Why support CCR Aotearoa?

What we do at CCR

CCR is an international network of not-for-profits. We build hermitages around the world to provide a space for long term contemplatives or meditators to work with leading scientists. Together, they work to expand our understanding of consciousness and well being and create health interventions across the world for the benefit of all.

Why we are asking for your help

We are developing a third centre for contemplative research in Aotearoa, New Zealand, Asia Pacific because we believe the world needs healing and we want to provide the insights and tools for it to heal.

By linking the work of our centres, we can reduce the damage we are collectively doing and spark a true revolution in mutual wisdom, care and compassion. We invite you to be part of our vision and mission!

Specifically, your donation to CCR Aotearoa will help enable us to:

Build new eco-friendly retreat cabins & community buildings

at Jhampa Ling to enable more highly-trained contemplatives to enter long-term retreat and be given support and guidance. Our cabins and community buildings are being designed with ecological sustainability at their heart. With as low a carbon footprint as we can achieve, we are being guided by the principles of passive house design. Such principles guide us in the sustainable construction methods and materials we chose with maximum longevity in mind. Energy efficiency will be achieved with our high “R-value” (thermal resistance rating) building design, with solar energy and capture of the land’s natural water resources which can be developed into hydro electricity.

Regenerate and reforest the land

by protecting our existing Jhampa Ling old growth forests; by mass planting and growing of new native trees and plants and by protecting the water courses, we will, with professional guidance, grow the natural habitat of birds, animals, insects and help in the long-term sustainability of the local and therefore global environment. (Carbon sequestration or carbon farming – bringing carbon out of the atmosphere and storing it in the soil via trees and plants – is a core aspect of our sustainability program).

Further professionalise operations

of CCR Asia Pacific to assist us all in helping to Fathom the Mind and Heal the World quickly and effectively.

Your generous donations will impact each facet of our work.

We greatly appreciate your continuing support as a member of the global CCR community. Together, we will cultivate our expansive vision step-by-step, by tending to one another, tending to our minds, and tending to our world.

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What happens when people train full-time to be the Olympic athletes of the mind?

Highly trained contemplatives engage in full-time retreat practice, training the mind in robust, time-tested methods of internal inquiry to gain insights into the defining characteristics of human flourishing and consciousness itself. Practitioners emerge to apply these insights practically in the world, applying their own balanced and healthy minds across disciplines and sectors.


The elegant methods of science can support a more thorough understanding of inner discoveries of contemplative inquiry.

Interdisciplinary scientists conduct rigorous, novel research with contemplatives and publish their results. Studies explore what is widely regarded as a mystery—consciousness itself—in order to make discoveries that transform the way we inhabit our world and cultivate our minds toward balance and health.


These tools are for everyone.

Researchers and subject matter experts across industries develop accessible, widely applicable interventions grounded in contemplative practices and research findings to enable people and organizations to cultivate exceptional mental health, resilience, creativity, and contentment.


Interdisciplinary common ground is a launchpad for sharing wisdom.

Teachers and practitioners alike encourage dialogue across the world’s great scientific, religious, and wisdom traditions, nurturing inter-contemplative dialogue and rediscovering the valuable depths of the world’s diverse traditions.

“The Center for Contemplative Research is anchored on a firm epistemic approach, inspired and guided by centuries of deep meditative experience.”

— Marcelo Gleiser, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Appleton Professorship of Natural
Director, Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement, Dartmouth College (Photo credit Eli Burakian)


“Let this donation be helpful to find the true nature of who we are for all human beings…”

— 2022 Donor

Donations are eligible for tax-credit for New Zealand Residents

The Centre for Contemplative Research Aotearoa is a registered charity in New Zealand. Your contribution to CCRA is eligible for a 33% New Zealand Charitable Tax Credit on donations over NZ$5 as provided by New Zealand law. Our Tax IRD number is 131-231-741.

Contact Paul Kelly if you have any questions about how your donation will benefit CCR.