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Create more intention in your life by utilizing the energies from Denise’s favorite deities, those who sit in the Yoga Sanctuary - Ganesha, the benevolent protector and remover of obstacles, Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance, and Buddha, the enlightened one.
Accommodation is comfortable twin share and private rooms. Private rooms are limited and sell out quickly. The yoga studio is in large octagon with a wood burning fire and stunning views.
15:00 Arrive and settle in
16:00 Introduction and discussion
18:00 Dinner (all meals vegetarian)
19:30 - 21:00 Slow Vinyasa and Yin yoga
21:15 Sauna (optional)
During the retreat, you will be going on a guided hike to a chapel.
Denise, the owner of Yoga Sanctuary, combines breath, movement, and music to create an experience that occurs when one is in perfect alignment not just anatomically, but also when one’s deepest most heartfelt desires and beliefs are expressed perfectly in their life. Her classes have a large emphasis on carrying this feeling of perfection through the class from start to finish, sometimes allowing the experience to be the peak and sometimes working her students towards a peak pose. She is an experienced registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (ERYT) and has been teaching yoga since 2005.
Mana Retreat Centre is in the Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand. Set atop a large hill the retreat center boasts expansive, sweeping and stunning views of the Coromandel Harbour.
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.
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.
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