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Angel Magick: Western Mysticism for the Contemporary World 7 day Retreat


  • Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre 355 Wangapeka River Road Tapawera, Tasman, 7096 New Zealand (map)
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This universalist meditation retreat on Angels is based on a series of symbolic, ancient mystery teachings, helping people live better, more purposeful lives.

Held at the peaceful Wangapeka Centre, Mira Riddiford welcomes you to a week of immersion and practice in the tradition of Western Mysticism.

Encompassing archetypes, meditations and symbolism from Egyptian, Greek and Roman spirituality as well as Cabalistic, Islamic and Christian times, Western Mysticism is for those who:

  • have an interest in these symbols and tradition and wish to use them for practical healing in everyday life

  • are curious about esoteric, mystical, magickal, pagan and nature-based teachings

  • are looking for mindfulness practices and mantras that focus on healing angel archetypes

  • are looking to explore a deeper level of psychic awareness and spirituality

  • have a desire to learn the origins and evolution of angel archetypes and their manifestation throughout different cultures

  • are looking to understand and integrate their innate, divine trancendent energies

About the retreat

With 20 years of Buddhist and Western Mystical study and practice with teachers around the world, Mira employs these esoteric teachings of ancient angel archetypes and symbolism to support empowered, healing and mindful meditation practices.

She believes we all possess positive energies and healing powers within us. Her work focuses on identifying, awakening and being able to call forth these healing energies through:

  1. Recognition: Using texts and visuals of angels through time, and exploring how their forms manifested and took different names throughout different cultures.

  2. Symbolism: Delving into the motifs and artefacts depicting angels possess and what they stand for.

  3. Desired Traits: Understanding why older cultures focused on these symbols and archetypes – to raise the archetypes’ traits within themselves.

  4. Personified energies: Learning to call upon these energies or traits to overcome one’s own personal or emotional battles and fears.

  5. Integration: Call the above healing energies and integrating their powers to guide and aid you in your everyday life, by way of mindfulness meditation and mantras.

What can I expect to achieve?

  • A greater understanding of angel archetypes

  • The opportunity to unplug from the busyness and demands of everyday life

  • An opportunity to reconnect with nature and your body and safely process your emotions

  • A way to sit with and heal the difficulties of everyday life

  • The ability to go deeper in your meditation and mindfulness practice

  • A takeaway kit of visual tools, practical mantras and texts to continue to heal and strengthen your practice

  • A deeper sense of mindfulness and personal empowerment

  • Initiation into the esoteric teachings and the opportunity to further study and pursue this spiritual path

What should I bring?

Whilst a more detailed practical packing list will be provided, we suggest that to get the most out of the workshop, bring:

  • an open, curious “beginner’s mind”

  • a genuine interest in western mysticism and esoteric teachings

  • a willingness to partake in the suggested exercises and activities

  • an open heart that’s ready to receive these energetic gifts

  • an inclusive attitude of all religions, backgrounds, genders and races

  • your meditation practice (all levels welcome)

  • your sense of humour

  • retreat etiquette – this retreat will be in silence other than class times, to encourage calm and clarity

Daily Schedule

7am – 8am: Breakfast

9am: Class

1pm: Lunch, main meal of the day cooked by Lily and helpers

3pm: For the most part this afternoon period will be personal time for practicing the meditations given in the morning, resting or gentle forest walking

6pm: Light supper cooked by Lily and helpers

7.30pm: Group meditation sit