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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.

Retreat 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

Yoga styles

4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: 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.

Anahata Yoga Retreat New Zealand Program

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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.

Retreat location

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.



  • Hiking trail nearby


  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request


  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Conference room
  • Currency exchange nearby
  • Internet access
  • Local market
  • Meeting room


The price of this retreat includes daily meals.

Things to do (optional)

  • 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

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Takaka transfer

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Extra activities

How to get there

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.

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