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7 Days Explore Your Self Retreat in New Zealand

  • Rural Rapid Number 727, Birds Clearing, Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand 7183


Explore Yourself Yoga Retreat New Zealand

Give yourself the space and time to learn more about yourself in this holistic and practical introduction into the yogic lifestyle. Experience bringing together different yoga and meditation practices for an enhanced level of understanding. Receive a broad range of tools to take away with you in order to start supporting yourself through the hustle and bustle of life. This is an opportunity for self-discovery and development in a supportive environment surrounded by some of the most stunning nature NZ has to offer. No previous yoga experience necessary - everybody is welcome!


  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily chanting sessions
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Transport to / from Takaka I-site
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals

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  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Lodging will be in standard shared rooms. However, limited prvate rooms are also available.

Swami Karma Karuna

She is a founding member and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand, and a dedicated, intuitive yoga teacher with years of experience working with a wide range of people. From an early age, she traveled exploring diverse spiritual traditions; finally dedicating herself to the yogic path, guided by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati. Swami Karma Karuna has received yoga training in Nepal, India and Australia. She spends 3 months each year living and teaching in India at the home and sadhana place of Swami Satyananda.

Sannyasin Divyajyoti

Sannyasi Divyajyoti is a founding member of Anahata Yoga Retreat. She has lived between the Satyananda ashrams in Australia and Anahata over the past several years, also regularly travelling to India. She has a yoga teaching diploma from the Satyananda Yoga Academy Australasia. Divyajyoti also holds a certificate in advanced permaculture and has lead yoga ecology courses and eco projects at Anahata and in Australia.

Sannyasin Atmabhava

Sannyasin Atmabhava has been a core member of Anahata Yoga Retreat since 2003 and has completed a 3-year teacher training course with the Satyananda Yoga Academy Australasia. In spring 2007 he made his first pilgrimage to the heart of Satyananda Yoga in India, assisting on the Chakra Sadhana Course. A past, long-time resident of Anahata Yoga Retreat, he came to yoga because of health reasons and the practical and scientific methods immediately made a strong impression. He is a living example of how health can be transformed through yoga. His passion is in sharing the simple and readily accessible practices that bring about transformation with specific interests in yogic lifestyle, diet and nutrition, pranayama, meditation and mantra and kirtan. He enjoys working one-on-one with people to help them find more balance in their lives.

Swami Gyan Dharma

Swami Gyan Dharma Saraswati is a direct disciple of Paramahamsa Satyananda and lived with him in India for over 12 years. He offers the benefit of his many years of personal sadhana training in a very down to earth and practical way. He specializes in mantra, kirtan (chanting) and harmonium, which leaves one feeling deeply inspired.

Swami Neelmani

Swami Neelmani has been actively involved in Satyananda Yoga since the early 80's and continues her training in Sannyasa lifestyle and yoga teaching through her connections with Swami Niranjanananda, the teachings and Satyananda Ashrams and yoga centres around the world. Swami Neelmani passes on her understanding of Hatha yoga, Raja yoga, Mantra yoga, Kundalini yoga and sshram and Sannyasa lifestyle.

Swami Kailash

Swami Kailash Saraswati has studied and lived in Satyananda Yoga ashrams in New Zealand and India from an early age. From this background he brings a practical, simple and joyful perspective to all aspects of yoga. He is a warm and engaging teacher and has been teaching yoga for twenty years, most recently in Australasia, India and Korea. He is the Founder of Srinivasa Yoga House in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Swami Kriyaratna

Swami Kriyaratna Saraswati has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 30 years. His journey began with the Satyananda Yoga lineage in 1981 where he first went to live and teach yoga at the Mangrove Yoga Ashram New South Wales. Until recently, he has lived mostly full time in ashram environments in NSW and also Rocklyn Ashram Victoria, in the spirit of seva (selfless service) sharing his exceptional commitment to yoga and its teachings to others. During his extensive ashram life, Kriya has had the opportunity to teach yoga in a number of different environments in the broader community. From weekly general classes in local halls, to correction centres, adolescents in the juvenile justice centre, to children with disabilities, school groups as well as teaching numerous weekend yoga retreats and courses.

Sannyasin Mangalananda

Mangalananda Saraswati, has been practising yoga for over 25 years. She is initiated as a Sannyasin (one who has dedicated their life to the path of yoga) in the Satyananda yoga lineage. Since 2001 and until recently, she has been a full time resident at Mangrove Yoga Ashram New South Wales, training under the dedicated spiritual guidance of her teacher Yoga Archarya Hridayananda. Mangalananda is a fully qualified and accredited yoga teacher and has been actively involved in teaching yoga classes, retreats and teacher training with the Satyananda Yoga Academy in New South Wales since 2005. Mangalananda is a Registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia.

Swami Atmamuktananda

Swami Atmamuktananda Saraswati, Atma, first encountered Yoga Master Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati at his ashram in Bihar, India, in 1979. She continued to live under the guidance of Swami Satyananda for many years. In 1996 Atma became the Director and Acharya of the Rocklyn Ashram in Victoria, Australia, and continues to reside at the Ashram and train yoga aspirants from all walks of life. Atma has a simple, straightforward and practical approach to personal progress in life. Self-observation and attention to the everyday details of living consciously, is central to her approach.

Anahata Yoga Retreat is located in beautiful Golden Bay, New Zealand, in the northwest part of the South Island. It is situated 640 meters (2000 feet.) above sea level, at an idyllic spot called Bird's Clearing, on the outskirts of the Abel Tasman National Park. The closest town is Takaka. The two closest airports are Takaka (limited service) link and Nelson. The 13 kilometers road up to Anahata is unsealed and crosses several small fords.

  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Caf nearby
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • ATM nearby
  • Shop nearby

Food nourishes us and provides our physical body with the energy it needs to go about its daily activities. All meals at Anahata are vegetarian - simple, nutritious and satisfying. Much of the organic food is sourced from local growers or picked fresh from our garden, which is developed along permaculture design principles.


  • A light meal to break the fast from the previous night.


  • The main meal of the day, when our digestive fires are the strongest.


  • A light meal to ensure that all food is completely digested before going to sleep.
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Chanting session
  • Guided meditations
  • Hatha yoga and breathing classes
  • Havan (ancient Vedic fire ceremony)
  • Karma yoga
  • Kirtan (singing mantras to music)
  • Techniques to calm the mind, manage anger and stand in your power
  • Theory on yoga, mind and psychology
  • Transport to / from Takaka I-site
  • Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
  • Airfares
  • Transport to Golden Bay

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.

After crossing the Takaka Hill from Nelson, you will drive towards and into Takaka.

Turn right immediately past the Visitors Centre.

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 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 (7 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 past this drive. 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 2 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 road heading a little left. On your left (a hundred metres 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

There is an airport in Nelson (NSN), and there is a small airfield in Takaka (NZTK). Nelson is the main national airport for the region. The Nelson Airport is about a 2 hour drive from Takaka.


  • Takaka - 2 hours
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  • 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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Golden Bay, New Zealand

Anahata Yoga Retreat is an integral residential yoga retreat in Golden Bay, New Zealand.

from US$376

7 days / 6 nights


Arrival: Monday December 12, 2016
Departure: Sunday December 18, 2016



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