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10 Days Power of Awareness Yoga and Silent Meditation Retreat in Golden Bay, New Zealand

Anahata Yoga Retreat - NZ, 727 Bird Road,Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand

Meditation and Yoga Retreat New Zealand

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in New Zealand.

This 10-day meditation retreat with international meditation teacher, Swami Anandakumar, provides an opportunity to travel to your own center, to find the stillness within and discover that your own inner nature is unchanging. The retreat offers the unique opportunity to explore tools that will help you to truly find peace, happiness, clarity, and perspective on the whole of life.

Meet the instructors

Swami Karma & Swami Anandakumar
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  • Daily Hatha yoga classes
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Fire ceremony (Havan) and chanting (healing sound vibration)
  • Kirtan (singing mantras to music)
  • Periods of silence for reflection
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Delicious vegtarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

9 days with instruction
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  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio
  • Library

A range of lodging options are available from shared rooms to a private straw bale round house with stunning views of Golden Bay. Tent sites and camping are also available.


This retreat offers a unique chance for you to go into a space of silence to begin or deepen your meditation practice depending on your previous experience. Held with long periods of silence over 10 days, it will help you to let your mind rest and enjoy a different, deeper kind of reflection and relaxation that will leave you wiser, and more ready for the challenges of life.

Renowned meditation teacher, Swami Anandakumar, takes a fresh and direct approach to meditation which is effective for both the beginner and advanced practitioner. The combination of ancient yoga techniques with well-timed, intuitive guidance, aimed at the modern mind, helps each person to find their way to deeper levels of awareness through access to their own intuitive experience.

These meditation practices will be balanced with Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Karma Yoga, Kirtan, and Havan (fire ceremony) to actively encourage a self-explorative approach to meditation and provide a gentle way to balance the mind and realign the awareness toward your own inner nature.


Swami Karma Karuna

Swami Anandakumar Saraswati

Retreat location

Anahata Yoga Retreat is located in beautiful Golden Bay, New Zealand, in the northwest part of the South Island. It is situated 640 meters above sea level, at an idyllic spot called Bird's Clearing, overlooking Golden Bay and borders the Abel Tasman National Park. The closest town is Takaka.

Nearby places

  • Motueka - 60 minutes
  • Nelson - 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Takaka - 30 minutes


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Anahata Yoga Retreat is situated by native beech forest and one kilometre from the Western border of Abel Tasman National Park. During free time, you may like to:

  • Immerse yourself in nature
  • Walk to the waterfall
  • Enjoy the spectacular views and sunsets
  • Use the tranquil surroundings for your own practice
  • Reflect in the Contemplation Gardens
  • Colour in or create Yantras (geometrical patterns)
  • Enjoy a book from our yoga library
  • Learn to cook ashram-style
  • Learn to play the musical instruments
  • Receive personal guidance from the resident swamis / teachers. During this yoga retreat, you can book private sessions for an extra cost.

What's included

  • 9 nights shared accommodation (unless camping)
  • All meals
  • Full retreat programme
  • Hatha yoga classes
  • Guided meditation
  • Daily chanting
  • Kirtan (singing mantras to music)
  • Daily Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
  • Karma yoga (action with meditative awareness
  • Fire ceremony (Havan) and Chanting (healing sound vibration)
  • Periods of silence for reflection
  • Complimentary pick up at/drop off from Golden Bay Visitor Centre to meet Nelson Bus

What's not included

  • Linen/bedding/Tent (Additional $30 NZ)
  • Special dietary requirements (Additional $25 NZ)
  • Private sessions (refer to our website for pricing)
  • Transport to and from Golden Bay from your place of departure

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Nelson

  • From Nelson, which is the main city in the north part of the South Island, travel west through the town of Motueka.
  • Note that there are no petrol stations available between Motueka and Takaka, so best to fill up in Motueka. Stick to the speed limits to avoid traps!
  • After crossing the Takaka Hill from Motueka, you will drive towards and into Takaka.
  • Turn right immediately after the Visitors Centre & Fresh Choice Supermarket towards Pohara(Don't go through Takaka!).
  • Follow the road and at the dairy factory follow the road which veers right.
  • Drive towards Pohara Beach for about 10 minutes. The road curves on a big right and then a big left.
  • You will pass Motupipi School (on left), then take the next turn right at the Clifton ‘+’ crossroads. Turn right at the next ‘T’ Junction at Carlyle Street.
  • Follow this road to the next T-junction and turn left continuing on Clifton Road.
  • As you turn, you will see an "Anahata Retreat" sign. Follow the sign until you will come to a gravel road and a sign saying Bird Road.
  • Follow the gravel road (Bird Road) up to the top of the mountain (seven kilometers). ). Look out for the small Anahata Yoga Retreat signs as you go.
  • There are some shallow fords and various gates. Please leave the gates as you find them (closed if closed).
  • When you are half way up you will come to two gates side-by-side.
  • Go through the left gate (not the one going down the hill to the farm.
  • When you arrive at the top after approximately 30 minutes driving, you will see a little sign on the other side of the top gate to the right that says Abel Tasman - Wainui Hut.
  • Go through this gate and follow the same gravel/dirt road heading a little left.
  • On your left (a hundred meters or so), you will see a row of big Pine Trees, a house, and some gardens.
  • There is an “ANAHATA” sign on the fence to the right of the gate. You have arrived.
  • Welcome to Anahata Yoga Retreat! Park outside and walk through the Anahata gate to the office (in front of and attached to the building you see).

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Takaka Aerodrome (KTF) or Nelson Airport (NSN).

Arrival by bus

Golden Bay Coachlines offers daily services from Nelson to Takaka departs Nelson daily at 3:30 p.m., arriving in Takaka at 5:45 p.m.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 31 days before the arrival date.

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Arrival: Friday March 27, 2020
Departure: Sunday April 5, 2020


Private rooms: Limited options are available on request, subject to availability.

Special discount

A discounted rate of 75 NZD applies for the night before the retreat begins (March 26, 2020).

Early Bird Price

10% discount if full payment is made by February 11, 2020

Booking and cancellation policy:
  • Full payment required for booking
  • Cancellation more than 30 days before retreat start date: Full refund minus 50 NZD admin fee
  • Cancellation 7 - 30 days out: 50% refund of amount paid
  • Cancellation within 7 days: No refund

Date changes of retreat attendance - 50 NZD admin fee will be charged

Electronic Processing Fees

As these are paid to the bank at the time of booking, they are non-refundable

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