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Young Adults Retreat (YAR) 18 – 35 years of age

Dec 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pmDec 23, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat is now full. To put your name on the waiting list, please contact Daniel Burgess-Milne:



The Young Adults Retreat (YAR) is now being offered for the 6th consecutive year at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre.

YAR provides the opportunity for young adults (18-35) to come together to explore the art of meditation, to experience a retreat environment at an affordable price, and to build connections and community amongst young people with wholesome aspirations in Aotearoa. 

Explorations will include meditation, conscious dance, group processes, explorative art and nature connection. There will be periods of silence and reflective time to allow you to connect with your own inner wisdom. Guidance will be available for those young adults who are interested in learning to meditate, as well as for those who wish to develop their meditation practice. 

The Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre provides a wilderness environment of mountains, trees and river; an idyllic container for experiencing inner depth and expansiveness. We will eat from the organic garden, walk the mountain paths and take time to connect with the mana whenua of the local environment. 

In order to make the course as financially accessible as possible, there is an element of Dana (kōha) built into the daily structure. We will dedicate a period of each day to giving back to the centre in a group work project. This means that the costs for each participant simply covers food, cooking, and resources. Facilitators are gifting their time. 

The retreat will be co-facilitated by Jaime Howell, Elli Yates, and Daniel Burgess-Milne, who each have long-standing connections to the Wangapeka Centre and bring unique mindfulness-related skills to the group. 

The course cost is $250 per person. This covers food, cooking and resources.  Facilitators give their time and teaching freely. Participants will have the opportunity to offer them kōha/dana at the end of the retreat. 

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

Or contact Elli for more information:

Daniel Burgess-Milne:



About our facilitators

Jaime Howell
Jaime is the founder and Director of Opening Minds. He has been developing and delivering programmes of mindfulness in schools since 2002. He has a Masters in Education and over fifteen years of mindfulness training. Jaime has spent the last three and a half years as a resident practitioner at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. He is a founding facilitator of the Young Adult Retreat and Director of the six-week Bodhi Seeds Retreat. A graduate of a three-year school of Living Dharma and a trained MBSR teacher, he weaves ritual, meditation and dance with a vision to create awakened communities. Jaime has worked for over a decade as a facilitator and Director for the remembering and development of Rites of Passage in Aotearoa.

Elli Yates
Elli grew up in the Wangapeka community, attending family retreats at the Centre with her parents throughout her childhood and teenage years. Since then she has been a participant and facilitator at Young Adult’s Retreats, re-discovering and sharing a passion for the Dharma with her peers and mentors. She is now a secondary school English teacher in Wellington. Elli is involved with the Mindfulness for Change community, which aims to pursue systemic change through mindful action. Elli has facilitated Open Space sessions at hui throughout Aotearoa. Yoga is an important aspect of her personal practice. She has held a regular Women’s Group space for the last six years, and is dedicated to developing mindful processes for collective healing. 

Daniel Burgess-Milne
Dan has been studying Buddhadharma since 2012 and has received teachings from various teachers including Tarchin Hearn, Bonni Ross and Lama Mark Webber. He has been both a participant and facilitator of Young Adult’s Retreats and has a background working in mental health with youth. Dan has a passion for understanding insight through a contemporary lens, and finding new concepts and methods for exploring timeless wisdom in a modern world.

Jaime Howell

Elli Yates

Dan Burgess-Milne


Dec 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Dec 23, 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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