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28 Days Yogic Life Skills Programme in Golden Bay, New Zealand

Anahata Yoga Retreat, 727 Bird Road, Takaka 7142, Tasman District, Golden Bay, South Island, New Zealand

Relaxing Yoga Retreat in New Zealand

Join Anahata Yoga Retreats to immerse yourself in a healthier, more conscious environment while gaining valuable life skills! There will be opportunities for reflection, to connect with a simpler way of living, and a break from the modern lifestyle. If you are looking for self-development and growth, then this training program will help you immensely! The first week offers an introduction to a yogic lifestyle. During this week, you will experience bringing together different yoga and meditation practices for an enhanced level of understanding. You will also receive a broad range of tools to take away so you can start supporting yourself through the hustle and bustle of life. The following three weeks of the yogic life skills retreat takes you a bit deeper, where you will cultivate these skills further.

Meet the instructors

Specialist Anahata Teachers
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Highlights

  • Hatha yoga classes
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Daily chanting and yoga Nidra
  • Kirtan and Karma yoga session
  • Small group discussion
  • Fire ceremony (Havan)
  • 27 nights' lodging
  • 3 daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


27 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio
  • Library

Anahata Yoga Retreat is a residential eco ­yoga retreat that uses alternative power, composting toilets, and eco-friendly buildings. It is a supportive, inspiring, and dynamic environment that welcomes everyone regardless of age, background, and level of yoga experience. The facilities accommodate up to 30 guests at a time, with extra space available for tent sites. A range of lodging options is available from shared rooms to a private strawbale roundhouse with stunning views of Golden Bay. Tent sites and camping are also available. This retreat includes shared accommodation for its guests.

Sustainable living

A healthy lifestyle and environment go hand-in-hand. Sustainable living is intrinsic to the yogic tradition. Anahata practices energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste management. They use solar power, composting toilets, and unique eco-friendly earth and straw buildings. They are also caretakers of the ecologically significant flora and fauna of Golden Bay with an active interest in conservation in the region.

Organic garden

The organic garden is an ongoing project. It is being developed along permaculture design principles and is largely bio-dynamic. The garden produces a range of herbs and vegetables that are used daily in the delicious vegetarian meals. All scraps from meals are used to make compost or fed to the worm farms, where the worms happily transform bits of fruit and veggies into worm castings, which are then used, along with the compost, to mulch trees and the garden.

Alternative power

Anahata is off the electrical grid and relies on solar power, minimizing the impact on the environment. Other alternative power options to complement the solar power is a future project.

Eco-buildings

At present, there are two different types of straw bale structures and an earth yurt. These buildings have excellent insulation, staying warm in the winter and keeping cool in the summer. They were also built using primarily natural materials.

Composting toilets

Anahata Yoga Retreat uses primarily composting toilets, helping to minimize water usage. The compost from these toilets is used to mulch trees around the property.

Green cleaning

Anahata Yoga Retreat uses biodegradable, environmentally friendly cleaners.

White zone

Anahata Yoga Retreat strives to maintain the natural beauty of the landscape and provide a place where the guests can retreat from the stress and stimulation of work, modern technology, and the impact of city life. Anahata aims to minimize electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) by limiting cell phone use, consolidating computer use to specific areas, and choosing low EMF options wherever possible.

Caretakers of native bush

Anahata is committed to caring for the land and preserving old growth indigenous forest that covers most of the property, taking into account the environmental impact of any new buildings or developments.

Program

This extended retreat is an opportunity for self-discovery and development in a supportive environment, surrounded by some of the most stunning nature New Zealand has to offer. Anahata Specialist Teachers are all well trained and knowledgeable in their field. They will lead you through this event in a respectful and gentle manner, inspiring you to go deeper, and explore what you find. No previous yoga experience is necessary - everybody is welcome! During the retreat, you will participate in the regular daily schedule of programs including:

  • Hatha yoga (four days per week)
  • Mantra yoga (chanting)
  • Meditations
  • Yoga Nidra relaxation
  • Karma yoga (yoga of action and selfless service)

Your days at Anahata Yoga Retreat are full, with daily morning chanting, yoga Nidra (deep relaxation), guided meditation, and Karma yoga in one of your retreat departments (for example garden, kitchen, or housekeeping). Throughout the week there are also satsang (spiritual discussions), Hatha yoga classes, Kirtan (singing mantras to music), and Havans (ancient fire ceremonies).

Anahata Yoga Retreat has a commitment to personal growth and a willingness to live in a community environment. Most accommodation is shared and you will practice together three to four times a day as a group, woven throughout the day. The days start early and are highly structured, so it can take some adjustment. They operate similarly to an ashram, so for six days out of every seven there is a full program throughout the day which all residents, sevaks, and retreat guests participate in.

You will have the chance to be part of a community living a life of simplicity, mindfulness, and service to support the growth and well being. There is also supported introduction to new areas of growth, responsibility, and learning in a supported and accepting environment. Furthermore, you will get mentorship and life skills development in areas such as healthy cooking and kitchen management, organic gardening and landscape design, management experience, maintenance and eco-building, admin and office assistance, caring for a small retreat center.

Hatha yoga

Hatha yoga is what most people think of when they hear the word “yoga”. Hatha yoga is the practice of asana, or physical postures, and it is used to balance and purify the body and mind in preparation for more advanced practices. In addition to the asanas that many people are familiar with, Hatha yoga also includes shatkarmas or cleansing practices.

The practices of mudras and bandhas are also a part of Hatha yoga. Mudras are a combination of subtle physical movements or positions done with the hands, head, or whole body. They alter the mood, perception, and deepen awareness and concentration. The aim is to link the neocortex with the limbic and instinctual structures of the brain, bringing the practitioner out of unconscious habitual patterns, and emotional reactions and into more conscious control.

Bandhas were originally understood as types of mudras and they are often used in conjunction with mudra as well as pranayama. Bandha means to “hold”, “tighten” or “lock” in Sanskrit, which is an apt literal description of how to perform a bandha. The intention of bandha is to hold prana (energy) in a specific area in order to then redirect the movement of prana for spiritual awakening.

Karma yoga

Karma yoga is the yoga of dynamic meditation. Through Karma yoga, qualities such as being present with the action, witnessing the inevitable thoughts, and remaining unattached to the results of the action can be perfected. Karma yoga is performing each task with meditative awareness. In this existence, human cannot live without acting, as thought, speech, movement are all part of action.

Therefore, here at Anahata, activities are seen as an opportunity for reflection and growth. All guests are invited to join Anahata’s residents in contributing to the retreat through the practice of Karma yoga. Anahata Yoga Retreat invites you to bring a new quality to your everyday actions through seeing “work” in a new light. The attitude developed during the practice of Karma yoga can be brought back to your life thereby transforming daily living into conscious living.

Weekly progression

Week 1: Start with Anahata Yoga Retreat signature “explore yourself” foundational retreat

Participate in Anahata Yoga Retreat foundational retreat, with an introduction to a broad range of yogic tools, practices, and perspectives which support a more conscious lifestyle.

All weeks include participation in Anahata’s daily schedule of programs and classes alongside other residents and guests. Weeks two to four additionally include a weekly theme, weekly group check-in with a center teacher, and practices for guided self-study.

Week 2: Yogic lifestyle introduction week

Continue your explorations with a balance of Karma yoga and personal development time to continue to process your experiences as you settle into the routine.

Weeks 3-4: Karma yogi integration weeks

Karma yoga practice and participation increase to approximately five to six hours per day, as you become more fully integrated with the team and the day-to-day operations of the retreat center. This is a supported transition to service with expanding skills, roles, and responsibilities.

Instructors

Specialist Anahata Teachers

Retreat location

Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand, is situated in the midst of native beech forest with spectacular ocean views bordering the Abel Tasman National Park. It is located in the beautiful Golden Bay, New Zealand, in the northwest part of the South Island. It is situated 640 meters (2,000 feet) above sea level, at an idyllic spot called Bird's Clearing, overlooking Golden Bay and the Abel Tasman National Park. The closest town is Takaka.

The two closest airports are Takaka Aerodrome (KTF) (limited service link) and Nelson Airport (NSN). Anahata Yoga Retreat is 15 kilometers from Takaka, with the last seven kilometers being unsealed. You will have to cross five small fords. A 4WD vehicle is helpful but many people drive up in 2WD cars without any problem.

Please note that Anahata Yoga Retreat is half an hour away from any shops, banks, or internet cafes. Please attend to any needs in town before you come to Anahata Yoga Retreat.

Native bird life

The bush at Anahata is alive with many native birds, including:

  • Bellbird / korimako
  • Fantail / piwakawaka
  • Morepork / ruru
  • New Zealand falcon / karearea
  • Parrot / kea
  • Riflemen / titipounamu
  • South island robin / toutouwai
  • Tomtit / miromiro
  • Tui
  • Waxeye / tauhou
  • Weka
  • Wood pigeon / kereru

Nearby places

  • Motueka - 60 minutes
  • Shops, banks, or internet cafes - half an hour
  • Takaka, 15 kilometers - 30 minutes

Unique features

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Library

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 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 the time of booking. An additional cost of 10 NZD per week will apply for this retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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 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
  • Receive personal guidance from the resident swamis/teachers
  • Learn to play the musical instruments

What's included

  • Hatha yoga classes
  • Kirtan (singing mantras to music)
  • Daily yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
  • Complimentary Pick up and drop off from Golden Bay Visitor Center to meet Nelson Bus
  • Karma yoga (action with meditative awareness)
  • Guided meditation
  • Daily chanting
  • Fire ceremony (Havan) and chanting (healing sound vibration)
  • Small group discussions
  • 27 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

What's not included

  • Linen/Bedding (additional 30 NZD)
  • Special Dietary Requirements (Additional 10 NZD per week)
  • Private Sessions (refer to our website for pricing)
  • Transport to and from Golden Bay from your place of departure

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.
  • After crossing the Takaka Hill from Nelson, you will drive towards and into Takaka.
  • Turn right immediately past the visitors centre (don't go through Takaka).
  • Follow the road to the roundabout at the dairy factory and turn right.
  • Drive towards Pohara Beach for about ten 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 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).
  • You will notice a sign part way up the hill with several family names on it. This is a private driveway / road to their house. Continue on then past this drive.
  • 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.

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.

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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Limited private room options are available. Please contact Anahata Yoga Retreat for more information.

Sunday November 24, 2019
(28 days / 27 nights)

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