Post New Zealand Festival Retreat
16 – 18 January, 2018
with Gen Kelsang Rabten


Deepen your experience of the New Zealand Festival teachings by attending this retreat with Gen Kelsang Rabten. This guided retreat will be based on commentary from Gen-la Dekyong at the NZ Festival and Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s book, The New Eight Steps to Happiness. The retreat will start on Tuesday morning and finish at lunch on Thursday.


Gen Kelsang Rabten is the NKT-IKBU National Spiritual Director of Kadampa Buddhism for Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Hong Kong.

Gen Rabten has trained under the guidance of his Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, for over 20 years. His teachings are precise and compassionate, and he exemplifies the essence of the modern Kadampa’s way of life, inspiring many people to embark on this meaningful path.


Retreat fees include all retreat meditation sessions and lunch each day.
Full retreat: $130

Booked separately:
16 and 17 January – $60 each day
18 January  – $30


The post Festival retreat will be held at Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington.

94 Derwent Street
Island Bay, Wellington 6023


This is a non-residential retreat. Local accommodation can be booked independently. Questions? Please email

There is a variety of Island Bay accommodation available. You will need to be able to get to the Centre yourself from these locations. No transportation is available.

The Lighthouse and The Keep
326 The Esplanade
116 The Esplanade, Island Bay
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Abigail Bay Bach, South Coast
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Granny Flat
106 Clyde Street, Island Bay
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Other Accommodation
Accommodation options in the city:

Nomads Wellington
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Rowenas City Lodge
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Adelaide Motel
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Capital View Motor Inn
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YHA New Zealand
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A delicious vegetarian lunch, as well as morning and afternoon tea, will be provided with your retreat booking.