7 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand

Nourishing Yoga Retreat New Zealand

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.

Retreat highlights

  • Yoga and meditation practices
  • Complimentary healing session
  • Evening visit to glowworm cliffs
  • River outings and hikes in the forest
  • Gardening and harvesting projects
  • 3 daily organic and healthy meals
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Tour assistance
  • Outdoor shower

Program

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.

Forrest hikes, 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.

Included excursions

  • Bushwalks to New Zealand forest
  • Evening glowworm expedition
  • River outings

Instructors

Rebekah Harbour
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 Brewdant
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!

Retreat location

Unique features

Activities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • River
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Patio

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

Food

Food is a specialty on this retreat. All meals are lovely crafted by our chef Suzy Hawes and her team, from produce grown on the land itself. New Zealand summer abundance translates into an amazing assortment of fresh fruits, vegetable salads, bean dishes and creative meals. All sorts of medicinal "weeds" and plants are incorporated into your smoothies and salads to support your total wellness during your stay.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Additional bodywork (Zero Balancing) session
  • Helping in the garden
  • Making use of the infrared sauna
  • Scenic walks
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming in the nearby river

Spa treatments

This retreat includes a complimentary Zero Balancing session for each participant and the use of infrared sauna daily if desired.

What's included

  • 3 daily organic and healthy meals
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Bushwalks to New Zealand forest
  • Complimentary Zero Balancing session
  • Gardening and harvesting projects
  • Meditation sessions and guided discussion
  • River outings
  • Rongoa (Maori Herbalism) instruction
  • Visits to glowworm caves
  • Yoga and pranayama practices

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Palmerston North Airport (PMR). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. We can pick you up in the morning / early afternoon of February 1. Please plan to arrive at PMR airport by 4:00 pm.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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