drop-in meditation classes: palmerston north, dannevirke, levin, whanganui

palmerston north, feilding, levin and whanganui

weekly drop-in classes (the general programme)

Weekly drop-in classes, suitable for everyone, 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 teaching and then some 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. 

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 three or four 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). 

coming up in the second half of 2022

drop-in classes

ON NOW: winter warmers are back in palmerston north and whanganui between June 27 and august 24 (see below for more info)

We have four series planned for the second half of the year (dates/times/locations below)

  • series 1: stress free living (four weeks)
  • series 2: find peace of mind (5 weeks)
  • series 3: how to be your best self (3 weeks)
  • series 4: a clear mind (3 weeks)

class times

 

feilding/levin: mondays 7.00 - 8.30;

palmerston north: wednesdays 7.00- 8.30;

whanganui: thursdays 6.00 - 7.30.

Note: specific dates for each centre are shown below (and on the regional class pages)

winter warmers 2022

Every year during winter we have a special series of classes taught by all of our teachers when Birgit takes part in Intensive Teacher Training Programme and the Summer Festival in England.

This year in Palmerston North and Whanganui they will be teaching their favourite topics, selecting an aspect of Buddha's teachings that they have found especially meaningful and useful in negotiating challenges and issues in their own lives.

Don't miss this chance to hear some really practical examples of how others have been able to use Dharma and meditation to help them to make a difference in their own ways of handling the stresses of daily life in the best way possible.

Palmerston NorthWednesday 7 - 8.30pm in person only with Kelsang Phunwang, David Kelly, Roy Meeking and Malcolm Todd

  •  July: 6 : 12 : 20 : 27, August: 3 : 10 : 17

Whanganui, Thursday 6 - 7.30pm in person with Dale Pryme, Marion Taylor and Virag

  • June: 30, July: 7 : 14 : 21 : 28, August: 4 (followed by a two week break)

stress-free living (semester 2: series 1)

semester 2: series 1 (august – september)

When things are out of balance or don’t go the way we want them to; when we seem to be running to stand still, or when the light at the end of the tunnel seems unreachably distant, we often end up feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, or just plain hacked off. “It’s NOT FAIR!” shouts the inner child in our head stamping their foot.

We all know that stressing out about things just makes them worse. And yet we get sucked into the crises and pressures we are facing, and problems steal our time, energy and good humour. The good news is that Buddha specialised in overcoming adversity and negative emotions. He recognised that our stress does not actually come from the external situation, but rather from our response to it: Stress comes from our mind. He also taught methods for ‘dropping out’ of a stressed mind and into a clear and peaceful one, and in this four-week series we explore ways we can learn to respond to problems, so that we remain more centred, flexible and effective.

See below for times and dates in PN, Whanganui, Feilding and Levin.

palmerston north

wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm

 

  • winter warmers: (7 weeks) : with kelsang phunwang, david kelly, roy meeking and malcolm todd
    • july:  6 - 13 - 20 - 27,
    • august: 3 - 10 – 17
  • stress free living: (4 weeks)
    • august: 24 - 31,
    • september: 7 – 14
  • find peace of mind: (5 weeks)
    • september: 21 - 28,
    • october: 5 - 12  - 26,
  • how to be your best self: (3 weeks)
    • november: 2 - 9 - 16
  • a clear mind: (3 weeks)
    • november: 23 - 30, december: 7

with birgit saunders

feilding

mondays 7.00-8.30pm

Feilding Community House, 131 Manchester Street

 

 

 

 

  • stress free living: (4 weeks)
    • august: 29,
    • september: 5 - 12 - 19
  • find peace of mind: (4 weeks)
    • september: 26,
    • october: 3 - 10 - 31
  • how to be your best self: (3 weeks)
    • november: 7 - 14 - 21
  • a clear mind: (3 weeks)
    • november: 28,
    • december: 5 - 12

with kelsang phunwang

whanganui

thursdays 6.00-7.30pm

 

 

 

  • winter warmers: (6 weeks) with dale prime, marion taylor and virag
    • june: 30,
    • july: 7 - 14 - 21 - 28
    • august: 4
  • stress free living: (4 weeks)
    • august: 25,
    • september: 1 - 8 - 15
  • find peace of mind: (5 weeks)
    • september: 22 - 29,
    • october: 6 - 13 - 20 - 27 (no class on 20th, because of fall festival)
  • how to be your best self: (3 weeks)
    • november: 3 - 10 - 17
  • a clear mind: (3 weeks)
    • november: 24,
    • december: 1 - 8

with birgit saunders

 

levin

mondays 7.00-8.30pm

 

 

  • stress free living: (4 weeks)
    • august: 29,
    • september: 5 - 12 - 19
  • find peace of mind: (4 weeks)
    • september: 26,
    • october: 3 - 10 - 31
  • how to be your best self: (3 weeks)
    • november: 7 - 14 - 21
  • a clear mind: (3 weeks)
    • november: 28,
    • december: 5 - 12

with jan mcpherson