About The Teacher

Mira Riddiford is a Meditation, Archetype, Western Mysticism, Dharma and Mindfulness teacher based in Auckland, New Zealand.

She runs ongoing classes, retreats and professional workshops throughout Australasia, and her online classes have participants joining in from Europe, Asia and North America. 

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. 

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 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. 

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.

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 understands the challenges and joys of family life and modern, urban living.

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My inspiration is to find some very much needed solace away from the stress of raising 4 children, working (as a dietitian) and trying to get my private nutrition counseling practice launched. I am a registered yoga instructor and have practiced for over 10 yrs, and have always dreamed of taking a yoga retreat just for my own inner well being. Linda

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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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