Transformative Chanting Retreat

  • Anahata Yoga Retreat Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • 727 Bird Road, Clifton, New Zealand
  • Mar 18 - 26, 2018 (9 days)
  • Full Price: $NZ 795 (Shared Accommodation) $NZ715 (Camping). 10% OFF Early Bird Available

About us

Join Us For this powerful 8 Day Chanting Meditation Immersion through the time of Navaratri.
The turning of the seasons can be a time to turn inwards and gather strength from the experiences of life.  It is a powerful time to clear away what is complete and open space for a way of being that is more attuned to, and nurturing of, the growing awareness/consciousness within.

Planetary energies are aligned at this time to make it auspicious for the Sadhana (practices for transformation) of Navaratri.  Mantra and sacred fire ritual are some of the tools used to help carry us, with ease, into meditation states.  Repetition of sacred sounds in the language of Sanskrit, create a resonance which helps to bring the whole body-mind system into balance and harmony with itself and the universe.  

Over these eight days of practice, we open to the deep source of our capacity to make change, allow material and spiritual abundance, and touch our infinite creativity, as we celebrate and honour these higher aspects of ourselves.

This retreat offers opportunity to increase capacity for:

  • One-pointed awareness through mantra practice, yantra meditation and sacred fire ceremony (havan)
  • Observation of the mind to give space for deeper contentment and stillness with periods of silence (to allow the awareness to turn inward)
  • Balance on all dimensions of being with practices of asana (postures), pranayama (to expand the vital energy), Yoga Nidra deep relaxation, and meditation in action with the practice of Karma Yoga
  • Enjoying the simplicity and nourishment of balanced nutritious vegetarian meals
  • Deepening connection with the beauty of nature in the majestic natural environment of Anahata

This uplifting retreat will be led by Sannyasin Atmavidya and the Anahata team.

If your looking for a peaceful, spiritual, connected place to retreat and immerse yourself, learn, heal and be nourished then Anahata is the place for you. The people, ceremony, native environment and the knowledge/wisdom that is shared is up there with the best!! Gareth Lamb

Event Highlights

  • Daily chanting practice of the Durga Gayatri

Venue Highlights

Eco yoga retreat centre in a peaceful mountain top tech-free environment bordering the stunning Abel Tasman National Park in Golden Bay. Permaculture gardens, native forest, sustainable strawbale yurt sadhana hall. Mountain top views and walks, nearby waterfall & swimming hole.


  • Free Parking
  • Yoga Studio


Morning Chanting (Every Day)
Asana Class (Tues & Thurs)
Karma Yoga
yoga Nidra (Every Day)
Free time
Afternoon Tea
Meditation (Every Day) & Asana Class (Wed)
Afternoon Chanting Programme

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Delicious, healthy & wholesome, vegetarian food is served. 3 meals a day plus afternoon tea snack. Special dietary requirements can be available upon request. Please advise in advance so we can aim to cater for your needs.


Shared dorm rooms or camping in private tents. Shared dorm rooms available in main house (Surya), Shankaraya (pictured) or cabins. Private room or luxury yurt also available upon request.



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.


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)

Tags: chanting fire ceremony havan kirtan meditation navaratri pranayama transformation yoga yoga nidra

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