Below are detailed listings of our upcoming events, or you can see our Events Calendar. We encourage you to try our courses if you have an interest in learning about your mind, finding true happiness, and developing a good heart.

Costs are set as low as possible to meet expenses, and we never want money to be an obstacle for people to practise the Dharma. We offer these courses on a donation basis to the local community, and have live-in volunteer positions as a way to offer service and have free access to courses. All monks and nuns are offered reduced rates. If you have the means, consider donating to help us continue to make the Dharma accessible to everyone.

24-26 Feb: Mindful Photography

Landscape PhotographyThe coast and hills of the Coromandel valley are the perfect setting for nature and landscape photography. This course will explore both the techniques of developing your unique perspective and improving technical skills, as well as the ability to be mindful in the moment. We’ll explore the peaceful feeling of being in the “flow” when doing an artistic activity, and how that can be expanded into everyday life with meditation. We’ll have time for shooting in the lovely beaches and hills, and group discussion about composition and editing. You’ll be challenged with creative assignments to try new ways of shooting. Aimed at amateur photographers – bring whatever digital camera you like, a way to transfer your photos to USB, and, if you have any, additional equipment like tripods. Good tramping shoes a must!

Led by Sarah Brooks, who holds a BA cum laude in Art and many years of experience shooting nature photography, regularly juggling between an iphone, a Panasonic bridge camera, and a Nikon SLR. She also regularly leads meditation sessions and courses. To see galleries of her photography, visit her website at

Weekend Schedule (click here to download)

Pre-registration essential by 20 Feb. Course and meals fee $160; plus accommodation. Course begins with dinner at 6:00pm on Friday and runs through 3:30pm Sunday.

To register and enquire about accommodation, please fill out our online booking form or call us at (0)7 866 6851.

Coromandel Coast at Dusk by Sarah Brooks

Goat Bay, north of Colville

Waterfall edited closeup

Pothole Falls in Colville

5 March: Family Fun Day

Our annual Family Fun Day is filled with activities and fun for all ages including games, live music, shopping, food, and more. In particular, the kids love the bouncy castle, and this year we have a water slip-n-slide! Parents can relax on our beautiful grounds and enjoy the entertainment and shopping. A great way to spend a couple hours or the whole day.

March 5, NZ Children’s Day

New – earlier start time 10:30am – 4:00pm. FREE entry

  • Bouncy Castle
  • Water slip-n-slide
  • Razzel Fizz – Facepainter and juggler
  • Fire truck demos from local fire department
  • Pony rides
  • Crafts
  • Guided Meditation
  • Live Music
  • Games
  • Shopping marketplace with local vendors
  • Food
  • and more!

2:00pm Special Animal Blessing – bring your dog, cat or other critter on a leash or in a container to get special blessings from a Buddhist nun and a special Buddha relic. A lovely way to be kind to animals!


A variety of music all day


Games for the whole family


Shopping and more!

24-26 March: Mindfulness for Beginners


There are many benefits to developing mindfulness through meditation, including more focus, pleasant physical states, and a calmer basis for emotions. Applied correctly, mindfulness is also practiced as a basis for developing positive states of mind like loving kindness. In this weekend course, learn different ways of practicing mindfulness both on the cushion and in daily life. Beginner level course led by Sarah Brooks.

$160 course fee and meals; plus accommodation. Course begins 6:00pm on Friday with dinner followed by an evening session, and ends at 2:30pm Sunday.

Pre-registration essential by 17 March. To register, please fill out our online booking form or call 07 866 6851.

13-18 April: FPMT Foundation Service Seminar


FPMT Foundation Service Seminar

The Foundation Service Seminar (FSS) explores how to best offer our skills and qualities in service. We investigate the purpose and mission of FPMT, what it means to be an FPMT center, and how that vision translates into action for centers, projects, and individuals.

We explore our relationship to resources – both material and human; communication skills and conflict resolution; teaching according to the level of the student; ways to maintain and develop our personal practice in the midst of service, and methods to prevent and cure burnout. We discuss service in terms of Guru devotion, karma, compassion, and emptiness, and how to draw strength, inspiration, wisdom, and guidance from these practices.

We use the Inner Job Description, a tool for developing what Lama Zopa Rinpoche calls the “inner professional” (read a teaching on the inner professional), and integrate the Dharma into our daily lives. The training includes group discussion and sharing of experiences, and includes daily meditations as well as group practice as advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

The workshop will be facilitated by François Lecointre, director of Institut Vajra Yogini, and Sarah Brooks, Spiritual Programme Coordinator of Mahamudra Centre.

Who Should Come?

This seminar is fantastic training for anyone offering service in an FPMT centre, project or group, as well as reinvigorating for those who have been already serving for some time. Whether you are the cook or a board/trustee member, this seminar helps connect you with the bigger FPMT family and provides many of the answers about how the organization developed and works together.

Schedule and Travel

Arrivals for the seminar are on Thursday the 13th. We recommend arriving in time for dinner at 6:00pm, and we’ll have a mandatory introductory session at 7:30pm. We are located in a remote part of the countryside, so it’s good to get checked in a settled before dark if possible. The seminar is five full days, running until 4:00pm on the 18th. We’ll help coordinate possible ride shares with people driving to and from Auckland by car, but be aware those details generally can’t be confirmed till close to the date. Depending on your travel arrangements you may want to book an extra night with meals and leave on the 19th (note: the ferry does not run on the 19th, so you will need to book a bus or shuttle for public transport). Options and contact details for transport are on our Getting Here page.

Costs and Registration

To make this training available to anyone who wants to come, we are offering it on a purely donation basis. We hope that this will inspire your generosity at whatever level you can afford to help the centre cover costs.

We’ll be assigning accommodation based on a number of factors, including health issues, sangha and seniority, and timing of applications. We only have a couple of cabins available, so most people will be in single or double/triple rooms with a shared bathroom and shower facility. We will put everyone in the best possible options and let you know closer to the date of the seminar which type of room you were assigned.

To register, please download and read the below form, and return the application by email as indicated on the form before 1 April, 2017.

Download FSS Application (Word)

Download FSS Application (PDF)

24 April-7 May: Insight Meditation with Ven. Antonio Satta

antonio_13Mahamudra Centre is honoured to host again visiting teacher Venerable Antonio Satta for a 2-week Insight Meditation (Shamata, Vipassana and Basic Mahamudra) retreat, 24 April – 7 May, 2017. This intensive meditation course is a precious opportunity to really train and tame the mind.

With Shamata we calm the mind. With Insight we know why the mind is not calm.

For details, cost, and registration please go to the retreat page. This retreat is likely to fill quickly, so book early for your choice of accommodation. Registration closes on 15 March.