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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 16 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”, the connection to nature and element themed yoga practices aimed at enhancing personal sustainability that extends out into the wider community.

Upon completion, a Permaculture Design Certificate will be issued by the Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa.

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 contribute 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.


The Retreat Programme Includes

 16 nights, shared accommodation with meals and all retreat inclusions.

The Permaculture Course Program 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
  • Permaculture Design Process
  • Deep Ecology

Find out what Course Instructor, Robina McCurdy along with Anahata’s own Swami Karma Karuna have to say about How to Live a Sacred Life by Honouring Gaia  or read more about how Permaculture and Yoga can offer incredible insight on how to heal both our inner and outer ecology in this Blog


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

What We Will be Doing

Full details of the 16 day schedule TBC – email us for info


Additional Information

Start Time: 9am Saturday, 28th Sept – arrival/registration
Finish Time: 11am Sunday, 13th Oct

Complimentary pick up:  Friday 27th Sept 5.45pm at the Golden Bay Visitor Centre

Complimentary drop off:  Sunday 13th October 11am back to the Golden Bay Visitor Centre

Investment: *

Standard Price – NZ$ 2,499
Camping Price – NZ$ 2,339


Super Early Bird Price: – a 15% discount  (use promocode EB15-90DAY on booking form) if full payment made by 30th June 2019.

Early Bird Price: – a 10% discount (use promocode EB10-45DAY on booking form) if full payment made by 14th Aug 2019.

Non-refundable deposit of 25% required to confirm your place.

A discounted rate of $75 applies for the night before the retreat begins (27th Sept).

*16 nights, shared accommodation, all meals and the opportunity to attend daily sessions.


Due to generous donations, we are offering 2 partial scholarships to support people who are keen but would otherwise be unable to attend this course

Categories, in order of priority:

1. Maori

2. Local – Top of the South region (in following order) Golden Bay, Motueka, Nelson area

3. South Island

Scholarship Applications to be sent to

  • Special Dietary Requirements: All meals provided are vegetarian. Vegan, Dairy Free & Gluten Free can be provided for an additional $15. Please advise us at time of booking.
  • 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 $30. Add this to your booking at checkout.
  • Extra Nights: Additional nights cost $75 per night extra. Add this item to your booking at checkout.


Robina-Permaculture Anahata

Robina McCurdy is the founder of the Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa, co-founder of Tui Land Trust & Community in Golden Bay, NZ and pioneer of the S.E.E.D (Schools Environmental Education & Development) programme in South Africa and Brazil and has been engaged in community development, organic growing, permaculture design and tutoring on a global scale for the past 25 years. To hear more about the course and her personal connection to Permaculture read our latest interview with Robina.

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.


Sannyasin Atmabhava has been a core member of Anahata Yoga Retreat since 2003 and has comple. He came to yoga because of health reasons and the practical and scientific methods immediately made a strong impression. He is a living example of how health can be transformed through yoga. His passion is in sharing the simple and readily accessible practices that bring about transformation with specific interests in Yogic Lifestyle, Diet & Nutrition, Pranayama, Meditation and Mantra & Kirtan. He enjoys working one-on-one with people to help them find more balance in their lives. He is an experienced adventure guide with a background in ecology; he blends the techniques of yoga with the beauty of the outdoors to inspire connection with our internal nature. Now living on the North Island, he is a regular visiting teacher to Anahata sharing his knowledge and experience.

Sannyasi Priyadhara

Sannyasi Priyadhara embarked on a yogic path of self transformation in her youth, which eventually led her to discover a sustainable way of living through Permaculture and Yoga. In a personal quest to deepen her experience and understanding, she spent a number of years living under the guidance of her teacher in a remote part of India, imbibing the teachings of Yoga as a practical science and a way of life, in the spirit of sannyasa, selfless service and dedication. Since her return to the west, she shares her inspiration with all who seek to express and connect with the positive and creative qualities within themselves, for the wellbeing of all.

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Yoga & Permaculture Design Course – 16 Day Retreat

Saturday 28 September, 2019 - Sunday 13 October, 2019

Yoga & Permaculture Design Course - 16 Day Retreat

Saturday 28 September, 2019 - Sunday 13 October, 2019

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