7 Day Silent Meditation Retreat
- Anahata Yoga Retreat
- 727 Bird Road, Clifton, New Zealand
- Mar 12 - 18, 2018 (7 days)
- NZ$ 795.00 (shared accommodation) NZ$ 735.00 (camping). Super Early Bird & Early Bird Pricing available.
This 7 day meditation retreat with international meditation teacher, Swami Anandakumar, provides an opportunity to travel to your own centre, to find the stillness within, and discover your own inner nature, which is unchanging and offers peace, happiness, clarity and perspective on the whole of life.
This retreat offers a chance to deepen your meditation practice, or to start one if you are a beginner. Held over 7 days, it will help you to let your mind rest and enjoy a different, deeper kind of relaxation that will leave you wiser, and more ready for the challenges of life. Part of the retreat will be held in silence.
Renowned meditation teacher, Swami Anandakumar, takes a fresh and direct approach to meditation which is effective for both the beginner and advanced practitioner. The combination of ancient yoga techniques with well-timed, intuitive guidance, aimed at the modern mind, helps each person to find their way to deeper levels of awareness through access to their own intuitive experience.
This self-explorative approach to meditation provides a gentle way to balance the mind and realign the awareness toward your own inner nature. With more than 35 years experience Sw. Anandakumar helps to bring harmony to meditation practice, outlining a working ‘road map’ in order to harmonise any conflict with the body-mind and find your way forward. This allows your meditation practice to come from a place of inspiration rather than a feeling of obligation, which is uplifting even as you begin to face up to yourself. It’s a jumping off point for a deeper self-discovery.
The focus of this inspiring retreat is on Awareness in Meditation. And it will help to answer some essential questions
- what is meditation?
- what is its purpose?
- how do we practise it properly?
- how do we maintain our meditation practice?
- what are the benefits that meditation can accrue for us in daily life?
There comes a time when you realise that what you have been looking for doesn’t in fact lie in the places you’ve been looking. The only qualification you need is a desire to go into the inner world and explore there in order to know yourself better. This opportunity for continuity in practice, uninterrupted by the demands and activities of the outer world, will deepen your ability to hear and listen to your own inner voice.
The mind can be tricky. It will present distractions and diversions along the way. With well-timed, intuitive guidance Sw. Anandakumar can skillfully help you navigate these detours bringing you back to connection with awareness so your practice continues to deepen. Sw. Anandakumar teaches with a wisdom, authenticity and generosity of spirit born out of many years of practicing yoga and meditation. He encourages, inspires and gently guides you. With his warm down-to-earth manner, he makes the mystery of meditation clear and accessible.
Retreat also includes:
• Hatha Yoga classes
• Daily chanting
• Karma yoga (action with meditative awareness)
• Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
• Ancient fire ceremonies (havan) and kirtan chanting
• Periods of silence for reflection
This course is suitable:
• for all sincere students, seekers, and spiritual adventurers
• To develop and extend your regular meditation practice of finding the answers within the self
• Each meditation experience is unique with the potential to go deeper each time. Students often attend the course multiple times
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Venue HighlightsASHRAM PRINCIPLES
Anahata Yoga Retreat is based on the principles of an ashram, which is traditionally a place dedicated to personal transformation through regularity of yogic practice and self enquiry with the support of a community of aspirants.
The rhythmic environment helps an individual to find more clarity and peace as well as form healthy habits and bring yoga into daily life. An ashram provides the foundation for self growth and development of inner potential.
The resident community practices acceptance, compassion and equanimity in the different activities in life, through the yogic principles of karma yoga meditation in action and Seva selfless service. All visitors are welcome to join in these practices.
A healthy lifestyle and environment go hand-in-hand. Sustainable living is intrinsic to the yogic tradition. At Anahata we practise energy efficiency, water conservation and waste management. We use solar power, composting toilets and unique eco-friendly earth and straw buildings. We are also caretakers of the ecologically significant flora and fauna of Golden Bay with an active interest in conservation in the region.
Our organic garden is an ongoing project. It is being developed along Permaculture Design principles and is largely bio-dynamic. The garden produces a range of herbs and vegetables that are used daily in our delicious vegetarian meals. All scraps from meals are used to make compost or fed to our worm farms, where the worms happily transform bits of fruit and veggies into worm castings, which are then used, along with the compost, to mulch trees and the garden.
Anahata is off the electrical grid and relies on solar power, minimizing impact on the environment. Other alternative power options to complement our solar power is a future project.
At present, we have two different types of straw bale structures and an earth yurt. These buildings have excellent insulation, staying warm in the winter and keeping cool in the summer. They were also built using primarily natural materials.
Anahata uses primarily composting toilets, helping to minimize water usage. The compost from these toilets is used to mulch trees around the property.
We use biodegradable, environmentally friendly cleaners. We ask that guests also use biodegradable soaps, shampoos and laundry detergent when visiting.
At Anahata Yoga Retreat we strive to maintain the natural beauty of the landscape and provide a place where our guests can retreat from the stress and stimulation of work, modern technology and the impact of city life. Anahata aims to minimize electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) by limiting cell phone use, consolidating computer use to specific areas and choosing low EMF options wherever possible.
Caretakers of Native Bush
Anahata is committed to caring for the land and preserving old growth indigenous forest that covers most of the property, taking into account the environmental impact of any new buildings or developments.
NATIVE BIRD LIFE
The bush at Anahata is alive with many native birds, including:
Bellbird / Korimako
Fantail / Piwakawaka
Morepork / Ruru
NZ Falcon / Karearea
Parrot / Kea
Riflemen / Titipounamu
South Island Robin / Toutouwai
Tomtit / Miromiro
Waxeye / Tauhou
Wood Pigeon / Kereru
- Free Parking
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
Menu/CuisineLOCAL & ORGANIC MEALS
Food nourishes us and provides our physical body with the energy it needs to go about its daily activities.
All meals provided are vegetarian – simple, nutritious & satisfying. Much of our organic food is sourced from local growers or picked fresh from our garden, which is developed along permaculture design principles.
We provide 3 Vegetarian meals per day:
Breakfast: a light meal to break the fast from the previous night.
Lunch: the main meal of the day, when our 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.
VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE & OTHER NEEDS
Eat to live, don’t live to eat.
The kitchen is not to be used for personal cooking. However the option of cooking alongside one of the retreat residents and learning about sattwic food preparation and prasad is a possibility during your stay if you choose.
If you have medically related food requirements or allergies, please inform on booking.
Food is not allowed in the bedrooms. We can cater to vegan and gluten free requirements, for other required speciality foods or snacks you may wish to bring your own supply. Please confirm when booking if in doubt.
At Anahata, you will get the chance to experience a yogic diet, a vegetarian diet that is based on principles of simplicity, and that supports our being in the process of positive transformation. A proper diet that is pure, simple and as natural as possible is essential for progress in yoga. If one eats pure food, then the system is revitalized again and again.
Our state of mind affects the subtle vibration of the food we cook as well as our ability to digest it. In the ashram, we call food Prasad, which is an offering from the heart. Any kind of food that we prepare to offer someone else is Prasad, as is all food that is offered to us.
AccommodationsA 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.
Chakra Guest House – Private Straw Bale Yurt or other Private Rooms are subject to availability and additional cost.
DirectionsLOCAL TAXI SERVICE
You can hire the local MaxiCab Shuttle service. Book online or ring the freephone number or text 0800-MaxiCab (0800-6294222) to book a taxi service. It is essential to pre-book in advance (limited rural service).
Golden Bay Coachlines offers daily services from Nelson to Takaka departs Nelson daily at 3:30pm, arriving in Takaka at 5:45pm.
There is an airport in Nelson, and there is a small airport in Takaka. Nelson is the main national airport for the region and is a 2 hour drive from Takaka. Or fly directly from Wellington to Takaka.
Golden Bay Air offers scheduled flights from Wellington directly to Takaka all year.This is a gorgeous flight over Cook Strait and Abel Tasman National Park.
Air New Zealand offers daily flights to Nelson.
SELF- DRIVE DIRECTIONS
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 Centre (Don’t go through Takaka!). Follow the road to the roundabout at the dairy factory 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 left), then take the next turn right at the Clifton ‘+’ crossroads. Turn right at the next ‘T’ Junction at Carlyle Street. 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 (7km). You will notice a sign part way up the hill with several family names on it. This is a private driveway/road to their house. Continue on past this drive. There are some shallow fords and various gates. Please leave the gates as you find them (closed if closed). When you are half way up you will come to 2 gates side-by-side. Go through the left gate (not the one going down the hill to thefarm).
When you arrive at the top after approx. 30 minutes 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/dirt road heading a little left. On your left (a hundred metres or so) 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. You have arrived. Welcome to Anahata Yoga Retreat!
Park outside and walk through the Anahata gate to the office (in front of and attached
to the building you see).
Nelson to Takaka – 2 hour 10 minute drive
Motueka to Takaka – 1 hour drive
Takaka to Anahata – 30 minute drive (15 km)
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