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Mindfulness, Conscious Dance and the Hero's Journey

  • Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre 355 Wangapeka River Road Tapawera, Tasman, 7096 New Zealand (map)

A four day residential retreat using the tools of mindful inquiry, movement and music.

I loved the music you chose and the opportunity to be in my body, dancing my own dance and feeling into what I needed in the time we had. Some of the partner work was really surprising and delightful ... I particularly liked the hand on the back dance, with my partner there. I felt really supported and could move in a free, fresh way.
— Marcia Montgomery

What this retreat is about

This beginners retreat will deepen ones knowledge and understanding of meditation in the context of ordinary living. We will use conscious dance, a safe guided mode of inquiry into the question; how can I move well with what increasingly feels like a busy heart/mind, in my family, community, world? How can I learn skills to help my mind and body relax?

Exploring the hero myth/story is a engaging way to inspire a journey towards integration and wholeness. Do we hear the call to live a saner life? A life less divided, fragmented?  We will learn skills to explore a sense of belonging. We will explore this Hero myth as it relates to modern people looking to live with more easefulness and contentment. This is time to deepen your meditative practice with the support of skilful teachings and supportive environment. Rejuvenated and refreshed, we return to our lives more able to embrace the fullness of what it means to be human.


The retreat will take place at the beautiful Wangapeka study and retreat Centre near Nelson. This stunningly beautiful place is perfect for nourishing the mind and body. Wholesome food, beautiful nature and modern ways of teaching and exploring that are universal and welcoming.



$360 This includes everything. (Wholesome food for four days, accommodation and teaching).

Jaime honours the valued tradition of dana and service to community. He has volunteered for over a decade each year to support the development of a contemporary rite of passage programme for young men and their families. He has also devoted a huge amount of time and energy to develop Bodhi Seeds, a six week education programme of wholeness education for young adults. The teaching charge for this retreat includes materials and will help support the on going costs of building awake vibrant communities.

How to book your place

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To book your place contact the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre 035224221 or email

Your Teacher

Jaime is a graduate of a three year mindfulness study and retreat based in the Southern alps of New Zealand. He has been studying and practicing mindfulness daily for over fifteen years and has a Masters Degree in Education. He has been encouraged to teach by Tarchin Hearn. He continues to train and practice with a number of wide awake teachers around the world while living at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre.

Jaime is the founder and director of Opening Minds and creator of Calm Clear Creative a programme that teaches mindfulness to children, teachers, parents and organisations. In this role Jaime helped Grant Rix develop the Mindful Aotearoa, a nationwide mindfulness in schools project offered by the Mental Health Foundation. He is a trained MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) teacher and an assistant director for the Tracks Rite of Passage Event. Jaime is training to teach Open Floor, a music, movement mindfulness based therapy.

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