report
7. Treasurer’s report
8. Land caretaker’s report
9. Election of board members

12:30 Lunch

1:30pm Meeting resumes

  • Any other business

3pm finish

New BOT members:  Elections and Nominations

Please feel welcome to put forward you name if you wish to be on the BOT.  You will need to be a member and be nominated by a member.  Please send 2-3 lines about why you would like to offer your service to the BOT.

We have one nomination for the 2018 election so far:

Karen Harley has been nominated by Mark Schrader.


Please make sure your WET membership is current if you wish to have voting rights at the AGM meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you!  Kind wishes from the Board of Trustees.


A Warm Invitation to the Annual Wangapeka Community Hui

The Practice of Dana – What does Wangapeka need? What can we give?

Kia ora koutou!

For the second year, we are offering to host a community conversation prior to the Annual General Meeting, on the weekend of July 20th-22nd. This forum is an opportunity for us to come together as a community, to explore a theme that is timely and relevant that can benefit from us deeply listening to one another and sharing our unique views, experience and insights. The Board of Trustees are generously providing a cook. A Dana bowl will be available to offer towards food and accommodation costs. 

The central principle of the practice of Dana is “freely given.” Wangapeka was built primarily by the Dana of service:  people generously offering their time and labour to create and maintain the Centre, and this continues today. How do we encourage and maintain a culture that understands the importance of the principle of unconditional generosity for spiritual growth? Oftentimes, there is a disconnect between what happens at the Centre and what is perceived or understood by the membership. What is really going on, “on the ground”? What are our Caretakers and Board members wrestling with? What are the challenges Wangapeka faces? What support is needed to encourage flow of information, energy, skills and resources to where they are most needed for Wangapeka to continue to flourish?

It is our wish that this Hui provide the space for the voices of our Caretakers and Board Members to be heard by the wider Wangapeka community, and vice versa. This is one way we continue to create and strengthen a robust, informed, wise and compassionate Sangha, for the health of our community and the benefit of our world.

The Hui will be held on Sat 21st of July prior to the AGM.  Friday evening will be an opportunity for a social catch up and relaxation time. Saturday will be a facilitated circle process, where everyone has an opportunity to listen to one another and to share their views on this topic, and anything that may emerge out of it.

The intention is not to come to any decisions, but rather to allow the collective wisdom of our community to inform process, and to be open to the ways in which this can shape courses of action in the future 

All are very welcome!

Warm wishes

Duncan McKay, Chani Grieve, and Dan Burgess-Milne

The Hui Programme

Friday night: social & relaxation time


9:00am: 1st Generous listening and sharing Circle – What does Wangapeka need? What can we give? Anyone can join this circle

Break before lunch

12.30 Lunch and Rest Period

3:00pm—4.30pm Deepening the theme: 2nd Generous listening and sharing Circle. Anyone who was in the morning circle can join

6pm Dinner

If you are unable to attend this conversation in person, but would like to contribute your voice to the wider discussion, please send written contributions to chanigrieve@gmail.com by July 19th.  These will not be part of the formal circle process, but can be made available for those present to read, share and reflect on.



Jul 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Jul 22, 2018 @ 3:00 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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