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Reflective Meditation – Mindful, Creative, Secular

  • Te Moata Retreat Centre 180 Paul Road Tairua 3544 Coromandel (map)

During this three-night, four-day residential retreat, Linda Modaro and Ramsey Margolis will teach an open meditation practice that will be followed by reflection and journalling.

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What’s in your mind and heart matters deeply and does not need to be separate from your meditation practice. Our meditation instructions are simple and easy; you cannot do them wrong, and this allows your meditation to be a process, rather than something you do right or wrong.

The roots of this practice are found in the Buddha’s early teachings, and are based on learning to trust the ways of knowing that develop in meditation, enabling you to be more responsive and creative.



 Linda Modaro
Meditation and dharma teacher, Linda Modaro has been studying and teaching various meditation practices for over thirty years. Though no longer seeing patients, she is an acupuncturist and in her youth produced moving meditation videos, Discovering Chi: Energy Exercises for the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.  

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Her introduction to Buddhist meditation was with vipassana meditation, and she began teaching recollective awareness meditation in 2008. Recently, Linda decided to form Sati Sangha, a non-profit organisation that enables her to continue teaching meditation on a donation basis for her livelihood.

Offering unique and individualised mentorship to meditation teachers, Linda encourages a blending of mindfulness, insight, and reflective meditation. She travels throughout the USA and internationally when invited to teach workshops and retreats. In California, where she lives, she works with small groups and individuals in person, and connects online with meditators around the world on an ongoing basis.

 Ramsey Margolis
Ramsey started meditating in 1995. He has been organising dharma communities and events, as well as creating websites and sharing his love of the dharma by writing and producing Buddhist newsletters since 2000, taking a break to work for Cooperative Business New Zealand as Executive Director between 2006 and 2013.

‘A secular meditation practice is relevant for today, concerned with the suffering felt in this world, of the life that has emerged through evolution, on this planet’

He teaches at One Mindful Breath, Wellington’s secular dharma practice community, where he is a member of the care committee. Ramsey founded Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust in 2009 and continues to chair the organisation, and in 2010 set up the Secular Buddhism in Aotearoa New Zealand website.



$390 plus dana for the teachings

The fee to take part in this retreat will cover Te Moata’s costs – accommodation, wonderful vegetarian meals, etc. – and contributes towards teachers travel expenses, and Linda’s accommodation in New Zealand before and after the retreat.

If you have any questions or special requests, phone or text Ramsey on 021 97 35 31 or send an email.

To book a place on this retreat deposit $100 into 02 1246 0675192 02 before 20 June 2018 and either text or phone Ramsey on 021 97 35 31 or send us an email letting us know you’ve done this. Your deposit is refundable in full before 20 August 2018. Your second payment of $290 should be made no later than 20 August 2018.

Information for those attending this retreat will be sent out at the end of August.



Linda and Ramsey will not receive a fee for sharing their knowledge of the dharma. They will be at Te Moata because they have received support from others, and we ask that at the end of the retreat you make a donation – give dana – for the teachings so that others may benefit. Dana can be given in cash or by internet bank transfer.

Generosity such as this has sustained dharma teachings since the time of Gotama, the Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago; dana is an acknowledgement of our interconnectedness and our interdependence.




Thanks to support from Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust, you can support Linda’s travel costs and their teachings by making a charitable donation via bank transfer to 38 9019 0064662 06. New Zealand taxpayers will receive a receipt that may allow them to receive a tax rebate on your donation(s) from the IRD.

Overseas donors please send us an email for international bank transfer details. You can donate through PayPal to 




Set up 2009, Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust enables more people to attend more retreats and workshops in New Zealand offered by highly-regarded insight meditation and secular dharma teachers, more often and more affordably.