7 Days Explore Your Self Retreat in New Zealand

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

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Explore Yourself Yoga Retreat New Zealand

  • 7 days with instruction
  • 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


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    Lodging will be in standard shared rooms. However, limited prvate rooms are also available.

    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
    For information about the booking conditions, please send Anahata Yoga Retreat an inquiry.


    • Review by Nic Zee

      "A beautiful , tranquil experience that I will treasure forever! Authentic, different world and a environmentally friendly place! Daily practice of yoga and meditation was perfect way to start my new year, thank you to all the wonderful teachers and I will be back very soon I promise ... Om"

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    • Review by a traveler from Rosenheim, Germany

      "I stayed at Anahata for nearly 3 month as a karma yogi... As a newy to yoga I'm so glad that I chose this place as my yoga starting point, as it teaches you, in my opinion, still the real and traditional yoga. Your days start early and are fully planned and even sometimes you have to do things you don't really like, at the end you see that it is all part of the bigger picture and part of your personal growth. Anahata is located on top of a hill with stunning views over Golden Bay, a very beautiful location not just to watch the sunrise or sunset but also to take some walks. Accommodation is basic but has all you need and three delicious vegetarian meals are served a day. I loved my time up there and experienced the most magical and unforgettable NYE of my life. Thanks everyone for making my stay so wonderful. Om Om Om!"

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    • Review by Kim Bernard

      "Anahata Retreat and the beautiful wise souls that welcome you there are hard to describe adequately. If you are even slightly thinking you might need some 'me time' or want to know more about what yoga really is, then book your stay. You could not possibly regret time spent here. X"

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    • Review by a traveler from Pune, India

      "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

      "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

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

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    • Review by Dan McMullan from New Zealand

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "Enjoyable week! Useful tools for daily life."

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    • Review by Aradhana

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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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    • Review by Sette-Nave Muryel

      "Toujours dans mon coeur! Je suis partie mais l'esprit de ce lieu m'a suivie..."

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