Insight Meditation Retreats and Workshops in 2017

The Heart of Understanding
with Jeremy Logan and assisted by Kanya Stewart
Wednesday 13th Sept (evening) - Sunday 17th September
Wangapeka Retreat Centre, near Nelson

Through cultivating our capacity to be present to our immediate experience, this retreat will give us time to deepen into our natural wisdom. Learning to bring a nonjudgmental attention to our lives creates a foundation for transformation and profound discovery. Opportunities arise to see through the limiting ideas with which we we define ourselves and come to understand the illusion of separateness. In this way we uncover the ground of being, from which heartfeltness and ease naturally arise.

This retreat is suitable for both those new to meditation and those with experience. The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, evening talks, instruction and time for discussion.

Jeremy Logan has studied and practiced insight meditation since the 1980s and has been teaching retreats throughout New Zealand since 1993. He lives in the Wairarapa and works as a counsellor, supervisor and facilitator of change programmes.
Kanya Stewart has been teaching yoga, with a spiritual perspective, for thirty-three years, and has been a practitioner of Insight Meditation since her first ten day silent retreat in 1984. With the encouragement of her teacher, Sharda Rogell, she has been teaching meditation courses for the past eight years, with emphasis on the importance of embodiment and loving-kindness.

Cost: Wangapeka Members $300 Non-members $320

Teacher’s dana: In keeping with the Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered in the spirit of dana. Dana is a pali word that means gift or koha. At the end of the retreat participants will be given an opportunity to offer Jeremy and Di dana.

Place: Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre.
355 Rd RD2, Wangapeka River Rd, Wakefield

Registration and further information. email Helen Turinsky:

The Spacious Heart
with Jeremy Logan and Di Robertson
Friday 30 Sept (evening) - Friday 7 October
Staveley Camp, Christchurch

Through meditation our capacity to be compassionately present for our immediate experience grows. It enables us to be fully present for joyful moments, and to open to and tenderly hold the most difficult parts of ourselves. It deepens and enriches our experience of life, allowing us to move beyond conditioned patterns and to respond to life creatively. Jeremy and Di are warm and grounded teachers with a great capacity to help us find the wisdom to work in daily life. This will be a great experience for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

Cost: $295 ($150) sliding scale. (subsidised places available)* whole week $130 ($65) weekend option - limited places

Teacher’s dana. In keeping with the Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered in the spirit of dana. Dana is a pali word that means gift or koha. At the end of the retreat participants will be given an opportunity to offer Jeremy and Di dana.

Place: Staveley Camp, Methven, Christchurch

Registration and further information. email: or phone Di on 027 210 2406//

Daylong insight meditation workshop – Wellington

One Still Day – a silent meditation retreat
led by Derek LeDayn

Sun 8 October 2017 • 9am–5pm
Home of Compassion, Rhine St, Island Bay, Wellington

Suitable for anyone with a mindfulness or meditation practice who would like a period of sustained meditation to deepen their practice, Derek LeDayn will lead this one-day silent retreat. He has been meditating since 1999, and taken leadership roles in many three to seven day intensive retreats.


Speak with Derek during a One Mindful Breath Wednesday evening at the Friends Centre in Moncrieff St, Mt Victoria, phone or text him on 021 355 225, or send him an email. Please register not later than Weds 4 October; earlier registration preferred.


The generosity of others enables One Mindful Breath to run this workshop and ask only for donations. Participants will have the opportunity to offer your generosity both to Derek for the teachings, and to the community, enabling them to run future events. This is sometimes referred to as ‘paying forward’.

You can give cash on the day or make a charitable donation to One Mindful Breath through Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust by online banking to 03 1355 0600085 03. To get a tax receipt for your donation, email Pete Cowley with your name and the amount you donated.

Participants are asked to bring a contribution towards a shared lunch. Tea, instant coffee, milk, sugar and biscuits will be provided.



There are a number of communities and individuals who practise insight meditation, as well as people who teach it, in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This website lets you know who they are and where they can be found, as well as where you can find sitting groups, learn to meditate, and sign up for retreats.

Contact the community or person nearest to you to find out more.

A Thought for Today

There are those who discover they can leave behind confused reactions,
and become patient as the earth;
Undisturbed by anger, unshaken as a pillar,
unperturbed as a clear and quiet pool.

— The Buddha