Te Moata is a flourishing sanctuary where we celebrate life, nurture the human spirit and encourage personal responsibility through stewardship of the natural environment. We provide opportunities for the deepening of well-being through connection with self, community and nature, and a safe haven for native flora and fauna. We offer this sanctuary for the benefit of generations to come. Te Moata is a purpose-built retreat centre sitting on 344 hectares of native bush in the Coromandel Peninsula of the North Island of New Zealand. Te Moata hosts a variety of community events and a programme of retreats and residential courses . Over the last 20 years this has included Insight Meditation retreats, Yoga retreats, Dances of Universal Peace gatherings, personal and professional development groups, seasonal celebrations and women’s gatherings.

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Preparations for spring - a newly repaired, cleaned and planted glasshouse plus prepared garden beds for spring planting. Many thanks to Kaia and David who are focusing the gardens at Te Moata and doing an awesome job. ... See MoreSee Less

COMING UP SOON - Spaces still available. A unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a weekend meditation retreat and continue into the next week if you have the time available.

23 September – 2 October 2016

Love Without Barriers And Metta for Vipassana with Sister Virañani

23 - 25 September 2016
Love without Barriers: An Introduction to Loving-kindness Meditation

The beautiful spirit of mettā (loving-kindness) is without limit and without barriers. In this weekend retreat, Ven. Virañani will offer a simple and direct method to develop and strengthen the heart’s natural capacity to connect with others with kindness. We will explore the spirit of mettā together, in formal practice and in the many ways that the mettā meditation can be applied in everyday life.
This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.
COST: $140 to Te Moata and Dana for the teacher.

25 September - 2 October 2016
Metta for Insight Meditation - Loving-kindness and insight

meditation are different practices with the same goal: to free the heart from clinging and pain. They powerfully support each other, allowing us to deeply connect with ourselves, with each other, and with the deepest truths of the way things are. In this week Ven. Virañani will share the traditional Burmese teachings of mettā for vipassanā in a way that is both accessible and immediately practical in everyday life.

Ven. Vīrañāṇi began to practice meditation in 1979. In 2003, after several years spent working at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, USA, and training in in the Thai Forest tradition, she began a four-year period devoted to intensive practice in the Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw. She took permanent ordination in Burma with Sayadaw U Pandita on New Year 2006, and now resides at the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre North of Yangon. She teaches loving kindness and vipassanā meditation retreats in Burma, Europe, and Australia. In 2008 she co-founded Metta In Action, a charity devoted to offering Burmese people in need the means and skills to help themselves. She is passionate about the Dhamma, about nature, and about using both to help others rediscover the intrinsic goodness in all beings.

COST: $490 to Te Moata and dana to the teacher. Special diet surcharge applies.

To register email temoata@xtra.co.nz or book through our website www.temoata.org
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'The new Santara has landed'

Yesterday Te Moata was very grateful to receive delivery of the replacement house for Santara. Delivery was via the farm next door which would not of been possible without the support of Te Moata's neighbour Editha.

There is still work to do - gib stopping, interior and exterior painting, installation of solar and the fire etc., but we are hoping this beautiful warm home will be available as accommodation for visitors very soon.
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Another beautiful gift from Cecile to Te Moata recently found up at the Far Hills Hut. ... See MoreSee Less

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death on the 23rd of June of Tim Wynn-Harris, the founding father of Te Moata. Tim was 82 years old.

For those of us who can recall the very early days of the formation of Te Moata, what immediately comes to mind was Tim’s ability to inspire and create a vision for the many people he organized to help in the formation of the centre. From the many hitchhikers he picked up on the road and inspired into staying and working on the land, to the retreatants and helpers who put in countless hours of hard work building the centre, Tim will be remembered with great fondness and the sense of fun that he brought to any task that was delegated to his many supporters: An example of one such task, was to erect a flag pole on the ridge in memory of his great uncle who had recently died. The weather was atrocious but Tim managed to inspire and instill a sense of fun and adventure into the task, and with his many helpers, ran it like a military operation; The end result being an out of plumb and crooked flag pole, his comment being; “Dear boy, I planned it that way”. There are countless stories such as this that could be related from Tim’s tenure there.

From the building of the actual centre to the cutting of kilometres of tracks and the building of huts, to the sponsoring of international teachers, it all came with boundless energy, fun and generosity and at great cost to him financially. In the latter years of him running the centre, his health suffered, resulting in him passing on the legacy of Te Moata to others to carry on and build upon.

In recent years Tim was confined to a rest home in Waipukurau to be close to his family. He still took a keen interest in what was happening at Te Moata and would from time to time make phone calls to offer suggestions into the running of the centre. For many of us, when visiting Te Moata, we are embraced by the silence and stillness that was the quality Tim strived to create when purchasing the land and building it into the refuge and sanctuary we now call Te Moata.

Many thanks to Robert French for this writing.
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Our menu boards have become works of art thanks to Cecile a french woofer. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creative energy with us Cecile. ... See MoreSee Less

Upcoming Events

Sep 2016

Love Without Barriers And Metta for Vipassana with Sister Viranani – 23/09/2016 - 02/10/2016

Oct 2016

Kahuna Principles for Self Healing – 14/10/2016 - 18/10/2016
Reclaiming your Self Love and feeling WORTHY again – 21/10/2016 - 24/10/2016
Authentic Movement Retreat with Connor Kelly – 28/10/2016 - 30/10/2016

Nov 2016

Awakening Wisdom Heart / Mind with Sharda Rogell and Hugh Tennent – 15/11/2016 - 20/11/2016