Mithraic Journey: Healing Gods & Goddesses

Event Highlights

  • 1. Recognition: Using mythology and visuals of ancient gods and goddesses through time, and exploring how their forms manifested and took different names throughout different cultures.
  • 2. Symbolism: Delving into the motifs and artefacts depicting gods and goddesses possess and what they stand for.
  • 3. Desired Traits: Understanding why ancient 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 god and goddess 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 empowerment
  • - Initiation into the esoteric teachings and the opportunity to further study and pursue this spiritual path.


Daily Schedule:

7am – 8am: Breakfast

9am: Class

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

3pm: Afternoon class (optional: either follow-on class from the morning or guided group activity on creativity)

6pm: Light supper cooked by Lily and helpers

7.30pm: Group meditation sit

About This Event

The Mithraic Journey is based on a series of symbolic, ancient mystery teachings from Roman times, helping people live better, more purposeful lives.

Mithras is one of the oldest known gods, and having been contemplated for over 3,500 years throughout a multitude of continents, by a number of pre-Christian religions, many of whose symbols and rituals were eventually adapted into Christianity. 

Working with Mithras helps us to release blocked energy, empowering us to develop our psyches and step into our fuller potential as human beings.

On this retreat we will integrate the strengths and qualities of:

The god of commerce Mercury, remover of obstaclesThe mirror-like wisdom of the goddess PrudenceThe boundaries and fearlessness of the god MarsThe loving-kindness and compassion of AphroditeThe stability and steadfastness of Jupiter, and the healing energies of the warrior goddess SekhmetThe friendship and fairness of MithrasThe god Saturn, who represents not having to struggle to survive

And many more gods and goddesses.

“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

Venue Highlights

Welcome to the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. People visit from all over the world to meditate and enjoy the peace of this remarkable destination. The Wangapeka is a purpose built retreat centre, with fresh clean air and beautiful vistas. It is very quiet and ideal for respite, stress relief and deep meditation. We have a meditation hall, solo retreat huts, a main hall for dining and community, and a fully catered kitchen and an on-site vegetable garden.

We are located in the foothills of the Southern Alps overlooking the Wangapeka River, about an hour and a half drive SW of Nelson, in the South Island of New Zealand.

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.

The Wangapeka Study and Retreat Meditation Centre is a Universalist centre home to a wide range of teachings, paths, and studies. Retreats are held on Mindfulness, Vipassana, Insight, Heart based practices, Loving Kindness, Calm-abiding, Metta, Compassion, Conscious Movement, Nature, Forest Walks, Yoga, Dance, Feldenkrais, Wellness, Wellbeing, Archetypal Integration, Western Mysticism, Non-Duality, Zen, Dzogchen, Mahamudra, Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings with Empowerments and Sadhana Practice.


Each person will have the benefit of a private room, with a shared bathroom. Please bring your own towels and unscented toiletries.


  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


On this retreat we will have a holistic understanding of wellbeing for body and mind. We are delighted to announce Lily will bring her warmth and good humour to creating delicious, tasty and healthy meals for us.


The Wangapeka Study & Retreat Centre, owned by the Wangapeka Educational Trust, is located about an hour and a half’s drive SW of Nelson, New Zealand. Nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps it overlooks the beautiful Wangapeka River.

Visiting Wangapeka Retreat Centre

Please remember to bring sufficient cash to cover your dana to the teacher (if you are attending a group retreat).

What to Bring:

Bedding (pillow, pillowcase & 2 blankets are provided)
Personal items, toiletries, medication
Alarm clock
Torch (with spare batteries)
Easy slip-on shoes as all shoes are left outside buildings
Raincoat &/or umbrella
Winter: hot-water bottle, extra bedding and warm clothing.

Summer: sunscreen, insect repellent, sun hat, swimming gear.

Directions to Wangapeka Retreat centre:

From your starting point, drive to Tapawera (if you come from either the south or the north you will turn off State Highway 6 at Kohatu Junction).

Drive right through Tapawera, past the shops on your right and then just as you are leaving the township turn left onto Tadmor Valley Road.

(If coming from Motueka, just before you enter Tapawera, look for the Tadmor Valley Road on the right).

Drive past Tapawera Settle Backpackers. Then continue for about 9kms.

Look out for a tiny red roof church on your left and then a big white old shop with poles further on the right: At this old shop you will find the turn off right to Tadmor Bushend Road. Turn right onto this road. The road climbs up steeply at first. Continue on this road for several kms.

The road will turn to gravel and where it does so you are going straight ahead – don’t turn left onto Slippery Road. Continue straight and ignore first Hewitt road and then Jones road both on the right. Keep going and the road will turn into Wangapeka River Road.

You will come to a ‘Ford !!!!’ sign and The Wangapeka Retreat Centre is very soon after that. It takes about 20 minutes from Tapawera.

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