Below are detailed listings of our courses and retreats. In addition, you can book a private massage, do yoga, try guided meditation, qigong, and many other activities. For a schedule, please view our Calendar. We can also arrange a guided tour of the centre for visiting groups (pre-booking essential).

We offer many of these programmes on a donation basis, and have live-in volunteer positions as a way to offer service and have free access to all our programmes. 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.

1 Sept: Kids Activity – Father’s Day Pop-up Card Art

drawing-428383Thank your Dad for all his love and wisdom by making a creative card for Father’s Day. We’ll provide the materials and show you how to make simple shapes that pop up from the inside of the card. An afternoon snack will also be provided. Kids of all ages – drop in between 2:30 and 4:30pm and please bring a parent with you to help with this activity. Meet in the lounge in the main house. Koha/donation basis.

8 Sept: Chocka Books Sale

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10:00am – 4:00pm at the Hauraki House Gallery in Coromandel Town (Kapanga Rd. and Glover Street near the playground)

A used book sale with something for everyone. $5 hardbacks, $2 paperbacks and finishing from 3:00-4:00pm with the sweet as deal for a whole bag of books: $5 for small bags and $10 for the big shopping bags!
Meet us at the Hauraki house for some Saturday book browsing

Have books you’d like to donate for this fundraiser? We’d love to have ’em. Give us a call at 866 6851 about pickup or drop them off at our office prior to the event.

14-16 Sept: The Golden Silence Retreat

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There’s an old saying that “Silence is Golden.” Come spend the weekend at our beautiful retreat centre discovering for yourself the sounds of silence – how silent practice and meditation can deepen your peace of mind and allow you to more fully experience life. The retreat begins with a public talk on Friday night to introduce the retreat and meditations. You’ll be guided then through practices on Saturday, with everyone walking, eating and sitting in silence. The retreat ends with a concluding question and answer sarah-nz-headshotsession on Sunday morning after breakfast.

Beginning level retreat led by our Spiritual Programme Coordinator, Sarah Brooks.

Registration

The first session of the course is at 7:30pm on Friday night, and finishes at 10:00am on Sunday. Delicious and homemade vegan meals (with dairy provided on the side) provided from breakfast on Saturday through breakfast on Sunday for $37.50. If you are arriving early on Friday, you can add dinner (served at 6:00pm) for an additional $7.50. Gluten-free available on request for an additional $5 for the weekend.

We offer this course to you on a donation basis. To register, you just need to pay for food and your choice of accommodation, and you can add a donation in whatever amount you can afford to give with an open heart. If you need to cancel, we’ll refund your money minus a $50 administration fee until 24 hours before the retreat begins, at which time the registration is non-refundable. Please fill out our online booking inquiry and we’ll get back to you shortly to confirm your space and choice of accommodation.

25 Sept: 7:00pm Public Talk – The Art of the Mandala with Andy Weber

White_Tara_4abac01bf229aJoin us at 7:00pm for this free public talk on The Art of the Mandala in the meditation hall of Mahamudra Centre. This beautiful sacred art in Tibetan Buddhism is filled with symbolism and created with precise geometry and meaning. Internationally renowned artist Andy Weber will present an evening on the art of the mandala, a fascinating introduction to this meditative artistic practice. The talk is open to everyone, and serves as an introduction to the five-day drawing workshop that follows.

25 – 30 Sept: Drawing the Mandala of Tara with Andy Weber

No experience or special artistic talent necessary – you’ll still create a beautiful image with these traditional Tibetan measuring and drawing techniques

Learning the sacred art of the Tibetan Buddhist mandala with a qualified teacher is a very rare opportunity, and we bring you internationally renowned Andy Weber who will come to New Zealand on his world tour to lead this 5-day workshop on drawing the mandalas of the female Buddha Tara. In addition to learning the symbolism and hands-on techniques of drawing a mandala of Tara, over the weekend Andy will demonstrate the painting techniques so you can continue colouring your mandala at home.

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Mandala of White Tara – an example of Andy’s work and what will be taught in the workshop

Tara Mandala ( Tib: Droljang khyil.khor )
Born from the tears of Avalokitesvara, the buddha of compassion, Tara grants protection and relief from suffering.  According to the myth, Green Tara appeared to the right of Avalokitesvara as the principle of active compassion that overcomes obstacles. White Tara, whose devotional practices overcomes illness and extends one’s life span, sat to his left side. Called the “ mother of all buddhas,” she promises assistance when called upon. The three outer rings (fire, vajras, petals) of her mandala protect the inner sanctuary, her palace and the practitioner. Viewing the mandala is regarded as a personal blessing.

About the course

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Chittamani Tara mandala

Andy will guide students through the process of drawing the Mandala, either the Green or White Tara Mandala. For those students with Highest Yoga initiation he will instruct the Cittamani Tara Mandala. Meditation and mantra recitation will enhance and deepen the experience of this courses. He’ll provide hands-on-tuition to draw the mandala and share insight into painting techniques used to complete the works.
It is not the end result what matters but the path getting there.

Beginner’s course. No artistic talent/experience required; genuine interest in the subject is preferred.

25 Sept Tuesday 7:00pm free public talk on the Art of the Mandala and introduction to the course

26-30 Sept Weds – Sunday for registered course participants.

28-30 Sept – Optional weekend-only package available for Friday night – Sunday. Andy will provide special guidance for students joining in the course on Friday evening.

Andy Weber photo from his website permitted to use

For more about Andy Weber and his artwork, visit his website andyweberstudios.com

Lists of materials students need to buy in advance and bring for the course:

DRAWING MATERIALS – required

PAINTING MATERIALS – optional

If you are traveling without a car and cannot bring a drawing board, please contact us and we can quote a price to buy it locally and provide it for you. Supplies are more expensive in our beautiful but remote location, so we recommend making the arrangements to bring everything with you.

Costs and Registration

Full course

25 – 30 September

$720 per person for the course and delicious homemade vegan/vegetarian meals from 6:00pm dinner on Tuesday through lunch on Sunday. Gluten-free available for an additional $15. Affordable on-site accommodation available and priced separately. If you need to cancel, we’ll refund your money minus a $50 administration fee until 24 hours before the retreat begins, at which time the payment is non-refundable. To book, please register online or contact us.

Weekend only

28 – 30 September

$290 per person for the course and delicious homemade vegan/vegetarian meals from 6:00pm dinner on Friday through lunch on Sunday. Gluten-free available for an additional $6. Affordable on-site accommodation available and priced separately. If you need to cancel, we’ll refund your money minus a $50 administration fee until 24 hours before the retreat begins, at which time the payment is non-refundable. To book, please register online or contact us.

Oct 5-7: Mindfulness as a Way of Life with Hedwig Bakker

meditation-1287207_1920Practicing Mindfulness means learning to relax and stay present with a non-judging and friendly awareness. We can cultivate it by paying attention – on purpose and carefully – to the contents of this moment in a friendly and allowing way.

In daily life we often are not very present or mindful, instead acting on impulse, under the influence of conditioning and strong habit patterns. When life situations become difficult or challenging, we have the tendency to escape, to turn away. With a mindful attitude we can be more present, aware and successful in every moment of your life, and we can deal more skillfully and effectively with inner and outer difficulties.

What to expect in the retreat:

  • Practicing several aspects of mindfulness in sessions of sitting meditation, walking meditation, while eating and while moving.
  • Developing familiarization with the essential attitudes of mindfulness: non-judging, non-striving, beginners mind, acceptance, presence, patience, letting go.
  • Learning how to apply the attitude of mindfulness in day-to-day life.
  • Practicing for the weekend in silence.

HedwigThis course is suitable for anyone new to mindfulness practice as well as for those who are already familiar with it: they can deepen their understanding and experience.

Mahamudra Centre warmly welcomes back Hedwig Bakker to lead this retreat.

Registration

The first session of the course is at 7:30pm on Friday night, and finishes at 3:30pm on Sunday. Delicious and homemade vegan meals (with dairy provided on the side) provided from breakfast on Saturday through lunch on Sunday for $52.50. If you are arriving before 6:00pm on Friday, you can add dinner for an additional $7.50. Gluten-free available on request for an additional $5 for the weekend.

We offer this course to you on a donation basis. To register, you just need to pay for food and your choice of accommodation, and you can add a donation in whatever amount you can afford to give with an open heart. If you need to cancel, we’ll refund your money minus a $50 administration fee until 24 hours before the retreat begins, at which time the registration is non-refundable. Please fill out our online booking inquiry and we’ll get back to you shortly to confirm your space and choice of accommodation.