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Satipatthana, the Direct Path to Realisation with Bonni Ross

Apr 16 @ 5:00 pmApr 30 @ 3:00 pm

Satipatthana, the Direct Path to Realisation

Study and Retreat with Bonni Ross and the dharmasphere collective

Saturday April 16 to Saturday April 30, 2022

This retreat is now FULL. Please contact the Course Manager to go on a Waiting List.

In Buddhadharma, the most basic teachings are often the most profound. This is very different from our western conditioning where “kindergarten” stuff is lesser. “Beginners mind” is going beyond expectations and preconceived ideas to experience directly, with an open mind and fresh, unburdened senses. This is the basis for realisation: things as they really are.

This teaching, declared by Sakyamuni Buddha as the direct path of liberation, will be introduced by Bonni in the first week in a clear overview — beginning with concepts, combined with meditation practice — of the 14 subjects of exploration that are outlined in the Satipatthana and Mahasatipatthana Suttas.

In the second week, the dharmasphere collective will hold the space for continued practice and sharing.

Some prior disciplined retreat experience with anapanasati is a pre-requisite for attending. Good physical and mental health are necessary. Preference will be given to those committing to the full two week period.


These costs include accommodation in a single room, food and a resource fee. They do not include Dana for Bonni or for our cook, Juliana.

Huts and rooms
Members $1019
Non members $ 1159

Members $767
Non members $809

About Dana

These priceless teachings can’t be quantified in monetary terms. Liberation teachings have always been given freely by Bonni.

An offering can be made to the teacher, traditionally at the beginning, 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.

Giving as generously as you can enables Bonni to continue sharing the precious Buddhadharma for the benefit of all.

About Bonni Ross

Bonni Ross has taught extensively at the Wangapeka over the last 30 years and is a deeply respected ‘Centre Elder ‘. She guides individuals in developing focused and skillful meditation and leads retreats for depth unfoldment.

Bonni 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. Bonni teaches from a deep wealth of meditative experience. She communicates with sensitivity, creativity and humour in a way that resonates with each individual present.

Bonni is one of the founders of the dharmasphere collective and one of the visionaries behind the innovative project ‘2020 A Year of Clear Vision’.

She is inspired by ‘ordinary’ people who demonstrate exceptional courage and compassion in the midst of great suffering. Somewhat unexpectedly, Bonni now finds herself living in Nelson, and is currently deeply engaged in studying Maoritanga.


This will be a predominantly silent retreat and limited to 20 participants.

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

Please be aware that the Wangapeka Board of Trustees has re-examined its COVID-19 response in the light of the new traffic light system. This addresses the number of people whom we can accommodate safely in the event of cases emerging in our local community and at Wangapeka, and methods for ensuring the maximum degree of safety for all. See the Wangapeka Documents page to download and view the details of this.


To register please fill out our online registration form

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Apr 16 @ 5:00 pm
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm
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