A Guided Retreat On Emptiness
25 – 28 October

Guided Meditation Retreat - Wellington

Of all Buddha’s teachings, none are more far-reaching and transformative than the teachings on emptiness, the true nature of reality. It is through our understanding of emptiness, and especially the freedom that we experience as a result, that we can let go of the limited ways of relating to ourself and the world. With emptiness, anything is possible. It is the key to solving all our problems, experiencing genuine and lasting peace, and truly benefitting others.

On this special retreat Gen Rabten will teach and guide simple yet profound meditations on emptiness. We will gain experience of the astounding beauty and power of these meditations to transform our life and bring real benefit to ourself and others. This retreat is suitable to those new to meditation as well as experienced practitioners. Everyone is welcome.


Gen Kelsang Rabten is the National Spiritual Director for Kadampa Buddhism in New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia, and has taught meditation for over twenty-five years. His deep faith in Buddha’s teachings and the sincerity of his practice inspire many people to embark on a meaningful and rich spiritual life.


The course begins with supper at 6.30pm on the Friday night and finishes with lunch on Monday. There are plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind in the beautiful gardens and various nature walks around Otaki Gorge. 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.

Each session contains short preparatory prayers, a teaching and guided meditation. During this retreat there will be a period of silence from Saturday evening through to Monday morning.

Booking is essential – please book early to ensure a place.


Retreat fees include all retreat meditation sessions, three nights accommodation, linen, and all vegetarian meals. All prices are per person. Twin room and twin glamping must be booked for two.

Cost per person:

Non-residential (breakfast not included): $325

Camping: $420

High Quality Dormitory Room (4-5 bunk beds per room): $465

Shared Room (4 single beds): $500

Twin Glamping: SOLD OUT

Twin Room (cabin): SOLD OUT

Single Room (hut): $750


32 Waihoanga Rd, Otaki, Kapiti Coast.

Waihoanga Retreat Centre - Meditation Retreat - Wellington

The gorgeous Waihoanga Retreat Centre is beside the Otaki River Gorge, with the Tararua Ranges to the east and the Kapiti Coast to the west. The facility is situated just 75km from Wellington city and 95km from Palmerston North.



Waihoanga Centre is an easy drive from both Wellington and Palmerston North on SH1.

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.

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

Arriving at Wellington International Airport

Catch the Airport Flyer bus to Wellington Railway Station – leaves approximately every 20 minutes. For departure times check the Airport Flyer Timetable and look under the Queensgate – Lower Hutt section. Cost: $12

Then follow the instructions above – Train to Otaki


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