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Do you need a break and have always wanted to visit New Zealand - a vacation that nourishes you on a deep level, reminding you how to take care of and enjoy the precious body you live in? This is the retreat for you. You can spend your resources on meaningful personal growth, increasing your health, taking time for yourself and having the chance for new life insights to emerge in safe, supportive authentic community. This a total immersion in rural New Zealand nature with a focus on establishing or supporting a daily practice.
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This Manawatu venue in North Island, New Zealand, is a converted hay barn on an idyllic organic homestead property. The views from this hilltop location on a clear day include as far south as Kapiti Island, as far west as Mount Taranaki, as far north as Mount Ruapehu and over to the Tongariro ranges to the east. Far away from the noise of cars or other people, the sounds of native birds chorus from the new growth native shelter trees.
The composting toilet, rainwater collection and simple accommodation model environmental stewardship and permaculture principles at their best. Rustic, peaceful, and environmentally sustainable to the highest degree, this is an exceptional setting for connecting with the energy of New Zealand. There is a basic kitchen where you can prepare or reheat your own meals. Sleeping arrangements are marae style or shared spaces.
There are three room options at Waiata Gardens. You will wake up with the birds if sleeping in the loft of the old hay barn. The barn loft sleeps four individuals, each booking separately. One queen bed suitable for a couple of close friends is available in the main house in the pink room (Rebekah's room) with an en-suite. There is also Luke's room which has two beds and sleeps two people who can book individually.
This retreat is carefully crafted by a New Zealand raised farm-girl yoga teacher, current Bay Area Healer, and a whole crew of passionate supporters who have your goals in mind. With gentle yet profound yoga and pranayama practices as the base of each day, you will also be led into gardening and harvesting projects to give back to the land that will be supplying most of your food during your stay.
A Rongoa teacher (traditional Maori herbal medicine) will teach you to identify native plants and understand their uses to bring more richness to your bush walks (New Zealand forest), glowworm expedition, and river outings. Each day will begin with meditation from an experienced meditation guide, followed by yoga practice carefully crafted to the needs of your group.
Yumba Retreats offers one complimentary Zero Balancing treatment with Rebekah, Suzy or Gabriel. Zero Balancing is a deeply relaxing body-energy work that addresses the tensions held in your bones. Performed lying on a massage table with clothes on, this treatment is like nothing else you have experienced.
Time in the garden, to walk to the river or to just sit and be, will be interspersed with trips to local sacred nature spaces. Evenings are times for the infrared sauna, the wood-fired hot tub, or sharing music and quiet reflection together after your afternoon restorative practice and deeply nourishing meal.
Rebekah earned a Bachelor of Science (honors) in Psychology, at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. She specialized in social-cultural psychology. She attended Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, Southern India and completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training. The program taught an integral practice including meditation, asana, chanting, service, and clean diet. She's also studied level 1 and level 2 Thai massage and Thai foot reflexology at TCM, a Thai massage school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Moreover, she is also a zero balancing practitioner and teacher.
Gabriel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Pomona College, in California. He was raised in the Tibetan-Buddhist tradition and began learning meditation techniques and philosophy at age 10. After a traumatic Kundalini Awakening in 2004, he disavowed all internal practices until he could find a safe system to develop the structure needed to contain that level of energy. In 2012, he resumed practice in earnest, delving deeply into learning vipassana meditation, qigong, and bodywork (Zero Balancing). He also teaches Jiu-Jitsu to help kids enjoy safe physical play!
This retreat will take place just outside of Feilding, New Zealand, in the hilly rural countryside. New Zealand is known for its stunning landscapes, exotic plants, birds, and big sky. You will have the real experience of connecting ethically and deeply with the land and the people who care for it. The river is 15 minutes away so you can walk there and go for a swim or enjoy the sound of the rushing water. You can also just sit and read under the shade of the apple trees. Rolling green landscapes as far as the eye can see are nearby.
You will be fed with food grown and prepared organically and with love, on the farm homestead that will be your home for seven nights. All three meals will be catered for you with simple fresh and health-full meals. The catered meals come from the lovingly grown produce on the property itself. This retreat is vegetarian-friendly and there will be a meat option available once a day for people who are used to that, but always on the side. Please indicate your preferences on the registration form.
Farm-to-table has never been more direct, with produce such as plums, apples, spinach, corn, carrots, pumpkins, tomatoes, zucchini, lettuce, strawberry, oranges, lemons, fresh herbs, feijoas, tamarillos, butternut squash, potatoes, kumara (New Zealand sweet potato), and eggs (six lovely hens on premises) coming directly from the land on which you'll be staying. Seasonal specialties have already been preserved and are waiting for your arrival. The pesto and feijoa ice cream are a real treat!
Please book your flight to arrive at Palmerston North Airport (PMR). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Yumba Retreats can pick you up in the morning / early afternoon of February 1, 2018. Please plan to arrive at PMR airport by 3 p.m.
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