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Winter ‘Friends of Anahata’ Caretakers

Calling all friends of Anahata! We are welcoming support at Anahata Yoga Retreat over the next six weeks with building, maintenance, grounds, gardens, and kitchen projects over our quiet winter hibernation period.

We have some projects that need head, heart, and hands to prepare us for a new sustainable way forward. We would appreciate a minimum stay of one week for self-motivated, skilled people who understand the essence of Karma Yoga and the heart of Anahata to join us during our quiet time to support us in a transition to a new way forward.

We are offering food, accommodation, a stunning environment, some shared practices, and access to our amazing library, temple space, and sauna.

Long-term Maintenance Karma Yogis (6 months or more)

– Maintenance of buildings and grounds such as repairs and painting
– Maintenance on key systems: solar, diesel generator, greywater

General Karma Yogis (preferred commitment of 3 months) 

– Upkeep of grounds associated with the property including landscaping, orchard, firewood management.
– Preparing spaces for personal retreat guests and venue hire
– Maintaining a vegetable garden
– Admin (ie. answering enquiries and messages and checking phones) and receiving guests
– Beekeeping 
– Other duties as they arise

For exchange for approx. 20-25 hrs per week with the attitude of mindfulness you will receive:

– Onsite accommodation (inclusive of heating fuel: wood or LPG)
– Access to our on-site sauna
– Access to some dry goods stocked onsite
– Access to food grown in the garden
– Use of the Yoga Sadhana space for personal practice
– Some yoga guidance or group yoga practice depending on who is on-site

About Karma Yogis

Karma Yogis practice four hours of Karma Yoga (action with meditative awareness in the spirit of selfless service) 5 days per week with the afternoons free to relax and recharge. Practicing Karma Yoga at Anahata provides the opportunity to grow personally and spiritually. As a Karma Yogi, having enthusiasm and a sincere interest in experiencing a yogic lifestyle is important and full attendance of practices and sessions is highly recommended. This immersion into a yogic lifestyle is an amazing opportunity to take time out of the daily hustle and bustle and enter into a more balanced space. You will leave with the knowledge of what it truly means to live simply and in tune with the natural rhythm of nature and ‘Self’.

Community lunch, access to shared pantry, shared accommodation and all programmes inclusive

Life at Anahata

Most days we have a morning Hatha Yoga Sadhana including mantra, pranayama, asana & meditation. Five days per week, we do 4 hours karma yoga in one of our retreat departments (for example garden, kitchen and housekeeping). Every Saturday we have Havan, an ancient fire ceremony, followed by Kirtan, singing mantras to music. There are also other classes such as yin yoga, yoga nidra, sharing circles, and more, depending on who is on-site.

We are open to discussing individual circumstances and your needs based on your skills and length of commitment to being at Anahata. Longer-term preferred and remuneration and/or trades for yoga education may be possible for longer commitments. If you feel this is the right opportunity for you, please contact us on for an application. If your application is successful, we will contact you for an interview. Please only apply if you are currently in NZ or have an NZ passport or permanent residency.

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