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16 Days Permaculture Design Course and Yoga Retreat in Golden Bay, New Zealand

Anahata Yoga Retreat, Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand

Permaculture and Yoga Retreat New Zealand

Permaculture’ is an integrated land use design methodology based on ecological principles, with practical application from sustainable household to eco-nation to global restoration. This retreat combines this amazing course with an intimate introduction to a yogic lifestyle. As a work in progress, all who comes contribute to the continuing development of this sacred space, whilst learning valuable life skills for the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and society as a whole.

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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Guided meditation and chanting
  • Kirtan, havan, and time of silence
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • Field trips

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


16 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • 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 roundhouse with stunning views of Golden Bay. Tent sites and camping are also available.

Program

This course is the standard residential International Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum, taught in an integrated hands-on way, culminating in a comprehensive land-use design project.

Yoga, deep relaxation and meditation sessions will be woven into the daily schedule bringing you a unique course combining inner ecology (yoga) with the outer ecology (Permaculture).

This 16-day course includes practical skill-building activities, mini-design exercises, and visits to inspirational properties that demonstrate Permaculture in practice.

It takes place in an intentional eco yoga community and incorporates the exploration of ”Deep Ecology”, the connection to nature and element themed yoga practices aimed at enhancing personal sustainability that extends out into the wider community.

Upon completion, a Permaculture Design Certificate will be issued by the Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa.

The Permaculture Course Program covers:

  • Permaculture ethics, design principles, and implementation
  • Organic growing methods (veggie gardens, herbs, fruit)
  • Rural land management (orchards, pastures, trees, water systems)
  • Integrated animal systems
  • Water harvesting and storage, grey-water, and ‘waste’ recycling,
  • Ecological building
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Social Permaculture / Invisible Structures
  • Permaculture Design Process
  • Deep Ecology

The yoga program includes:

  • Hatha yoga
  • Mantra meditation
  • Yoga Nidra- deep relaxation for inner sustainability
  • Guided meditation
  • Kirtan (singing mantras to music)
  • Havan (ancient Vedic Fire Ceremony to honor the elements)
  • Times of silence

Instructors

Swami Karma Karuna

Sannyasin Atmabhava

Robina McCurdy

Guenther Andraschko

Sannyasi Priyadhara

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

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

All meals provided are vegetarian - simple, yet nutritious and satisfying. Much of the organic food is sourced from local growers or picked fresh from the garden, which is developed along with permaculture design principles.

Some special dietary requirements for food allergies can be catered to with prior advance notice. Anahata Yoga Retreat can cater to vegan and gluten free requirements, but for other required specialty foods or snacks, you may wish to bring your own supply. If you have special dietary requirements, please advise upon booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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 beach forest and one kilometer 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
  • Color 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. Swami Karma Karuna works therapeutically with people to develop a personalized yoga program and to address mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs and imbalances. She has particular expertise in yoga for women and women’s health.

What's included

  • 16 nights shared accommodation with meals
  • Complimentary pick up at and drop off from Golden Bay Visitor Centre to meet Nelson Bus
  • The permaculture course program
  • All yoga program

What's not included

  • Linen/Bedding (Additional 30 NZD)
  • Special Dietary Requirements (Additional 15 NZD)
  • 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 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday September 28, 2019
Departure: Sunday October 13, 2019

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