Autumn Moon

Yoga and Meditation Weekend Retreat


Fri17 March at 6.00pm (with dinner) - Sun 19 March (after lunch)

Venue:  Staveley camp (90 minutes drive from Christchurch)

Early booking : $195 for bookings before 25 February 2017

$210 after 15th February

  • Enjoy an experience of yogic life in a magnificent natural setting
  • Take some time for yourself.
  • Enjoy the simplicity and balance of yoga and mindful movement practices.
  • Nourish yourself with wholesome food.
  • Share the weekend and connect with others of like heart-mind.

This retreat is suitable for all, from beginners through to experienced practitioners of Yoga.

Accommodation : Same gender shared accommodation - bring own bedding . All meals provided. Same price option for tenting (own tents required).

Teachers: Atmavidya, Jane (Gyananidhi) and Nicky Woodward (teachers' bios below)

All enquiries and/or registrations please contact:  

Nicky Woodward email:, m: 027 7229979

Teacher Bios:

Sanyasin Atmavidya

Atmavidya loves to facilitate practices of Yoga and Meditation that can make a beautiful difference in the lives of those who apply the practices. 

She has 20 years of experience of teaching yoga and meditation in yoga centres, ashrams, retreats, primary, secondary schools, tertiary institutions, businesses, Not For Profit and rehabilitation organisations, mainly in New Zealand.  During 2008 to 2012 Atmavidya guided the work of uplifting well-being of body mind and spirit for all, at Parito Yoga Retreat near Raglan, alongside her partner Pete.  A range of retreats and classes in yoga, meditation and sustainable living were offered there.  From April 2014 to September 2017 she directed the work of The Vishuddhi Yoga Centre in Christchurch and has recently been guiding the work of the Anahata Health and Education Trust near Takaka in Golden Bay.  She is currently giving service at Parito Yoga Retreat for Term One 2017 to assist the transition of this Centre to it's evolving form.

Atmavidya has received Accreditation as a teacher of Yoga in the style of Classical Hatha Yoga.  She has given service, and received the opportunity to learn in ashrams in New Zealand, Australia, Munger and Rikhia in India (in India in 2006, 2009 and for nine months in 2013).  Atmavidya has been a student of yoga and meditation for the last 27 years.

Atmavidya gently supports discovery of the different ways that practices can be experienced, in order to liberate and expand well-being of body, mind and spirit, freedom, happiness, and consciousness of all beings.

Nicky Woodward

Nicky Woodward is a registered Feldenkrais© practitioner and teacher. She has a background in health and has been involved with movement through education, rehabilitation, Yoga and personal practice for over 25 years. Her approach is grounded in the underlying principles of functional movement and human development with intention to support an enjoyable and sustainable self-practice.

Nicky teaches classes which encourage a deeper understanding of natural movement. The Feldenkrais approach emphasizes the importance of bringing quality of attention to the flow and experience of  movement. This focus enables Yoga students - of all levels of experience and from all traditions - to discover a more organic and graceful practice. Working in this way helps students gain a deeper awareness of both body and being, to refine their movements and asana, and to enliven a sense of wellbeing.

She is a certified Awareness Through Movement© (ATM) teacher and NZ Guild certified Feldenkrais© practitioner (2010), and a NZ Registered Nurse. She completed an  Advanced Yoga Teacher Training programme with Donna Farhi (2000), Ruthy Alon’s Bones for Life programme(2009), and attends yearly Advanced Feldenkrais teacher training programmes.  

Nicky also works on an individual basis with both children and adults. More about Nicky and her work can be found from her Movement Rewired website. 

Jane Allan (Gyananidhi)

Jane (Gyananidhi) was introduced to Yoga in the late 90’s through her own health issues with Fibromyalgia.  It was through the benefits and insights she gained that she went onto study and become an Accredited Yoga Teacher.   She is passionate about teaching and passing on the practices so others can benefit and empower themselves.

Jane has taught over the years in a variety of areas – ashrams, retreats, primary and secondary schools, communities, special needs and prison.  She is currently Chair of YEPT (Yoga Education in Prison Trust).

Jane remains herself a perennial student of Yoga blissful in the knowledge that there is still so much more to learn and is indebted to all her teachers.

Jane is also an Accredited Bowen Practitioner and Tutor.