16 Apr 2021 - 14 May 2021


All Day

Inner Wisdom and Penetrative Insight the Practice of White Manjusri

To those whose motivation to awaken for the benefit of all beings is strong and determined, this practice of the inner wisdom manifestation of Manjusri, the Bodhisattva embodiment of Transcendent Wisdom, is offered.

Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche, recognized as an emanation of this form of Manjusri (by Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, a venerated Nyingma master) inspired the founding of Wangapeka. This practice connects us directly to the blessing energy that imbues the Wangapeka land and supports the awakening of all who feel a sense of spiritual homecoming when they arrive there.

The retreat will be grounded in traditional sadhana practice, with the addition of the White Manjusri exercises, crafted by Rinpoche to directly address blocks or distortions of the energy body.

Maturity in Dharma Practice, particularly with Sadhana, and stable mental and physical health are needed to fully engage with the inner and outer rigour of this retreat.

Preference will be given to those able to commit to the full retreat. Attendance for the first two weeks may be possible if there is space available.

Please apply by March 9th.  After this, two week applicants will be offered any available spaces.

Date: Apr 16 @ 6:00 pmMay 14 @ 6:00 pm


Included: food, cooks fee, accommodation and resource fee.  Not included:  Dana to Bonni.
Members:  $2,212  plus Dana
Non members: $2,492  plus Dana


These precious 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 helps us open; and through an open-hearted state of receptivity, we find ourselves more able to receive.

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

If the cost is a barrier for you, Wangapeka has a Sangha Support Fund and you are welcome to apply for assistance towards accommodation costs to attend a retreat. Please ask the course manager for more information.

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.


For more information please contact the course manager:  Kath Mitchell


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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