Weekend Meditation Retreat • How to Transform Your Life

Location

Waihoanga Retreat Centre
32 Waihoanga Road, Otaki, Kapiti Coast

Date

Fri - Mon 20 - 23 Jan

Cost

$335–585 pp (see below)

Teacher

  • Gen Kelsang Shechog
    Gen Kelsang Shechog
    Resident Teacher

    Gen Kelsang Shechog is a Buddhist nun and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington. Gen Shechog has been practising and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for over 16 years. Her teachings are exceptionally clear and she presents profound ideas in a way that is easily accessible and applicable to modern life. Gen Shechog is much loved for her gentle manner, kind heart and for showing an inspiring example for everyone on the spiritual path.
    Gen Shechog teaches at the Centre in Island Bay and various classes around the Wellington area as well as our Foundation Programmes.

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Weekend Meditation Retreat • How to Transform Your Life

About the Retreat

If we wish to lead the happy life we long for, we need to learn how to transform our mind. In this retreat, be guided through the essential meditations of Buddhism that will give rise to a complete transformation of your mind, freeing you from negative emotions and making joy and happiness your everyday reality.

Taught by Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Shechog, the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington, this retreat offers a unique opportunity to experience stillness within the tranquil setting of Otaki Gorge and the Waihoanga Retreat Centre.

The retreat begins with a light evening meal at 6.30pm on the Friday night and finishes with lunch on Monday. This retreat is catered with delicious vegetarian and vegan food, and there is a range of accommodation options.

Cost

All booking options include retreat sessions as well as lunch and dinner. Breakfast is also included when booking accommodation. For those staying off-site, breakfast is not included but can be booked if required.

All bookings must be accompanied by at least a 25% deposit with full payment due by January 6.

Book before December 23 to receive a 10% early bird discount for camping, dorm and shared room options.

Centre Members receive a 10% discount on all options, and an additional 5% early-bird discount for camping, dorm and shared room.

Accommodation Type Early Bird Price
Single room (hut)
linen included
$585
Twin room (cabin)
linen included; booking required for two people
$1100 ($550 pp)
Shared room
linen included (4 single beds; female only)
$475 $428
Comfortable dormitory
linen included (8–10 bunk beds)
$450 $405
Camping
(please bring your own tent and bedding)
$405 $365
No accommodation (staying off-site)
(breakfast not included)
$335

Covid Information

To keep everyone as safe as we can, we do request that if you feel unwell on 20 January you do not attend the retreat. We will provide a full refund for people who have to cancel due to ill-health.
If you feel unwell during the retreat we also request that you let one of the retreat organisers know and do go home if the symptoms could be those of COVID-19. In that circumstance a partial refund can be organised.
There will be masks, sanitising liquid, and RAT tests available for your use during the retreat should you wish to.

Travelling to the Venue

Waihoanga Retreat Centre 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 10km south of Otaki.

Address: 32 Waihoanga Rd, Otaki. Just 80km from Wellington city and from Palmerston North.

Driving to Waihoanga from Wellington

From Wellington, 1 hour’s drive, north of the capital on State Highway 1 (Transmission Gully Motorway). Drive out of Wellington and head north towards Otaki on SH1. Just before the Otaki bridge, on your right, you will see a sign for Otaki Gorge Road. At this sign, turn right onto Otaki Gorge Road.

Waihoanga is 7km along Otaki Gorge Rd; just look out for their sign on the left. Drive over the bridge and Waihoanga road is first on your right. Follow this road and you will see a sign saying lodge/retreat. Follow this and park under the trees. The retreat centre is just at the end of this drive.

Driving to Waihoanga from the north

Follow SH1 through Otaki, over the bridge, turn left onto Otaki Gorge Road (this should be the first road on your left after crossing the bridge). Then follow the instructions as above.

Taking the train to Otaki from Wellington

The train leaves Wellington Station 5:15pm and arrives in Otaki Station 6:20pm. See the Capital Connection website.

Cost: $19.50

We will pick up from Otaki Train Station 6:30pm. Please contact Eve at info@meditateinwellington.org to arrange a pickup from Otaki train station.

Please note that this train will not run on Monday morning (Wellington Anniversary Day); however we will be able to give you a lift back into Wellington, dropping off at the train station.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding food, accommodation or transport please contact Eve at info@meditateinwellington.org.

Photos of the Accommodation

BOOKING

To Book Please use the booking form below; select your ticket type, complete the booking form and pay with Credit or Debit card via Stripe secure processing.

Early-Bird Discount Prices shown below automatically include an early-bird discount if and where applicable.

A minimum payment of the deposit is required to reserve your place.

Pay deposit only To pay only the 25% deposit now, enter code WMR during checkout. The remainder must be paid in full by the due date stated above.

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Single hut
$585
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Twin cabin
$1100
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Female shared room
$428 (early-bird price until Dec 23)
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Male dormitory
$405 (early-bird price until Dec 23)
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Female dormitory
$405 (early-bird price until Dec 23)
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Camping
$365 (early-bird price until Dec 23)
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No accommodation (staying off-site)
$335
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