retreats in the mountains

Kind Heart Mountains Retreat   1 – 3 April 2022

We offer guided meditation retreats held at Forest Lodge in the Craigieburn Mountain Ranges on the Mt Cheeseman road, just 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. The retreats are suitable to those new to meditation as well as experienced practitioners. Everyone is welcome.

The Kind Heart Retreat has particular focus on developing loving-kindness through meditation and gives practical methods to profoundly improve and transform our relationships.

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.

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.  The Retreat includes teachings, accommodation and delicious vegetarian meals.  Accommodation is in light, spacious bunkrooms.

The Retreat begins with dinner on Friday at 6.30pm and finishes on Sunday at 3.45pm. Silence is observed in the morning until the end of the 2nd morning session. Each session contains short preparatory prayers, a teaching and guided meditation. The Retreats are suitable for beginners and those who are more advanced. Everyone is welcome.

The Teacher

Kelsang Luma is a Buddhist nun and the Resident Teacher of Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre in Christchurch and is Geshe-las representative in the South Island. She has been ordained under Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for 15 years and has dedicated her life to studying and practicing his instructions and helping people solve their problems through Buddha’s timeless instructions.

Luma gives clear and practical teachings, sharing her deep understanding of the Buddhist path. Through her teachings and example she shows us how we can easily integrate Buddha’s wisdom into our modern lives. She has engaged in extensive retreats over the past 20 years and has a wealth of experience to share.

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$240 for the entire retreat – this includes teachings, accommodation and delicious vegetarian meals.

To book your place, contact Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre or book online. Due to the cost of the venue a $25 non-refundable deposit is required with your booking. The full payment is required within 8 days of the retreat and this is non-refundable.

Booking is essential, so please book online now, or contact the Centre to book your place.

Please CLICK HERE for up to date Covid information before you book.

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