12 - 26 Jan 2024


5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Breath is Energy Healing, Breath is Life, With Bonni Ross – FULL

This retreat is FULLY BOOKED. To go on a waiting list, please email the course manager Jane Hobday

This is the third in a program of retreats in 2023/24 being offered by Bonni.

January 12 to 26, 2024

Open to All.

Preference will be given to those with some experience of one-pointed focus practice.

This predominantly silent retreat will review classical focussed anapanasati meditation, exploring spontaneously-arising physical and emotional/mental states, as well as the various arisings of bliss. When appropriate, we’ll apply Namgyal Rinpoche’s Holistic Clearing practice to deliberately invoke strengths, negatives and lacks in consciousness in a balanced, wholesome fashion.

This is a potent traditional practice that is do-able when we return home. In addition to meditation instruction, practice and plenty of opportunity to ask questions, there will be time to immerse ourselves in the supportive natural environment of the Wangapeka.

Participants should be in reasonably good physical and mental health to enjoy the challenges, inner and outer, of life at Wangapeka.

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.

Rooms and huts
Members: $1226
Non members: $1366

Members: $974
Non members: $1016

The Sangha Support Fund may be able to help with accommodation costs in cases of financial hardship. Sangha Support information.

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 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.

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

Information and Registration

This retreat is FULLY BOOKED. Please do not Register for the retreat at this time.

For further information contact the course manager Jane

To register please fill out our online registration form

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Image credit: Nine Koepfer on Unsplash.

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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