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Meeting The Heavenly Messengers – A Mindfulness Retreat with Bob Stahl and Jan Landry

May 3 @ 4:00 pm - May 10 @ 2:00 pm

$975.00 – $1,801.00

Dear Friends of Mindfulness,

We would like to invite you to join us in New Zealand (Aotearoa which in Mauri means, “Land of the Long White Cloud”) for a week-long mindfulness retreat on Meeting the Heavenly Messengers at Mana Retreat Centre in Coromandel, New Zealand. Mana is truly one of the most beautiful retreat centers we have taught at.  It is  a sacred place and sanctuary.

This offering is very close to our hearts and supports the development of greater wisdom and compassion. For those who have participated in past retreats, Meeting the Heavenly Messengers has been very meaningful and healing.

In Lovingkindness,

Bob & Jan

A Mindfulness Meditation Retreat Meeting the Heavenly Messengers: Cultivating Wisdom and Compassion Amid Life’s Changing Currents

It is inevitable, that we will encounter aging, illness, and death. The global pandemic has shown us this in more direct ways. In Buddhism, these are known as the first three of four Heavenly Messengers since they wake us up to the fragility and preciousness of life. The fourth Heavenly Messenger points to a way of living with greater peace and freedom.

During this retreat, we will explore:

  • Our relationship with illness, aging, and death
  • Cultivating compassionate presence to alleviate suffering
  • Developing inner resources to care for ourselves and others
  • Meeting life and death with a wise and kind heart.

This traditional heart-based mindfulness meditation retreat will offer silent periods of sitting and walking meditation as well times for practice discussions. Together we will create a supportive environment to explore the mystery of life and death and how we can respond with greater wisdom and compassion.

What the retreat includes:

Each day there will be a talk and systematic meditation instructions on the four foundations of mindfulness that are embedded in loving kindness. These teachings and practices will emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity, wisdom, and compassion; and foster the depth of practice.

This retreat is suitable for both new and experienced meditation students a well as for anyone teaching mindfulness or aspiring to teach mindfulness in healthcare, psychology, education, science, government, or in the business and corporate sectors.

Please note: This retreat fulfils some of the retreat requirements for MBSR and other mindfulness teacher trainings.

Costing: NZ$320pp Tuition fee contribution towards flight costs for Bob and Jan to travel to New Zealand to teach. They will also accept Dana for teachings.

All Prices are in New Zealand Dollars.


The Teaching Team

Bob Stahl, PhD, has founded eight Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs in medical centers in the SF Bay Area. He serves as an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the School of Public Health at Brown University Mindfulness Center and formerly at the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Bob teaches MBSR Teacher Trainings and Insight Mindfulness Meditation retreats worldwide and is the former guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society. He is coauthor of 5 books: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (1st & 2nd editions), Living With Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Everyday.

Jan Landry, BSN MA, has worked in the field of hospice care both as a nurse and as a chaplain, for over 30 years. Her work in the field of death and dying, serves as an ongoing reminder of how precious each and every moment of life is, and informs her meditation practice which has developed and deepened over many years. She is a yoga practitioner, a student of the Ridhwan School and of life. As a teacher of mindfulness meditation, she hopes to support others in cultivating a practice of mindfulness that fosters awareness and deep listening to the inner wisdom of one’s own heart.






May 3 @ 4:00 pm
May 10 @ 2:00 pm
$975.00 – $1,801.00
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Mana Retreat Centre
608 Manaia Road, State Highway 25, RD1
Coromandel, 3581 New Zealand
+64 7 866 8972
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Payment is required in full at the time of booking, by credit or debit card, or direct bank transfer using our secure POLi payment gateway.

We draw special attention to two of our guidelines before registration: Mana provides lacto-ovo vegetarian food only, this means no fish or chicken and is an alcohol and drug free environment.

Mana caters for Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan.

Cancellation Policy

This group requires a minimum number of participants to go ahead, if that number is not reached we reserve the right to cancel the event.

Should you, for any reason, decide to cancel your registration; please note our cancellation policy :

  • A $50 administrative fee is applied to all cancellations.
  • A Tuition cancellation fee may apply in certain circumstances.
  • These policies are reassessed in certain circumstances.


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