Our two recent Festivals were great successes, with a headlining roster of New Zealand thought leaders, yoga teachers and spiritual masters across many disciplines. See below for a report and round-up of highlights.
2013 Courses begin May 4/5
The 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training provides excellent foundations in human anatomy and movement, increases your awareness and understanding of the postures and ensures your teaching is appropriate and safe. The 200 Hour is a foundation for teaching program. The 500 Hour Teacher Training refines and expands your expertise and proficiency in teaching and deepens your personal practice.
Graduates of Kawai Purapura Yoga Teacher Training courses can apply for international accreditation through Yoga Alliance.
We have chosen specialist teachers and designed the programs to support you in an in-depth and comprehensive exploration of each of the eight limbs of yoga.
All course modes are held at Kawai Purapura, Albany, North Shore, just 20 minutes from Auckland CBD and 40 minutes from Auckland International Airport.
Your learning will include:
At our Centre we have facilities for a wide range of retreats:
You can experience 19 acres of native New Zealand bush, enjoy excellent swimming in our pool and treat yourself with spa facilities.
All this is possible just 15 minutes from Auckland’s CBD. Just 5 minutes from the large Westfield mall at Albany, and 5 minutes from the quaint Albany village.
With 4 attractive workshop venues, twin-share accommodation options and part or full catering, Kawai Purapura can host from 6 to 60 people in one of our venues, or you can expand to a full conference and use all the facilities.
You can choose from a range of Natural Therapies, as a retreat holder or personal retreat guest. From massage to Reiki, body-wraps to facials, the choice is yours.
At Kawai Purapura we care about your health and well being and we know that you will have unique requirements. We have an incredible team of residential therapists who understand the human body and mind; they provide a range of skills and talents that will lift your spirits, relax and revive you to help you achieve a healthier life.
For Retreat & Workshop Enquries, please email Shian.
For Retreat & Temporary Accommodation, please email Akiko.
If you have any questions about Festivals or Yoga Teacher Training please send Dyana an email.Click for More
Easter 2013: March 29th to April 1st
This unique opportunity to meet an outstanding selection of international yoga teachers and spiritual masters, again all at one time, all in one place, was another wonderful example of the interest in personal health, personal development and personal learning at both a practical and spiritual level.
We were delighted to welcome back Swami Muktidharma, NZ Acharya (spiritual guide) from Anahata Yoga Retreat in Takaka, Golden Bay, and Neal Goshal and Karla Brodie, senior associate teachers with Donna Farhi. All three, along with Vincent Bolletta, leading exponent of Biomechanics, had capacity audiences for their workshops.
New teachers for our 2013 Festival included Didi Ananda Devanistha, Ananda Marga Yoga sannyasii (Acarya), Katie Lane, Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 and certified by Anusara Yoga, and Melissa Billington, 200-hour certification from Kripalu Center, certification in Radiant Child Yoga and current Yoga Alliance E-RYT 1000.
There was great response too for new practices of Paddleboard Yoga with Natasha Rainger, and the skill and humour of Tanya Zappala and Stacey Elmes from Australia with their Acroyoga.
“I would like to thank you again for inviting us to the Voices of Sacred Earth Festival. It was a beautiful experience for us to share our art in such a context. We both have truly appreciated the focus and the coherence of the whole event and it has been an honour for us to be part of it. Blessings.
- Luen (of Jaguar & Luen)
“Kawai Purapura is a very special place run by people full of heart and grace. We had our event in The Lotus Sanctuary which is a truly beautiful room to be in, with wonderful light, gorgeous views of the bush and all the facilities we could need. We cannot wait for our next event at Kawai Purapura! Thank you so much.”
- Sue Barley (event evaluation form for the Compton Rom event, August 2012)
“I would like to thank you for the exquisite thoughtfullness with which you are maintaining Kawai Purapura. My time here has been healing for me and I am returning home with a deeper respect for the sacredness of all life.”
- Mirjam (Soul Centred Counselling)
“We were fortunate enough to enjoy your incredible cooking for lunch several days, in addition to various baked treats. It was truly some of the best food we’ve had – our favourite kind of cooking! Thank you so much for feeding us so well at the beautiful Kawai Purapura.”
- Sarah M. (visitor during the Barral and Upledger visceral manipulation course)Catering Details
Discounts on Yoga Workshops
You’ll receive from 10% to 30% discounts on selected Yoga Workshops each year.
Early Bird on Early Bird discounts
You’ll have an “early bird” opportunity for Early Bird discounts for major events and Yoga Teacher Training. You get a grace period before Early Bird goes public.
Half Price on Yoga Getaways
There are always a limited number of places available on our Yoga Getaways. And you’ll be first in the queue for tickets.
Exclusive Concession Cards for Yoga Classes
Save $$$ on all our Yoga Class Concession Cards.
Early Notification of Open Days and Music Nights
Kawai Purapura holds a number of Open Days and Free Events during the year. Becoming a Friend will put you at the top of the queue to hear about these special days and events, from Yoga to music nights and lots in between.
Advance Notification of Events & Retreats
The events and activities at Kawai Purapura – just 20 minutes from Auckland CBD, and set in 19 acres of native bush – range from yoga, meditation and spiritual transformation and on to natural therapies, massage, relationship counselling, even drumming workshops!Click the link at the top of any page
Kaupapa – “the land within”
“Having an amazing time here at Kawai Purapura. The kaupapa Is beautiful. Have met some lovely people. Lying here this morning, listening to the native birds singing. Looking forward to the workshops today ) ” – Mandi Brown, 9th February 2013
The above comment was written not long after the sun had risen on the first full day of the festival. The photo shows the sun starting to shine on the beautiful native bush backdrop, the teepee standing proud, and work beginning on assembling one of the many stallholder marquees.
The festival attracted a headlining roster of New Zealand’s leading wisdom keepers, bringing their energy and deep knowledge of the land. From Gary Cook and Michelle Ofsoske-Wyber to Atarangi and Barry Brailsford, the heritage of Aotearoa was honoured and revealed.
Young and old were treated to many combinations of waiata, from young performers just learning, to seasoned campaigners like Sika and Prosad. Sunday’s finale concert by special guest Mihirangi was powerful and inspiring, with contemporary music and technology used to full effect to tell her eco-warrior messages.
Indigenous wisdom, of the land and culture, was in all venues, from “The Glade” and teepee to Whare Kahikatea and Lotus Sanctuary. Healing Haka workshops mingled with Hawaian healing , courtesy of Ojasvin & Iris Davis and Elandra & Antion Meredith, while Michael O’Donnell, Makuini Ruth Tai, Kerry Strongman and Richard Nunns provided stories and examples of New Zealand’s rich musical and cultural history.Footnote: “Kaupapa” is a set of principles and ideas that inform behaviour and customs. Mana whenua (authority in the land) is achieved when a person’s inward kaupapa is aligned with the outward land. When the relationship with the land is lost, people’s inner sense of security and foundation may be lost too. Voices of Sacred Earth 2013 Archive!
To see an overview of 2012 at Kawai Purapura, from Yoga to Reiki, music to dance, and transformational, click Read More: