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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, Nelly Kaufer 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 to be 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.

 Nelly Kaufer
Founder and lead teacher at Pine Street Sangha, a meditation centre in Portland, Oregon. When she was introduced vipassana (mindfulness) meditation in 1978, she fell in love with the dharma and began teaching in the early 1980s and has completed two training programmes as a Buddhist meditation teacher. Nelly is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, integrating Buddhist psychology into her clinical orientation.

Nelly has been inquiring into people’s meditative and spiritual experiences for decades. She co-authored A Woman’s Guide to Spiritual Renewal (HarperOne, 1994), a book for which she interviewed women about their spiritual experiences.

‘Through shared meditation and reflection, let’s discover how the dharma reveals itself to you’

 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, though, to work for Cooperative Business New Zealand in the role of 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 contribute towards the teachers’s travel expenses, and their New Zealand accommodation before and after the retreat.

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

To book a place on this retreat deposit $100 into 02-1246-0675-02 before 20 June 2018 and send us an email letting us know you’ve done this. Your deposit is refundable in full before 20 August 2018. Full payment will be needed no later than 20 August 2018.



Linda, Nelly 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

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 and Nelly’s travel costs and their teachings by making a charitable donation via bank transfer to 38 9019 0064662 03 for Linda and 38 9019 0064662 07 to support Nelly. New Zealand taxpayers will receive a receipt that may allow them to receive a tax rebate your donations from the IRD.

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

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