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Meditation New Zealand Mutual Respect Policy


Every individual participating in NZSM’s/ MeditationNZ  programs (including retreats, one off events etc) whether as a teacher or an attendee, should be treated with respect, dignity and fairness, and be able to experience  an enjoyable and safe environment. Harassment, abuse, and any other form of inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated.

Our teachers and representatives seek to:

  • Welcome and respect all students regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, personal beliefs, political affiliation, physical abilities, or sexual orientation

  • Teach within the boundaries of their competence and experience.

  • Develop their yoga & meditation knowledge and skills through ongoing education and study.

  • Uphold the integrity of the meditation/yoga tradition by conducting themselves in a professional, and conscientious manner, and teaching by personal example.

  • Respect the dignity and privacy of all students and attendees.

  • Maintain appropriate teacher/student relationship boundaries.

  • Create and maintain a safe, clean, and comfortable, environment for the practice of yoga and meditation.

What we ask of students and attendees:

  • Treat NZSM /MeditationNZ representatives and fellow attendees at all affiliated NZSM/MeditationNZ programs and events, with respect and dignity.

  • Do not engage in behaviour or conduct that is inappropriate, disturbing, disruptive, or offensive to others.

What constitutes unacceptable behaviour and conduct for teachers / representatives / students / attendees:

Unacceptable behaviours include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Any inappropriate, invasive or intrusive conduct.

  • Sexual or compromising propositions.

  • Racist, sexist, religious, or otherwise inappropriate jokes.

  • Offensive language, insults, or obscene gestures

  • Intrusion by pestering

  • Behaviour, either in person or through the use of phone, e-mail, text messages, online activity such as social media, forums, websites, blogs etc., that harasses, stalks, defames, defrauds, degrades, victimizes or intimidates an individual or group of individuals for any reason; or incites or encourages anyone else to do so

  • Unacceptable behaviour may be focused upon:

    • Race, ethnic origin, nationality, or skin colour

    • Gender

    • Sexual orientation

    • Disabilities or sensory impairments

    • Age, health, or other physical characteristics

    • Religious or political beliefs


  • By attending programs and events conducted by NZSM/Meditation NZ, participants agree to follow all reasonable requests and instructions of the authorised representatives of NZSM/Meditation NZ and to abide by it's “Mutual Respect Policy” and reserves the right to refuse an individual entry to and participation in its programs and events if in its opinion an individual’s conduct breaches this policy.
    NZSM/ Meditation NZ  will ensure that all teachers/helpers agree to abide by the Mutual Respect Policy.
    Contact: 027 404 7920 Jacqui (Radha)  Lyttle – Chairperson NZSM  or                                                                    0204 019 2073 Sam (Satnam) Buisson

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