Weekend Meditation Retreat
with Kelsang Shechog
17 –  19 November, 2017
Riverslea Retreat – Otaki


ESCAPE THE STRESS and busyness of life and discover the peace of meditation for yourself. Be guided through simple meditations that relax the mind and body, leading to a deep experience of inner peace and contentment. This retreat is suitable for everyone, and provides an excellent introduction to meditation as well as an opportunity to improve our meditation skills.

THE COURSE BEGINS with supper at 6.30pm on the Friday night and finishes with Iunch on Sunday. There are plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind in the beautiful gardens and various nature walks in the forest. This retreat is catered with delicious vegetarian food, and there is a range of accommodation options. All you need to do is to relax and enjoy yourself. Booking is essential – please book early to ensure a place.


Our guided retreat will be taught by Buddhist nun Kelsang Shechog, the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington. Shechog has spent many years developing Kadampa Meditation Centres where she has inspired many people through her kindness and loving example.  Shechog is much loved for her gentle manner, inner strength and clear, skillful teachings.


Retreat fees include all retreat meditation sessions, two nights accommodation and all vegetarian meals.

(Great Benefactor, Study Programme or Centre Card holders)
**Twin room, price for room (2 people) – Linens includedSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
**Shared room, price per person (3 people) – Linens included – FEMALE ROOMSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
**Camping , price per person (bring own tent and sleeping gear)$280$230
Dorm room, price per person (8 people)$280$230
Non-residential – Lunch and Dinner included$180$180
** very limited availability


The retreat will be held just an hour out of Wellington at the gorgeous Riverslea Retreat, 733 Otaki Gorge Road, Kapiti Coast.

Riverslea is a fully accessible venue. For more details please visit their website.


Riverslea is in the Otaki River Gorge, with the Tararua Ranges to the east and the Kapiti Coast to the west. The facility is situated just 10 kms south of Otaki.

Address: 733 Otaki Gorge Rd, Otaki. We are just 75km from Wellington city

Getting to Riverslea by car

Driving Instructions: From Wellington, we are 1 hour’s drive, north of the capital on State Highway 1. Drive out of Wellington and head north on SH1. Drive thru Paraparaumu, Waikanae and Te Horo and keep going north towards Otaki on SH1. Just before the Otaki Bridge you will see a sign for the Tararua Ranges. At this sign, turn right onto Otaki Gorge Road. We are 7kms along Otaki Gorge Rd; just look out for our sign on the left.

Train to Otaki

The train leaves Wellington Station 5:15pm and arrives in Otaki Station 6:20pm.
Cost $19.50

We will pick up from Otaki Train Station 6:30pm

Please organise your own train ticket. Email us at info@meditateinwellington.org to arrange a pick up from Otaki train station.

Please note that this train does not run on Sundays; we will be able to give you a lift back into Wellington, dropping off at the train station.


We may be able to help you find a ride with others leaving Wellington. Please contact us at info@meditateinwellington.org and as seats become available we will be in contact. Include your request on your booking form.