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3 Days Dream, Flow, and Harvest Yoga Retreat New Zealand

  • Mana Retreat Centre, 608 Manaia Road, RD1, Coromandel, New Zealand, 3581

New Zealand Yoga Retreat

We all have dreams and the still mind that yoga provides, helps us to get into a place of presence where our power to create is most potent. When we regularly practice yoga and then get on with living a full life, we tend to naturally harvest the fruits of our efforts. This years retreat is all about dreaming, doing yoga and harvesting the fruits of a full and vibrant life. Turn your mobile phone, iPad and electronics off. Flow and stretch to great beats at least once a day. This retreat is for the dreamers, the yogis and those who enjoy life.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Dream sessions and pranayama
  • A guided hike to the chapel
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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During the retreat, you will be staying at Mana Retreat Centre, in a twin room with linen provided. A registered charitable trust since 1988, Mana Retreat Centre was established for the exploration and awakening of consciousness, the unfolding of creative and healing potential and the realization of our essential unity. Mana is situated 20 minutes south of Coromandel Town, a two-hour drive from Auckland or Hamilton.

Rooms facilities

  • Twin share rooms (towels and bedding included)
  • Shared bathroom facilities
  • Disability bedroom and bathroom facility in main center
  • Camping or campervan sites (seasonal and subject to availability)

Centre and dining facilities

  • Shoe free environment (please bring warm socks or slippers)
  • Wi-Fi available for use away from public areas
  • Mobile / cellphone reception available
  • 24 hour tea and coffee making facilities
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarian buffet
  • Special dietary catering for gluten free, dairy free, wheat free and vegan on request

Outdoors and recreation

  • Sauna
  • Outdoor bush bath
  • Small shop with local crafts for sale
  • Bush walking tracks
  • Access to Tara Sanctuary (private chapel) for meditation and singing
  • Labyrinth
  • Mountain track to 360 degrees view from a summit
  • Massage and watsu (aqua therapy) treatments (subject to availability)


15:00 Arrive and settle in

16:00 Intro, discussion and dream session

18:00 Dinner (all meals vegetarian)

19:30 - 21:00 Candle-lit slow Vinyasa and Yin yoga

21:30 Sauna (optional)


  • 07:00 Sauna (optional)
  • 07:30 - 08:00 Meditation, dream session and pranayama
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Vinyasa flow yoga followed by free time for massage therapies or sauna
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Hike to chapel
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Yin yoga
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Kirtan with Francis Heke


  • 07:00 Sauna (optional)
  • 07:30 - 08:00 Meditation, dream session and pranayama
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Tapas Power yoga or free time for sauna or therapies
  • 12:00 Lunch

During the retreat, you will be going on a guided hike to a chapel.

This retreat will be held in Coromandel, New Zealand.

During the retreat, you will be served daily meals, including breakfast (on the second and third day), lunch (on the second and third day), and dinner (on the first and the second day). All meals are vegetarian.

Enjoy a massage session

Join therapy session

Relax and read in the library


Visit nearby sanctuary

Walk the labyrinth

Watch sunrise over the Mana garden

You have the option to enjoy a massage session in your free time.

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • A guided walk / hike
  • Daily meals
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Free use of sauna, bush bath and library

Driving directions from Thames

Travel on Highway 25, the coast road, from Thames to Wilson Bay where the highway turns inland and uphill.

After a short dip the road rises again to Manaia Summit and rest area (good views of the Auckland CBD and Skytower if the weather is good). From here, proceed 2 kilometers downhill looking for the sign on the right Mana Retreat 300m.

Turn right into the drive (taking care that the way is clear of oncoming traffic). If arriving after dark, the drive is marked by a series of red reflectors on stockyard fencing.

Passing a side road to the left, continue up the drive to the fishpond and palm. Mana Retreat Centre office through the double doors. The car park is a few meters further on (on the tennis court).

Arrival by bus

There are several bus options - depending on what time your flight arrives - they all go to Thames, then on to Coromandel.

Go Kiwi has a bus running at around 1 p.m. InterCity has a bus in the morning and at lunchtime. However, you would need to jump on the shuttle from airport to Manukau where you would pick up the bus. You will arrive at Mana Retreat Centre gate at either 10.49 a.m. or 4.19 p.m.

Arrival by ferry

There is a ferry service, 360 Discovery, that departs from downtown Auckland to Coromandel. They run on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, departing Auckland and Coromandel and Sunday departing Coromandel. The sailings are at 8.45 a.m. or 6 p.m. (depending on the day) from downtown Auckland and would require you taking a shuttle there. This may be suitable if your flight is an early or later arrival. The ferry is cancelled during rough weather although a bus to replace it is provided. The cost is approximately 56 NZD per person.

Arrival by shuttle

The most direct option is a shuttle. You can book a shuttle from A-B Shuttles to meet your flight. The prices are 220 NZD for one passenger, 110 NZD for 2 passengers, 80 NZD for 3-5 passengers, and 70 NZD for more than 5 passengers. Retreat participants flight arrivals are mostly at similar times so there are often several passengers taking the same shuttle.


  • Coromandel Town - 20 minutes
  • Auckland - 2 hours
  • Hamilton - 2 hours
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

Verified reviews

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    Review by Frances Anderson from New Zealand

    A wonderful weekend at Mana

    CONS Cons: It would have been great to have the massage therapists available; when I heard about the music Denise had on the Saturday evening last year I thought that would have been lovely; I was trying to be considerate to others re a shower in the morning and I couldn't get in because of a staff member who was in that bathroom for a very long time - that was frustrating.

    PROS Pros: The yoga, the yoga teacher's style, the Octagon Room, the bush walks, the chapel walk, the beautiful environment, the staff, the food (YUM), my bedroom

    Organizer response: It was so good to have you on the retreat Francis. I am honoured and privileged to have been a part of your newfound inspiration. You are back on the mat! with love, Denise

    2017-Aug-07 08:15:15


  • Review by Andrew Laery
    10 out of 10

    "Best studio in Auckland! Great studio, nice mats, blocks, straps, etc. Music, teacher quality, flow of yoga is as good as you will find anywhere. Go Denise!"

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  • Review by Traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Denise bought together so many lovely people and has so much beautiful knowledge and experience to share that I could spend forever soaking in this energy."

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  • Review by Traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Great teacher very inspiring! The pace was great, loved the challenge of a new teacher. Schedule was just right and enough to do and enough time not to do."

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  • Review by Traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Well thought out event just enough of everything. Denise emits peace, love and serenity."

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  • Review by Arohanui
    10 out of 10

    "Words cannot describe how beneficial that one month of yoga was for me! I went at least three times a week and my stresses (which are many!) became a lot easier to deal with it. The teachers were more than just yoga instructors but life teacher/coaches. I always got so much out of their stories and way of ‘being’. I read your latest newsletter and it said something about yoga being a way of life not something you do, and I think the teachers really modeled this and showed me how I could also take my practice into life, which has helped me come to terms with, and deal with, a few things. Please tell them to keep doing what they are doing because not only are they giving people a great workout, but they are also so inspiring and give great guidance for us in everyday life. Heavy stuff, I know!"

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  • Review by Josie Cunningham from New Zealand

    "I started coming to the Restorative yoga classes taken by Perry on a Wednesday afternoon a couple of months ago. I had been suffering from very debilitating hip and groin pain and found it hard to walk. I am now standing up straight again and feel myself freeing up more and more with each class. Its wonderful and her beautiful, gentle voice is very calming and yes very restorative! Thank you."

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  • Review by Liza Ciano

    "The beauty is that people often come here for the stretch, and leave with a lot more."

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