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Retreat Overview

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


Explore the energies of Durga, the Divine Mother and remover of internal obstacles, Lakshmi – Goddess of abundance, Saraswati – Goddess of creativity and expression.
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Friday 01 October, 2021 - Wednesday 20 October, 2021

The Retreat Programme Includes

Hatha Yoga Sadhana:

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

Navaratri Chanting Sadhana:

The practice of mantra chanting over Navaratri period of 7th-15th October (Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati Gayatri Mantras // Durga Path: The 32 names of Durga // Hanuman Chalisa) and Havan fire ceremony.
Led by Swami Karma Karuna

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.

Retreat 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


Full 20-Day Navaratri Sadhana Hatha Yoga & Mantra Retreat: NZ$999 (1st-20th October)
9-Day Navaratri Hatha Yoga & Mantra Retreat: NZD$650 (7th-15th October)
  • Sauna: Our new sauna is now available for use!
  • Private rooms: Limited options are available on request, subject to availability.
  • 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.

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.


Friday 01 October, 2021 - Wednesday 20 October, 2021

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