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Creating Change: New Year Retreat

Friday 29 December, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - Tuesday 02 January, 2024 @ 12:00 pm

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. Use this time for:
– Setting 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) to release the year
– Yoga classes, meditation and deep relaxation practices to create practical change, affirmation and direction within your life.

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



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



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.

Swami Karma Karuna Anahata Yoga Retreat

Swami Karma Karuna Saraswati 

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. 



Lakshmi has been teaching yoga internationally for over 10 years. She has a Diploma of Yogic Studies, is a qualified teacher in the Bihar School of Yoga tradition, and is a registered Senior Teacher with Yoga New Zealand. She is dedicated to guiding others in the powerful practices of traditional yoga and bringing the teachings to life on a practical level. Her dharma as a teacher is to give students yogic tools for everyday life, to empower people to create positive change on a realistic timeline, and to inspire people to live with an attitude of selflessness, compassion, and gratitude. Lakshmi is a Course Facilitator on the Yoga Nidra & Restorative Teacher Training and the Meditation & Pranayama Teacher Training at Anahata. Her passions are yoga for everyday life, ritual, manta, and storytelling.

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