About Us

We’re here to help you find happiness

Back in the early 1980s, Colville locals Roy Fraser and Sally Barraud saw the opportunity to have a beautiful retreat centre where we could bring Tibetan Buddhist teachers of meditation and developing the mind in order to find true happiness. Following the advice of their teacher, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who is the Spiritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), they bought a local farmhouse and land, and with the help of many kind volunteers and community members began transforming it to the amazing peaceful refuge it is now. Our centre welcomes anyone who is searching for inner peace, and provides many public talks, courses, retreats, prayers and other activities to provide the tools to develop a happy and positive mind.


Mahamudra centre is a charitable trust in New Zealand and affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT)* – an international organization in the gelugpa tradition which has over 150 centres, hospices and projects worldwide.

*Information about the practice of Shugden is available on FPMT’s website, and why those in service or teaching in FPMT centers, projects and services do not engage in this practice, and why regular students and retreatants should not either.

Mahamudra Centre is an FPMT Buddhist retreat centre