Meditation Retreats

Garden of Mindfulness Family Retreat: Pan and The Magical Forest

December 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pmJanuary 4, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

 

Welcome to a rich world of archetypes and play.

Explore the timeless magic of Pan (Peter Pan/Mr Tunmus) and Artemis (Wonder Woman/Diana) along with lots of fun mindfulness adventures in the magical Wangapeka forest. Fairies and nature sprites apply within!

Enhance your and your family’s wellbeing through play and nature exploration.

A morning class will give the adults time to learn and practice a range of meditations, while the children enjoy fun activities with our children’s co-ordinator.

In the afternoon families will have time to practice mindfulness together as well experiencing the joy of a range of nature archetypes.

The Garden of Mindfulness is a family retreat for all ages. Inclusive of all families, it is an opportunity to become familiar with the benefits of being in the present moment and unfolding through play and exploration. GOM offers a rare opportunity to share a retreat space with our families.

This year GOM will run for 7 nights from 6pm 28th December 2018 to 2pm 4th January 2019. We ask that people attend the whole retreat if possible. If you have any skills or talents you would like to contribute please let us know.  We look forward to sharing this retreat with you and your family. For further information, contact Course Manager Lara: laracusdin@yahoo.co.nz

Opportunity: We are looking for a Children’s Co-ordinator, if you are interested in this role please contact Lara.

Following the previous four years of successful teachings, Mira Riddiford will be leading the  the morning adults’ classes and afternoon family explorations.

About Mira Riddiford, the Mindfulness Teacher:  Mira is a meditation and mindfulness teacher who gives classes and retreats throughout New Zealand. With over 20 years of experience, she has been trained through retreat work, study and apprenticeship. Mira has taught mindfulness in education at primary and secondary level, as well as to school teachers. Her modern, warm and engaging style breathes life into these meditation teachings. Mira is respectful of diversity, is LGBTQI friendly, and her two children and partner will also be participating on the retreat. She looks forward to meeting and meditating with you.

Retreat Fees 2018/19 (includes accommodation, food and resource fee). Please bring cash for Teacher’s Dana/Koha/Donation

Retreat Fees 2018/2019 (includes accommodation, food, cooks fee and resource fee).

Adults (per person): $537
Children (per person) 6 -14 years:  $204.50
Children (per person) 4-5 years: $134.50
Children (per person) Under 4 years: free

Member price:

Adults (per person): $495
Children (per person) 6-14 years: $204.50
Children (per person) 4-5 years: $134.50
Children (per person) Under 4 years: free

If finances are an obstacle for you and your family attending GOM there is the Sangha Support fund.

The Sangha Support Fund is available for anyone needing financial assistance with accommodation in order to attend retreats at Wangapeka.

For more information on applying please contact Faith: wangapekacentre@gmail.com

Dana for the Mindfulness Teacher:  So people from different income brackets can benefit from this retreat, no set fee is put on Mira Riddiford’s teachings. Please give generously according to your means, taking into account Mira has a family to provide for and that meditation teachings are her primary income you could use as a guide $20 – $60 per day (with the understanding that everyone’s circumstances are different).

Have further questions? Contact Course manager Lara Cusdin laracusdin@yahoo.co.nz for further information.

If using Paypal please add 5% of the total cost and include with your payment to cover Paypal’s fees – many thanks.

To register please fill out our online registration form

Register now

*Please consider becoming a Wangapeka member – click here for details.


Healing Gods and Goddesses Retreat with Mira Riddiford

7 – 9 June 2019, at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre.


Meditations that encourage
wellness, clarity of mind and joy

Seven days in deep meditation with healing ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Norse gods and goddesses. A rare opportunity to experience a western form of empowerment and transformation.

The meditation retreat will cover archetypal themes such as Athena, Aphrodite, Artemis, Hygeia, Freyja, Hathor, Isis, Osiris, Odin, Apollo, Pan and Bacchus.  

Aphrodite

Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote of how important it is ‘to keep the heart awake to love and beauty.’ Love is healing – to feel loved is to feel divine. This very human impulse to love, and be loved, is the honouring of the goddess Aphrodite. In Ancient Greece (and through her counterpart goddess Venus in Ancient Rome) this spiritual love was honoured in a higher form, and many temples were built in her name. These places had an atmosphere which cultivated healing for what weighed on people’s hearts. It is possible to still feel this healing experience now.

Athena

It has been said that ‘Justice is a woman satisfied’. Many ancient texts speak of the divine feminine and masculine energy dwelling in people of all genders. To consciously house these energies is to be empowered in wisdom. By integrating what is unknown in our shadow, we can then create a life filled with compassionate understanding. Humans can then empathise more easily with others, and life can contain less suffering. In Ancient Greece, the goddess of wisdom was known as Athena. As a strategist and protector, she was called to help on battlefields. Carved on Athena’s statues are many symbols which explain a path to protecting and healing your heart, body, and mind. All you need is the key.

Artemis

The ability to protect oneself and provide nourishment resonates with our fundamental survival instinct. Many would say that we need the wisdom of this goddess of the hunt more than ever. As we explore Artemis further, are we ready for her challenge? ‘Stop complaining and start aiming!’ Artemis is the goddess of the forests and mountainous wild lands. A moon goddess, she is a protector in childbirth, of nine year old girls (who were called her “little she bears”) and relieving women’s ill health. Always virginal, she was self-wed, free to roam and be true to herself. To connect with the qualities of Artemis within yourself is to ‘come alive again’ and have sharp, clear mental focus.


The Retreat Team

Meditation Teacher

Mira Riddiford is a meditation and mindfulness teacher who runs retreats and series in New Zealand. Her online classes have participants joining from North America, Europe and Asia. With more than 20 years of daily practice, Mira has been trained through retreat work, study and apprenticeship in the Namgyal Rinpoche stream of teachings. She has a close ongoing relationship/association with the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre and the Auckland Sphere Group.

Having worked in creative fields, Mira enjoys how mindfulness can enhance the arts, and she is respectful of diversity in all its forms. Mira focuses on the relevance of mindfulness in modern daily living, and how it can help with stress relief, calm and wellbeing. She specialises in making teachings on Western Mysteries, archetypal integration and non-duality available. (There’s no problem if you don’t know what any of that means!) Her contemporary, warm and engaging style breathes life into these meditation teachings.

Mira is passionate about meditation teachings on ancient Gods and Goddesses and how these teachings can work as a map for personal development. You can find out more about her work here: www.westernmysticism.com


Course Manager

For the fifth year running, we are blessed to have the experience of Scottish sculpturist Louise joining us and managing the retreat. Previously the office caretaker at the Wangapeka for a year and half, Louise is a fount of knowledge about the centre. Contact her for any further enquiries about the retreat:
louisemair@hotmail.co.uk

Meditation Liaison

We are grateful for having the wonderfully supportive energy of Nicola assisting Mira on this retreat. Liaising with Louise and Mira, Nicola will be helping with the logistics of the retreat running smoothly.


Cook
Could this be you? Let us know if you would like to cook for this retreat.

At the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre we have a holistic understanding of wellbeing for body and mind.


Cost for the retreat

Member: $557
Non member: $599
If using Paypal please add 5% of the total cost and include with your payment to cover Paypal’s fees – many thanks.

To register please fill out our online registration form

Register now

*Please consider becoming a Wangapeka member – click here for details.

Plus Dana (donation) to Mira for her teachings.

These figures above include accommodation, food and a nominal contribution towards Mira’s travel costs. They don’t include any dana/donation to Mira for the teachings she will impart. So people from different income brackets can benefit from this retreat, no set fee is put on the teachings. Please give generously according to your means, taking into account Mira has a family to provide for and that meditation teachings are her primary income, you could use as a guide $20 – $60 per day (with the understanding that everyone’s circumstances are different). Please bring cash to pay for the Dana.


Testimonials

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“Wow! The meditation retreat with Mira Riddiford was so incredibly powerful & transformational for me. I spent the entire week in my own private hut which allowed me to deeply explore my mind, body & spirit. Meditating on gods, goddesses & tarot card archetypes opened me up to new ways of being. Almost like I could create myself & BE anyway I choose in each moment. I feel like I was reborn. On top of the transformation that was happening inside, I felt immense peace being surrounded by nature on the outside. Mira’s teachings were thoughtful yet playful. Her strong presence, intuition & wisdom created a safe, loving space where everyone’s needs were acknowledged. She is a powerhouse Wonder Woman. A truly amazing retreat to be on.” – L. Hill

 

“I highly recommend the Western Mysteries series with Mira. Anyone genuinely searching for meaning in life will not be disappointed. This course is so rich with content, thoroughly enjoyable and so much more than an intellectual exercise. Mira took us on a journey of exploration of the fabric of life. Her wealth of practical experience in esoteric study allows these teachings to truly come alive.” – N. Stevens


“The Western Mysteries retreat was a highly supported environment for the exploration and meditation on the Tarot archetypes. Mira’s teaching was thought-provoking and gripping, nurturing the various levels of meditators present. It was an incredible experience to explore the Dharma from this colourful, creative and totally different perspective – with such a gifted, open-minded, modern, tuned-in teacher. I am only beginning to see the effects of the retreat, but am beyond grateful to have been there.” – N. Karneef


“Recently I attended a Western Mysteries retreat taught by Mira Riddiford.

I originally registered hoping for a rest and respite from a busy work life in community healthcare. I was not disappointed and received so much more.

Mira skilfully held space for the diverse retreatants to experience the teachings. These were vibrantly given in a respectful, humorous and supportive way.

They were fascinating teachings, drawing on ancient western wisdom, while also resonating with modern science.

Being a fledgling meditator, discovering meaningful ways to support myself and others was gold. Drawing on thousands of years of collective wisdom has been an unexpected and refreshing experience.

Returning to daily life and facing a particularly challenging situation, I found myself naturally drawing on the rich learning experiences to feel further calm and support.”  – S. Hollobon


“The Western Mysticism retreat with Mira Riddiford was a precious opportunity to experience the richness, colour and depth of meditating on archetypes and symbols. As the stillness and silence deepened, I felt I could catch a glimpse of gods and goddesses behind the next tree. The delicious meals provided by the Mystery Kitchen were also very memorable. What a profound gift to study a path exploring the spiritual traditions of my ancestors. A magical week.” – N. Paton


“With an interest in meditation, but being unfamiliar with Buddhist imagery, Mira’s course on Western Mysticism resonated strongly with me. Contemplating together on some of the classical and pagan icons, so embedded in Western culture and heritage, was a powerful means of gaining greater insight. The beauty and tranquillity of the Wangapeka Retreat Centre was a wonderful place to enjoy that.” – J. Leyland


Mira gives personal meditation interviews through Skype

Book an interview

Mindfulness and the Tarot & Mindfulness of Colour Retreat with Mira Riddiford

Have your body, mind and senses nourished in this 7 day mindfulness retreat on colour and form.

Through referencing the history of art and colour, Mira will weave together mindfulness with meditations on the Tarot.

Within each day we will be taken on an archetypal journey of ancient gods and goddesses, helping us integrate the completeness and uniqueness of who we are. 

This deeply empowering series on Western Mysticism focuses on calming mindfulness, while bathing and inspiring our minds with colour, gentle movement and soothing stillness.

The retreat will be in refreshing silence other than class times, and teacher/student interviews. This is to help with resting and relaxing our minds, feeling the peace of the beautiful environment, and being able to listen genuinely to ourselves and the natural world around us.

Feel the strength of this work. Reset your batteries, and gently restore your life’s energy.


The Retreat Team

Meditation Teacher

Mira Riddiford is a meditation and mindfulness teacher who runs retreats and series in New Zealand. Her online classes have participants joining from North America, Europe and Asia. With more than 20 years of daily practice, she has been trained through retreat work, study and apprenticeship. Mira has taught mindfulness to Pharmacy students at the School of Medicine at University of Auckland, in Auckland schools, the Haemophilia Society, Chapman Tripp, Tautai Pacific Arts Trust and many others.

Having worked in creative fields, Mira enjoys how mindfulness can enhance the arts, and she is respectful of diversity in all its forms. Mira focuses on the relevance of mindfulness in modern daily living, and how it can help with stress relief, calm and wellbeing. She specialises in making teachings on Western Mysteries, archetypal integration and non-duality available. (There’s no problem if you don’t know what any of that means!) Her contemporary, warm and engaging style breathes life into these meditation teachings.


Course Manager

We are grateful for having the wonderful Nicola managing enquiries and assisting on this retreat. Contact her for any further queries:
dancing.seas@gmail.com


Cook

At the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre we have a holistic understanding of wellbeing for body and mind. We are delighted to announce Ronnie will bring her warmth and good humour to creating delicious, tasty and healthy meals for us.


Cost for the retreat

Member: $557
Non member: $599
If using Paypal please add 5% of the total cost and include with your payment to cover Paypal’s fees – many thanks.

To register please fill out our online registration form

Register now

*Please consider becoming a Wangapeka member – click here for details.

Plus Dana (donation) to Mira for her teachings.

These figures above include accommodation, food and a nominal contribution towards Mira’s travel costs. They don’t include any dana/donation to Mira for the teachings she will impart. So people from different income brackets can benefit from this retreat, no set fee is put on the teachings. Please give generously according to your means, taking into account Mira has a family to provide for and that meditation teachings are her primary income, you could use as a guide $20 – $60 per day (with the understanding that everyone’s circumstances are different). Please bring cash to pay for the Dana.


Testimonials

“I highly recommend the Western Mysteries series with Mira. Anyone genuinely searching for meaning in life will not be disappointed. This course is so rich with content, thoroughly enjoyable and so much more than an intellectual exercise. Mira took us on a journey of exploration of the fabric of life. Her wealth of practical experience in esoteric study allows these teachings to truly come alive.” – N. Stevens


“The Western Mysteries retreat was a highly supported environment for the exploration and meditation on the Tarot archetypes. Mira’s teaching was thought-provoking and gripping, nurturing the various levels of meditators present. It was an incredible experience to explore the Dharma from this colourful, creative and totally different perspective – with such a gifted, open-minded, modern, tuned-in teacher. I am only beginning to see the effects of the retreat, but am beyond grateful to have been there.” – N. Karneef


“Recently I attended a Western Mysteries retreat taught by Mira Riddiford.

I originally registered hoping for a rest and respite from a busy work life in community healthcare. I was not disappointed and received so much more.

Mira skilfully held space for the diverse retreatants to experience the teachings. These were vibrantly given in a respectful, humorous and supportive way.

They were fascinating teachings, drawing on ancient western wisdom, while also resonating with modern science.

Being a fledgling meditator, discovering meaningful ways to support myself and others was gold. Drawing on thousands of years of collective wisdom has been an unexpected and refreshing experience.

Returning to daily life and facing a particularly challenging situation, I found myself naturally drawing on the rich learning experiences to feel further calm and support.”  – S. Hollobon


“The Western Mysticism retreat with Mira Riddiford was a precious opportunity to experience the richness, colour and depth of meditating on archetypes and symbols. As the stillness and silence deepened, I felt I could catch a glimpse of gods and goddesses behind the next tree. The delicious meals provided by the Mystery Kitchen were also very memorable. What a profound gift to study a path exploring the spiritual traditions of my ancestors. A magical week.” – N. Paton


“With an interest in meditation, but being unfamiliar with Buddhist imagery, Mira’s course on Western Mysticism resonated strongly with me. Contemplating together on some of the classical and pagan icons, so embedded in Western culture and heritage, was a powerful means of gaining greater insight. The beauty and tranquillity of the Wangapeka Retreat Centre was a wonderful place to enjoy that.” – J. Leyland


Mira gives personal meditation interviews through Skype

Book an interview

 


Western Meditation Retreat – tools for your life right now with Mira Riddiford

Friday June 9th – Friday June 16th 2017

For centuries, Western Mystical traditions have taught ways of working with key life concerns, these meditations provide healing and understanding for thriving in daily life.

Throughout time, spiritual traditions have recognised the value in humanising and personifying subjects. For instance, Greek civilisationhonoured Pan as a way of nourishing laughter, playfulness and feeling connected to nature; and Huntress Artemis for her love of the wild and protection of the divine feminine.

In this retreat, we will experience how Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Norse civilisations have supported their societies to meet their lives with grace and insight. Anyone with a love of classics, art history or even mythological-themed movies will find this subject matter fascinating to meditate on.

 

 

Introduction to the Western Mystery Tradition and the Archetype Lady Hawk
Day one: Themes explored: Explanation on how symbolism works. Mature femininity. Abundant wealth. Egyptian Goddess Isis. Greek Goddess Hebe. Norse Goddess Freyja’s golden tears. Winged/Bird symbology – soaring mind.

 

The Hanged Man 
Day two: Descent into the mysteries, claiming of the wisdom depths, suspended mind, mind without movement, stillness of the mind, calming the mind. Odin. Allowing experiences of heavenly bliss and comfort. Neptune, the water element. Letting go. Surrender.

 

Death 
Day three: To look death in the face can actually help us live fuller more enriched lives. Great peace comes from knowing our own mortality. To walk, to grow, to depart. To make friends with change. Using the tools we all have to deal with unfinished business. Thanatos.

 


 

Temperance / Art 
Day four: Equilibrium. Equanimity is always present. Adaptation. Adjustment. Cooling. Balance. Goddess Huntress Diana/Artemis, Protectress. “The bringing forth of life”. Archangel Michael. Goddess Hygeia.

 

Pan and the Young Bacchus
Day five: The connection to life, fertility and nature. “Thy priests go forth at dawn and they wash their hearts with laughter”, “What keeps me from expressing this inner freedom I feel?”, “We can make no real effort to be free until we feel our limitations”.

 

The Tower / The Lightening Bolt
Day six: Growth. Stability through change.“Among weapons I am the thunderbolt”.
Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

 

Many people have tarot cards sitting in their book shelves, but very few know about the esoteric, spiritual tradition that the Tarot has originated from. It is a complete path of enlightenment, one that has tremendous support for unfolding. It is a teaching that is filled with empowerment, joy, culture, playfulness, and ways of dealing with challenge. Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche taught the Western Mysteries throughout his life, and was teaching it from his thirties.

For this meditation retreat Mira will draw from Namgyal Rinpoche’s teachings on the Tarot, along with Paul Foster Case, Carl Jung and many other teachers of this rich understanding of how to thrive in the wholeness of life.

This retreat will be in noble silence other than class times, and teacher/student interviews. This is to help with being able to calm our chatty minds, feeling the peace of the environment, and being able to deeply listen to our inner wisdom.

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About Mira Riddiford:

Mira is a New Zealand based dharma, meditation and mindfulness teacher. With over 20 years of experience, she has been trained through retreat work, study and apprenticeship. Mira’s warm and engaging style breathes life into these classical teachings.

 


Contact Course Manager: Louise Mair at louisemair@hotmail.co.uk for more information


Cost for the retreat:

Member: $511
Non member: $553
If using Paypal please add 5% of the total cost and include with your payment to cover Paypal’s fees – many thanks.

To register please fill out our online registration form

*Please consider becoming a Wangapeka member – click here for details.

Plus Dana (donation) to Mira for her teachings.

(These figures include accommodation, food and a nominal contribution towards Mira’s travel costs.  They don’t include any dana / donation to Mira for the teachings she will impart.  In accordance with tradition, this is left up to each individual to gift according to their own means). Please bring cash to pay for the Dana.

 


 

Testimonials:

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“I highly recommend the Western Mysteries series with Mira. Anyone genuinely searching for meaning in life will not be disappointed. This course is so rich with content, we couldn’t put our pens down! Thoroughly enjoyable and so much more than an intellectual exercise, Mira took us on a journey of exploration of the fabric of life. Mira’s wealth of practical experience in esoteric study allows these teachings to truly come alive.” – N. Stevens

 


 

“The Western Mysteries retreat was a highly supported environment for the exploration and meditation of the Tarot archetypes. Mira’s teaching was thought-provoking and gripping, that nurtured the various levels of meditators present. It was an incredible experience to explore the dharma from this colourful, creative and totally different perspective – with such a gifted, open-minded, modern, tuned-in teacher. I am only beginning to see the effects of the retreat, but am beyond grateful to have been there.” – N. Karneef

 


 

“Recently I attended a Western Mysteries retreat taught by Mira Riddiford.

I originally registered hoping for a rest and respite from a busy work life in community healthcare. I was not disappointed and received so much more.

Mira skilfully held space for the diverse retreatants to experience the teachings. These were vibrantly given in a respectful, humorous and supportive way.

Fascinating teachings drawing on ancient western wisdom also resonating with modern science.

Being a fledgling meditator, discovering meaningful ways to increase the times and ways to support myself and others was gold. Drawing on thousands of years of collective wisdom has been an unexpected and refreshing experience.

Returning to daily life and facing a particularly challenging situation. I found myself naturally drawing on the rich learning and experiences from retreat to feel further calm and support.”  – S. Hollobon

 


Upcoming Meditation Retreats with Mira:

Introduction to Western Mystery Meditation at the Nelson Buddhist Centre
8 June 2017, 7:00pm

Garden of Mindfulness Family Retreat
28 Dec 2017 – 4 Jan 2018

 

Mira gives personal meditation interviews through Skype

Book an interview