Events at Riverslea

This page lists coming events to be held at Riverslea Retreat which you may be interested in. Note that private bookings and events at Riverslea are not listed.

Coming Events

25 August 2017 to 27 August 2017
21 September 2017 to 24 September 2017

Exploring the Territory of the Real

When we investigate our experience, we can discover that what we take to be real is mostly a constructed reality, a virtual bunker, walled by our habitual patterns, opinions and beliefs. On closer inspection, our incessant inner commentary bears a disturbing similarity to the current phenomenon of fake news.

We might ask, who am I really, behind the commentary? How can I discover what is true about myself and the world? What does it take to free myself from my confinement as a separate, unloving self in my head? What qualities and potential lie dormant in the unexplored territory of my whole being?

By searching for answers, even practising meditation, we might learn to rearrange our consciousness to get some relief and ease, but we can still feel fundamentally ungrounded, trapped in a largely conceptual reality and disconnected from our source.

This retreat, held mainly in silence at the auspicious time of the spring equinox, offers the opportunity to learn and practise somatic (body-based) meditations, which enable us to reconnect directly with the spacious presence of our body. Freed from the demands of daily life, we will have the chance to taste and savour this embodied awareness which opens the door to true compassion and to the infinite territory of the real.

What to expect:

Guided somatic practices – lying down and sitting (deeply relaxing and grounding)

Sitting meditation Walking meditation

Gentle qigong practice to re-energise after lunch (or exercise of your choice)

Dharma talks and opportunities for sharing/questions

Small group and/or one-to one guidance

Cost: $325 food ($9 surcharge per day for special diets) and accommodation plus Dana for the teacher(Unfortunately we're not able to offer scholarships for this retreat but it is possible to make an arrangement to pay off the fee over time).

Contact Erin: 04 973 8900 or /

29 September 2017 to 01 October 2017

Sick of winter and ready for some internal spring cleaning?

Learn ascension meditation as taught by the Ishayas of the Bright Path

We promise you will have a fun and relaxing weekend with great people and delicious food together with the priceless opportunity to learn these techniques which you can use with eyes open and closed. These techniques are very powerful and effective at burning off stress and anxiety, allowing us to become much more present, calm, peaceful, focused and joyful. Don’t miss this opportunity.

We will have the whole retreat to ourselves. Nestled amongst native bush and trees, within a few minutes’ walk to the Otaki River, this is a very private and relaxing location.

Wellington Ishayas Savitri and Prasada will lead the retreat and will be joined by Auckland Ishaya Mahima, who will also take a daily yoga class. Massages are also available.

The mini retreat will start on Friday September 29 from 4pm and finish on the Sunday October 1 at 3pm. The cost of $499, includes all meals, accommodation, yoga and the entire first sphere course (normally $395 on its own).

For more details email Savitri on or phone 021 493 783.

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06 October 2017 to 08 October 2017

The Art of Relating

Whether its finding a partner,getting on better with your friends or lover, understanding your children better, or just accepting yourself, nothing can be as perceptive, empowering and helpful as astrology…


$475 for the whole weekend. This includes all accommodation, food and tuition. The first 8 enrolments who pay in full by end of July go in for a draw for a free 1-hour reading, valued at $140. A minimum deposit of $100 will secure your place, all but $50 of which is refundable if you withdraw more than 4 weeks from the retreat. As there are only 16 places, make sure you book early.

Contact: Graham Ibell 02014 1056664 or

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26 January 2018 to 28 January 2018

Community Music Junction is delighted to be able to provide another participatory African Music festival with a focus on instrumental and vocal music from Zimbabwe together with song and dance from Madagascar.

We especially invite people who are new to this music.

Over the weekend there will be opportunities for people to chose from a range of participatory ensembles and group lessons:

Malagasy song and dance
Songs from Zimbabwe
Marimba band for beginners
Intermediate/advanced marimba
Introduction to the mbira
Intermediate level mbira
Beginner/intermediate drumming
Dun Dun Dance

For reservations contact : Julian

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23 February 2018 to 25 February 2018

This experiential workshop retreat offers a unique approach to meditation. You will be guided through simple, easy and original creative processes to facilitate personal discovery and cultivate depth of perception.

This three day retreat is only a 1 hour drive from Wellington and is your opportunity to take time out from the pressure and routine of daily life and discover the peaceful, healing inner world of meditation as a pathway to self-discovery and personal development. Come and enjoy a great venue in a beautiful environment, delicious food and fellowship!

Meditation has been proven to be highly effective for reducing stress, relieving anxiety, reducing depression, and increasing feelings of well-being. It can awaken a sense of gratitude, empathy, self-control, presence of mind and personal empowerment.

Commences 10am Friday and concludes 4pm Sunday

Cost: $490 / accommodation & meals included

To book contact Emily or visit

06 April 2018 to 12 April 2018

Open and expand your breathing and experience its potential to gift you with great changes such as enhanced health, greater peace, direction in life, vitality, creativity, and spiritual awakening just to name a few.

Your unique breathing pattern tells a specific story of what is happening in your subconscious, behaviors, and areas of expression. These patterns run your life. By simply changing the flow of the breath major life changes can occur automatically for lasting change. Learn about the science and history of Transformational Breath; explore body mapping, movement, meditation, sound, connected breathing, and much more.

This has been called a life changing week, because for many it is. It is a time for deep personal transformation, and also the first part of your training should you wish to share this internationally recognized self-healing modality with others.

Manual is included.

Senior Trainer Helle Thomson has studied with the creator of TBr Dr. Judith Kravitz. Helle is a Transformational Breath Senior Trainer, spiritual guide, energy healer, and yoga teacher. Line is a Life Coach and Transformational Breath facilitator. Together they are known for their knowledge, wisdom, humour, compassion, deep love with which they share and teach. They respect and care for you deeply offering a safe and nurturing space for you to explore and expand. 

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Contact: Helle Thomson

Transformational Breath Senior Trainer, Energy Healer, Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Guide - 06 877 8068 / 021 1049366

13 April 2018 to 15 April 2018

Take time to deepen your yoga practice and indulge in ancient Ayurvedic self-care rituals.

Strengthen and tone your body with dynamic Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Experience deep release with restorative Yin Yoga. Rest peacefully in guided relaxation (Yoga Nidra). Enhance your prana with deep yogic breaths. Be still in serene meditation.

Cost: TBA includes six delicious vegetarian meals (mostly organic), four yoga classes, two nights shared accommodation, two talks, one evening of music, plenty of time to rest and relax.

Contact: Anja Foley 021 023 50601 or email



25 May 2018 to 27 May 2018

Details to be posted early 2018

Juliet has studied yoga since 1990. In 2000 she established the Papakura Yoga Centre where she is the principal teacher. Juliet is a Senior Associate teacher with Donna Farhi, with whom she continues to study and assist.

For reservations contact : Charlotte 027 211 7740 or email For enquiries regarding yoga email

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20 June 2018 to 24 June 2018

Zen meditation retreat (sesshin). Sesshin is an integral part of Zen Buddhist training and includes sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, interviews with the teacher, chanting, work practice and rest periods. The session is suitable for beginning and experienced Zen students and full instruction will be given. The retreat will be led by Philip Shinko Squire, an ordained priest in the Soto Zen tradition. In November 2003, following ten years of full-time residential training, he completed formal koan study and received precept transmission from his teacher, Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center in Southern California. During this time he served as head monk, administrator and assistant teacher. Shinko is a Wellington native, the father of four young girls.

For details contact : Shinko 021 215 5565 or visit