drop-in meditation classes

palmerston north, levin and whanganui

Note: Classes in Feilding will start up again in 2021.

We are continuing to make classes available using zoom for those of you who prefer this option. For information and booking for these classes please go to:  meditateinpalmerstonnorth.live

weekly drop-in classes (the general programme)

The general programme covers weekly classes, suitable for everyone, that are an ideal opportunity to take some time out, relax, refresh and improve our sense of inner peace and well-being. The programme is aimed at helping us experience the benefits of meditation, and learn practical ways of maintaining a peaceful and positive mind in the midst of the challenges and busy-ness of everyday life. The talks are drawn from Buddhist teachings but are relevant to all of us (Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike).

Classes start with a brief introduction, and a guided breathing meditation to help us relax and clear our minds. This is followed by a talk and time for questions. Then we do a second guided meditation, which is related to the teaching, and helps us the take what we have learnt into our daily life. There is usually some time for discussion during the evening and light refreshments are available after class.

This programme is divided into two main semesters (February - June, and August - September). We will also be running a 'winter series' in June and July. In each semester we cover two to three main topics. Although the topics are linked and run in a sequence you can step into a course at any time. Each class effectively works as a 'stand-alone', though if you are able to come to a whole series you are likely to enjoy the connections and the ways in which the different topics build on each other. There is no need to book, and beginners are welcome.

There is a suggested donation of $12, or affordable contribution.

Note: You don't need to bring anything; you don't need to wear special clothes ; and, you don't have to sit cross-legged on the floor! (most people choose to sit on a chair). 

class times:

levin: mondays 7.00 - 8.30; palmerston north: wednesdays 7.00- 8.30; whanganui: thursdays 6.00 - 7.30. Note: specific dates and topics for each centre are shown below (and on the regional class pages)

series 6, 2020: eight steps to happiness: the buddhist way of loving kindness

This eight week course is based on Geshe la’s book the new Eight Steps to Happiness, a commentary to Eight Verses of Training the mind by Bodhisattva Langri Tangpa.

We will train our mind in eight steps through contemplating, meditating on and practising Langri Tangpa’s methods to become more loving, kinder, with more understanding towards others, and to transform adversity into fuel for our spiritual path.

series 7,2020: the six perfections: a peaceful path

Buddha’s example of peace and compassion has made a lasting impression in the world and inspired many people to enter a spiritual path.
By following in his footsteps we too can discover a life of great meaning and benefit others through training in six essential practices: giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom, that form the Buddhist path to enlightenment.
These 'six perfections' are methods for developing a stable, peaceful mind and overcoming negative mental habits. They are powerful techniques that can be honed in meditation and then integrated and applied in daily life. They are 'perfect' because they really help us towards our goal of being of real benefit to others, which is key to developing a happy and meaningful life.
This course will comprise of practical teachings and meditations to help us learn to integrate these trainings into busy modern life.

palmerston north

wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm


series 6: eight steps to happiness: the buddhist way of loving kindness

  • october: 7

series 7: the six perfections: a peaceful path

  • october: 14 : 21 : 28
  • november: 4: 11: 18

with birgit saunders



mondays 7.00-8.30pm

Feilding Community House, 131 Manchester Street




Face-to-face classes will resume in Feilding next year

In the meantime, drop-in classes will be available on-line: just follow this link: https://meditateinpalmerstonnorth.live/

with tracy mclaughlin


thursdays 7.00-8.30pm



series 6: eight steps to happiness: the buddhist way of loving kindness

  • october:  8

series 7: the six perfections: a peaceful path

  • october: 15 : 22 : 29
  • november: 5: 12: 19

with birgit saunders


mondays 7.00-8.30pm


series 6: eight steps to happiness: the buddhist way of loving kindness

  • october: 5 : 12 : 19 : 26

series 7: the six perfections: a peaceful path

  • november: 2: 9: 16: 23 : 30
  • december: 7

with jan mcpherson