We're here to help you find happiness


Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity 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.

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.

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.

Our History

Back in the early 1980’s, Colville locals Roy Fraser and Sally Barraud saw the opportunity to build a beautiful retreat centre in the Coromandle Penninsula. They envisioned bringing Tibetan Buddhist teachers of meditation to help others develop 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. With the help of many kind volunteers and community members, they began transforming it to the amazing peaceful refuge it is now. The Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity welcomes anyone who is searching for inner peace, and provides many retreats, public talks, courses, prayers and other activities to provide the tools to develop a happy and positive mind.

Supporting You

Outreach with the Community

  • Daily guided meditation at the centre
  • Speakers and meditation leaders available for schools, addiction support programs, senior and social groups, and more. Contact us to request someone to come to your group.
  • Support for local community to come to programmes on a donation basis
  • Special classes offered in various locations in the Coromandel Peninsula
  • Monthly community lunches

Support for Your Daily Practice

  • Make a session with one of our “old” students or one of our teachers or sangha members to get your practice tidied up and sorted or just a little extra inspiration and ideas if your current practice is feeling stale.
  • Join an online discussion on our Facebook group and put your questions and ideas to the local dharma community!


  • Contact us with your requests to have someone added to our dedication prayer list
  • Baby Blessing and Animal Blessing*
  • Holy Object Consecration and Blessing*

Spiritual Care Resources for the Dying and Bereaved

  • One-on-one or family support sessions (by appointment only)
  • Prayers for the ill and deceased
  • Practice support

Personal Retreat Support

  • General retreat advice based on supporting many individuals in retreat
  • Logistical support for long-term retreatants including shopping and regular written check-ins that support silence
  • Discounted accommodation rates

Offering a Place of Refuge and Practive

  • Gompa, Stupa, Stupa meditation room, and beautiful grounds open daylight hours (except during certain courses/retreats or when posted)
  • Bringing qualified Tibetan Buddhist Lamas and FPMT teachers from around the world to our small corner of New Zealand
  • Guru, Tara and Medicine Buddha Pujas held on their traditional days each month – everyone is welcome with no booking necessary.