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Yoga Retreat New Zealand

Overlooking the beautiful Wangapeka River, come and join a unique residential course teaching the Alexander Technique, applied to yoga and natural vision improvement, which takes place at the Wangapeka Study & Retreat Centre, near Nelson, New Zealand. With the Alexander Technique, change how you move as you go about your daily activities, resolve long term pain, voice problems, ergonomic problems, and even neurological issues. This is a retreat not to be missed!

Retreat highlights

  • Daily group yoga classes
  • Daily group Alexander Technique class
  • Private lessons with experienced teachers
  • Daily group vision classes
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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For this retreat, you will be staying at Wangapeka Study and Retreat Center.

School for F.M. Alexander Studies New Zealand Yoga Retreat Program

Alexander technique

The Alexander technique is an approach to the study of movement. It helps you to eliminate unnecessary tension while learning to move in an easier, more effective way. The technique focuses on the unconscious, habitual ways, which includes your patterns of posture, your movement, and your responses to stress and pressure. It teaches you to have a conscious control over these aspects of yourselves.

Your patterns of posture and movement are a part of your unconscious behaviors. When you are made aware of unconscious patterns that causes you to misuse your body, you can evaluate them consciously, and bring about changes to them.

Poor posture, movement habits, and unconscious muscular contractions underlie a wide range of dysfunctions such as sciatica, back pain, neck pain, knee pain, muscular and joint pain, migraines and tension headaches, most voice disorders, RSI, breathing problems including asthma, and a wide range of other symptoms. Alexander teachers can correct these underlying problems by correcting posture, movement, and unconscious activity.

Besides being used to reduce or eliminate physical pain and dysfunction, the technique can also be used to develop and refine a wide range of skills. The technique is taught at the majority of elite performing arts colleges throughout the world. In Melbourne, Alexander technique teachers work at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA); in Sydney - the SCM NIDA. The Alexander technique is also used by many and sports-people to improve performance, to prevent, and deal with injury.

F.M. Alexander's technique has been used:

  • For musicians to play their instruments with ease and without pain
  • For performing artists to improve their performances
  • To cope with neurological disorders such as stroke or Parkinson's disease
  • To deal with neck or back pain, sciatica, RSI, the full range of muscular, and skeletal problems
  • To deal with voice problems
  • To help asthma or other breathing problems
  • To help heal physical injuries or recover from illness
  • To improve posture
  • To improve their ability in a chosen sport
  • To improve vision
  • To learn how to carry out daily activities with ease
  • To learn more effective ways to deal with stress
  • To regain freedom of movement

Daily program

  • Group yoga class
  • Group Alexander technique class
  • Group vision and Alexander technique class
  • Private lessons (each participant will get a 30-minute lesson from each teacher during the retreat)


David Moore
David Moore is the director at the School for F.M. Alexander Studies. He graduated from Australia's first Alexander technique training course in Sydney in 1985. Since then, he has established private practices in New Zealand and Melbourne, ran many workshops and residential courses in Australia and New Zealand, and taught classes in the UK, Germany, Japan, and the USA. In 1999, he set up an AUSTAT accredited training course in Melbourne which at present has 16 trainees doing an advanced diploma in Alexander Technique Teaching.
Marjory Fern
After careers in nursing, music, and pottery, Marjory trained as an Alexander teacher at the Devon School with Jorgen Haahr. From 1993 to 2004, she taught individuals and groups in Cornwall, UK. Currently, Marjory lives in Nelson, New Zealand. She also teaches in London each summer, as well as leading workshops in Italy, Sweden, Finland, France, and the UK. She has a strong interest in vision and teaches how it precedes, informs, and affects how you react and move in everyday life, how you interfere with it, and how to make changes if you choose.

Retreat location

This retreat will be taking place at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Center, near Nelson, New Zealand. Nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps, it overlooks the beautiful Wangapeka River with 140 acres of grounds.

Nearby places

  • Christchurch International Airport (CHC) - 4 hours
  • Nelson Airport (NSN) - 1.5 hours

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Daily group Alexander Technique class
  • Daily group vision classes
  • Daily group yoga classes
  • Private lessons with experienced teachers

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

You can book your flight to either Christchurch International Airport (CHC) or Nelson Airport (NSN). School for F.M. Alexander Studies will assist you in making arrangements to get from Nelson Airport (NSN) to the center.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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