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All-Level Meditation Retreat New Zealand

Are you looking for a retreat to deepen your understanding and practice of Qigong in a calming surrounding? This 7-day meditation retreat offers a wonderful opportunity to fully immerse yourself in Qigong practice at one of the best retreat centers in Auckland. From beginners through advanced ones, this retreat surely welcomes everyone with its interesting program that combines moving and static forms, meditation, as well as theory. Come and experience all the benefits of Qigong!


  • Qigong meditation sessions
  • A review session regarding the material
  • Exploration of basic forms, concepts & theories
  • Discussion on setting up a personal practice
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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During this retreat, you will stay at Vaughan Park Retreat and Conference Centre. The center is the ideal venue for a business meeting, group gathering, retreat or special event. There are 18 single and 10 twin-shared rooms. The rooms are in 4 lodges and a separate wing at the Thomas Vaughan Lodge.

Each room is equipped with a desk, comfortable chair, hand basin, wardrobe, and opens out into a courtyard or garden. All lodges have lounges with tea and coffee-making and quality bathroom facilities. The amenities also include Wi-Fi and full cellphone coverage.

Natural Movement New Zealand Meditation Retreat Program

The retreat is designed to be a paced and effortless approach to Qigong and has a series of tutored sessions spread throughout the day. In between, you are encouraged to rest or enjoy the beach walks. Transformational processes will begin to occur and you may notice some or all of the following, such as the body begins to feel energized and toned and the mind becomes still and settled.

Furthermore, you can feel physiological systems regulate, perceptual shifts towards life and the environment become evident, the consciousness changes throughout your body and mind, there is physical and emotional clearing, and a deeper connection to higher nature. Besides, deep and permanent shifts can be felt within the Chi system.

In addition, the theme for this retreat is Heaven and Earth. So, you will explore the central channels and Dan Tiens. Each day will include joint opening exercises, movement forms and walks, as well as standing and sitting postures. The emphasis will be on opening energy gates and accessing the Chong Mai (the central channel). Chong Mai is the deepest channel that connects people to heaven and earth and opens up possibilities of natural alignment to the subtle universal forces.

Day 1

You are invited to arrive at the retreat center before 10:00 to settle in and to be ready to start the morning session by 10:15. You will start with introductions and housekeeping, followed by the daily program including the exploration of basic forms, concepts, and theories at 11:00.

Day 2-6

Below is the daily schedule adjusted on the retreat.

  • 07:00-08:00 First Qigong session
  • 08:00-09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00-10:30 Free time / contemplation
  • 10:30-12:30 Second Qigong session
  • 12:30-13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00-15:00 Free time / contemplation
  • 15:00-17:00 Third Qigong session
  • 17:30-18:30 Dinner
  • 18:30-19:30 Free time
  • 19:30-20:30 Fourth Qigong session

Day 7

The standard daily timetable is adjusted to allow the program to end at 16:00. The final day of the program integrates the forms and includes a review of the material covered during the retreat and discussion on setting up an ongoing personal practice.


This retreat will be held at Vaughan Park Retreat and Conference Centre. The center is positioned at the south end of Long Bay Beach in the East Coast Bays. The tranquil setting overlooks the bay and regional park which includes a number of public facilities. Adjacent to the center is the Long Bay Regional Park which is part of the Okura Marine Reserve which protects the beaches, rocky reefs, estuarine mudflats, and mangroves along the east coast bays.

Nearby places

  • Larger supermarkets and shops in Albany, 5 kilometers
  • Larger supermarkets and shops at Browns Bay, 3 kilometers
  • The nearest shopping center in Torbay, 1 kilometer



  • Garden
  • Lounge


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot


You will be served 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 dinners during this retreat. Besides, gluten-free option is available as well.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • A visit to Long Bay Regional Park
  • A visit to Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre (MERC)
  • A visit to some spectacular and beautiful river and cliff-top walks
  • Barbeque
  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Canoeing
  • Diving and snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Shopping
  • Swimming

What's included

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 7 lunches
  • Linen and towels
  • Qigong meditation sessions
  • Workshop tuition

How to get there

Arrival by bus

The center is immediately opposite the terminus of the Stagecoach routes at Long Bay. Routes 838, 839, 858, 859, and 878X all terminate at Long Bay. Buses depart from Central Auckland in front of the Civic Theatre on the Corner of Queen Street and Wellesley Street West.

Arrival by shuttle

Shuttle bus is available from the airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 78 days before arrival.
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