Look Up, Look Outwards, and Wake Up - Order / Mitra Retreat
Thursday 23 June – Sunday 26 June at Waihōanga River Lodge and Retreat Centre
Join us for a three day retreat over Matariki long weekend.
To enter deeply into the process of spiritual transformation we need a solid foundation. We need to reorganise our life around our highest ideal; we need to open to a purpose beyond ourselves; and we need a deeper understanding of the nature of the world we find ourselves in.
Our path must include Looking up to something beyond our immediate self; Looking Outwards and widening our sense of responsibility to include others; and Waking up to a sense of greater Mystery in our life. These three foundations form part of a traditional teaching known as the 'Three Principle Aspects of the Path’ formulated by one of the great figures of Tibetan Buddhism called Je Tsongkhapa.
For Mitras and Order members only.
This retreat will be held at Waihōanga River Lodge and Retreat Centre
We ask that all retreatants take a COVID RAT test on the day they start the retreat before arriving and only attend if the result is negative.
Typical Programme (May vary depending on topic)
|10:30am||First Teaching session/ Discussion|
|4pm||Afternoon activity/ Discussion|
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if we change COVID levels?
The retreat can run at all levels but numbers will be restricted at the Red setting.
Do I need to be a Buddhist?
You need to be a Triratna Order member or Mitra to attend this retreat.
What should I bring?
As it will be mid winter it will be cold so bring warm clothes. A warm hat and slippers would also be good. You may also wish to bring wet weather clothing (gumboots, raincoat, etc), ear plugs and a torch.
You will need to bring toiletries. Bedding is supplied.
Also loose clothing for meditation and pens and paper to take notes.
All mats, blankets, stools and a limited number of cushions will be provided for meditation, but please feel free to bring your own if you prefer.
What is your cancellation policy?
It is WBC policy that we will not profit or make a loss from cancellations. If you no longer wish to attend the retreat your deposit will be refunded less transaction charges unless the retreat is full and there isn't anyone to take your place, in which case the deposit will be non-refundable.
What is the accommodation like?
Waihōanga is based around a large single storey building. There are mostly shared single-sex bunk rooms which will be assigned to you on arrival.
I can't come anymore. What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel, please discuss with us. The WBC will not make a loss or a profit due to a person withdrawing. Refunds will made less WBC’s direct costs.
What about food?
All food is provided. Meals are vegan. If you have a special dietary need please let the organiser know before you book.
How is the cooking and other duties done?
These duties are shared by the retreatants.
Please sign up for cooking and washing up when you arrive.
There will be some work needed to set up for the retreat at the start and to clean at the end.
Do I have to be on the whole retreat?
Normally, yes, as people arriving and leaving the retreat can cause disruption. But please talk to the organiser if you need to arrive late or leave early.
Why do you need to know about health problems I have?
We need to discuss any health issues to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable retreat. This is so we can identify your particular needs and do our best to meet them.
It does not mean you will be excluded from the retreat. One of our order members (who is a trained nurse) will contact you to discuss the problems. All information will be kept confidential and destroyed after the retreat.
What is pūjā?
A pūjā is a traditional Buddhist ritual that engages our emotions and imaginations through the use of colour, beauty and celebration.
To feel fully and vibrantly alive, we need to be engaged with all the different aspects and levels of our being.
Is it okay to come for one day?
The retreat is for the whole three day weekend. Leaving early can disrupt the energy of the retreat therefore we don't allow people to come for one day. There are regular day retreats at the centre which you can attend if you choose.
Can I bring pets?
Pets are not allowed on the property. It is the retreat center's policy to not have pets on the property. Exemptions can be made for medical or mobility reasons. Please discuss this with us prior to booking.
How To Get Here
Driving by Car
If you are driving, turn left off SH1 at Te Horo Beach Road and then, in 50 m, first right over SH1 bridge to School Road. Drive through Te Horo village and follow Hautere Cross Rd until you come to Otaki Gorge Road. Turn right and head up the Gorge passing through the tunnel of trees. Take the sharp left over the Suspension Bridge crossing the Otaki river then take your first right. Ideally it takes about an hour and a quarter from Wellington to get there. But bear in mind you may be traveling through Friday night commuter traffic, so it could take up to two hours.
Travelling by Train
Please discuss this with the retreat organiser prior to the retreat.
Train to Ōtaki:
It would be the most helpful if you take the Capital Connection Express train that goes to Palmerston North and stops at Ōtaki. This leaves at 5:15pm from Wellington Station. There is only one evening train. Ticket is $14 one way and can be purchased on board or at the station. Please take cash.
Train to Waikanae (Timetable)
The other option is to take the normal metro train to Waikanae. They leave every 30 mins or so. Please let us know when you leave Wellington. We can organise someone to pick you up from the Waikanae train station.