13 - 17 Oct 2023


5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Teacher, Mentor, Spiritual Friend, Guru – The Big Picture, With Bonni Ross

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

October 13 to 17, 2023

There may be a “Weekend Only” option (13-15th October) available, however preference will be given to those who can attend the full retreat. To request to attend for the weekend only, please contact the Course Manager Jane Hobday

Open to All.

This retreat will examine different learning and teaching styles, traditional and contemporary. Namgyal Rinpoche said, more than once, “The student creates the teacher.” Our western cultural assumption is that in a learning situation, the teacher has all the power. In the context of liberation teaching, it is the curiosity and interest and dedication and innate wisdom of the student that determines what sort of teaching is offered.

Teacher, Mentor, Spiritual Friend, Guru. What do these words mean, and how do they fit in to healing and transformation? Spiritual work appears to be fundamentally a solitary activity, but supportive people, friends and communities of like-minded ones can ease the way to the realisation that no one does it alone! We are interconnected, influenced, inspired, discouraged, supported, and mesmerised by all of life. What can help us navigate this huge unknown?

For a few days, in supportive circumstances, we’ll explore and question, discuss, expand and shrink our views and learn to listen . . . to inner wisdom, the natural world and other humans. We’ll move our bodies, meditate alone and together, eat, sleep, dream and share.

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: $376
Non members: $416

Members: $304
Non members: $316

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 Jane

To register please fill out our online registration form

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Image credit: from Wind in the Willows.

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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