Mora about Mira

Mira Riddiford is a meditation and mindfulness teacher who runs retreats and online series, with students across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia.

With more than 20 years of daily practice, Mira has been trained internationally through retreat work, study and apprenticeship. She specialises in teaching on Western Mysticism, Archetypal integration and Non-Duality in a way that's clear and accessible to students at all levels of study, including beginners. Her contemporary, warm and engaging style breathes life into these ancient yet-still-valuable meditation teachings.

Mira can be invited to teach meditation retreats and classes worldwide. She is also available for Skype sessions. Along with Mindfulness, Mira is known for her work with ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Norse and Buddhist meditations.

Starting young in meditation, taking herself off for silence and absorption as a child, Mira supports the efforts of children engaging with calming their minds. She has taught the Garden of Mindfulness Family retreat for the last four years, and is involved with mindfulness in education. 

Mira has studied in the tradition of Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche for the last two decades having received teachings in this tradition from Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche, Tarchin Hearn, Bonni Ross, Lama Mark Webber, Leander Kane, Cecilie Kwiat, Chime Shore, Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat Senseis and Lama Sonam Gyatso, amongst many other helpful teachers from other traditions.

Through apprenticeship Mira has organised and managed many retreats and classes for her teachers. She has also created and run two Dharma houses in Auckland, that have supported people’s ongoing meditation practices and personal development. Mira is one of the leaders of the Auckland Sphere Group Tuesday night sits, a meditation night that she has been part of over the past two decades. 

Passionate about the power of communication, Mira created the Wangapeka website, Social Media accounts and edited “The Newsphere” the digital newsletters the Wangapeka emails out for ten years.


Mira teaches mindfulness meditations that encompass mindfulness of breathing, a wonderful practice that allows the settling and absorption into calm. Through mindfulness, a clarity and concentration is developed that is an ideal state to experience life from.

Mira also teaches Mindfulness in Movement, body based classes which are deeply restorative, which work well for releasing ongoing body tension, and settling the mind. She has given workshops for performance athletes on how to be with stress and anxiety when competing at the top level of their sport, and how to concentrate the mind and tune into their bodies signals for greater results.

Mira runs workplace mindfulness seminars. Having been a production manager, an account manager and a creative, she understands the demands of a professional career. She has also presented workshops on how to manage the anxiety of living with an ongoing life threatening illness, and has taught mindfulness in education in Auckland.

Calm Abiding and Healing Meditations

Mira teaches loving kindness and compassion meditations. She focuses on unitive and non-dual practices that allow the heart to gently open, relax and rejuvenate.

Esoteric, Western Mysticism, and Archetype practices

Mira is delighted by the challenge and creativity of Esoteric, Vajrayana, Western Mystery, Symbolic and Archetype practices. These integrative meditations help us work directly with addressing our humanity.

Mira specialises in ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Norse gods and goddesses, and has created many visualisation meditations that work with these ancient themes of wisdom. Mira has taught a week-long Western Mystery retreat focussing on the tarot symbology and European Gods and Goddesses of Healing for the last four years.

Mira has over two decades of experience, started intensively training in 1995, and was given authorisation to teach 16 years ago.

Mira works with people one on one, in family sessions, group sits, meditation classes and retreats. She is LGBTQI+ friendly, inclusive of all nationalities and a strong supporter of diversity. Mira has children and understands the challenges and  joys of modern, urban living. Contact her for more information on: 



Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre — The Wangapeka Study and Retreat Meditation Centre is a Universalist centre home to a wide range of teachings, paths, and studies. The Wangapeka offers a place of peace and natural beauty to take a step away from everyday patterns and challenges. Overlooking mountains and valleys on the edge of Kahurangi national park, it is a supportive environment for reflection, insight and healing. We have meditation retreats throughout the year, have huts available for solo retreats, and welcome bookings from external groups. There are also opportunities available to work on our land. Come and enjoy this uniquely vibrant and peaceful centre. www.wangapeka.org

Auckland Sphere Group — Established in the 1980’s, The Auckland Sphere Group runs meditation classes, group sits and retreats in Auckland City, New Zealand. Come and learn meditation practices from these highly skilled teachers who are dedicated to developing Mindfulness, Insight, Compassion and Non-Clinging Awareness in daily life. Meditations are taught on Mindfulness, Buddha-Dharma, Vajrayana, Western Mysteries, Archetype, Vipassana (Insight), Dzogchen, Tonglen, One pointed concentration (focus and clarity) and Calm abiding. www.aucklandsphere.org/



“Wow! The meditation retreat with Mira Riddiford was so incredibly powerful & transformational for me. I spent the entire week in my own private hut which allowed me to deeply explore my mind, body & spirit. Meditating on gods, goddesses & tarot card archetypes opened me up to new ways of being. Almost like I could create myself & BE anyway I choose in each moment. I feel like I was reborn. On top of the transformation that was happening inside, I felt immense peace being surrounded by nature on the outside. Mira’s teachings were thoughtful yet playful. Her strong presence, intuition & wisdom created a safe, loving space where everyone’s needs were acknowledged. She is a powerhouse Wonder Woman. A truly amazing retreat to be on.” – L. Hill