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Monday 28 March, 2022 - Monday 11 April, 2022

Gathering Overview

In honour of Navaratri, the twice yearly spiritual celebration of the nine nights of the Goddess; Nikolas, Swami Karma Karuna & Swami Anandakumar will be hosting a Mantra & Hatha Yoga Gathering at Anahata Yoga Retreat Centre, Golden Bay. Navaratri is a potent time for spiritual and yogic practices (Sadhana) to amplify their effects. The gathering will focus on progressive daily practices of Mantra, Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha and Meditation alongside Karma Yoga to integrate the transformational process.

Explore the power resources within your own self as represented by three phases in the sadhana:

Day 1-3 Durga, the energy of remover of internal obstacles and mother nature in manifest form
Day 4-6 Lakshmi, the quality of abundance, receiving, giving and openness of heart
Day 7-9 Saraswati, the expression of wisdom, intuition, music and the arts
Day 10 Ram, representing living in our highest ideals

The Gathering Includes

Hatha Yoga Sadhana:

The practice of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, meditation and mantra. Every morning for the duration of the gathering.
Led by Nikolas

Navaratri Chanting Sadhana:

The practice of mantra chanting over the Navaratri period (Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati Gayatri Mantras // Durga Path: The 32 names of Durga // Hanuman Chalisa) and Havan fire ceremony.
Led by Swami karma Karuna and Swami Anandakumar

Meditation and Yoga Nidra Sadhana:

Explore meditation practices to learn to be the witness, calm the mind and energy field and find your inner source.
Led by Swami karma Karuna and Swami Anandakumar

Karma Yoga Sadhana:

The practice of meditative action with awareness to bring yogic attitudes into daily life. Selfless service ‘Seva’ is centred around channelling energy into Anahata Retreat for our own transformation. 3-4 hours per day, 5 days per week.
Led by Anahata Karma Yogis.

Gathering Schedule

Sample daily schedule:

630am – Hatha Yoga Sadhana
930am – Breakfast
10am – Karma Yoga Sadhana
2pm – Lunch + Free time
4pm – Navaratri Chanting Sadhana / Meditation / Yoga Nidra / Offerings
7pm – Dinner + Free time
* Schedule subject to change.

Additional Information

Contribution: NZD $1400

  • Sauna and healing treatments are available.
  • 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.
  • Private Sessions: Private yoga training, consultations and yogic cleansing practices with Swami Karma Karuna are offered online and in-person by appointment. Click here to find out more

To book now and to request any extras, please email us.



Yin Culture. The mission of Yin Culture is to be a harmonizing force in the world. Many Souls are finding it difficult to maintain their centre in this time of rapid change. Many yearn to return to the harmony of nature. It is these Souls for which Yin Culture is medicine. Yin Culture is based on Taoist and Tantric philosophy applied to modern culture. The practices draw from two sources: The modern practice of Yin Yoga, as taught by Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers. The ancient practices of Pranayama, and Meditation from Tantric Hatha Yoga.

Swami Karma Karuna is a founding member and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand. She is an engaging, intuitive yoga and meditation teacher, international speaker and writer with more than 25 years of training and experience in a range or areas. She brings real life experience, years of building knowledge, humility, humour and compassion together to inspire students and share the transformative journey of teaching yoga and growth on the spiritual path.

Swami Karma Karuna is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), a IAYT Yoga Therapist, a Senior Teacher of Yoga Australia and New Zealand as well as a Swami of the Bihar Yoga lineage. Her wide range of teaching includes yoga teacher trainings, Continuing Education courses for various organizations, international events and spiritual sadhana retreats around the world.

Swami Anandakumar teaches with a wisdom, authenticity and generosity of spirit born out of over 35 years of practicing yoga and meditation. He encourages, inspires and gently guides you. With his warm down-to-earth manner, he makes the mystery of meditation clear and accessible. There comes a time when you realize that what you have been looking for doesn’t in fact lie in the places you’ve been looking. The mind can be tricky. It will present distractions and diversions along the way. With well-timed, intuitive guidance Sw. Anandakumar can skillfully help you navigate these detours bringing you back to connection with awareness so your practice continues to deepen.

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