Newsletter December 2013
What an exciting line up in 2014, kicking off with our annual Creating Change - New Year's Retreat to get us geared up for the year ahead. In January we then have our ever popular Nurturing Posivity Retreat as always with some fantastic akhanda kirtan (hours of chanting with music and mantra) followed by a 4 day Mindfulness Retreat. February is hot on the heels with an inspiring Deepening your Sadhana retreat as well as a Chakra Vidya weekend retreat. Then to top it all off in March there are two 5 day retreats – Silent Retreat and Prana – the path to healing.
We have an amazing selection of international guest teachers including Swami Gyan Dharma, Swami Samnyasananda, Chakra Dhyan (Chant Baba) as well as our very own Swami Karma Karuna and Sannyasin Atmabhava to name a few - and that is just from January to March!
For more information about these and other events around New Zealand and Bali coming up, please visit our website.
It was wonderful having Swami Neelmani with us over the last few months as she lead the Navaratri - 9 day sadhana retreat and the 5-week long Yoga Wisdom Series. We look forward to welcoming her back again next year.
Navaratri (a nine day spiritual practice) was filled with lots of mantra chanting, havans (fire ceremonies), and blissful moments. The nine days started with a Yoga and Sound weekend retreat which brought some new and familiar faces back to Anahata. Swami Neelmani lead us through the chants, sharing her wisdom, with the abundance of nature's beauty all around us - Navaratri felt like a perfect time to honour the divine.
The residents and guests celebrated Diwali (the festival of lights) with a day together making a beautiful yantra (sacred geometry), and yummy food. And we lit up the place in the evening with a havan (sacred fire ceremony), kirtan (joyous singing) and candles.
Labour weekend brought lots of new people up the hill to learn about Yoga and Meditation and experience some time out. It was great to share the beautiful space created at Anahata with an enthused and bright group of kiwis and travellers. And all were moved in some way by the different yoga practices they were a part of, especially the power of havans (sacred fire ceremony) and rejuvenating yoga nidra classes.
Anahata residents were treated to a special Indian flute (bansuri) performance by visiting Swami Madhuram on 21st November. Swami Madhuram played two stunningly beautiful ragas – classical Indian compositions which have a specific effect on the listener and are traditionally only played at certain times of the day. Ragas form part of Nada Yoga (the yoga of sound). For an in-depth exploration of Nada Yoga, please enquire about our Music and Kirtan workshop on 9th February as well as a Yoga of Sound retreat with Swami Muktimurti in July.
For the last five weeks at Anahata we have held the Yoga Wisdom Series. Each week we have focused on a different element and its relationship with the chakras. Swami Neelmani has expertly guided us through an array of practices and teachings - we are sad to see her go. These week-long retreats can be done individually or as a full series to get an in-depth experience. We will be repeating them again in 2014 in June and November.
With summer on its way we are taking the time to enjoy the spectacular natural setting of Anahata with walking meditations and more time outdoors, even gathering at our neighbour's for a pizza evening.