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8 Days Aim Your Arrow Empowerment Yoga Retreat in New Zealand

Equinox Yoga Retreat New Zealand

Join in for the yoga adventure experience of your lifetime! Queenstown is renowned for its adventure sports as well as a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns. Explore yourself as you discover the people, the food, and the spectacular natural environment. Spend your mornings practicing yoga, discussing the chakras, enjoy a delicious a la carte breakfast, then set off for the day on an epic adventure. Aim to reconnect with yourself in New Zealand!

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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Visit an underwater observatory
  • Cultural day trip to Lake Wanaka and Arrowtown
  • Spring Equinox celebration and 108 sun salutations
  • A chakra guidebook for daily discussion and self-reflection
  • Arrow swag with mala bracelet and Arrow tank
  • Daily delicious organic breakfast and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 16
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Voted as number one bed and breakfast in Queenstown, the Queenstown House offers cozy accommodations. It is a five-minute walk downtown, which can get you close to the action in a quiet location. With charming guest rooms with stylish decor and individual ambiance, all have spectacular lake or mountain views. Upmarket bedding and pillow choices and modern en-suite bathrooms including bathrobes and New Zealand toiletries will be provided.

Seasonal fresh flowers from the much-loved garden, tea, and coffee selection are just some of the extras offered to surprise and delight guests. Louise Kiely with her family, friends, and delightful staff offer a warm welcome to their well-established bed and breakfast and are delighted to share their local knowledge to ensure a memorable stay.

This retreat is also a great way to travel alone because you will walk away with many new friends. Don't be nervous as Yogi Dani will match you with some awesome roomies with similar interests and you will be like family before you know it.


Each day is curated to be thoughtful of three main components, nature, culture, and adventure. At the beginning of the retreat, you will begin in a welcome circle, where you will receive your Arrow gifts and the Arrow course chakra guidebook. Then you will discuss the itinerary for the week and Dani will introduce the theme for the week.

Arrow will create a theme that will thread throughout each discussion for the week that is related to the history and culture of New Zealand. This is done to connect you to the country you are visiting and prompt your personal and cultural exploration. This theme will tie into the themes of the spring equinox and new beginnings, the chakras and what it means to follow your Arrow.

Sample schedule


  • 16:00 Welcome circle
  • 19:00 Dinner at the retreat center


  • 07:00 Vinyasa yoga and Arrow course discussion on Chakra 1
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Leave for excursion
  • 15:00 Return from excursion
  • 15:00 Free time
  • 17:00 Restorative toga
  • 19:00 Dinner out

Each day will look similar to what is listed above. Every morning will consist of yoga followed by breakfast. Some dinners will be provided at the retreat center but you may also enjoy trying out some of the local hot spots, so expect to walk into Queenstown for some fun night time wining and dining.

Friday's sample schedule

  • 07:00 Restorative yoga followed by discussion on Chakra 7
  • 09:00 Breakfast (Silent and meditative)
  • 10:00 Free time
  • 14:00 108 Summer solstice practice and closing ceremony
  • 19:00 Solstice celebration

Practice 108 sun salutations in honor of the changing season. 108 is a sacred number in the yogic tradition, anything repeated 108 times is meant to absorb one's intentions into the subconscious. It is also a number that dissolves old energy and ignites new energy. May this practice inspire you to move forward in the direction of your heart and truth.

This practice is for all levels. Do not feel intimated if you have never done 108 sun salutations before. This can be modified for anyone and everyone. You will also have the loving support of your tribe by your side.

Included excursions

This retreat includes hiking in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. It also includes a cultural day trip to Lake Wanaka and Arrowtown where you will explore the local culture through its old mining towns and a road trip to one of the most beautiful lakes with a vibrant yet quaint village

During the spring equinox celebration and 108 sun salutations, you will practice 108 sun sals in honor of the changing season. After this sacred practice, you will enjoy a private dining experience with music and cheers to another amazing adventure. You will also enjoy a boat trip and kayaking where you will explore the island from the water. Arrow loves to offer the perspective of seeing things from the lake.

Stand up paddle boarding with Arrow's friend Jessie Benson will also be featured. Jessie leads SUP yoga trainings all over the world and will be taking you out on the lake in Queenstown for an afternoon adventure. You will have the mountains as your backdrop for this fun outdoor activity!


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Retreat location

Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges. It is rumored that gold prospectors were captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers, which gave this cosmopolitan town its name. With a smorgasbord of outdoor activities, Queenstown is the home of the ultimate adventure bucket list.

There is also skiing in the winter and activities such as bungee jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking, and river rafting all year round. It has also become a renowned cycling destination, providing everything from easy scenic tracks to backcountry trails, road rides to heli-biking, and the Southern Hemisphere’s only gondola accessed downhill mountain biking.

Nearby places

  • Queenstown Airport (ZQN) - 10 minutes

Unique features


  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Wine tasting
  • Zip lining


  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Garden
  • Lake


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance


Enjoy a delicious a la carte breakfast at Queenstown House. For lunch each day, enjoy walking into town to grab a bite or expect to eat while out on one of your many excursions. Dinner will be either at the bed and breakfast or out in town. Yogi Dani love exploring the cuisine when they travel and want to offer you an opportunity to wine and dine like the locals do.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

You can take other activities with additional costs.

Explore Queenstown

Each day you will have an opportunity to go exploring Queenstown, shop, dine, swim and hike around the area. There is so much to see!

Zip lining

You can enjoy zip lining overlooking the lake and mountains in the distance. Enjoy a two to three-hour excursion through the canopy's and get your blood pumping with this adventurous add on to your retreat. This activity costs 140 USD per person.

Wine tour

Queenstown is the gateway to the Central Otago region where you will find 200 vineyards within a 40-minute drive of the town center. The Central Otago wine region is made up of six sub-regions which are the Gibbston, Cromwell, Pisa, Lowburn, Bannockburn, Bendigo, Wanaka, and Alexandra, all producing world-class wines. This tour costs 140 USD per person.

What's included

  • 2 daily yoga practices (1 Vinyasa and 1 restorative practice)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Arrow swag and gifts
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners
  • Hike to Skippers Canyon
  • Kayak tour
  • Lake Wanaka and Arrowtown tour
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Spring equinox party
  • SUP yoga session
  • The Bow method student manual

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Lunch (included with some excursions)
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Wine tour
  • Zip lining

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Queenstown Airport (ZQN). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Please arrive by Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. and departure will be on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at your own discretion. Yogi Dani can help arrange transportation for you during the retreat dates, any other time is your responsibility.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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