Events at Riverslea

This page lists coming events to be held at Riverslea Retreat which you may be interested in. Note that private bookings and events at Riverslea are not listed.

Coming Events


17 November 2017 to 19 November 2017

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.

THE COURSE BEGINS with supper at 6.30pm on the Friday night and finishes with Iunch 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.

Contact info@meditateinwellington.org, for more details http://meditateinwellington.org/weekend-meditation-retreat/ 

26 January 2018 to 28 January 2018

Community Music Junction is delighted to be able to provide another participatory African Music festival with a focus on instrumental and vocal music from Zimbabwe together with song and dance from Madagascar.

We especially invite people who are new to this music.

Over the weekend there will be opportunities for people to chose from a range of participatory ensembles and group lessons:

Malagasy song and dance
Songs from Zimbabwe
Marimba band for beginners
Intermediate/advanced marimba
Introduction to the mbira
Intermediate level mbira
Beginner/intermediate drumming
Dun Dun Dance

For reservations contact : Julian communitymusic@xtra.co.nz.

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16 February 2018 to 18 February 2018

Indulge yourself in a weekend long workshop to learn the basics about natural dyes. In this workshop you will learn how to prepare your fabrics for the dye process with a range of dye plants.

Explore a variety of shibori techniques which include stitching, binding and folding. Experiment with these techniques and dye stuff on protein fibres (wool & silk). Feels free to bring a selection of your own silk or wool fabrics (only small amounts) to test.

Design and dye your own scarves to take home!

This workshop retreat will include:

· sample silk fabrics to experiment with

· all dyestuff /tools/materials provided

· 2 silk scarf (medium size and large size)

· instructions for a variety of patterns

· handout with recipes, plant information & more

The workshop commences on Friday 5pm and finishes on Sunday 3pm

Cost: $ 440 (this includes 2 nights accommodation, dinner and breakfasts -please bring your own lunch)

Booking: birgitmoffatt@gmail.com http://www.birgitmoffatt.com

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23 February 2018 to 25 February 2018

This experiential workshop retreat offers a unique approach to meditation. You will be guided through simple, easy and original creative processes to facilitate personal discovery and cultivate depth of perception.

This three day retreat is only a 1 hour drive from Wellington and is your opportunity to take time out from the pressure and routine of daily life and discover the peaceful, healing inner world of meditation as a pathway to self-discovery and personal development. Come and enjoy a great venue in a beautiful environment, delicious food and fellowship!

Meditation has been proven to be highly effective for reducing stress, relieving anxiety, reducing depression, and increasing feelings of well-being. It can awaken a sense of gratitude, empathy, self-control, presence of mind and personal empowerment.

Commences 10am Friday and concludes 4pm Sunday

Cost: $490 / accommodation & meals included

To book contact Emily contact@alamandria.co.nz or visit alamandria.co.nz

28 February 2018 to 04 March 2018

An Iyengar practice requires effort and application in order to beome familiar with ones individual capacity. Sequenced practices combined with simple organic vegetarian nutrition, peaceful surroundings and basic accommodation, contribute to create balance and harmony to those who attend.

The daily program inclues Pranayama, Active Asana, Restorative Asanas.

Jan Smith is founder of The Yoga Intersection (located in Sutherland, NSW, Australia). The Yoga Intersection has evolved due to the dedication of the Iyengar Yoga teachers in Sutherland shire over the last 20 years.    They aim to provide a nurturing environment to those interested in pursuing a deeper path of self awareness.

Jan became a certified Iyengar yoga teacher in the UK in 1996. She regularly upgrades her certification, and continues a professional development program with Alan Goode.

Enquiries welcome. Contact Jan info@theyogaintersection.org

06 April 2018 to 12 April 2018

Open and expand your breathing and experience its potential to gift you with great changes such as enhanced health, greater peace, direction in life, vitality, creativity, and spiritual awakening just to name a few.

Your unique breathing pattern tells a specific story of what is happening in your subconscious, behaviors, and areas of expression. These patterns run your life. By simply changing the flow of the breath major life changes can occur automatically for lasting change. Learn about the science and history of Transformational Breath; explore body mapping, movement, meditation, sound, connected breathing, and much more.

This has been called a life changing week, because for many it is. It is a time for deep personal transformation, and also the first part of your training should you wish to share this internationally recognized self-healing modality with others.

Manual is included.

Senior Trainer Helle Thomson has studied with the creator of TBr Dr. Judith Kravitz. Helle is a Transformational Breath Senior Trainer, Lighthworker, Yoga teacher and Retreat Leader. She teaches with profound knowledge, empathy and love.  

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Contact: Helle Thomson

Transformational Breath Senior Trainer, Energy Healer, Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Guide

hellemorthomson@gmail.com - 06 877 8068 / 021 1049366

13 April 2018 to 15 April 2018

Take time to deepen your yoga practice and indulge in ancient Ayurvedic self-care rituals.

Strengthen and tone your body with dynamic Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Experience deep release with restorative Yin Yoga. Rest peacefully in guided relaxation (Yoga Nidra). Enhance your prana with deep yogic breaths. Be still in serene meditation.

Cost: TBA includes six delicious vegetarian meals (mostly organic), four yoga classes, two nights shared accommodation, two talks, one evening of music, plenty of time to rest and relax.

Contact: Anja Foley 021 023 50601 or email anja@avida.co.nz.

26 April 2018 to 29 April 2018

Details to be posted soon

25 May 2018 to 27 May 2018

Details to be posted early 2018

Juliet has studied yoga since 1990. In 2000 she established the Papakura Yoga Centre where she is the principal teacher. Juliet is a Senior Associate teacher with Donna Farhi, with whom she continues to study and assist.

For reservations contact : Charlotte 027 211 7740 or email charlotte.h@actrix.co.nz. For enquiries regarding yoga email juliet.forch@gmail.com

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15 June 2018 to 17 June 2018

Details to be posted soon

20 June 2018 to 24 June 2018

Zen meditation retreat (sesshin). Sesshin is an integral part of Zen Buddhist training and includes sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, interviews with the teacher, chanting, work practice and rest periods. The session is suitable for beginning and experienced Zen students and full instruction will be given. The retreat will be led by Philip Shinko Squire, an ordained priest in the Soto Zen tradition. In November 2003, following ten years of full-time residential training, he completed formal koan study and received precept transmission from his teacher, Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center in Southern California. During this time he served as head monk, administrator and assistant teacher. Shinko is a Wellington native, the father of four young girls.

For details contact : Shinko 021 215 5565

shinko@clear.net.nz or visit greenmountainzen.org.nz

24 August 2018 to 26 August 2018
21 September 2018 to 23 September 2018

Sick of winter and ready for some internal spring cleaning?

Learn ascension meditation as taught by the Ishayas of the Bright Path

We promise you will have a fun and relaxing weekend with great people and delicious food together with the priceless opportunity to learn these techniques which you can use with eyes open and closed. These techniques are very powerful and effective at burning off stress and anxiety, allowing us to become much more present, calm, peaceful, focused and joyful. Don’t miss this opportunity.

We will have the whole retreat to ourselves. Nestled amongst native bush and trees, within a few minutes’ walk to the Otaki River, this is a very private and relaxing location.

Wellington Ishayas Savitri and Prasada will lead the retreat and will be joined by Auckland Ishaya Mahima, who will also take a daily yoga class. Massages are also available.

The mini retreat will start on Friday September 21 from 4pm and finish on Sunday at 3pm.

For more details email Savitri on savitri.ishaya@gmail.com or phone 021 493 783.

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04 October 2018 to 07 October 2018

Exploring the Territory of the Real

When we investigate our experience, we can discover that what we take to be real is mostly a constructed reality, a virtual bunker, walled by our habitual patterns, opinions and beliefs. On closer inspection, our incessant inner commentary bears a disturbing similarity to the current phenomenon of fake news.

We might ask, who am I really, behind the commentary? How can I discover what is true about myself and the world? What does it take to free myself from my confinement as a separate, unloving self in my head? What qualities and potential lie dormant in the unexplored territory of my whole being?

By searching for answers, even practising meditation, we might learn to rearrange our consciousness to get some relief and ease, but we can still feel fundamentally ungrounded, trapped in a largely conceptual reality and disconnected from our source.

This retreat, held mainly in silence at the auspicious time of the spring equinox, offers the opportunity to learn and practise somatic (body-based) meditations, which enable us to reconnect directly with the spacious presence of our body. Freed from the demands of daily life, we will have the chance to taste and savour this embodied awareness which opens the door to true compassion and to the infinite territory of the real.

What to expect:

Guided somatic practices – lying down and sitting (deeply relaxing and grounding)

Sitting meditation Walking meditation

Gentle qigong practice to re-energise after lunch (or exercise of your choice)

Dharma talks and opportunities for sharing/questions

Small group and/or one-to one guidance

Contact Erin: 04 973 8900 or info@originalnature.co.nz / www.originalnature.co.nz

28 November 2018 to 02 December 2018

Zen meditation retreat (sesshin). Sesshin is an integral part of Zen Buddhist training and includes sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, interviews with the teacher, chanting, work practice and rest periods. The session is suitable for beginning and experienced Zen students and full instruction will be given. The retreat will be led by Philip Shinko Squire, an ordained priest in the Soto Zen tradition. In November 2003, following ten years of full-time residential training, he completed formal koan study and received precept transmission from his teacher, Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center in Southern California. During this time he served as head monk, administrator and assistant teacher. Shinko is a Wellington native, the father of four young girls.

For details contact : Shinko 021 215 5565

shinko@clear.net.nz or visit greenmountainzen.org.nz