Newsletter January 2015
We are very excited to be announcing an incredible line up of retreats and events that will be coming up in 2015. We just enjoyed setting our intentions during our annual Creating Change – New Year’s Retreat with Anahata fully booked out for this retreat.
We then begin with the first of our monthly signature ‘Explore Your 'Self' Retreats which is an opportunity for many to learn and share in the yogic lifestyle lived at Anahata. Antar Darshan Retreat follows on from this and will give you the tools to manage and direct the mind and emotions, helping to reduce stress, and bring balance into your life.
February will be a busy month, with the wonderful vibrations of the Kirtan, Sound, and Bhakti Fest with visiting chanting teacher Chakradhyan starting us off, followed by Yoga Wisdom Week Focus and Intuition, and Nurturing Positivity through Yoga . In March is a 3 day Silent Retreat with Swami Gyan Dharma, we welcome back Swami Muktimurti for the 9 Day Navaratri Retreat, and to top it off we’ll be in Auckland, and welcome you to join us for wonderful yoga workshops at the International Yoga Conference and Festival at Kawai Purapura. We’ll also be in Auckland over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend for the Manifesting a Life of Choice Retreat, which will allow you to fine tune the internal world and integrate it into your everyday life.
The well received Prana Vidya Retreat Awaken, Expand and Heal with Swami Karma Karuna - where you can learn to consciously direct your own pranic energy for improving your health will be back in April along with a 10 day Kriya Yoga Retreat run by Swami Muktibodha, author, international renowned yogacharaya and yoga practitioner.
Join Swami Karma Karuna and visiting teachers in June for a week long professional development retreat on the much loved practice of Yoga Nidra - a well renowned practice for its easy accessibility and therapeutic uses in a variety of different settings. And in July we welcome Swami Anandakumar to teach a 7 day meditation retreat The Power of Awareness and that is just the first half of the year! In November we reignite our founding permaculture roots by hosting Permaculture and Yoga PDC Retreat, with Robina McCurdy and an added yogic twist, so come visit us and join in.
The annual Yoga and Sacred Feminine retreat in May once again brought together a wonderful group of women to connect together through the many nurturing and healing sessions of yoga, sacred fire ceremonies (havan), massage exchanges, nutritious meals, sharing circles, and song (kirtan). Led by Swami Karma Karuna and Rita Scholten, it was a beautiful way to honour the common bonds that women share and the different cycles of life they go through.
The Queen’s Birthday long weekend brought with it the Yoga for the Heart retreat at Aio Wira, Auckland. A timely retreat, for what seemed like the time of year where there were many people looking for balance, stress relief and more connection with their own hearts.
Visiting Swami Shakti Mudra from Australia and Swami Karma Karuna also led an Embracing Change workshop in Nelson, which focused on positive change and transformation in one’s life. This workshop also travelled to Christchurch, with Swami Shakti Mudra making a stopover to share her knowledge and experience.The Guru Poornima (Full Moon Celebration) weekend was a great chance to draw a little closer to our inspirers and teachers, with the guidance of Swami Shaktimudra and Swami Karma Karuna. Following on from this, international guest Swami Muktimurti joined us once again for the Yoga of Sound and Music retreat in July. She took us into the realms of the subtle flows of energy, using the medium of sound and the practices of Nada Yoga (Yoga of Sound) to extend the boundaries of our perception.
Anahata took to the road, and at the Tauhara Centre in Taupo in August, our attention was turned on Mindfulness, and bringing complete attention into the present experience. Sannyasi Atmabhava shares with us the cosmic experiences he has enjoyed through the practices of karma yoga and facilitating the mindfulness retreat with Swami Karma Karuna. One of the participants who often shares his Laughing Yoga with us, wrote a short write up on his experience, read more here. To bring in the spring season at Anahata, we had our Navaratri celebrations (a nine day spiritual practice) which was filled with lots of mantra chanting, havans (fire ceremonies), and joyful singing. As Navaratri came to an end, it was as if Mother Nature was gifting us with a blessing of a gentle embrace with snow that blanketed our magical mountain top.
A highlight of the year was the opportunity for many to attend a guided journey to the home of Satyananda Yoga in India during the Silver Lining Jubilee, a yearlong celebration of the arrival of Swami Satyananda to Rikhia. To read more about Swami Karma Karuna’s journey, click here. And as always, we’re continuing to see a great variety of people keen to learn and experience a more yogic way of life, and our signature Yoga Wisdom series retreats in June and November, allowed us to explore this further, with a different theme for each week of the month.