We are alive at an extraordinary moment in time - it is a time of growing uncertainty, as climate catastrophe looms, the sixth mass extinction accelerates, and the wounds of inequality and inhumanity are laid bare.  It is also a time of great possibility when creativity, courage, and collective action can change the political and ecological landscape for future generations. It is a time when many of us are seeking ways to reconnect to one another and to the living Earth, and to bring forth our particular gifts to contribute.

During this 4-day residential retreat we will be touching our innermost responses to the condition of our world and reconnecting with our sense of wonder for the web of life.  Strengthened by generations past and encouraged by those yet to come, we can tap our own deep awareness and creativity to chart a course for taking action in a way that brings us alive.

We will use
  • experiential practices
  • poetry and song
  • ritual and movement
  • and silence
to guide our journey through the four stages of the spiral of the Work That Reconnects.
The four stages support one another and help us experience first hand that we are larger, stronger, deeper, and more creative than we have been brought up to believe.

We will support our journey by participating in the yogic practices at Anahata Yoga Retreat.

This will include:

• Hatha yoga classes
• Guided meditations to work with the emotions
• Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
• Kirtan (singing mantras to music)
• Havan (ancient Vedic fire ceremony)

Drawing on the work of Joanna Macy, John Seed and Arne Naess this retreat will empower you to act on behalf of Earth with clarity, love and direction.

No previous experience in Yoga or Deep Ecology necessary.

Add-on option for Facilitators Hui

This add-on option is available for workshop participants wishing to step into facilitating 'The Work That Reconnects', or those already facilitating, who wish to join a community of facilitators for experiential sharing.
Two co-creative sessions (one pre- and one post-workshop) support your own transformational Deep Ecology journey as well as to help you gain confidence assisting others on the path to coming back to life.
The first session will offer theory about the four successive stages of the work, group facilitation basics, and pointers for observing and learning from workshop facilitation during the weekend. Following the workshop completion, we will have an extensive de-brief, involving both practical aspects of facilitation and workshop layout as well as reflections on our personal journeys.

About the facilitator:
Inna Alex - is a passionate community organiser, environmental educator, deep ecology facilitator and yoga teacher. Living at Tui Community, Golden Bay, NZ, she integrates her Permaculture knowledge by co-ordinating and co-teaching some of Earthcare’s Permaculture Education Programs, coordinating women’s gathering and an annual educational community festival, living actively in intentional community, teaching yoga, parenting her daughter Kiva and tending her garden.
Inna has been teaching Deep Ecology workshops around NZ for the past 8 years, having studied both with Joanna Macy and John Seed. "For me, Joanna’s 'Work That Reconnects' is the bridge between our spiritual journeys & how we act in the world. I’m amazed how powerful this work is in enabling us to experience ourselves as part of the Living Whole and recommit to wholeheartedly engage in its healing. I am very excited to be offering this work in conjunction with a supportive yogic practice at such a special location.“

The Importance of Place: Our host, Anahata Yoga Retreat
We are fortunate to be able to immerse ourselves in a quiet, pristine natural setting for this four-day retreat: Anahata Yoga Retreat, situated in the midst of native beech forest with spectacular ocean views bordering the Abel Tasman National Park, offers a supportive and inspiring environment that welcomes everyone regardless of age, background and level of yoga experience. It is a residential eco-yoga retreat using alternative power, composting toilets and nutritious organic vegetarian meals.


Main Deep Ecology Retreat
Start Time: 6pm Thursday - arrival/registration
Finish Time: 1.30pm Sunday

Facilitators Hui option
3pm-6pm Thursday (pre-retreat), plus 1.30-4.30pm Sunday (post-retreat)

Complimentary pick up: Thursday 8th March 2pm Takaka I-site
Complimentary drop off: Sunday 11th March 2pm back to Takaka I-site
Alternative arrangements can be made for those attending the Facilitators Hui


Payment is for 3 nights
Full Price: NZ$445
Full Price with Facilitators Hui: NZ$495
Camping: NZ$415 and $465 respectively

Super Early Bird: If full payment made by 7th Jan 2018 15% discount (use promo code SEB15 on booking form)
Early Bird: If full payment made by 6th Feb 2018 10% discount (use promo code EB10 on booking form)

  • Prices include shared accommodation, all meals and the full retreat programme.
Limited private room options are available, to find out more, please email us directly.

Private sessions with a Swami/teacher are available by appointment:

For more information, a booking form and payment information please email yoga at or call 03 5259887.