27-29 March, 2020 • Kapiti Coast

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. 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 Riverslea Retreat Centre.


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.


The retreat 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.

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 Sunday midday.

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


Retreat fees include all retreat meditation sessions, two nights accommodation, linen, and all vegetarian meals. All prices are per person. Twin room must be booked for two. Book by 23 February and save $40 on camping and dorm.

Cost per person:

Non-residential (breakfast not included): $235

Camping: SOLD OUT

High Quality Dormitory Room (4-5 bunk beds per room): $340 (early-bird $300)

Twin Room: $400


733 Otaki Gorge Road, Kapiti Coast.

The gorgeous Riverslea 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.



Riverslea Retreat 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 info@meditateinwellington.org and as seats become available we will be in contact. Include your request on your booking form.