6 Days Kriya Meditation and Yoga Retreat in New Zealand

  • Anahata Yoga Retreat, Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand

Overview

Kriya Yoga Retreat in New Zealand

Anahata Yoga Retreat in New Zealand's South Island, provides an experience of yogic living in the midst of native bush and expansive ocean views of Golden Bay. It is a residential eco-friendly, yoga retreat offering nightly to monthly stays, private yoga training, daily and weekly programs and ongoing retreats. The environment fosters personal growth and deep relaxation with individualized practices to create a balanced and inspired life. As part of the wider network of the Satyananda yoga tradition and offering Yoga Solutions for Life, Anahata's influence stretches worldwide through international programs and seminars.

Highlights

  • Initiation into Kriya yoga meditations
  • Pranayama, mudra and bandha practice
  • Discussions on chakras, prana and Kriya yoga
  • Havan (ancient fire ceremony) and Kirtan (mantra and music)
  • Hatha yoga to awaken the perception of the energy field
  • Karma yoga (yoga of meditative action)
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Advanced

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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All guests will be staying at Anahata Yoga Retreat. A range of lodging options are available from shared rooms to a private straw-bale round house with stunning views of Golden Bay. Tent sites and camping are also available. Retreat rates are priced separately and include shared lodging, meals and all programs.

The word kriya means 'activity' or 'movement' and refers to the activity or movement of consciousness. It involves a powerful combination of yoga, pranayama (breathing practices), mudra (psychic gestures), bandha (energy locks) and meditation and has the capacity to quickly evolve the practitioner. This course will explore the chakras and energy pathways using the meditation exercises of Kriya Yoga and will be integrated with daily hatha yoga, relaxation and chanting classes in a stunning natural location. You will be initiated into the Kriyas in a safe way, with practical applications for your daily life.

Kriya Yoga is a doorway to self-reflection, helping the practitioner to understand the unconscious layers of the mind and its monkey nature, propounding a pathway to peace and well-being. A distinctive feature of Kriya Yoga is that the concentration is not forced, but spontaneously arises as a consequence of the practice. With regular application of the techniques, an alignment of the physical, mental and energetic forces takes place, awakening a subtle perception of one’s own self. This change in perspective enhances the ability to manage outside events and experiences with more wisdom and balance.

Benefits of Kriya Yoga include:

  • Purification of unconscious conditioning, gradually freeing the mind from negativity, fears, false ideas.
  • Dynamic relaxation, which allows one to access hidden reservoirs of prana or vital energy.
  • Access to and exploration of the deeper layers of the mind
  • Fine tuning the awareness so that it becomes spontaneously one-pointed and tuned to the present moment.
  • Reshaping the activities of the mind to eventually bring about a state of equanimity or tranquility
  • Transformation of negative emotions into more positive energy
  • Swami Muktibodha

    She is considered internationally to be a leading exponent of classical yoga and meditation and has been honored with the title of Acharya (master) of yoga. She has achieved international renown for her commentary on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. She filters these deep practices and concepts through her down-to-earth Western eye, making them accessible and useful for all. Well versed in the scientific as well as traditional aspects of yoga, she is currently based in Brisbane, Australia teaching and lecture both locally and internationally.

The price of this retreat includes three daily vegetarian meals. All meals provided are simple, nutritious, and satisfying. Much of the organic food are sourced from local growers or picked fresh from the garden, which is developed along permaculture design principles.

Some special dietary requirements for food allergies can be catered to with prior advance notice; however, guests in this situation are advised to bring their own supply of certain foods, e.g. soy milk or gluten-free bread.

Your meals will include:

  • Breakfast: a light meal to break the fast from the previous night.
  • Lunch: the main meal of the day, when your digestive fires are the strongest.
  • Dinner: a light meal to ensure that all food is completely digested before going to sleep.

The water at Anahata is from a pure mountain spring and is absolutely safe to drink.

The kitchen is not to be used for personal cooking. If you have medically related food requirements or allergies, please inform reception on arrival.

Food is not allowed in the bedrooms. Please bring any special foods that you require (e.g. soy milk). They can be marked and kept in the kitchen.

  • 5 nights in shared accommodation
  • All meals
  • Discussions on chakras, prana and Kriya yoga
  • Hatha yoga to awaken the perception of the energy field
  • Havan (ancient fire ceremony) and Kirtan (mantra and music)
  • Initiation into Kriya yoga meditations
  • Karma yoga (yoga of meditative action)
  • Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha practice
  • Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
  • Airfare
  • Extra activities

Driving directions from Nelson

  • From Nelson, which is the main city in the north part of the South Island, travel west through the town of Motueka. Note that there are no petrol stations available between Motueka and Takaka, so best to fill up in Motueka. Stick to the speed limits to avoid traps.
  • After crossing the Takaka Hill from Nelson, you will drive towards and into Takaka.
  • Turn right immediately past the “Visitors Center” (don't go through Takaka).
  • Follow the road to the roundabout and turn right.
  • Drive towards Pohara Beach for about 10 minutes.
  • The road curves on a big right and then a big left. You will pass Motupipi School (on the left).
  • Take the next turn right at the Clifton crossroads. You will pass a big wooden giraffe type creature and then turn right at the ‘T’ Junction.
  • Follow this road to the next T-junction and turn left continuing on Clifton Road.
  • As you turn, you will see an orange "Anahata Retreat" sign. You will come to a gravel road and a sign saying “Bird Road”.
  • Follow the gravel road (Bird Road) up to the top of the mountain (seven kilometers).
  • Continue on past this drive. When you are half way up you will come to two gates side-by-side. Go through the left gate.
  • When you arrive at the top after approximately 30 minutes of driving, you will see a little sign on the other side of the top gate to the right that says “Abel Tasman - Wainui Hut”.
  • Go through this gate and follow the same gravel road heading a little left.
  • On your left, you will see a row of big Pine trees, a house, and some gardens. There is an “Anahata” sign on the fence to the right of the gate. Park outside and walk through the Anahata gate to the office.
  • If you are not comfortable driving up the mountain, cars can be left at the end of the sealed road before the start of the hill and the you can be picked up from there. You may also park your car in Takaka. Transfers are available upon request and will cost around 40 NZD.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at (Takaka Aerodoome Airport (KTF) or Nelson Airport (NSN).

Arrival by bus

Three bus companies offer services from Nelson and other South Island cities to Takaka. This includes Abel Tasman Bus, Golden Bay Coachlines, and Southern Link KBus. Schedules will vary from company to company.

You will need to be picked up in Takaka to get to Anahata. Transfers are available upon request and will cost around 40 NZD. The trip up the mountain from Takaka takes approximately 35 minutes.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Nic Zee

    "A beautiful , tranquil experience that I will treasure forever! Authentic, different world and a environmentally friendly place! Daily practice of yoga and meditation was perfect way to start my new year, thank you to all the wonderful teachers and I will be back very soon I promise ... Om"

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  • Review by a traveler from Rosenheim, Germany

    "I stayed at Anahata for nearly 3 month as a karma yogi... As a newy to yoga I'm so glad that I chose this place as my yoga starting point, as it teaches you, in my opinion, still the real and traditional yoga. Your days start early and are fully planned and even sometimes you have to do things you don't really like, at the end you see that it is all part of the bigger picture and part of your personal growth. Anahata is located on top of a hill with stunning views over Golden Bay, a very beautiful location not just to watch the sunrise or sunset but also to take some walks. Accommodation is basic but has all you need and three delicious vegetarian meals are served a day. I loved my time up there and experienced the most magical and unforgettable NYE of my life. Thanks everyone for making my stay so wonderful. Om Om Om!"

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  • Review by Kim Bernard

    "Anahata Retreat and the beautiful wise souls that welcome you there are hard to describe adequately. If you are even slightly thinking you might need some 'me time' or want to know more about what yoga really is, then book your stay. You could not possibly regret time spent here. X"

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  • Review by a traveler from Pune, India

    "I always wanted a place near to a beach that had serenity, calmness,clean and a resort next to a beach that is awesome. I found Anahata retreat. This place has a great staff to take care of guests, huts that u will love. The only thing i missed is Indian food. Since i dont eat european food, i rarely found Indian food. Rest, don't dare to skip this place."

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  • Review by Magenta Weiss

    "An amazing insightful experience. I was truly inspired by the people who live there, the intelligent and relevant conversations I had...and the food was frigging awesome! I left inspired and with knowledge to use and love everyday after. Thanks Anahata!"

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  • Review by Christoffel M. Walter Hendrick

    "Most trans formative place for Sadhana, long-term residency or brief retreats."

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  • Review by Dan McMullan from New Zealand

    "After spending the last few days away from Anahata I have really come to terms with what it's all about. It really is a beneficial place to someone like myself. To learn to be aware, conscious, and observe one's actions is like living all over again."

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  • Review by Amber Blair from New Zealand

    "You feel a little lost in it all at first, especially when everyone around you knows exactly how to say, chant, sing, and remember all these complicated strings of letters that make no sense to a brain that's been unexposed to them before and they are so strong in their conviction to the yogic path. Not just the posture yoga that we all know from the gym or yoga studio we attend. The life of simplicity and dedication to a higher power and its presence everywhere. For a non-religious person like me, it feels like a lot to comprehend and accept. But you get into this fantastic rhythym; yoga, meditate, eat healthy, work hard, give back, conserve, laugh, go to bed early, repeat, and it works you from the inside out. What you're so used to thinking is important doesn't seem so important any more and you start to really think about what you're giving to the world and how you're taking care of it."

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  • Review by Julia Kastler

    "It was a week where I nourished my inner self and had time to explore it. This is not finished at all. It just was the start of my spiritual jourey. In this place, I had the time, teachers and facilities to do so. It is a gift to oneself! Thank you for sharing your yogic lifestyle, knowledge, and practices. I felt ver welcomed and appreciated in this place and by the people and teachers. It was a huge inspiration and got some resources for myself."

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  • Review by Jonas Klippel

    "A very good balanced retreat. Not so much input and many free time but still enough to have the learning sink in your mind."

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  • Review by David

    "Enjoyable week! Useful tools for daily life."

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  • Review by Aradhana

    "Fatastic opportunity to experience many forms of meditation and work out which methods suits me best. I can now intensify my own practice and in a very subtle level."

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  • Review by James Johnson

    "I feel better amd that's enough! I really appreciate the genuineness of the teachers and all of them have excellent humor."

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  • Review by Gabi

    "I immensely enjoyed being at Anahata Yoga Retreat! It was very inspiring and a great pleasure to be in your presence and meeting you all. It was difficult in the beginning, but I learned heaps in the end. I feel like my eyes and my heart are more open than before. I learned to think in different ways, to see more positive things. I also learned to concentrate much better than before."

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  • Review by Sn Sri Priya

    "It was good to come home to my loved ones. Never had I been gone so long. My time there helped me to know that I was on the right path but that details in my life would need some tweaking. I needed to create a channel inside me, one to allow India to exist in my day-to-day life."

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  • Review by Sn Tanmayi

    "So what had changed? I had. Those seeds that had been planted during my first visit were growing. I was better prepared this time. I was less resistant, more open, and better able to meet challenges from a calm, centered place. I was also better able to watch, witness, and let go."

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  • Review by Sette-Nave Muryel

    "Toujours dans mon coeur! Je suis partie mais l'esprit de ce lieu m'a suivie..."

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Golden Bay, New Zealand

Anahata Yoga Retreat is an integral residential yoga retreat in Golden Bay, New Zealand. They organize meditation and yoga retreats that welcome everyone.

Speaks English

Offers starting at --

6 days / 5 nights

Availability

Arrival: Tuesday June 13, 2017
Departure: Sunday June 18, 2017

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