retreats in the mountains

Being on retreat is a special time to take ourselves away from our usual routines and busy lives. Through the teachings, contemplation and meditations we allow ourselves to develop a positive perspective. We then bring this new perspective back into our daily lives to benefit ourself and others.

We offer a series of meditation retreats held at Forest Lodge in the Craigieburn Mountain Ranges on the Mt Cheeseman road, just 90 minutes drive from Christchurch.

Forest Lodge is located amongst beech forest and tussock. The area around the Lodge is particularly tranquil and conducive to meditation. There is plenty of time for doing walks or to simply enjoy the stillness of the mountains. Silence is observed from after the evening session until the end of the 2nd morning session, with a break from silence for lunchtime and the afternoon. Accommodation is in light, spacious bunkrooms. The cost of the Retreats includes all teachings, accommodation and delicious vegetarian meals. The Retreats are suitable for beginners and those who are more advanced.

The retreats are guided by Kelsang Luma, the Resident Teacher at Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre.


Kind Heart Mountains Retreat   27 – 29 October 2017

The Kind Heart Retreat has particular focus on developing loving-kindness and gives practical ways in which we can use this timeless wisdom to find real meaning and lasting happiness in our busy modern lives.

The Retreat begins with dinner on Friday at 6.30pm and finishes on Sunday at 3.45pm.


$195 for the entire retreat – this includes teachings, accommodation and delicious vegetarian food. Accommodation is in light, spacious bunkrooms.

This retreat is now fully booked but places usually come up. If you want to be on a waiting list then please contact the Centre P: 03 332 2076  E: