Pause, presence, and potent possibility
Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, New Zealand
For the past few years, I have chosen to spend my Christmas 'holidays' teaching a very special, unique and transformational retreat. The temporal space between Christmas and the New Year is an often overlooked opportunity, neither here nor there. Many of us are stressed and exhausted after the frenetic lead up to Christmas, then agonising over (or avoiding) how to celebrate the New Year beginning.
I designed this retreat to harness this rare space in the year, between the ending of the year that has been, and the beginning of the new year ahead, for you to immerse yourself in self care practices, and to indulge your whole body and mind in the very precious commodities of space and time.
This Space Between is the literal threshold of change: letting go of the old, pausing to soften, become really present with what is, and inviting in the new with a sense of potential and possibility.
During this retreat you will be able to explore and expand into this space wholeheartedly and authentically: devoting yourself to five days of regular holistic practice including hatha yoga, yin yoga, yoga nidra, and meditation.
There will also be plentiful time to rest, walk, contemplate, converse, laugh, or simply be, in stunning natural surroundings.
Mana Retreat Centre in the Coromandel hinterland is a truly special place to do this.
Each year this popular Christmas retreat has been an outstanding experience. Filled comfortably with unique and beautiful individuals from New Zealand and across the globe, sharing tranquil space at this potent time of year. We come together to create an extraordinary journey of transformation. We arrive as strangers, but leave as friends. Some return year after year, as every year it is a unique experience.
Some travel as singles, some couples, some friends. This retreat is open to men and women, individuals, singles and couples. Some of us, for many different reasons may be alone at Christmas, or without family; some of us may chose to take time out from family responsibilities. This retreat is the perfect place to be, a place where you will meet like-minded, like-hearted people, and simply be yourself.
I look forward to sharing this space and time with you.
Peace, love and light
The Space Between Retreat
Cost $1170 NZD
- all yoga tuition (2 yoga classes a day, plus guided meditations, walks and more)
- twin share accommodation (single on request) with linen and towels
- all divine vegetarian meals, grown and made with love (breakfast, lunch and dinner, tea and coffee, fruit snacks)
- use of all Mana facilities, including sauna and bush bath, library, sanctuary, walks
Not included in price:
- transport to/from the retreat centre
- transfers from the Auckland-Coromandel ferry - please advise Mana staff when you book.
- ferry tickets* (check with Fuller's for ferry timetable, arrive without having to drive!)
- massage or other bodywork treatments - available at extra charge
- optional add-on early arrival for Christmas day (after 3pm) which includes celebration dinner, breakfast and lunch $125 per person
Terms and Conditions
- To book: Register directly with Mana Retreat Centre, you can either book online or call them: phone +64 7 8668972
- Full payment is required to secure your booking. There is an option on Mana's booking site to complete an intention form, for anyone who may struggle to pay in full on registering. Please get in touch if you need assistance.
- Cancellation: 10 days or more prior to course, fees may be fully transferred to another Mana event within 12 months, or refunded less $50 administration fee. 9 days or less prior, forfeits 50% of full fee.
Reviews of the retreats
"I just wanted to say a big heartful thank you again for your guidance and teachings at the retreat at Mana, It was definitely a transformational week in terms of letting 2016 go and it's really helped me to think and do with more intention and purpose this year. So far the year has had a lot of changes and new opportunities presenting themselves. It's also been a good few months so far looking at different areas of my wellbeing that I'd like to nurture and work on." Monique Nathu
"My first experience of a yoga retreat was between Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2016. I flew from Sydney to Auckland on Boxing day to participate in a four day yoga retreat facilitated by Katy Carter. The retreat was held at the Mana Retreat on the Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand. The retreat was called “The Space Between” which resonated with me as being a thoughtful concept at that time of year and exactly what I might have been looking for as a short break. I had only practiced yoga for 9 months prior to booking the retreat. The location was rustic and welcoming with the highlights being the beautiful yoga room with 180 degree views down a valley to the ocean surrounded by natural bush with easy beautiful bush walks to be done. Perhaps the most surprising high light was the incredible vegetarian food prepared three times a day mainly from ingredients grown on site. The food was ample and allowed as many serves as you required. The yoga and meditation syllabus that Katy Carter had prepared for this retreat was done very thoughtfully, and allowed a wonderful mix of meditation, yoga twice a day and some very relevant and though provoking workshops. There was no pressure to contribute but if you wished to or ask questions there was a very open, kind and accepting environment created by Katy in which to say how you felt. Writing journals were provided which allowed you to note any thoughts you had over the few days. The yoga was of a soft intensity that allowed everybody to enjoy with options if you wanted to push yourself a bit more. By the end of each session you felt satisfied. Katy is a genuine, caring and competent instructor who gave everything to the group. This was a beautiful experience that allowed you to clear your mind and enjoy being in a unique environment enjoying movement, nature, good company and good food. " Grant Cooper, Sydney
"Fantastic retreat - exactly what I needed. Loved the balance between teaching and space to myself" Janelle
"Fantastic instruction. Wonderful clear calming voice. Thank you for the inspirational quotes, sharing your story, living what you're teaching and being such a great example. And thank you for catering to my skeptical mind during the practices and reminding me that I can just breathe" Anon
"Being part of your Yoga Retreat over Christmas has been deeply transformative for my Self. I cannot extent my love and gratitude to you enough to thank you for this. You are a wonderful teacher! There have been many days this year where I have spent time on my yoga mat. When I stand on the mat and breathe, it feels like "This is Gold". But I do miss the connection to you, and your guidance and holding, and the like-minded people from our retreat. And I so miss the dancing!!!" Ines Becker, Dunedin
“Thank you for planning and delivering such a fantastic retreat. The more I have reflected on it, the more I am aware of just how much care and attention went into every detail. When I signed up to attend, all that was really in my mind was wanting to have a break, and I liked the idea of combining that with yoga in a beautiful location. I honestly didn’t give any thought to the retreat aspect, and had no expectation that I would gain anything more than a few days off. So the whole thing was a wonderful surprise – and I have been truly amazed at how I have felt ongoing benefits. I left feeling so serene – I’m not sure that I have ever felt that before! In fact, I had slowed down so much that driving back down the coast I thought I was speeding – then glanced at the speedo and saw I was only doing 60 kph. Luckily no-one was on my tail! Although that initial sense of calm and slowness has worn off, I still feel I have a bit more clarity of mind and a different perspective on things." Sally Ratapu, Auckland