Wangapeka retreat centre
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Wangapeka is a beautiful, peaceful, healing place.

About an hour and a half's drive SW of Nelson the Wangapeka is in the foothills of the Southern Alps overlooking the Wangapeka river. Tranquil and ruggedly beautiful, it is wonderful place for healing and meditation.

The sphere group - a group of Buddhist students led by Chime Shore, bought the bare land in 1975. Over the years the bare land has been transformed with road access, extensive planting, and buildings. In 1980 Tarchin Hearn came to teach from Canada and in 1986 the Wangapeka Educational Trust was formed.

The Wangapeka has its roots firmly embedded in the essential teachings of the Buddha, and retreats and teachings of the many Buddhism disciples are welcome. Many have taught or facilitated courses at the Wangapeka and there is frequently a teacher in residence.

The centre is available for individual healing and meditation retreats. In addition group activities cover topics such as mediation, healing, therapy, art and craft work, and various types of bodywork. Activities range in length from a weekend to 3 months.

The trust publishes a newsletter called Newsphere detailing activities.

You can visit the Wangapeka website (opens in new window)

Visitors are welcome, but please contact ahead of any visit.


The Wangapeka can be contacted by phone on (03) 522 4221.

The address is RD2 Wakefield, South Island, New Zealand.

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