retreats in the mountains

Stillness Within Mountains Retreat   18 – 20 November 2022

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

On this retreat we will focus on meditations to still the mental busyness of our mind. Then a deep happiness and contentment will naturally arise from within. We can then bring this new perspective back into our daily lives to benefit both ourself and others.

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. There are 2 – 3 people in each bunkroom. 

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 second morning session. Each session contains short preparatory prayers, a teaching and guided meditation. 

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 over 16 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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$280 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. We can only take 16 people on the retreat so book early to avoid missing out!

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