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Western Mysticism, Tarot Archetype, Gods and Goddesses Retreat with Mira Riddiford

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - June 15 @ 2:00 pm

Connecting to a more meaningful life by inviting growth and clarity

Discover a path of transformation that is directly relevant to modern life. Be refreshed by an ancient understanding that is a map to personal development; with meditations that contain deep healing and happiness. Delve into what’s holding you back from your fullest potential through a method that has been practiced for thousands of years. Look within to meet deep empowerment.

A Western solution for the challenges of the Western World

With Western Mysticism, you can explore how early Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Norse civilisations supported their societies to meet their lives with grace and insight. In this retreat you will learn how these classical practices can help with work, family, relationships and health concerns.

Through-out time, spiritual traditions have recognised the value in humanising and personifying subjects. For instance, the Greek Civilisation honoured Aphrodite as a way of acknowledging how nourishing the qualities of love, beauty and pleasure can be; Apollo for bringing brightness, sunlight and healing; and Prudence for her mirror-like wisdom, seeing things as they are.

Day one
The King of Coins
Masculine Energy. Earth Element. Groundedness. The sweetness of life. Wealth. Abundance. Rule. Success. Bravery. Steadiness. Serapis. Pluto.

Day two
The Star
Feminine energy, passion and desire. Tenderness. The night sky. Care. The Queen of Space. Aphrodite. Venus. Hathor. Nuit. Nótt.

Day three
The Moon
The wild within, our animal nature, what connects us to nature, what feeds us. “Nature gives us the wild body. Art must perfect it”. Luna. Selena. Hecate.

Day four
The Sun
Childlike nature. Blazing Heart and Mind. The unconquered sun. Joy. Unity. Apollo. Horus. Sol.

Day five
Healing the fear of Judgement. Radiant Breath. “Freedom from fixation”. Anubis. Gabriel, Israfil.

Day six
The World
Completion. The whole of creation. The dancer in the dance. Persephone. Prudence. New Jerusalem. Metis. The living creatures.

Many people have tarot cards sitting in their bookshelves, but very few know about the esoteric, spiritual tradition that the Tarot has originated from. It is a complete path of enlightenment, one that has tremendous support for unfolding. It is a teaching that is filled with empowerment, joy, culture, playfulness, and ways of dealing with challenge. Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche taught the Western Mysteries throughout his life, and was teaching it from his thirties.

For this meditation retreat Mira will draw from Namgyal Rinpoche’s teachings on the Tarot, along with Paul Foster Case, Carl Jung and many other teachers of this rich understanding of how to thrive in the wholeness of life.

This retreat will be in noble silence other than class times, and teacher/student interviews. This is to help with being able to calm our chatty minds, feeling the peace of the environment, and being able to deeply listen to our inner wisdom.


About Mira Riddiford:

Mira is a New Zealand based dharma, meditation and mindfulness teacher. With over 20 years of experience, she has been trained through retreat work, study and apprenticeship. Mira’s warm and engaging style breathes life into these classical teachings.

Contact Course Manager: Louise Mair at louisemair@hotmail.co.uk for more information

Cost for the retreat:

Member: $511
Non member: $553
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 consider becoming a Wangapeka member – click here for details.

Plus Dana (donation) to Mira for her teachings.

(These figures include accommodation, food and a nominal contribution towards Mira’s travel costs.  They don’t include any dana / donation to Mira for the teachings she will impart.  In accordance with tradition, this is left up to each individual to gift according to their own means). Please bring cash to pay for the Dana.



“I highly recommend the Western Mysteries series with Mira. Anyone genuinely searching for meaning in life will not be disappointed. This course is so rich with content, we couldn’t put our pens down! Thoroughly enjoyable and so much more than an intellectual exercise, Mira took us on a journey of exploration of the fabric of life. Mira’s wealth of practical experience in esoteric study allows these teachings to truly come alive.” – N. Stevens

“The Western Mysteries retreat was a highly supported environment for the exploration and meditation of the Tarot archetypes. Mira’s teaching was thought-provoking and gripping, that nurtured the various levels of meditators present. It was an incredible experience to explore the dharma from this colourful, creative and totally different perspective – with such a gifted, open-minded, modern, tuned-in teacher. I am only beginning to see the effects of the retreat, but am beyond grateful to have been there.” – N. Karneef

“Recently I attended a Western Mysteries retreat taught by Mira Riddiford.

I originally registered hoping for a rest and respite from a busy work life in community healthcare. I was not disappointed and received so much more.

Mira skilfully held space for the diverse retreatants to experience the teachings. These were vibrantly given in a respectful, humorous and supportive way.

Fascinating teachings drawing on ancient western wisdom also resonating with modern science.

Being a fledgling meditator, discovering meaningful ways to increase the times and ways to support myself and others was gold. Drawing on thousands of years of collective wisdom has been an unexpected and refreshing experience.

Returning to daily life and facing a particularly challenging situation. I found myself naturally drawing on the rich learning and experiences from retreat to feel further calm and support.”  – S. Hollobon

“The Western Mysticism retreat with Mira Riddiford was a precious opportunity to experience the richness, colour and depth of meditating on archetypes and symbols. As the stillness and silence deepened, I felt I could catch a glimpse of Gods and Goddeses behind the next tree! The delicious meals provided by the Mystery Kitchen were also very memorable. What a profound gift to study a path exploring the spiritual traditions of my ancestors. A magical week.” – N. Paton

‘With an interest in meditation, but being unfamiliar with Buddhist imagery, Mira’s course on Western Mysticism resonated strongly with me. Contemplating together on some of the classical and pagan icons, so embedded in Western culture and heritage, was a powerful means of gaining greater insight. The beauty and tranquillity of the Wangapeka Retreat Centre was a wonderful place to enjoy that.” – J. Leyland

Upcoming Meditation Retreats with Mira:

Garden of Mindfulness Family Retreat
28 Dec 2017 – 4 Jan 2018

Mira gives personal meditation interviews through Skype

Book an interview

*Banner image: William Blake Richmond: Venus and Anchises



June 8 @ 6:00 pm
June 15 @ 2:00 pm
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Welcome to the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. 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 and have huts available for solo retreats. There are also opportunities available to work on our land. Come and enjoy this uniquely vibrant and beautiful centre.

355 Wangapeka River Rd
R.D.2. Wakefield 7096
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 522 4221

The Wangapeka Study and Meditation Retreat Centre, holds retreats on Mindfulness, Vipassana Insight, Calm-abiding, Compassion, Movement, Yoga, Dance and Western Mysticism. People come from all over the world for our deep retreats on Dzogchen, Mahamudra, Mahayana and Vajrayana with Empowerments and Sadhana Practice.

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 workshops, with a fully catered kitchen with an organic vegetable garden. Many people visit from all over the world to meditate and enjoy the beauty of the centre.

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