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4 Days Energy Renewal Easter Yoga Retreat in Golden Bay, New Zealand

Anahata Yoga Retreat, Bird Road, Clifton, Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand

Easter Yoga Retreat New Zealand

Do you feel like you are JUST getting through each day? Never quite enough time to do everything AND truly feel alive? Are you feeling exhausted or constantly wired and over-stimulated? Learn the importance of creating a gap for yourself to de-stress, de-compress, and breathe! Nourish and restore your "self" this Easter with a retreat, exploring Hatha Yoga, breathing practices, relaxation techniques and prana meditations to enhance your vitality, ignite the relaxation response, energize, and balance the chakras or energy centers.

Meet the instructors

Swami Karma
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  • Yoga practices
  • Kirtan and fire ceremony
  • Guided meditation and pranayama
  • Time out to explore nature, read, write, or connect with like-minded people
  • Discussions on health and well being
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

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

A range of accommodation options are available dependent on your needs and availability. Limited private rooms including a Straw Bale Round House with stunning views of Golden Bay are available upon request for an additional cost. Tent sites and camping are also available. Please provide your own tent or you can hire one for an additional cost of 30 NZD.


Pranamaya Kosha is the energetic field that exists within the physical body, relating to the fuel that powers action, thinking and life experience. Modern lifestyle on top of mental and emotional patterns can block the fuel lines for this energy to flow. For optimal health, vitality and positive relationships, it is important to have regular tune ups, release energy blocks and renew your personal warrant of fitness!

This weekend will introduce you to preliminary Prana Vidya practices – an ancient science to activate, direct, and enhance the vital energy. Explore Prana Nidra, and learn how to enhance the flow of energy in your body as well as conserve prana for health and wellbeing. Prana is an often neglected yet key aspect to maintaining healthy organs, optimizing the endocrine system, balancing weight, mental and emotional clarity, in order to create an overall sense of equanimity and peace.

Learn the science behind the breath and its connection to your physical, mental, and energetic experiences. Explore conscious breath and receive inspirational information to take back home with you to integrate into your daily life.


Swami Karma Karuna

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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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 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 the Office at time of booking. A additional cost of $15 will apply for this retreat.

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. 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

  • 3 nights shared accommodation (unless camping)
  • All meals and the full retreat program
  • Daily chanting
  • Guided meditation
  • Hatha yoga classes (focused on the chakras and energy body)
  • Havan (ancient Vedic fire ceremony)
  • Karma yoga (action with meditative awareness)
  • Kirtan (singing mantras to music)
  • Small group discussions
  • Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
  • Discussions on health and well being including the chakras and prana
  • Pranayama-Ancient breathing practices to activate, balance and harmonise energy
  • Prana meditations
  • Fire ceremony and mantra meditation
  • Time out to explore nature, read, write, rest or connect with like-minded people
  • Stunning views and nourishing forests
  • Delicious vegetarian meals cooked for you!
  • Optional Easter fun!
  • Complimentary pick up at/drop off from Golden Bay Visitor Centre to meet Nelson Bus

What's not included

  • Transport to and from Golden Bay from your place of departure
  • Linen/bedding/Tent (Additional 30 NZD)
  • Special dietary requirements (Additional 15 NZD)
  • Private sessions

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Nelson Airport (NSN). Nelson Airport (NSN) is the main national airport for the region and is a two-hour drive from Takaka. Alternatively, you can fly directly from Wellington International Airport (WLG) to a small airport in Takaka, Takaka Aerodrome (KTF).

Arrival by bus

Golden Bay Coachlines offers daily services from Nelson to Takaka. The bus departs Nelson daily at 15:30, arriving in Takaka at 17:45.

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).

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 April 10, 2020
Departure: Monday April 13, 2020

Early bird discount

The prices below have an early bird discount of 10% per person. To benefit, book before March 11, 2020 and pay in full.

Special discount

You may apply for a discounted rate of 75 NZD if you book your stay from the night before the retreat begins (April 9, 2020).

Cancellation Policy
  • Full payment required on booking
  • Cancellation more than 30 days from retreat start date - a full refund minus 50 NZD admin fee
  • Cancellation 7 - 30 days out - 50% refund of amount paid
  • Cancellation within 7 days - no refund

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