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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!
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.
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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.
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).
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.