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Observe the layers of your embodiment, karmic tendencies & patterns of behaviour. Achieve a greater understanding of yourself. Enable personal healing & shed whatever may be holding you back.


Retreat Overview

We all have areas in our lives we would like to improve upon, but there is often something holding us back. Whether it is challenging relationships, health issues or other blockages in moving forward, beneath the surface of these external manifestations lies negative patterns of behaviour that prevent us from connecting with the deepest part of ourselves, and thus prevents us from experiencing and becoming the best version of ourselves.

During this weekend retreat, we will look at the Koshas, or layers of our embodiment, and learn how our reality is actually born from our own karmic tendencies and patterns of behaviour. Using basic Chakra psychology, we will learn to identify and trace the problematic patterns back to the root of their physical expression so we may discover the most optimal tools in asana, pranayama and meditation to achieve greater understanding and personal healing.

Finally, we will add in an understanding of numerology and the yogic philosophy of the soul’s manifestation in order to reveal a map of the multi-dimensional nature of the soul to see how the human earthly experience fits within it. This will allow us to begin to understand how our own Functional Perspective creates a reality of patterns and karmas. By the end of this retreat, you will have the understanding and tools to manifest right action and change the course of your life!

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The Nature of Karma – Understand Your Patterns to Change Your Life

Thursday 20 February, 2020 - Sunday 23 February, 2020

The Retreat Programme Includes

3 nights, shared accommodation (unless camping), all meals and the full retreat programme.

  • Hatha Yoga classes
  • Small Group Discussions
  • Guided Meditation
  • Daily Chanting
  • Kirtan (singing mantras to music)
  • Daily Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
  • Karma Yoga (action with meditative awareness
  • Fire Ceremony (Havan) and Chanting (healing sound vibration)
  • A Labyrinth*

*We are offering the experience of a Seven Ringed Labyrinth, as a walking meditation. This is an opportunity to retreat into the deeper layers of Self, seek answers from within and then emerge back into the world anew. Contrary to a maze, which has options and dead ends, the labyrinth is a single path that weaves back and forth on itself giving the illusion that you are getting further away from the source when in fact every step you take is getting closer to it. It is a wonderful metaphor for the spiritual path.

The labyrinth will be occurring on Sunday 23rd after the retreat comes to a close, if you would like to stay an extra night to experience this walking meditation then we are offering an extra night’s stay for just $120 + koha in exchange for Shivani’s facilitation of the labyrinth. We encourage participants to bring a sacred object, like a small or medium sized crystal, to leave on the path inside the labyrinth as an offering of gratitude to the Divine Mother.

Additional Information

Start Time: 5pm onwards Thursday 20th February – arrival/registration
Finish Time: 
11am Sunday 23rd February

Complimentary pick up: Thursday 20th February 6.10pm Golden Bay Visitor Centre, where the Golden Bay Coachlines bus will drop you off if traveling to Takaka from Nelson.
Complimentary drop off:
Sunday 23rd February 11am back to Golden Bay Visitor Centre, where the Golden Bay Coachlines bus will pick you up from if traveling from Takaka to Nelson.

  •  Special Dietary Requirements: All meals provided are vegetarian. Vegan, Dairy Free & Gluten Free can be provided for an additional NZD $15. 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.

For more information or to request any extras, please email us.


Shivani Howe  is the founder of Ishtadev Niwas Yoga Centre in Tata Creek, British Columbia,

Canada and the non-profit Living Yoga Society. She is an accomplished artist, writer, inspirational speaker and karma sannyasin yogini at the feet of her Gurus Paramahansa Satyananda Saraswati and Paramahansa Satyasangananda Saraswati, in Rikhia Ashram, India. 

In 2001, Shivani was challenged with a painful and ‘incurable’ disease and decided to take a new approach to life. This is when she discovered the ancient philosophy of Yoga. The New Zealand native healed her endometriosis and brought harmony to her life and body, by unraveling the stresses of her illness from its source. 

Shivani has completed over a thousand hours of intensive Yoga training and is a certified E-RYT 500 Yoga teacher and teacher trainer. She has traveled the world speaking and teaching Yogic techniques and philosophy that can be used in daily life to raise one’s consciousness and quality of life. Shivani is also the co-owner operator of Ishtadev Niwas Farm where she lives and works with her husband Paramjyoti and son Narayan, and offers life changing retreats and classes.

Read our interview with Shivani here to learn more about the retreat content.

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The Nature of Karma - Understand Your Patterns to Change Your Life

Thursday 20 February, 2020 - Sunday 23 February, 2020

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