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Prepare the foundation and plant a seed for the New Year with practical tools of Yoga and Meditation. Invite positive change into your life learning how to progressively nurture your resolutions to grow, flower and bear fruit.

Welcome the New Year in an inspiring yoga environment to relax, reflect and reconnect with yourself and nature. Discover your innate resolutions inviting positive change and direction into your life.

Anahata Yoga Retreat provides a supportive yogic environment allowing you the opportunity for clarity, transformation and identifying with the deeper aspects of your personality. Set your New Year’s positive resolution into motion utilizing SWAN theory (exploring strengths, weaknesses, aims and needs) and use powerful yogic techniques such as sankalpa (intentions), Havan (ancient fire ceremony), yoga classes, meditation and deep relaxation practices to create practical change, affirmation and direction within your life.

If you are interested in attending the New Year Celebrations only – visit our New Year’s Eve Celebration event page.

And check out our Moving into the Holiday Season with Mindfulness Blog to learn more about how you can support yourself during an often busy & stressful time of year and mindfully engage with the holidays.  Or read our New Year’s Eve Celebration Blog – A personal experience by Katyayani Heeramaneck.

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Creating Change New Year Retreat

Friday 30 December, 2022 - Monday 02 January, 2023

The Retreat Programme Includes

3 nights shared accommodation (unless camping), all meals and the full retreat programme

  • Hatha Yoga classes
  • Guided Sitting & Walking Meditations
  • Group Sessions
  • Practical tools to help understand your mind & personality
  • Planting seeds for positive transformation
  • Time for reflection and reconnection
  • Mantra Chanting (healing sound vibration)
  • Kirtan (singing mantras to music)
  • Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
  • Fire Ceremony (Havan) to connect to nature
  • All New Years Celebrations

Additional Information


Standard Price: NZD $695
Camping Price: NZD $645

Early-Bird Discount (if full payment made by November 29th 2022): 10% off

Locals Discount: Golden Bay Residents are eligible to receive 20% off this retreat. Terms & Conditions Apply – This cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or special offer.

*Prices include Shared Accommodation (unless camping), all meals and the full Retreat Programme.

Start Time: from 3:00pm Friday – arrival/registration
Finish Time: 8:00am Monday 

Complimentary pick up: Friday 30th Dec. 3:00pm Golden Bay Visitor Centre, where the Golden Bay Coachlines bus will drop you off if travelling to Takaka from Nelson.
Complimentary drop off: Monday 2nd Jan 8:45am back to Golden Bay Visitor Centre, where the Golden Bay Coachlines bus will pick you up if travelling from Takaka to Nelson.
Golden Bay Coachlines provides bus service between Takaka and Nelson. Prior booking is necessary. Please make your arrangements before travelling.

  • Special Dietary Requirements: All meals provided are vegetarian. Vegan, Dairy Free & Gluten Free can be provided for an additional NZD $15.
  • Private Sessions: Private yoga and Therapeutic Consultations, and Bodywork are available by appointment. Click here to find out more.
  • Camping: Tent hire is available for an additional cost of NZD $30.  If interested in hiring a tent, please enquire with us at the time of booking as we have a limited amount available.

For bookings & enquiries, please email:


Swami Karma Karuna Saraswati is an engaging, intuitive yoga and meditation teacher, inspirational speaker, writer and IAYT certified Yoga Therapist with 30 years of experience in the yoga field including significant training in India including ongoing visits and guidance with her teachers from the Bihar School of Yoga. She is also certified by Yoga Alliance as an Education Provider) and is a senior teacher of Yoga Australia and Yoga New Zealand.

A Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communications with a minor in Psychology determined an early interest in working with groups and individuals. Swami Karma Karuna specializes in a range of areas including stress and emotion management, Restorative Therapeutic Practices, Yoga Psychology and Women’s Health. She is also a co-founder and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand and travels throughout the world, leading workshops on yoga therapy topics, training yoga teachers, presenting at international events, guiding retreats and offering therapeutic one-to-one yoga sessions.

Swami Karma Karuna is passionate about sharing an authentic and down-to-earth approach, weaving together ancient practices with a touch of psychology and brain science aimed at motivating people to live their yoga here and now. Several guided practice MP3 tracks including Hatha Yoga classes, Yoga Nidra and Meditation techniques are available through the Anahata Yoga Retreat website and articles on a variety of subjects can be read in the Australian Yoga Life Magazine.

Creating Change New Year Retreat

Friday 30 December, 2022 - Monday 02 January, 2023

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