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The Space Between

  • Mana Retreat Centre Manaia Coromandel New Zealand (map)

The Space Between:

pause, presence, potent possibility

This is truly a transformational retreat.

In the midst of this thing we call life, we all experience change, chaos and upheaval, at some point or another. It is inevitable. It is the space between the end of one thing and the beginning of another. It is a cycle, a natural universal pattern, that sometimes catches us by surprise. Sometimes, we find ourselves in the same place, over and over. As we awaken to the nature of this space, it can become an opportunity to investigate, to explore, to reframe our relationship with ourselves and the world around us. Who are you? What are you? How do you want to feel?

Gift yourself The Space Between to fully embody the natural pause between the end of the old year and the beginning of the new.  This retreat will inspire you, it will shift you, it will allow you to make changes you want to make. Join me at this potent time of year for 7 days of yoga asana, curiosity, exploration and nourishing body-mind practices. 

The Space Between Retreat just got more spacious! You asked, we listened! Now a 7 day retreat including New Year. Open to everyone, no matter what your yoga experience or flexibility, your age or ability. All are welcome.

Cost $1730* see details below


Katy Carter

“Katy’s not just a yoga teacher, she is so much more…. a teacher of life”

Katy is an experienced teacher who has practised and studied forms of yoga internationally for 20 years, and has been teaching in New Zealand since 2008. More recently she has embraced the Tantric embodied consciousness teachings of Embodied Flow TM and Embodied Yin TM. Now residing in rural Northland, her current mantra is Do Less, Feel More.

The YOGA that she teaches will take you on an embodied poetic journey beyond the everyday ordinariness of being human, into the extraordinary felt qualities of being.  It will move you, it will wake you up, lift your spirit and remind you of how unique and significant you are. You simply have to be willing to lean in and pay attention.


The Retreat details:

Cost $1730 NZD

Price includes:

  • 6 nights / 7 days

  • all tuition (2 yoga asana classes a day, meditations, walks, satsang/group explorations)

  • twin share accommodation with all linen and towels

  • single rooms are limited (single supplement applies - $30 per night)

  • 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

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.


  • 30 days or more prior to the start of an event, a refund will be made less a $50 administrative fee

  • 10 - 29 days prior to the start of an event, a refund will be made less a $200 administrative fee - event bookings less than $200 receive no refund.

  • 0-9 days prior to the start of an event, no refund will be made.

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For the past few years, I have chosen to spend my Christmas holidays teaching a very special retreat.  The space between Christmas and New Year is perfect time to retreat. Many of us are stressed and exhausted, then agonising over (or avoiding) how to celebrate the New Year beginning. This retreat offers you a chance to rest, recover and rediscover your true nature.

During this retreat you will explore and expand into seven days of regular holistic practice including hatha yoga, yin yoga, yoga nidra, satsang, silence* and meditation. There will also be plentiful time to slow down, rest, walk, contemplate, converse, laugh, or simply be, in stunning natural surroundings.

Mana Retreat Centre in the Coromandel Peninsula is a truly special place to do this.

If this sounds exactly what you need, especially at this time of year, please get in touch for more details, or book now

I look forward to sharing this space and time with you.

Peace, love and light

Katy x

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“Katy’s not just a yoga teacher, she is so much more…. a teacher of life”

“You have lovingly packed so much into this retreat, each message being beautifully illustrated”

"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

"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

"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

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