03 - 10 Dec 2022


5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Stardust, Starlight with Bonni Ross – FULL; Wait List available

“We are singing stardust.”
Carl Sagan — astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist

Saturday 3rd to Saturday 10th December, 2022

This retreat is FULLY BOOKED.
If you would like to be on the Waiting List, please contact the course manager, Karen Harley at


We will explore the boundless practices of Loving Kindness, Compassion, Empathetic Joy and Peace in this slightly unconventional retreat.

The unconventional part is a special invitation to babies and their families to come at the beginning so that we can enfold them into our circle of practice with love, caring, patience and delight welling up from a deep recognition that on this planet we all start out the same way. All are welcome on Sunday, December 4.

Then, the formal work will review the traditional forms of Brahma Viharas and The Four Limitless Meditations before we evolve the practice in an accessible, delectable fashion.

The supports of movement, working with colour and form and community circle sharing will help deepen our practice.

This will be a predominantly silent retreat.


These costs include accommodation in a single room/hut, food, cooks fee and resource fee.

They do not include Dana for Bonni (more about Dana below).

Members $628
Non-members $698

Members $502
Non-members $523
Children under 4 years Free

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.

Information and Registration

For further information, please contact the course manager, Karen Harley at

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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