Waihōanga Calendar

Checkout all of the amazing workshops, retreats and events on offer at the Waihōanga Centre For Well-being

Bodh Gaya
Meditation Retreat 

27th -29th Jan 2017

On this retreat Gen Kelsang Pagma will guide meditations from the famous Buddhist poem Guide to The Bodhisattva's Way of Life written by the 8th century meditation master Shantideva and translated by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Reading the verses slowly while contemplating their meaning has a profoundly liberating effect on the mind. The poem evokes special positive states of mind, moves us from suffering and conflict to happiness and peace, and gradually introduces us to the entire Mahayana Buddhist path to enlightenment. During the weekend take a journey into the depths of your own heart and arise with new beginnings, intentions and inspiring insights.

There are plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind in the beautiful gardens and on the various nature walks in the forest. This retreat is suitable for everyone regardless of your level of mediation experience. The event begins with supper at 6pm on friday and finishes at 4pm on sunday.

For more information or to register go to: 


Ph: +64 (04) 383 5213

Email:  info@meditateinwellington.org

Women`s Voices Summer Camp

13th - 15th January 2017

Women’s voices summer camp women singing, eating delicious nutritious food and sharing adventures together in a relaxed, nurturing and supportive environment — no previous experience required! Food will be vegetarian and mainly catered. We’ll be floating down the river on tyre tubes and boogie boards, singing songs from around the globe and nurturing our musical selves. Singing will take place in Pukeko Hall, outside under the trees (perhaps under the stars...) and even in a yurt! Carol Shortis will facilitate singing sessions - a sensitive and supportive song leader, who has been teaching choirs in Wellington for the last 10 years. Songs will be taught by ear, and no previous singing experience is needed. 

For more information or to register

Contact: Carol Shortis
Ph: 04 904 0580 / 027 813 6207


Wellness Art Retreat

24th - 26th February 2017

Spirit & Nature
Dances of Universal Peace

3rd - 5th March 2017

A heart opening weekend celebrating Spring. In this beautiful natural setting, we are nurtured and inspired by Papatuanuku, Earth Mother and Ranginui, Sky Father as we dance among the trees, sing to the waters and journey in the evenings with deeper dances by candlelight. This is a time of togetherness, laughter, joy, community, celebration and moving to the song of our spirit. The Dances of Universal Peace 
honor the many rich and sacred traditions of Humanity with chant and movement. Enter into the joy of devotional practices as we join hands in our circle of love. No experience necessary.

For more information or to register
Contact:  Prem
Ph: 021 235 2386
Email: premanand@xtra.co.nz 


Shamanic Nature Retreat


31st March - 2nd April

Slow down. Breathe deeply. Silence your inner chatter and deeply listen – to your intuition and to nature. Experience gently and powerful healing as you reconnect with yourself and to your natural environment. Listen to the trees, the birds, the sky, your heart, your spirit and remember your roots. Meditate and feel the expansion of your connection with spirit.

The sessions during the retreat include: morning spiritual practices, working with the directions and the medicine wheel, soul retrieval healing session, divining nature practices and more. You will also have time for journal writing and walks in the beautiful surroundings with access to the Otaki river.

We begin on Friday at 6pm where a nourishing supper awaits you so you can leave wherever you are and come straight to the centre.

The retreat finishes at 2pm on Sunday.

To find out more www.therealyou.net.nz

contact Leanne (027) 2444-047

Past Events

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Opportunities at Waihōanga 

There are ongoing opportunities for people that would like to come and spend some time living and working at the centre. 


Willing Workers On Organic Farms are welcome to come anytime during the year. Please get in touch with Felicity at waihoangacentre@gmail.com to see if there is any availability at the time you wish to come.