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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.
All ages are welcome as participants.
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.
This retreat will be held in Coromandel, New Zealand.
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)
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).
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.
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.
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.
After the retreat ends, you have the option to stay on for the afternoon to enjoy grounds, have a massage, therapies or sauna.
To support the retreat atmosphere, please do not use your cell phone or lap top inside the venue. If you wish to make a call please use the parking area where the signal is best, or ask a staff member to use the landline (charges may apply). Broadband internet access is available in the reception area.
In addition to clothing, toiletries and personal belongings, you are encouraged to bring a torch, walking shoes and warm socks / slippers for wearing in the centre. For outdoor activities, it is better for you to bring sun hat, rain coat, umbrella, slip on shoes that make removing shoes to enter buildings all the easier.
During the retreat, you will be going on a guided hike to a chapel.
Lover of life, Denise shares her experiences of yoga, meditation and passion for living. She uses her own wild and crazy journey and her own successes in frank and honest discussions to help her students love life even more.
Denises retreats are inspiring, enlightening and heartfelt and your experience on this retreat will be a deep expression of her own yoga journey, where she shines the light of what she has learned onto her students. She has owned one of Auckland's most successful and popular yoga studios for almost ten years and is an integral part of Auckland's yoga community.
This retreat will be the sixth retreat that Denise has led or taught at Mana and she feels that every year gets better and better.
Francis Heke has turned his ship from full blazing rocknroller to mindful yogi. It has been his life long struggle with depression that urged him to look within and find a more peaceful and harmonious existence. Now he is a spokesperson for depression and an alternative therapy healer running free ancient healing workshops using meditation, yoga, pranayama breathing, mantra as well as retreats and festivals under his organization True North. In this retreat, Francis will be the guest entertainer, inviting you to sing together to enhance the journey of peace, harmony and love.
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.
You have the option to enjoy a massage session in your free time.
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
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"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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"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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"The beauty is that people often come here for the stretch, and leave with a lot more."
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