Reminder: Early bird registration closing 1 Nov!!!

Five-day Vipashyana Retreat
With meditation instructor Jakob Leschly
At Raupo Bay Retreat, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
Friday 29th November – Wednesday 4th December 2013

“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 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 please to announce that Jakob is coming back again this year, this time 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 Leschlyjakob_leschly

Jakob 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 re-affirming our commitment to the vision and path of meditation. Jakob Leschly will lead the 5-day retreat, offering general instruction and individual interviews.

The attached 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 generally give a more in depth overview.

New comers needn’t feel apprehensive, the retreat is suitable 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 29th 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 4th December.


There is still the caravan and a single bed in the room connected to the gompa available. Otherwise it will be camping, there will be friends on hand to assist getting your tent set up. Dorm tents available if you don’t have your own.


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

What to bring

Torch, walking shoes, cushion, sunscreen, hat & wet weather gear. Togs for the spa pool or a post retreat celebratory swim at the beach. Sleeping bag, pillow and mat & tent are required for happy campers.

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 flight expenses and food for the course.


Please fill in this attached retreat registration form, feel free to contact us if you have any queries regarding the retreat.