Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity

Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity is a Buddhist Retreat center, offering visitors opportunities to reflect, meditate, listen to teachings, practice and actualize the un-mistaken teachings of the Buddha.

The Centre is situated on 8 acres in the inspirational setting of Colville Valley, Coromandel Peninsula. Surrounded by meadows, woods and the lovely hills of the Coromandel range, our ambience is conducive to peace, calm and healing. We are in close proximity to beautiful beaches and sea views, the historic mining town of Coromandel (20 minutes drive), and along the way to the breathtaking Port Jackson.

Visitors are welcome to drop in for our daily meditations or stroll our gardens or stay a bit longer as a guest  making use of our accommodation options, ranging from camping to shared facilities to self contained private cabins.

We offer a variety of structured retreats and teachings exploring what makes us happy, how to meditate, and how to develop a good heart. Many of our retreats are open to anyone who would like to attend, booking is essential. The courses and retreats cater for those with no prior experience, as well as more in-depth teaching retreats for practicing Buddhists. Visit  our events calendar page for a summary of our courses, retreats, practice days, family events. We usually close our shared facility accommodation for special retreats leaving only self contained cabins available. Please feel free to contact us for further information. 

Discover Buddhism Online

Mahamudra Centre is bringing online teachings and meditations  to students with  Venerable Khadro, who led retreats over the summer program and has kindly made herself available to bring Buddhadharma to students that are unable to visit us here. 

Ven Thubten Khadro

Retreats up Next....

The  program led by Venerable Khadro offers weekend retreats where people can learn about Buddhist teachings and meditation; gain insight into themselves and assimilate positive ideas and practices into their daily lives. 

It is possible to extend your stay after a retreat in a supportive environment to give yourself time to infuse your experience. 

31 July - 2 August

28 - 30 August

Practice Days

Practice days are open drop in days for the community. If you are a practicing Buddhist or for those that wish to learn about the practices and rituals performed by Mahayana practitioners. 

We do not charge for practice days, but donations and contributions towards offerings are welcome.

Advice and resources for the Coronavirus

We are rejoicing in New Zealand going into level 1, reconnecting and rebuilding our lives.  we need to be mindful that our universal family is still suffering. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been doing live web teachings to assist us to be effective in our prayers for the planet. Lama Zopa Rinpoche continues to be active in many ways, to read more  click here. 

Specific Practice advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche:

You can receive the oral transmissions of most of the above mantras and prayers in New Video Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on Coronavirus.

Other services

Spiritual Support

Currently we have Venerable Thubten Khadro visiting Mahamudra. She is willing to support people who wish to come and do private retreats and feel that they need some guidance. For more information please contact us through our enquiry form outlining your experience level and your motivation. It is suggested that if one is inexperienced at doing retreats, that you could possibly attend a weekend advertised retreat, so that you can transition into the deeper experience of of a solo retreat. 

Venerable Khadro is also a qualified NZ Buddhist Hospice / Healthcare Chaplain, the NZ Buddhist Council and while here at Mahamudra Centre is available to those in need. If you wish to meet with her please complete an enquiry form providing as much information as possible. 

Cross Organisational Support and Services

Like-minded organizations and groups can also rent our facilities. You do not have to be a Buddhist to visit or participate in activities – everyone is welcome! For more information please complete and enquiry form

Our Lineage

Mahamudra Centre is an FPMT Tibetan Buddhist (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition) retreat centre set in the stunning Colville Valley on the Coromandel Peninsula, North Island, New Zealand.


Mahayana (Sanskrit for “Great Vehicle” is one of two main existing branches of Buddhism (the other being Theraveda) and a term for classification of Buddhist philosophies and practice.

Buddhism is a psychology of the mind. Buddhism encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on original teachings attributed to the Buddha.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Lama Thubten Yeshe - Founder of FPMT

Lama Zopa Rinpoche - Spiritual Director of FPMT

Other FPMT Centres and Projects in New Zealand

2183 Colville Rd,Colville, Coromandel,3584 New Zealand
Email: retreat@mahamudra.org.nz Phone: +64 (0)7 866 6851