16 - 30 Apr 2022


5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Satipatthana, the Direct Path to Realisation with Bonni Ross

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:

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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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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