Wangapeka Winter Programme July – November 2014

Welcome to the Wangapeka

Welcome to the Wangapeka

Wangapeka Winter Programme July – November 2014

This year we are running our very own home grown programme facilitated by local Wangapeka Centre members. We want to raise money for the centre, provide an opportunity for people to come together, learn from each other and have fun.

Unless stated otherwise, all weekend courses will cost $114 (members) $126 (non members). This includes accommodation, meals and a $10 administration / course supplies fee. Facilitators are not charging for their time but there may be a dana / koha bowl should you wish to contribute. Children under 14 are free. Workshops will start with 6pm supper on Friday evening and end early afternoon on Sunday.
Please contact the Wangapeka retreat centre or visit for a registration form. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis once the workshop fee has been received.

Workshops will run so long as there are more than 5 participants (in addition to the facilitators).



Dharma Drama

‘How can we get inside someone else’s skin?’ Using drama games, processes and group meditation we will explore ways to develop vivid presence and empathy. Come and have some fun! Kath Mitchell and Jane Hobday will facilitate this weekend.
Maximum 16 participants


‘Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There!’

A weekend of Breathing Meditation Practice.
It’s sometimes hard to keep up the discipline of regular meditation practice with the responsibilities and demands life seems to present. This predominantly silent weekend will be an opportunity for the support of the group to help strengthen and enliven our individual practice of breathing meditation (however embryonic). There will be regular structured sits during the day, opportunities for sharing and questions and time to enjoy just ‘being’ at the centre.

Facilitated by Jane Hobday.
Maximum 16 participants



Wangapeka True Stories Told Live

Do you have a story to tell about the Wangapeka sometime during the last 30 years? This weekend will be a chance for young and old to share stories about the place we care for, by the warm light of the fire. We may have a mini storytelling workshop on Saturday afternoon in preparation for Saturday night. Please come prepared with a kernel of a story or just come and enjoy listening to others. Ray Caird and Mike Elliot will start the ball rolling on Friday night. There will be plenty of time for rest and relaxation this weekend.
Denise Tebbs will facilitate this event.

Maximum 30 people


Chenreizig Practice weekend.

We will explore together in various creative ways, the beautiful sadhana of Chenreizig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Mark Schrader will lead this weekend of practice

Maximum 16 adults (children are welcome to come on the retreat so long as there is someone to look after them during practice periods)



‘Bodywrite’ : Writing Weekend.

Whatever your level of experience in writing, you will have a chance to explore, experiment and most of all, play with words … you may be surprised at what you can do! The weekend will include some Feldenkrais-type movements to help tap into your creative and intuitive self.
Bridget has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her short stories and poetry have been published in a number of journals and anthologies, and she has taught on the creative writing programmes at Massey University and NMIT. In her teaching she draws on many sources, including ‘The Artist’s Way’, and work by Natalie Goldberg and Anne Lamott.
Maximum 20 people aged 16 or older


Food and Fun

Share a weekend with Anna and Roger Wilde, authors of the popular cookbook ‘Real Fresh Food’.

Learn how to make inspirational healthy meals
• Celebrate spring with fresh ideas in the cosy Wangapeka kitchen.
• Integrate positive nutritional habits into daily life.

All recipes are gluten, dairy and sugar-free.
Most are vegetarian, but we will use some eggs and fish.
Includes new creations from the second edition of our book entitled ‘Real Fresh Gluten Free Food’.
Receive recipe handouts for all recipes.

A taste of what you will learn:

• How to make delicious gluten free bread (we’ll bring a sourdough starter to share too).
• Easy nutritious breakfasts: Vegetable scramble, Breakfast smoothies, gluten-free bircher style breakfast, buckwheat pancakes with cashew cream and compote.
• Healthy essentials: sprouting, dips, salad and dressings.
• Healthy gluten free desserts and raw delights including paleo brownie, apricot shortcake, raw cheesecake, creamy vegan ice cream
• How to create a Japanese style feast

Maximum 12 adults. Additional charge of $20 per person to cover specialty food costs. Total cost $134 (members) $146 (non members) plus dana for the facilitators.



Living in your Body

Come and treat yourself to a gentle weekend of movement and meditation. This will be helpful for anyone who would like to learn methods to relax, to enhance flexibility and to foster greater body awareness. Rona Spencer, who has run many classes of this nature on the West Coast, will facilitate this weekend.

Maximum 12 adults



Playback is a form of improvised theatre where the audience gets to tell moments and stories from their lives, choose actors to play different roles and then watch as it is played back to them.
It can be funny, poignant, touching and often very revealing to the teller.
We will have a team of actors getting together especially for this weekend, so don’t miss out!
Come along and tell your story!
Open to all ages Families are most welcome.

Facilitated by Karen and Glenn Harley from Christchurch
Maximum 30 participants.



Memorial weekend

This will be a creative weekend which will include time to acknowledge those who have inspired us. We will begin each morning with the introduction of the ‘Ngon-Dro’ Foundation Chorus (daily prayers) with instruments and tea. There will also be time and activities to connect and reconnect with the land.

This weekend will be facilitated by ‘The West Coasters”
Maximum 30 participants

If you have any questions about the Wangapeka Winter Programme please contact
To register for a workshop contact the caretaker on 03 522 4221