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Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity is situated on 8 acres in the inspirational setting of Colville Valley, Coromandel Peninsula. Surrounded by meadows, woods and the lovely hills of the Coromandel range, our ambience is conducive to peace, calm and healing.

Mahamudra Centre is a charitable trust in New Zealand and affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) – an international organization in the Gelugpa tradition which has over 150 centres, hospices and projects worldwide.

Mahayana (Sanskrit for “Great Vehicle”) is one of two main existing branches of Buddhism (the other being Theravada) and a term used in the classification of Buddhist philosophies and practice.

Mahamudra Centre follows the FPMT Ethical Policy, a code of conduct which helps create and maintain a harmonious environment that is safe, respectful and supportive of Buddhist practice within the FPMT organisation.  You will find our Protection from Abuse policy here>>>

If you need to report an incident of abuse contact our Designated Protection Person

Hannah 07 866 6851


Back in the early 1980s, Colville locals Roy Fraser and Sally Barraud saw the opportunity to build a beautiful retreat centre in the Coromandel Peninsula. They envisioned bringing Tibetan Buddhist teachers of meditation to help others develop their minds in order to find true happiness.

Following the advice of their teacher, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who is the Spiritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), they bought a local farmhouse and land. With the help of many kind volunteers and community members, they began transforming it into the amazing peaceful refuge it is now. The Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity welcomes anyone who is searching for inner peace, and provides many retreats, public talks, courses, prayers and other activities to provide the tools to develop a happy and positive mind.


What We Offer


Mahamudra Centre offers a peaceful and supportive environment to retreat. 

We provide spacious, bright retreat cabins for solitary retreat and logistical support to allow you to focus on your practice. 

We have a secluded and beautiful Gompa which can be used for meditation practice and other spiritual practice.

Our Stupa has a walkway around it to make circulating very easy and relaxing. There is also a meditation room below the Stupa.

Our grounds are open and beautifully tended to provide a pleasing environment to retreat. 

We also have a wonderful Dharma Library and small shop with books, mala, alter cloths and more. 

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