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4 Days Spring Meditation and New Zealand Yoga Retreat

  • Anahata Retreat, 727 Bird Road, Takaka, Golden Bay, Tasman District, New Zealand

Overview

Heart of Awakening Yoga Retreat in New Zealand

This retreat invites you to nourish yourself deeply with a beautiful flow of practices from the traditions of yoga and conscious movement. Reconnect with the rhythms of your natural ebb and flow to emerge from the cocoon of winter, attune to the energy, and vitality of spring. This retreat is suitable for all body types and levels of mobility and experience. Here, you will discover the freedom and joy that comes with experiencing your wholeness.

Highlights

  • Daily Nidra yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Guided asanas and pranayama sessions
  • Release deeply held tensions and patterns
  • Experience balance and harmony in life
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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All guests will be staying in shared accommodations at Anahata Yoga Retreat. Camping and limited private accommodation options are also available.

During this retreat, you will nourish yourself deeply with the beautiful flow of practices from the traditions of yoga and conscious movement. Reconnect to the rhythms of your natural ebb and flow to emerge from the cocoon of winter and attune to the energy and vitality of spring.

This retreat is suitable for all body types, levels of mobility, and experience.

Experience

  • Embodied mindfulness (awareness of body, awareness of feelings, awareness of states of mind, and other subtler states)
  • Asana (postures)
  • Pranayama (breathing practices)
  • Nidra yoga (deep relaxation)
  • Meditation

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  • For releasing deeply held tensions and patterns
  • To experience balance and harmony in life
  • To give space for the experience of ease, joy, freedom, and spontaneity to arise

Discover

  • That in moving consciously, less is more
  • The freedom and joy that comes with experiencing your wholeness
  • The grace and equilibrium to be present with what arises
  • Sannyasin Atmabhava

    Sannyasin came to yoga because of health reasons and the practical and scientific methods of this style of yoga immediately made a strong impression. He is a living example of how health can be transformed through yoga and shares his interests in yogic lifestyle, diet and nutrition, pranayama, meditation, mantra, and kirtan.

  • Nicky Woodward

    Nicky Woodward is a registered Awareness Through Movement (ATM) teacher. She is also a New Zealand registered nurse and a New Zealand guild certified Feldenkrais practitioner. She has been involved with yoga, mindful movement practices, and the connection it has to learning, self-development, and rehabilitation for over 30 years. Nicky teaches conscious movement classes in Christchurch and embraces a gentle natural process of embodied learning in a holistic way to expand and enliven the felt experience of joy and well-being.

This retreat will be held at Anahata Yoga Retreat, Takaka, New Zealand, which is situated in the midst of native beech forest with spectacular ocean views bordering the Abel Tasman National Park. It is a residential eco-yoga retreat using alternative power, composting toilets, eco-buildings, and nutritious organic vegetarian meals. It is a supportive, inspiring and dynamic environment that welcomes everyone regardless of age, background, and level of yoga experience.

The Anahata Yoga Retreat is based on the principles of an ashram, which is traditionally a place dedicated to personal transformation through regularity of yogic practice and self­-enquiry with the support of a community of aspirants. The rhythmic environment helps an individual to find more clarity and peace as well as form healthy habits and bring yoga into daily life.

The ashram provides the foundation for self growth and development of inner potential. The resident community practices acceptance, compassion, and equanimity in the different activities in life through the yogic principles of meditation in action and ­ selfless service. All visitors are welcome to join in these practices. The yoga room is located in a straw bale yurt and can be used for your personal practice or meditation when it is not in use for private sessions or scheduled programs.

Activities
  • Hiking trail nearby
General
  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Conference room
  • Currency exchange nearby
  • Internet access
  • Local market
  • Meeting room

The price of this retreat includes daily meals.

  • Color in or create yantras (geometrical patterns)
  • Enjoy a book from the yoga library
  • Immerse yourself in nature
  • Learn to cook ashram-style
  • Learn to sing a kirtan (chant)
  • Meet like-minded people
  • Receive personal guidance from your resident swamis and teachers
  • Use the musical instruments
  • Use the tranquil surroundings for your own practice
  • Walk to the waterfall
  • Work alongside retreat residents
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Takaka transfer
  • Airfare
  • Extra activities

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 Nelson, you will drive towards and into Takaka.
  • Turn right immediately past the “Visitors Center” (don't go through Takaka).
  • Follow the road to the roundabout and turn 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 the left).
  • Take the next turn right at the Clifton crossroads. You will pass a big wooden giraffe type creature and then turn right at the ‘T’ Junction.
  • Follow this road to the next T-junction and turn left continuing on Clifton Road.
  • As you turn, you will see an orange "Anahata Retreat" sign. 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).
  • Continue on past this drive. When you are half way up you will come to two gates side-by-side. Go through the left gate.
  • When you arrive at the top after approximately 30 minutes of 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 road heading a little left.
  • On your left, 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. Park outside and walk through the Anahata gate to the office.
  • If you are not comfortable driving up the mountain, cars can be left at the end of the sealed road before the start of the hill and the you can be picked up from there. You may also park your car in Takaka. Transfers are available upon request and will cost around 40 NZD.

Arrival by airplane

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

Arrival by bus

You will need to be picked up in Takaka to get to Anahata. Transfer from and to Takaka is included. Anahata Yoga Retreat will pick you up from the station. Please purchase your bus tickes to arrive at Takaka I-site on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 5:45 p.m. Transfers departing to Takaka I-site is on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. This trip will take you about 45 minutes.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Anahata Yoga Retreat an inquiry.
  • Review by Traveler from Pune, India
    10 out of 10

    "I always wanted a place near to a beach that had serenity, calmness,clean and a resort next to a beach that is awesome. I found Anahata retreat. This place has a great staff to take care of guests, huts that u will love. The only thing i missed is Indian food. Since i dont eat european food, i rarely found Indian food. Rest, don't dare to skip this place."

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  • Review by Magenta Weiss
    10 out of 10

    "An amazing insightful experience. I was truly inspired by the people who live there, the intelligent and relevant conversations I had...and the food was frigging awesome! I left inspired and with knowledge to use and love everyday after. Thanks Anahata!"

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  • Review by Christoffel M. Walter Hendrick
    10 out of 10

    "Most trans formative place for Sadhana, long-term residency or brief retreats."

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  • Review by Dan McMullan from New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "After spending the last few days away from Anahata I have really come to terms with what it's all about. It really is a beneficial place to someone like myself. To learn to be aware, conscious, and observe one's actions is like living all over again."

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  • Review by Amber Blair from New Zealand
    9 out of 10

    "You feel a little lost in it all at first, especially when everyone around you knows exactly how to say, chant, sing, and remember all these complicated strings of letters that make no sense to a brain that's been unexposed to them before and they are so strong in their conviction to the yogic path. Not just the posture yoga that we all know from the gym or yoga studio we attend. The life of simplicity and dedication to a higher power and its presence everywhere. For a non-religious person like me, it feels like a lot to comprehend and accept. But you get into this fantastic rhythym; yoga, meditate, eat healthy, work hard, give back, conserve, laugh, go to bed early, repeat, and it works you from the inside out. What you're so used to thinking is important doesn't seem so important any more and you start to really think about what you're giving to the world and how you're taking care of it."

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  • Review by Julia Kastler
    10 out of 10

    "It was a week where I nourished my inner self and had time to explore it. This is not finished at all. It just was the start of my spiritual jourey. In this place, I had the time, teachers and facilities to do so. It is a gift to oneself! Thank you for sharing your yogic lifestyle, knowledge, and practices. I felt ver welcomed and appreciated in this place and by the people and teachers. It was a huge inspiration and got some resources for myself."

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  • Review by Jonas Klippel
    10 out of 10

    "A very good balanced retreat. Not so much input and many free time but still enough to have the learning sink in your mind."

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  • Review by David
    10 out of 10

    "Enjoyable week! Useful tools for daily life."

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  • Review by Aradhana
    10 out of 10

    "Fatastic opportunity to experience many forms of meditation and work out which methods suits me best. I can now intensify my own practice and in a very subtle level."

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  • Review by James Johnson
    10 out of 10

    "I feel better amd that's enough! I really appreciate the genuineness of the teachers and all of them have excellent humor."

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  • Review by Gabi
    10 out of 10

    "I immensely enjoyed being at Anahata Yoga Retreat! It was very inspiring and a great pleasure to be in your presence and meeting you all. It was difficult in the beginning, but I learned heaps in the end. I feel like my eyes and my heart are more open than before. I learned to think in different ways, to see more positive things. I also learned to concentrate much better than before."

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  • Review by Sn Sri Priya
    10 out of 10

    "It was good to come home to my loved ones. Never had I been gone so long. My time there helped me to know that I was on the right path but that details in my life would need some tweaking. I needed to create a channel inside me, one to allow India to exist in my day-to-day life."

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  • Review by Sn Tanmayi
    10 out of 10

    "So what had changed? I had. Those seeds that had been planted during my first visit were growing. I was better prepared this time. I was less resistant, more open, and better able to meet challenges from a calm, centered place. I was also better able to watch, witness, and let go."

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