Te Moata is a retreat centre sitting on 344 hectares of regenerating native bush in the Coromandel Peninsula of the North Island of New Zealand. Te Moata hosts community events and a programme of residential courses. These have included Insight Meditation retreats, Dances of Universal Peace gatherings, personal and professional development groups, seasonal celebrations and women's gatherings.
At the beginning of 2000 it was decided that a labyrinth needed to be created at Te Moata. A group of mindful and dedicated volunteers began the task and at the New Year Gathering of 2001 the first group was able to walk the beautiful labyrinth we have today.
As you walk from the Retreat Centre down through the bush you enter the Green Tara meditation circle, a place where you can spend time preparing for your labyrinth walk. A sacred greenstone, Hine Pounamu, sits in the middle of this circle symbolising the qualities of compassion, wisdom, peace and respect for all beings.
The Te Moata labyrinth is based on the sacred geometry of the labyrinth found at Chartres Cathedral in France incorporating the six central petals, the exact length and width of the circular pathway, and the 112 lunations which encircle the structure. All of the materials used are local - the clay pathways are lined by river stones carried from a nearby beach and by spiral stones made individually at a local pottery; the overall shape of the labyrinth is formed by hand beaten copper and the distinctive contrast created by Te Moata red clay. The labyrinth now sits surrounded by beautiful bush beside the stream; the two statuesque guardians at the entrance blessing all who walk there.
Te Moata has several other sacred sites: The Lavender Circle, The Rimu Circle, The Green Tara Circle and Puja Point. The sacred sites have been lovingly created by volunteers over many years and offer contemplative spaces to deepen our connection with ourselves and with nature. Created in special locations on the land, these sites are used for meditation, the Dances of Universal Peace, ritual, celebrations, and ceremony.