01 - 08 Dec 2023


5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Peaceful Human Body, With Bonni Ross

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

December 1 to 8, 2023

Open to All

This retreat will explore the principle that body and mind are not separate. If our bodies, including the senses through which we receive data, are agitated, shut down or in pain, it will be very difficult for our minds to settle into a state of durable clarity and peace. It is so important that our “daily life practice” includes do-able methods to support and enhance the qualities of relaxation and stimulation that we access in retreat. If not, we get the feeling that we are trying to move forward with one foot on the accelerator and one foot on the brake. This leads to frustration, and giving up — until the next retreat.

Relaxing and loosening movement, exploring and healing the physical senses in the beauty of Wangapeka’s pristine natural environment — does that sound do-able? Supported by the Meditation on Peace (crafted by Namgyal Rinpoche) this mostly silent retreat week will establish some simple habits to weave into our daily lives!

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: $618
Non members: $688

Members: $492
Non members: $513

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

For further information contact the course manager Louise Petzold

To register please fill out our online registration form

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Image credit: Marek Studzinski 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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