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Courage! Tara for Today Retreat with Bonni Ross

Apr 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pmMay 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Twenty years ago, for two months in 1999, a band of self-described “non-group” men and women took the meditation of the 21 manifestations of Green Tara on an extraordinary adventure that began in Granity on the West Coast, turned left at Haast, paused in Queenstown, and ended at Wangapeka, where the blessings of our work together were offered to the land. Happy anniversary!

What frightens you? What paralyses you? What threatens you? What makes you stupid?

More important: what helps? Steadfast open-heartedness. Clear thinking. Transformative meditation. Community. Personal resilience. Robust sense of humour. Stick-to-it-ivness.

We’re going to go beyond the traditional retreat format into a deep examination of the planetary and personal challenges of today. This work will be grounded in the practice of the Green Arya Tara, she who nurtures, removes obstacles, protects and strengthens. Her qualities of mind lead us to wise and compassionate action.

We will also work as a community, sharing our experience of being alive today. We’ll work on the land together, create beauty together, and meditate deeply, both together and privately. In the profound oasis of sanity that is Wangapeka, we’ll learn to be better helpers in the chaos of this time.

Participants should be in relatively good physical and emotional health. Preference will be given to those able to commit to the whole retreat.


Includes food, accommodation and a resource fee (but does not include dana to the teacher)

Member: (Unit) Total cost = $2,300

Non-Member: (Unit) Total cost = $2,600

Member: (Camping) Total cost = $1,910

Non-Member: (Camping) Total cost = $2,000

Plus Dana for Bonni. 

If using Paypal please add 5% of the total cost and include with your payment to cover Paypal’s fees – many thanks.

These priceless teachings are given freely by Bonni.

Traditionally an offering of dana is made to the teacher 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 to the Teacher. Giving as generously as you can enables Bonni to continue sharing the precious Buddhadharma for the benefit to 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’.

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.

For the last six years, Bonni and her partner Matthew Eades accepted an invitation to spend 6 months of every year in Nelson, New Zealand. They have taught a full, dynamic, coherent study and practice programme which has included annual retreats at the Wangapeka, Dharma classes, workshops in the city, and individual and group meditation instruction.

In addition, they have supported the activities of the Wangapeka in countless ways contributing to the humming centre that exists there now. Recently Bonni and Matthew have moved to Nelson, New Zealand.

For further information please contact: Course Manager Di Johnson dianelittletree@hotmail.com

To register please fill out our online registration form

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*Please consider becoming a Wangapeka member – click here for details.


Apr 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
May 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
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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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