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Yoga & Permaculture Design Course Retreat

Retreat Overview

Combining Outer Ecology (Permaculture) with Inner Ecology (Yoga)

‘Permaculture’ is an integrated land use design methodology based on ecological principles, with practical application from sustainable household to eco-nation to global restoration. We combine this amazing course with an intimate introduction to a yogic lifestyle.

The Permaculture design concept is an abundant, integrated and practical method of developing the external ecosystem. Yoga is the inner ecology of living consciously, spiritually, and harmoniously in the world. Both concepts complement each other and blend together to develop a sustainable lifestyle within one’s inner self and the outer environment.

This course is the standard residential International Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum, taught in an integrated hands-on way, culminating in a comprehensive land-use design project. Yoga, deep relaxation and meditation sessions will be woven into the daily schedule bringing you a unique course combining inner ecology (yoga) with the outer ecology (Permaculture).

This 15 day course includes practical skill building activities, mini-design exercises, and visits to inspirational properties that demonstrate Permaculture in practice. It takes place in an intentional eco yoga community and incorporates the exploration of ”Deep Ecology” (with Inna Alex), the connection to nature and element themed yoga practices aimed at enhancing personal sustainability that extends out into the wider community.

The Permaculture Course Program broadly covers:

  • Permaculture ethics, design principles and implementation
  • Organic growing methods (vegie gardens, herbs, fruit)
  • Rural land management (orchards, pastures, trees, water systems)
  • Integrated animal systems
  • Water harvesting & storage, grey-water & ‘waste’ recycling,
  • Ecological building
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Social permaculture / Invisible Structures
  • Full Permaculture Design Process
  • Deep Ecology

The Yoga Program includes:

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Mantra Meditation
  • Yoga Nidra- deep relaxation for inner sustainability
  • Guided meditation
  • Kirtan (singing mantras to music)
  • Havan (ancient Vedic Fire Ceremony to honour the elements)
  • Times of silence

Course Location:

Anahata Yoga Retreat is located in a spectacular natural environment, near the Abel Tasman National Park in Golden Bay. Permaculture design certificate courses were among the first offerings at Anahata with the permaculture concepts being integral to its development. Anahata runs on solar power, has four different examples of straw bale and earth buildings, an extensive natural waste water system, organic gardens and orchards. As a work in progress, all who come to the continuing development of this sacred space, whilst learning valuable life skills for the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and society as a whole.


Günther Andraschko - PDC

Guenther Andraschko is an experienced workshop facilitator and permaculture and landscape designer.  He has over 25 years experience in designing and creating unique outdoor environments utilising permaculture principles, both in New Zealand and Australia and in a diversity of environments. He brings a wealth of practical knowledge and experience and enjoys supporting others to realise their own permaculture projects and aspirations.

Inna Alex Permaculture Anahata

Inna Alex is a trained Environmental Planner and Landscape Architect. Living at Tui Community, she aims to integrate her Permaculture knowledge by co-ordinating and co-teaching some of Earthcare’s Permaculture Education Programmes, living actively in intentional community, teaching yoga and tending the garden. Inna’s main focus in teaching on the PDC is Deep Ecology, as she is passionate about facilitating access to and sustenance of our internal motivation and capacities to heal our world.

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Permaculture Design Certificate Course & Yoga Retreat

Saturday 10 October, 2020 - Sunday 25 October, 2020

The Retreat Programme Includes

  • Hatha yoga classes
  • Small group discussions
  • Guided meditation
  • Daily mantra meditation
  • Kirtan (singing mantras to music)
  • Daily Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
  • Karma Yoga (action with meditative awareness)
  • Fire Ceremony (Havan) and Chanting
  • Permaculture design and practice
  • Organic growing methods
  • Rural land management
  • Integrated animal systems
  • Water harvesting & storage, grey-water & ‘waste’ recycling
  • Ecological building
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Suburban-scale design

The Details

15 days, shared accommodation with meals and all retreat inclusions.

Standard Prices:

Full Price – NZ$ 2,499 (shared accommodation)
Full Camping Price – NZ$ 2,399

Super Early Bird Price: – a 15% discount if full payment made by 13th July 2020 – use promo code YNISEB15
Early Bird Price: – a 10% discount if full payment made by 27th August 2020 – use promo code EBPERM10
Non-refundable deposit of 25% required to confirm your place.

Start Time: 10am Saturday, 10th Oct – arrival/registration
Finish Time: 11am Sunday, 25th Oct

Complimentary pick up: Wednesday 9th Oct* 5:45pm Golden Bay Visitor Centre, where the Golden Bay Coachlines bus will drop you off if traveling to Takaka from Nelson.
Complimentary drop off: 
Sunday 25th October 11am back to Golden Bay Visitor Centre, where the Golden Bay Coachlines bus will pick you up from if traveling from Takaka to Nelson.

*A discounted rate of $75 applies for the night before the retreat begins (9th October).

  •  Special Dietary Requirements: All meals provided are vegetarian. Vegan, Dairy Free & Gluten Free can be provided for an additional NZD $15. Please add this to your booking at checkout.
  • Private Sessions: Private yoga and Therapeutic Consultations, Bodywork and Nutritional Guidance are available by appointment. Click here to find out more.
  • 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.

Permaculture Design Certificate Course & Yoga Retreat

Saturday 10 October, 2020 - Sunday 25 October, 2020

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