03 - 10 Dec 2021


5:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Time Out for Peace, a Meditation for Humans who want to Change the World

Time Out for Peace
A Meditation for Humans who want to Change the World
with Bonni Ross

Friday 3rd (5pm) – Thursday 10th (3pm) December
This retreat has been cancelled. However, there will be a “city retreat” on the same theme being run in Nelson (Dec 4-10). See the dharmasphere website.


We begin by pacifying ourselves by putting out the fires of conflict in our conditioned perception. We continue this healing through an exploration of harmony and beauty in the natural world, in ourselves and others, and in our concepts and thoughts.

Based on Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche’s Meditation on Peace, supported by universal principles of the path of liberation, the energy of the land, creative activities, compassionate listening and the gifts of clarity and wisdom that arise in us all, we may vision a more wholesome way to live with the stresses of our time and our world.

To conjoin the season of spiritual peace and the ebullience of summer’s arrival is to meet a quietly expansive joy. You are warmly invited to help create and explore this refreshment together.


Member: Unit $637, Camping $546
Non member: Unit $707, Camping $567

Costs include fully catered vegetarian meals and accommodation, cooks fee, and a resource fee. They do not include Dana for the teacher.

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. Information about this can be found on the Costs page under the About menu on the Wangapeka website or contact the Office Caretaker for more information –

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.

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.

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.


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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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