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As the cocoon of winter closes in, embrace the opportunity to go within and explore your Self with our Winter Solstice retreat.  Harness this time of seasonal transition and move from darkness to light with the solstice energy of rebirth, transformation, creativity and creation, new beginnings and the release of what is holding us back.

The journey will begin by exploring inwards – facing our shadows and the learnings from the previous cycle, exercising the witness and cultivating the tools and practices to release and clear. We will focus on working with that energy, activating and balancing it and increasing our own inner light and energy during time of dark all supported by daily theory and practices including Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra.

Honouring both the Winter Solstice and International Yoga Day on 21st June, we will do 108 Sun Salutations, bringing the darkness into light and continue the journey with focus on the next chapter, goals and focuses.

If you are unable to make this retreat in person, we will also be offering limited Yoga Theory and Yoga Nidra sessions daily online via Zoom. Find out more here.
We are also having an open day to honour the Winter Solstice and International Yoga Day on Wednesday 21 June – see details here if you would like to join.

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Winter Solstice Retreat

Monday 19 June, 2023 - Sunday 25 June, 2023

The Retreat Programme Includes

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

  • Daily Hatha Yoga 
  • Daily Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
  • Meditation
  • Karma Yoga (action with meditative awareness)
  • Mantra and Yantra Practice
  • Fire Ceremony (Havan) and Chanting (healing sound vibration)
  • Group discussions
  • International Yoga Day Celebration with 108 Sun Salutations
  • Nourishing organic vegetarian food (vegan and dietary options available) 
  • Shared accommodation with cosy fireplaces, facilities and resources. 
  • Use of the on-site sauna

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

Additional Information

Start Time: from PM Mon 19th June – arrival/registration
Finish Time: AM Sunday 25th June 2023 – closing and ride back to Takaka

Complimentary pick up: Monday 19th 3:00pm Golden Bay Visitor Centre
Complimentary drop off: Sunday 25th June (or Monday 26th June if needed in alignment with Golden Bay Coachlines) 

  •  Special Dietary Requirements: All meals provided are vegetarian. Vegan, Dairy Free & Gluten Free can be provided for an additional NZ$15. Please advise us at time of booking.
  • Private Sessions: Private yoga and Therapeutic Consultations and Bodywork are available by appointment. Click here to find out more.
  • Private rooms: Limited options are available on request, subject to availability and additional fees.
  • Camping: Tent hire is available for an additional cost of NZ$30. Add this to your booking at checkout.

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


Swami Karma Karuna Lead Teacher Anahata Yoga Retreat

Swami Karma Karuna, founding member and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, NZ, is an engaging, intuitive yoga teacher with more than 25 years of training and experience. She specialises in therapeutic applications of yoga, yoga nidra relaxation and pranic practices and shares in a simple and practical way, inspiring people to access and apply yogic practices in their own lives.

Winter Solstice Retreat

Monday 19 June, 2023 - Sunday 25 June, 2023

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