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Black and White – a Retreat in Western Mysteries Form with Bonni Ross

Dec 5, 2019Dec 12, 2019


Vast and finite. Day and night. Dark and light. Wrong and right.
Flee or fight. Loose and tight. Divide and unite. Rude and polite.

We are conditioned to perceive opposites. Our awareness of apparent dualities conditions all of our experience.

Our exploration of the power of black and white will engage the body in gentle physical movement — structured and creative. We’ll connect deeply with feelings through expression in colour and form… sound and silence. Creative imagination, meditation and dialogue will take us into new learning. Our practice will provide both solitary and interactive opportunities.

We invite you to suspend expectation and disbelief and enter the mystery we are already living.



Thursday 5 December (5pm) to Thurs 12 December (2pm)



This includes food, accommodation and a resource fee (but does not include *dana to the teacher):

Members: $595 plus dana

Non-members: $665 plus dana

Camping option: $504 members / $525 non-members plus dana

Participants should be in reasonably healthy states of mind and body, as both the inner landscape of personal emotion and the outer environment of Wangapeka present challenges. Preference will be given to those able to attend the full retreat. Those applying to come for shorter periods must begin at the beginning.



Traditionally an offering of dana is made to the teacher at the beginning of the retreat and is a profound practice in itself. Giving can help us open; and through an open hearted state of receptivity, we can find ourselves more able to receive.

Please bring cash if you would like to make a financial contribution to the Teacher. Giving as generously as you can, enables Bonni to continue sharing the precious Teachings for the benefit of all. Thank you.


Bonni Ross

Bonni Ross has taught extensively at the Wangapeka over the last 30 years and is a deeply respected ‘Centre Elder ‘. She began exploring the teachings of liberation in the early sixties. In the mid 70’s she met her principal teacher, Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche, whose direct, eclectic teaching and example are central to her life and teaching.

For further information please contact the course manager: Mark Schrader schrader.mark@gmail.com

To register please fill out our online registration form

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*Please consider becoming a Wangapeka member – click here for details.

Banner image close up of  “Day and Night” by Escher, 1938.


Dec 5, 2019
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Welcome to the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. People visit from all over the world to meditate and enjoy the peace of this remarkable destination. The Wangapeka is a purpose built retreat centre, with fresh clean air and beautiful vistas. It is very quiet and ideal for respite, stress relief and deep meditation. We have a meditation hall, solo retreat huts, a main hall for dining and community, and a fully catered kitchen and an onsite vegetable garden.

The Wangapeka Study and Retreat Meditation Centre is a Universalist centre home to a wide range of teachings, paths, and studies. Retreats are held on Mindfulness, Vipassana, Insight, Heart based practices, Loving Kindness, Calm-abiding, Metta, Compassion, Conscious Movement, Nature, Forest Walks, Yoga, Dance, Feldenkrais, Wellness, Wellbeing, Archetypal Integration, Western Mysticism, Non-Duality, Zen, Dzogchen, Mahamudra, Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings with Empowerments and Sadhana Practice.

We are located in the foothills of the Southern Alps overlooking the Wangapeka River, about an hour and a half drive SW of Nelson, in the South Island of New Zealand.

We have meditation retreats throughout the year, have huts available for solo retreats, and welcome bookings from external groups. There are also opportunities available to work on our land. Come and enjoy this uniquely vibrant and peaceful centre.

355 Wangapeka River Rd
R.D.2. Wakefield 7096
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 522 4221

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