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Anahata Yoga Retreat

Anahata Yoga Retreat
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PO Box 155, Golden Bay
Tel: (03) 525 9887
http:// www.anahata-retreat.org.nz
Anahata Yoga Retreat is located on a mountain top high above sea level, in stunning surroundings next to the Abel Tasman National Park and overlooking Golden Bay. It's an ideal environment for both organised and personal retreats. We provide an experience of yogic living in the midst of native bush and glorious views of the ocean, Farewell Spit and green valleysit is paradise!  

We have two fabulous courses coming up in the next few months -
Kriya Yoga with Swami Muktibodhananda in September
and a 17 day Permaculture and Yoga retreat in November

Anahata offers an intimate experience with small retreat numbers and close personal contact with resident teachers and swamis who host regular sadhana courses, offering a rich and diverse environment for learning, sharing and evolving.

The daily schedule is conducive to deep inner journeying in a supportive and charged yogic environment. Come and experience practical yoga techniques and integrate them in daily life. The focus is on yogic lifestyle, health, awareness, relaxation and imbibing yogic skills to create balance in every day life through Yoga Solutions for Life™.

Other distinctive aspects of Anahata include eco straw bale and earth buildings, solar power, pure spring water and delicious veges straight from the organic garden.

Anahata Yoga Retreat offers the following:

  • Karma Yoga (action with awareness)
  • Meditation and Yoga Nidra
  • Kirtan (mantra chanting)
  • Havan (ancient fire ceremony)
  • Workshops and seminars at Anahata, throughout New Zealand and worldwide
  • Private yoga training and one-to-one support
  • Annual retreats at the home of Satyananda Yoga in India – for guidance and inspiration and so much more...

Environment Friendly Action

We conserve heat We conserve water We reduce/limit oil/gas carbon emissions We employ alternative energy resources: wind/solar/water We recycle where possible We compost food waste We use sustainable toilet/grey water waste disposal We use bio-degradable cleaning agents We use reclaimed or low embodied energy building materials We instruct staff in green practices We participate in community environmental initiatives We use principles of permaculture and/or biodynamic method of farming

Dietary Selections: We offer

Vegan Vegetarian Organic Food Locally sourced food Home-grown spray-free produce

Organic Meals

All meals are provided- organic, simple & nutritious. Much of our organic food is sourced from local growers or picked fresh from our garden, which is developed along permaculture principles. No drugs or alcohol are permitted on the premises.


Main house (Surya): 2 rooms, one with 2 bunk beds, one room with one bunk bed. Shankaraya: Private room with double bed, 2nd room with 5 single and/or bunk beds. Chakra: Private yurt, one queen-sized bed and one single bed. There are three bathrooms, one is a private bathroom and 2 shared bathrooms. There are an additional 2 composting toilets. Restrictions Vegetarian diet only. No smoking, drugs or alcohol are allowed. Limited use of cell phones and internet.

Total Capacity

35 people, plus tenting options.


Our cuisine is wholesome vegetarian food, with as much produce grown organically on-site as our location allows.

Tariff Includes

shared accom,meals and daily programs


After crossing the Takaka Hill from Nelson, you will drive towards and into Takaka. * Turn Right immediately past the Visitor's Centre, into Motupipi Street (don't go through Takaka!). * Follow the road to the roundabout and turn Right, into Abel Tasman Drive. * Drive towards Pohara Beach for about 10 minutes. * The road curves on a big right and then a sharp left. * You will pass Motupipi School, and Village Milk, then turn right at the Clifton + crossroads into Clifton Road. * At the next intersection you will turn right following Clifton Road. * Follow this road to the next T-junction and turn Left onto Bird Road (you will see signs that says, Anahata Yoga Retreat, Grove Orchard, Rocks World, Hill Pony etc.). * Now, follow the road up to the top of the mountain (this is now a dirt road). * There are some shallow fords and various gates. The dirt road is about 7km in distance climbing up the mountain. Keep following the Anahata signs. * Please leave the gates as you find them (closed if closed, open if open). When you arrive at the top gate, after approx. 30 minutes driving from Takaka, you will see a little sign on the right that says Abel Tasman - Wainui Hut. * Follow the gravel road heading straight ahead (not the track up the hill!) and on your left you will see a row of big Pine Trees, a house and some gardens. * You have arrived. Welcome to Anahata Yoga Retreat!
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