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Boundless Embrace: Loving Kindness for All Beings with Bonni Ross [Retreat Full]

Jan 13Jan 27

This retreat is now FULLY booked.

Please contact the Course Manager, Jane Hobday, to be placed on the Waiting List.


“All of space is pervaded with love.”

This gem of dharma is from Milarepa, Tibet’s most renowned yogi

and one of our planet’s great saints. It stimulates a question:

how could one flawed, frightened human being

experience something like that?

The Buddha taught a series of meditations referred to as The Four Immeasurables.  The first one (on which development of the other three depend) is the Meditation on Loving Kindness, or metta.  Our retreat will take root in this practice, which begins in a very local, personal place of healing. Gentle movement, creative expression and sharing with others will augment the work of formal meditation. There will be both group and individual meditation practice, and everyone will share in the simple, mindful, tasks of daily communal life.  This retreat is open to all. Some prior experience with focussed meditation on breathing would be helpful, but not essential. Participants should be in reasonably good physical and mental health to enjoy the challenges . . . inner and outer . . . of life at Wangapeka.


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

Unit: $1,080 (Member), $1,220 (Non-member)

Camping : $898 (Member), $940 (Non-member)


If using Paypal please add 5% of the total cost and include with your payment to cover Paypal’s fees – many thanks.


About dana

These priceless teachings are given freely by Bonni.

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 Buddhadharma for the benefit to all. Thank you.

About Bonni Ross

Bonni Ross has taught extensively at the Wangapeka Centre over the last 30 years and is a deeply respected ‘Centre Elder ‘.

Bonni began exploring the teachings of liberation in the early sixties. In the mid 1970’s she met her principal teacher, Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche, whose direct, eclectic teaching and example are central to her life.





For further information please contact: Course Manager, Jane Hobday jane.hobday17@gmail.com


N.B. This retreat is now FULLY booked. No further registrations can be accepted.

To be placed on the Waiting List, please contact the Course Manager.


To register please fill out our online registration form

Register now

If using Paypal please add 5% of the total cost and include with your payment to cover Paypal’s fees – many thanks.

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



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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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