Five-day Vipashyana Retreat

With Meditation Instructor Jakob Leschly

At Raupo Bay Retreat, Banks Peninsula

Friday 24th November–Wednesday 29th November 2017

“We can actually declare that, as non-theistic Buddhists, we can free the whole world from pain. That’s the greatest news. And we are doing it properly, rather than worshipping somebody or going into a trance. We are doing it methodically, scientifically, psychologically. Starting with ourselves, we are expanding that news to others in turn. It is very definite and ordinary – and at the same time, it is quite remarkable.” -Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

We are pleased to announce that after spending last year in a long retreat, Jakob will be back this year to guide us through a five–day Vipashyana retreat.

This retreat is held under the auspices of Tibetan Buddhist master Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche with Jakob Leschly as his resident instructor.

About Jakob Leschly

jakob_leschlyJakob began his studies of Buddhism in 1974 and has studied with numerous great teachers, particularly the renowned Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Jakob completed a three-year retreat in 1984, has since worked as a translator and interpreter as well as a philosophy and meditation instructor, also completing a BA in Tibetan Studies. He lives with his family in New South Wales, Australia.

About the course

The practice of Buddhist meditation allows us to uncover and experience our natural heritage of wisdom though cultivating insight or vipashyana. It is to establish a peaceful space of presence and mindfulness, allowing us to awaken a calmer and wider appreciation of our reality. A retreat is an invaluable moment of clarifying and reaffirming our commitment to the vision and path of meditation. Jakob Leschly will lead the 5-day retreat, offering general instruction and individual interviews.

This Vipashyana Retreat Schedule and Info document outlines the proposed schedule to be followed and relates further information about how the retreat will be run and a more in-depth overview.

Newcomers needn’t feel apprehensive; the retreat is suitable both to those new to meditation through to the more seasoned practitioners.

Retreat start and finish time

The course will start at 5 pm on Friday 24th November for registration with dinner from 6 pm. Come earlier if you can to give yourself time to get settled in. The course will finish at around 11 am on Wednesday 29th November.


Be aware that the location is beautiful, in a lovely coastal setting, but accommodation and facilities are on the rustic side and basic.

Accommodation options:

Camping – you must bring your own tent (or van), bedding and towel.

Room: There are limited beds that can be reserved via pre payment. If you have a bed reserved then bedding will be provided (please bring your own towel).  Please leave your room in the condition you found it (ie clean & vacuum your room and leave top & bottom sheet (not the duvet cover) and pillow case in the laundry basket).

Karma yoga

Each participant will be given a small daily job to be responsible for in helping out with the running of the retreat. Also a dishes rota will be in place.

What to bring

In addition to the items mentioned under accommodation, please bring:

  • toiletries, a torch, walking shoes, cushion, sunscreen, hat & wet weather gear
  • togs for the ozone spa pool or a post-retreat celebratory swim at the beach
  • hay fever remedies and other personal medications, if required
  • meditation shawl or small blanket (recommended)
  • extra cushions if you require them (there will be some cushions and chairs available).

The weather can be unpredictable in November. It could be very hot or cool, and possibly wet so best to check the forecast and prepare accordingly.

Retreat Cost

Early bird price (book before 1 November 2017):

Room: $300

Camp: $250

After 1st November 2017:

Room: $350

Camp: $300

This cost includes food and accommodation. The Red Hat Gompa Trust is a charitable trust and this donation will go towards expenses such as covering the instructor’s flights and food for the course.

Pre payment is appreciated and can be made to:

Red Hat Gompa Trust, 02-0832-0048488-000 (or 00 if your bank only allows 2 spaces)

Please leave your name as a reference.

Cooks required (costs covered):

There is a position of 2-3 cooks required for the retreat, if you want to volunteer for this retreat you must be able to come at least 3 nights early to help prepare, you will be able to do the retreat but may need to leave some sessions a little early to prepare food


To register or if you have any questions, please contact the Retreat Coordinator, Kim at or Mb: 021 116 2490. On registration please specify:

  • if you are veg, non-veg or gluten free
  • if you would like to book accommodation
  • if you would like to car pool from Christchurch

Further events:

Jakob will also be giving a public talk post retreat at the Christchurch Buddhist Centre on Wednesday 29th November, 7.30 pm topic to be confirmed.

Ozone products and solutions for clean air, body & water.

Raupo Bay retreat is proudly supported by Natural Ozone. Ozone products and solutions for clean air, body & water. Find out about Amazing Natural Ozone Healing Gel for all your skin ailments, ozone therapy and ozone generators for air purification, spa ozonators & drinking water ozonators.