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6 Days Kriya Meditation and Yoga Retreat in New Zealand

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.


  • 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 in English
Spoken languages: 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.

Anahata Yoga Retreat New Zealand Kriya Yoga Program

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
Swami Muktibodha 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.

What's included

  • 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)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Extra activities

How to get there

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.

Cancellation Policy

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