skip to Main Content

Are you wanting to improve your ability to withstand life’s challenges? Do you wish you had a greater capacity to cope and adapt to adversity? Are you wanting to intentionally respond to life rather than react?  Luckily, our inner resilience is a natural part of who we are and is a trait that we can strengthen, cultivate and build upon. 


Wairakei Terraces hot pools

Resilience is our ability to come back to our centre, to rebound from adversity and to respond to a challenge in a creative way. Resilience is vital; without it, we wouldn’t survive the accumulated hardships, transitions, and stressful situations that are present in even the most privileged people’s lives. The change we are all facing on some level due to the Covid-19 pandemic can be difficult to navigate with grace. Join us for our annual Tauhara Retreat to strengthen your body, mind, energy and nervous system during this time of uncertainty and learn tools to take into your daily life. Our ability to adapt, adjust, accommodate and find a new way forward requires us to step into our inner source of resilience.

The weekend includes theory, yoga, breathing, meditation and chanting practices as well as self- reflection exercises to help cultivate resilience. Yoga builds resilience in the body and mind by introducing small amounts of stress in a controlled scenario. This can then be mirrored off of the yoga mat, in our everyday lives. For example, the next time you’re experiencing frustration toward a family member or current situation, you might find it easier to come back to the breath and respond rather than react. We will identify why resilience is important, how the practices of yoga & meditation can help to create the relaxation response and why it’s important in this day and age.

All bodies and levels of experience are welcome.

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Build Resilience: Yoga & Meditation Retreat at Tauhara Retreat Centre

Friday 28 August, 2020 - Sunday 30 August, 2020

The Retreat Programme Includes

  • Techniques to train the body and mind to respond rather than react 
  • Ways to calm the nervous system through yogic practices like yoga nidra and pranayama
  • Practices to Create new neural pathways that favour equanimity and resilience
  • Support to Raise your vital energy so your batteries are charged enough to face whatever arises in life
  • Mindfulness Techniques to develop positive attitudes in front of life
  • Hatha Yoga and Breathing sequences to calm the system and simultaneously strengthen it
  • Deep Relaxation with Yoga Nidra and Restorative practices
  • Connect and share with a community of like-minded people
  • Soak in the hot pools (optional extra)


The Retreat Venue

Tauhara Retreat & Conference Centre, 60 Acacia Heights Drive, Taupo

Check in and registration from 3pm Friday

  • 4.30pm Hatha Yoga Class
  • 6pm dinner

Finish Time: 2pm Sunday

Additional Information


Standard Price: NZ$475 per person shared indoor accommodation. Please pay the full amount of your fee to Tauhara Centre by direct banking or credit card as follows: Please enter your name and Anahata to the payment. The Kiwibank account details are 38-9009-0271000-02 Kiwibank no longer accepts cheques. If you are unable to do direct banking, please ring the Centre as we can remotely accept credit card payment.  (incurs a 3% additional bank fee). Limited self contained room options are available (see below), to find out more, please Tauhara directly.
Bedding: $15 per person, please request, or bring your own
Special Diets: Gluten Free, Vegan extra $15 per person per stay
Price includes: 2 nights shared accommodation, all meals and teachings. Bedding and hot pools visit are extra.


Saturday – day with lunch $105
Saturday – day and evening, lunch and dinner $130
Full retreat – offsite $320
Full payment required to hold your place.

Private Yoga Consultations: Receive a personal yoga program, ask questions and get guidance on your health, spiritual life etc. Available Fri, 28th Aug after 12pm, please pre-book with Swami Karma Karuna
Pricing: 30 Mins – $50            60 Mins – $95             90 Mins $120


Bedding (unless you have pre-arranged bedding rental)
Jacket (and rain gear is useful)
Warm, comfortable clothes (bring clothes for all seasons – as the weather is very changeable)
Slip-on shoes and walking shoes if required (gumboots are useful)
Towel and toiletries
Water bottle
Torch & extra batteries
Alarm clock
Swimwear (for optional hot springs visit)
Yoga Mat, pillow, bolster, meditation blanket
Instruments for Kirtan (optional)


Special foods or snacks
Writing material or notebooks
Any pharmaceuticals/medications needed for your stay


Alcohol and recreational drugs.
Cell phones to be turned off unless making calls or checking messages.
Please abstain from smoking on the retreat grounds during your stay.


Full payment required on booking
Cancellation more than 30 days from retreat start date – a full refund minus $50 admin fee
Cancellation 7 – 30 days out – 50% refund of amount paid
Cancellation within 7 days – no refund
Please note No refunds are available for early departure or late commencement.


TO BOOK, PHONE (07) 378 7507  OR EMAIL:




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.

Sn Atmabhava came to yoga for the health benefits and the practical and scientific methods immediately made a strong impression on him. He spent 10 years living the yogic lifestyle and teaching yoga, meditation and chanting at Anahata Yoga Retreat. Now back in NZ, Chris works therapeutically in Rimutaka prison and mental health sectors and continues to share on a variety different topics in workshops and weekend retreats around New Zealand.

Build Resilience: Yoga & Meditation Retreat at Tauhara Retreat Centre

Friday 28 August, 2020 - Sunday 30 August, 2020

Explore Other Retreats & Events

Developing Resilience Online Course

Havan (Sacred Fire Ceremony) – Every Saturday

Back To Top