MAY 5 – 12, 2017
Ready to step into your Wild & Free Authentic Self?
Join us in Taupo on a yoga-inspired journey designed to lead you into the Heart of Freedom.
Start each day with a guided meditation practice led by Ben that will ground you in presence. Think simple, essential, bite-sized practices that leave you centered, clear and calm.
Following breakfast, Kara-Leah will take you on a 2 hour yoga immersion focused on intimacy with breath and energetic flow. Expect a combination of postures, breathwork, visualisation and fun.
Throughout the day there will be plenty of downtime to recharge by the fire, walk the grounds, journal or simply take a nap.
After a healthy, wholesome, buffet-style vegetarian lunch, Ben will work with the group on releasing resistance to your expression of authentic Self.
Ben uses a wide variety of tools to bring awareness back to what is essential; presence. In holding that space of loving presence all that is ready to be healed simply falls away. What remains is always the wild and free authentic Self.
Kara-Leah will close the afternoon session with a combination of prana vinyasa and free-flow movement.
Evenings will be a time for socialising and vibing with the tribe in organised and casual gatherings.
You will leave this retreat deeply grounded, heart-centered and empowered with a set of practical tools for staying connected to and operating from the truth of your freedom.
Kara-Leah Grant is an internationally-renowned yoga teacher, writer, and speaker.
Her teaching, via articles, books, videos, classes, retreats & workshops, has impacted millions of people around the world.
KL’s passion is liberation in this lifetime through an every day path of dissolving layers of tension into greater and greater freedom and joy.
Her work is based on her journey from psychosis to freedom as she maps and shares her path through the landscape of our internal world.
Ben Ralston is a therapist, healer, advanced Sivananda Yoga teacher, and writer.
He runs a busy international therapeutic practice from his home in rural Croatia.
His writings have been read by millions of people and can be found on Elephant Journal, Rebelle Society, and various other portals online.
Ben regularly runs retreats around the world combining Yoga and other energetic exercises with therapy. He would love nothing more than to see you on one of these retreats, since he believes that this approach to personal development is really the only way to make society more loving and peaceful.
Helen Thomas* is a Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher and Reiki Practitioner, who has been practicing yoga for over 13 years.
She believes that Yoga is a way of life and that asana, pranayama and meditation are tools to help us become more present, and subsequently more aligned and attuned with our physical, mental and emotional bodies.
Helen has worked in the health and wellness industry for years in large corporate companies and smaller niche businesses. She has helped thousands of people transform and infuse their lives with greater balance and joy.
*Helen joins us if there are sufficient numbers.
(except KL & Helen’s bio images)
“The three of you together made the retreat HUGE for me. Your combined energies made this retreat the beautiful success that it was. The knowledge that you three combined have is so powerful, so clear, so free, so simple, so right, so loving. It’s pure gold!”~ Heart of Freedom 2016 Participant
The Nitty Gritty
Accommodation is in shared dorm rooms, or you can pay a surcharge to stay in a shared cottage, or solo cottage. All meals are included from dinner on Friday night until lunch on the following Friday.
Your deposit secures your space, and helps us secure the venue. It is non-refundable, but transferable to somebody else.
Check in is at 2pm on Friday May 7th and our first session will be that afternoon.
Our final session will be after lunch on Friday May 12th and we will be finished by 4pm.
Where possible we connect participants before the retreat so people can ride share no matter where they’re coming from. We can also help with rides from Taupo Airport.
Early Early Bird (SOLD OUT): $NZ 1250 + GST*
Early Bird (5 available): $NZ 1450 + GST
Full Price: $NZ 1800 + GST
Shared Cottage Space (4 available): add-on $200 + GST
Solo Cottage Space (SOLD OUT): add-on $350 + GST
$400 Deposit is non-refundable. Full payment is due three weeks before the retreat starts, on April 14th, 2017 – unless you sign up after that date.
See full cancellation and refund policy below in FAQ.
*Only NZ residents are liable for GST
It’s important to us that this work is available to a wide variety of people no matter what their financial circumstances. We offer a range of prices, including scholarship and early early bird pricing. We also offer a 15% discount to people who have been on retreat with us before and who sign up within ten days of the retreat launch date.
To apply for a scholarship, please email Kara-Leah direct.
Scholarship places are announced three weeks before retreat.
Testimonials from The Heart of Freedom 2016
““Heart of Freedom has given me a huge injection of confidence in living from the heart, regardless of the obstacles that may try to deter me, regardless of the opinions of others. Life is short, live from the heart.”~ Heart of Freedom Participant
“I loved being around a group of open people sharing and speaking openly. And I loved the powerful, nurturing and fun yoga sessions, and getting back in touch with body, centre, emotions, and energy.” ~ Kate, Heart of Freedom
“If I rated The Heart of Freedom 10 out of 10, I would sound like a complete cheeseball. Though, I do seriously feel, it was one of the most important things I have done for myself…ever.”
~ Gemma, Heart of Freedom
Frequently Asked Questions: Click to Read
What is GST?
GST is a tax that all New Zealand residents must pay. If you live overseas and are travelling to this retreat, you won’t be charged GST.
How do I pay?
Email Kara-Leah and she will give you bank details so you can arrange a bank transfer. You can also pay via Paypal. All bank fees are your responsibility. (Its 3% extra for Paypal, and international bank transfers cost $15.)
Where are you based?
Ben lives in Croatia, and Kara-Leah and Helen both live in New Zealand.
How did the three of you end up working together?
Kara-Leah and Helen met through yoga circles in Napier, New Zealand in 2014 and have been teaching and running retreats together ever since.
Kara-Leah interviewed Ben on her website The Yoga Lunchbox in 2012 and has been friends with him since then. She brought Ben to New Zealand in May, 2016 to co-facilitate The Heart of Freedom with her & Helen.
Based on the success of that retreat, they’re now rolling out Heart of Joy and Heart of Power.
What’s your refund policy?
25% of the retreat price is non-refundable. If you need to cancel seven days before the retreat starts, we’ll give you the rest of your money back (75%). If you need to cancel within seven days of the retreat, we’ll refund you 50%. On the day of retreat, no refunds are available.
We also know that life can be crazy sometimes and things happen. You can transfer your place to another person, they can pay you, and we’ll put the registration into their name.
No other refunds or credits are available however please contact us if extenuating circumstances apply and we will consider your case at our discretion.