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New Zealand Yoga Teacher Training

For the curious, the brave, the humble, and the hopeful. So much more than a yoga teacher training. Searching out a teacher training happens when Awakening Arts recognizes something in them refuses to settle for a life disconnected from that which breathes them into being. Until they know how to listen to and dance with this unfurling life they are, this something in them will not rest. Nor should it. If you hunger for a deep, sincere, artful, and intelligent relationship to life, this training is for you.

Meet the instructors

Mei Lai
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  • Daily yoga practice
  • Daily guided meditation session
  • Lectures, labs, and contemplations
  • Pranayama and mantra chanting lessons
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 28 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


25 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 17 participants
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During your stay, you can choose from the following

  • BYO tent to sleep on the earth under the stars with ocean views
  • Three- or four-bed room to share the ashram-style space, a lot of joy for many of you to share this intimate space
  • Two-bed room to share with another, creating respectful and nourishing friendship to support your month journey
  • Private room available (limited availability)


During this course, you will

  • Learn to live and teach yoga insincere, embodied, artful, and intelligent ways
  • Meet yourself and others in deepening honesty through deep ecology work and the practice of 'non-violent communication'
  • Sit with world-class teachers who have big heart, grounded knowledge, and lived wisdom
  • Luxuriate in the surrounding calm of the natural world on the private location tucked away from all hustle
  • Delight in high vibration, delicious, local, and organic food which is well-nourished soul and belly on the daily
  • Sleep and wake to the rhythms of the ocean outside your bedroom window

This training is unlike any other. You can expect to deepen your comfort, belonging, and appreciation in self, community, and the world at large. This training will give you the skillset and confidence to teach across the board from beginners to advanced, from meditation and restorative practices to fluid flowing advanced asana classes in the style of Embodied Flow™. Each day, you will begin with your own sādhanā (practice).

You will learn through experiencing your own practice how to skilfully guide this journey for another. Mornings are for stillness, silence, mantra, breathwork, and contemplative writing. From your seated practice, you move into movement meditation and asana practice, embodying being, and moving this body into greater health, freedom, and relationship with life. As the days unfold, you will unpack the various layers of yogic philosophy, the timeless wisdom, the intelligent practices, and the rich stories that point toward your human experience and offer new possibilities.

You will explore the science and soul of sound and devotion, explore anatomy through felt experiences, learn how to recognize and support common challenges, how to care for the diverse unique bodies that come into your care, and how to offer sensitive effective assists, and explore the art of holding the space of the classroom with confidence, humility, and grace.

This training has all you need to begin teaching yoga and so much more. With a strong focus on who you are as a whole human, your relationship to your practice, to yourself, to the world, this training is a well-rounded experience that pours out in harmony with the core precepts of yoga.

Daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 07:30 Meditation, mantra, pranayama, and contemplation
  • 07:30 - 09:15 Asana
  • Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 12:30 Lecture or lab
  • Lunch
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Lecture or lab
  • 16:15 - 18:30 Lecture or lab
  • Dinner
  • 20:00 Occasional evening class


Mei Lai Swan


The course will take place in Shambhala private eco-retreat in Golden Bay, New Zealand. You will enjoy the long stretch of wild private beach, the surrounds sound of the ocean, native bush, and birdlife, and the heart nourishment of community living with a range of options for accommodation and down to earth with an eco ethos. Off the beaten track, Shambhala has magic that drops the nervous system into rest and restores harmony. This location itself does so much of the healing work that happens on retreat. It is truly one of a kind.


The famous local chef, Fred Archer, will be on board all month providing soul satiating meals. All meals are vegetarian. Awakening Arts can cater to most dietary requirements so let them know what you need. Most of their produce comes from local farmers and they shop organic as much a possible.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There are so many beautiful places around Shambhala to visit. Deepening on your group's desires, you may visit the waterfall at Wainui together or the windswept wild beach at Wharariki on your days off.

What's included

  • 25 days of practice
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day
  • Certificate of completion
  • Embodied flow manual

What's not included

  • Travel to and from the training
  • Transport during training

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Nelson Airport (NSN). You should arrive in Nelson in time to catch the Golden Bay coach at 8:00 a.m. on the 21st of November and request to be dropped at Shambhala Retreat. You will need to book the coach in advance.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Monday November 21, 2022
Departure: Monday December 19, 2022

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