29-31 March, Otaki River Gorge


In the fast pace of our work and personal lives our attention is easily scattered and our mind cluttered with endless distractions. Training in mindfulness gives us the power to overcome disturbing thoughts and to stay focused on what brings peace of mind.

This retreat is suitable for everyone, and provides an excellent introduction to meditation as well as an opportunity to improve our meditation skills. Taught by Buddhist nun 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 course begins with supper at 6.30pm on the Friday night and finishes with lunch 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.

All prices are per person

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

Camping: $300

High Quality Dormitory Room (5 bunk beds per room): $340

Shared Room (4 single beds): $375

Twin Room: SOLD OUT

Single Room: SOLD OUT

Non-residential (breakfast not included): $235


The retreat will be held just an hour out of Wellington at the gorgeous Waihoanga Centre, 32 Waihoanga Rd, Otaki, Kapiti Coast.


Waihoanga 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 10 kms south of Otaki.

Address: 32 Waihōanga Rd, Otaki. We are just 75km from Wellington city

Getting to Waihoanga 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. Stay on this road for around 7kms. Make a left onto Waihoanga Road. After crossing bridge turn right to stay on Waihoanga Rd.

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.