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Beginner to advanced yogis and musicians are all welcome. No prior experience is necessary.


Retreat Overview

Bhakti yoga is often referred to as ‘to love for love’s sake’ and can be practiced through Kirtan (chanting mantras to music). This active sound meditation practice helps shift emotional blockages, open your heart and clear your mind. 

During the afternoon, guest teacher Prosad will be hosting an introductory workshop on Kirtan, followed by a Hatha yoga class & Yoga Nidra sound journey led by Swami Karma Karuna. You will then be served a delicious homemade vegetarian meal before a 6 hour kirtan celebration begins, with chai and sweets on offer to keep the energy high. 

 This Bhakti Celebration is a part of our Yoga of Sound Retreat programme which we recommend should you wish to fully immerse yourself in the event. If you’re unable to allow time for the full 3 day retreat, we recommend the options below:

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Bhakti Celebration

Saturday 14 March, 2020

The Options:

Afternoon Bhakti Celebration

Arrive: 1:30pm

Finish: 12am midnight


  • Workshop: An introduction to Kirtan 
  • Afternoon tea 
  • Yoga and Relaxation Sound Journey with Sw. Karma Karuna.
  • Dinner
  • Havan Fire Ceremony
  • 6 hour Akhanda Kirtan – continuous chanting of mantras using rhythm and expression as an active group meditation. May lead to ecstatic joy and dancing! 
  • Chai & Sweets 

Price: NZD $85

(add to your booking in extras section at checkout)


Evening Bhakti Celebration

Arrive: 5:45pm

Finish: 12am midnight


  • Havan Fire Ceremony
  • 6 hour Akhanda Kirtan 
  • Chai & Sweets 

Price: NZD $35

Overnight Camping Add-On Option – NZD $89

Includes 1 night camping, Sunday morning Hatha Yoga class and Brunch. Bring your own tent. Tent hire available subject to availability on request at an additional fee of $30.

For more information or to request any extras, please email us.


Prosad has spent the last seventeen years studying traditional sitar and raga music with various masters, including Alam Khan, son of the legendary sarode maestro, Ali Akbar Khan Sahib. He has also spent the last twenty two years studying mantra meditation, Vedic teachings for the modern world and learning the music of the inner spheres with Himalayan Master, Tulshi Sen. 

Mystics and physicists will both tell us that the world is made of sound and vibration. By concentrating our attention on specific musical tones, ancient ragas and Sanskrit mantras (vibrational sounds or words of power) we can “tune” our bodies and minds to bring ourselves into harmony with the cycles of nature and the greater Universe. Being in tune in this way helps us awaken to our highest purpose, deepest happiness and ultimately our full power as divine, creative beings. Through ancient ragas, vedic mantras and special tonal frequencies, Prosad helps to facilitate this inward journey of the soul. Through meditation we access higher states of conscious and touch the supreme and natural state of our being, known in Sanskrit as “sat, chit, ananda”, or truth, pure being-ness and bliss. 

Learn more about Prosad here

Swami Karma Karuna, founding member and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, NZ, is an engaging, intuitive yoga teacher with more than 25 years of training and experience. She specialises in therapeutic applications of yoga, yoga nidra relaxation and pranic practices and shares in a simple and practical way, inspiring people to access and apply yogic practices in their own lives.

Bhakti Celebration

Saturday 14 March, 2020

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