Five-day Vipashyana Retreat

With meditation instructor Jakob Leschly

At Raupo Bay Retreat, Banks Peninsula

Friday 14th November–Wednesday 19th November 2014


“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 Jakob is coming back again 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.


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 General 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 14th 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 19th November.



Be aware that the location is beautiful, in a lovely coastal setting, but accommodation and facilities are basic. Essentially accommodation will be camping, please ask for assistance in getting your tent set up. Dorm tents are available if you don’t have your own. There are a limited number of beds inside, reserved for senior participants and those with some physical discomfort, please specify upon registration.

If you have a bed reserved then bedding and a towel will be provided. There will be an extra charge of $20 for those whom require a bed.

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


Karma yoga

There will be a rota in place to take turns in helping out with meal preparation, washing up, cleaning and small jobs.


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 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 discount of $200 (concessions)/ $250 if registering before 1st Nov. Thereafter $250 (concessions)/ $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.



Please fill in the Retreat Registration Form, and feel free to contact the Retreat Coordinator, Kim at or Mb: 021 116 2490 if you have any queries regarding the retreat.


Further events:

Jakob will also be giving 2 public talks in Christchurch, details are to follow.