Meditation Retreats

Free outdoor meditation sessions will help Nelsonians access inner peace and calm

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“Quiet and fun” will be on the program for a series of meditations in Anzac Park in Nelson. Bonni Ross will lead a guided meditation at the events.

In a year that has been challenging for many, accessing a moment of peace and tranquility may be more important than ever.

This summer Nelsonians can do so for free at Peace in the Park, a series of mindfulness and meditation sessions in Anzac Park in Nelson.

Meditation and Buddhist philosophy teacher Bonni Ross said the events would allow people to gather together as a community and gain access to peace and tranquility.

“It’s for anyone who wants to hang out in the park and do something quiet and fun instead of being exuberant and fun.”

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No two events will be the same at any Sunday session conducted by a different group, said Ross, who will be doing guided meditations at the sessions.

Last year, the sessions included mindful movements, kid-friendly activities like bubbles, and conversation activities. Each ended with a 40-minute guided meditation.

Ross has taught in Canada and New Zealand for four decades and conducts meditation retreats at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Center every year.

In a year when many are scared, finding a moment of calm and peace is important, Ross said.

“You can’t call it off and go to Bali and party for two weeks.”

Like any skill, meditation is a skill that can be practiced and built upon, she said.

“In some ways, the most exciting meditation to teach is to people who have never practiced before.

“In the beginning you have to have someone who has been on that particular journey. Someone who not only knows the process and skills but also knows what works for that person. “

The sessions are open to everyone, Ross said. “From grandma to any child who can sit still for a while.”

Last year’s Peace in the Park sessions drew up to 30 people to each event.

“We had people wandering the park, staying for a while, and then wandering off. It’s a friendly community activity. If you only stay five minutes, that’s fine. “

Peace in the Park sessions will be held on Sunday, December 13th, January 10th, February 14th, March 14th and April 11th from 10am to 12pm at Anzac Park. The sessions are free, but Koha is welcome. For more information, see

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