19 Apr 2024 - 17 May 2024


5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Space, with Bonni Ross

The final retreat offering in this series being offered by Bonni requires a good skill-set and subtle perception.

The first part will look at some traditional methods for accessing the experience of space/consciousness/emptiness.

Building on these discoveries, in the second part we will investigate formation of group consciousness as the platform for opening to infinite potential.

You may attend just Part 1, or Parts 1 & 2 together. It’s not possible to attend Part 2 only.


Part 1: April 19 to May 3, 2024

Open to Experienced Meditators

(please dialogue with the Course Manager if you are not sure this is you)

Basic Buddhadharma offers focussed exploration of bounded space in the kasina practices of the five elements and boundless space in the cultivation of the arupa ayatanas. Wikipedia offers very clear guidance about where these practices fit in to the classical 40 meditations taught by Sakyamuni Buddha if these terms are not clear to you.

Mahayana practices explore the union of form and emptiness (for example, in The Heart Sutra) as well as introducing the concept of Dhyani Buddhas, which are also central to Vajrayana understanding.

Our exploration will evolve according to the skill development and confidence of those attending.

Part 2: May 3 to May 17, 2024

The pre-requisite for attendance is attending Part 1

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
The Western Mysteries tradition offers Star Group Meditation for healing, exploration of space/consciousness and the development of group mind.

This practice will be explored in groups of five, as well as with the whole practice community. Maximum attendance: 15.

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.


Costs includes accommodation in a single room, meals, cooks fee and resource fee. It does not include dana to the teacher.

Costs are listed in two parts. The first costs are for those retreatants attending Part 1 only. The second costs are for those attending Parts 1 & 2 together.

Part 1 – 14 days food, accomodation, cook’s fee, and a resource fee.

Wangapeka Member $1241
Non-member $1381
Member Camping $989
Non-member camping $1031

Part 1 & 2 together – 28 days food, accomodation, cook’s fee, and a resource fee.

Wangapeka Member $2462
Non-member $2742
Member Camping $1958
Non-member camping $2042


When registering for this retreat, select EITHER Part 1 OR Parts 1&2 on the Registration Form.

For questions please contact the Course Manager Graham Sandlant

To register please fill out our online registration form

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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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