The centre runs a mix of group private bookings and public events. Here is a summary of workshops in 2018. Full workshop details are below.
Five and Ten Day Fasts
February 9 - 13
March 2 - 11 (10 day fast - $600)
March 30 - April 3 Easter fast
April 13 - 17
September 21 - 25
October 12 - 16
Novemeber 2 - 12 (10 day fast - $600)
November 16 - 20
December 7 - 11
Our five-day fasts are guided by qualified staff and based upon high-quality liquid nourishment (organic vegetable/fruit juices, herb teas, and broths) with four days of proper fasting, followed by a half-day to gently break the fast. The tranquil atmosphere at Aio Wira and the fasting programme give the strength and motivation to make meaningful lifestyle changes (healthier diets, new physical regimens, or quitting smoking) by including exercises, relaxation techniques, yoga, Tai Chi, and access to a sauna and spa. Shiatsu, facials, Hellerwork, lymphatic drainage, Reiki, seaweed or herbal body wraps, and massage are available for $70.
Cost: $425. $100 deposit to Aio Wira.
Wednesdays 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Yoga with Julie King
Workshops and Retreats
February 23 - 25 Woman's Journey to Herself
You are invited to BREATHE OUT ... and COME HOME
Dive in, play, reconnect with and embrace the universal and personal journey of what it means to be a woman today.
Unfolding the fabric of your womanhood .... join us to explore new possibilities in yourself through creativity, movement, story, reflection, sharing, ceremony and more ....
Bring your curiosity and enjoy being nourished by the wild Waitakeres, home cooked food and the company of other women.
“How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you? A place for you to go... a place of women, to help you learn the ways of woman... a place where you were nurtured from an ancient flow sustaining you and steadying you as you sought to become yourself. A place of women to help you find and trust the ancient flow already there within yourself.... waiting to be released...A place of women...How might your life be different?”
Circle of Stones: Woman’s Journey to Herself. Judith Duerk
A workshop for any woman - of any age - who is interested in exploring her authentic self
Maximum number of participants 18, so book early to ensure your place
Workshop Fee: $475.00 (includes $200 non-refundable deposit) Early Bird: $425.00 if paid before 12th Jan, 2018.
Workshop Fee includes all food, accommodation and resources.
For inquiries or to enrol, contact Jacquie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have many years’ experience working with women and bring a wide range of talents and skills to this work.
Jacquie Sokolov Pearson
Jacquie has run many groups and workshops including women’s retreats spanning 6 months in the Kaimai bush. She has written and performed a one woman show about the Ancient Goddess Inanna. Jacquie is a skilled ritual maker and is passionate about marking life transitions. She brings warmth, playfulness and an empowering presence to her work.
In her work as an Art Therapist, Tracey facilitates groups and individuals using creative process journeys. She understands the potency of holding space for another and witnessing, allowing the shift into a new "gesture". As a mother of now independent young men she has been involved with rites of passage work for many years and holds a steady flame for working with both genders to enable healthier relationships.
Kathryn is passionate about women deepening their connection with their essence, enhancing their creativity and encouraging juiciness. She has many years of experience participating in and leading womens’ groups. Her professional background is in physiotherapy and therapeutic massage. She brings warmth, witness, fun, acceptance and vitality to her connections with women.
Peta has been involved in the women’s movement since the 1970’s and brings deep listening, compassion and earth-based spirituality to her work. She has facilitated many workshops and trainings in personal growth and professional development, and practised body psychotherapy, mentoring and supervision for over 30 years.
We have come together in response to requests from women to the Essentially Men network to offer workshops for women alongside their work for men. We appreciate and acknowledge their support.
March 16 - 18 Grief + Gratitude
Holding the Space:
3 Wise women Susie Spiller & Irina Borowski, with special guest Kristen Masters, CNVC cert trainer like Susie from Santa Cruz
In grace and light, book fast folks there are only 15 spaces. This one will be the one and only retreat from Wise for 2018.
Throughout the gathering you will be nourished and supported with organic, seasonal and vegetarian food, cooked by Irina. Irina has been immersed in fermented food preparation and intuitive eating for years. Her passion is for people to follow their inner guidance around food choices and to connect to their bodies with joy. Her belief is that there is no right and wrong foods, no one formula fits all. Having said that, she is happy to observe any dietary requirements you may have.
Susie will also provide accessible yoga each day and relaxation, including the latest research in neurobiology to calm the brain when anxious, shocked, or simply attempting to navigate life.
What happens when we live our lives as a series of celebrations and mournings, if we have full permission to acknowledge what is working and what isn’t? Well, that is exactly what we’ll explore this lovely weekend.
Susie Spiller (Auckland, NZ) and Kristin Masters (Santa Cruz, CA, US) will show you how to form a community to play and heal with. We will expand our capacities to accompany ourselves by inviting our gratitude and our griefs. The team is looking so forward to co-creating transformational experiences with you and with the beloveds who you bring.
Many of us know the sustaining and healing powers of practicing gratitude. NVC offers an added richness to the practices of gratitude that we already know and use, as well as lending it’s frame to develop a few more. Whether you’ve done a lot of NVC gratitude or this is new to you, you are welcome.
We live our human lives in a constant state of celebration and mourning for that which we love. And yet many of us have been taught to stay away from the grief and the mourning around our losses. We often believe that we are supposed to grieve alone, rather than burdening others with our sadness. In contrast to this belief, in neurobiological reality, our grief is richest when we are able to grieve together.
The safety of holding will be by Kristin Masters and Susie Spiller, both certified NVC trainers who appreciate the power and beauty of grief in community.
Kristen has led many grief gatherings and workshops over the past 10 years, all with very positive feedback. Kristin Masters has approached grief and mourning through the lenses of NVC, Living Compassion (work of Robert Gonzales), Work that Reconnects (work of Joanna Macy) and 10 years of singing at bedsides with Threshold Choir. Accompanying her wife/life partner through terminal brain cancer to the end of her life 3.5 years ago tested her previous ‘knowing’ into a whole new dimension of dealing with loss.
Costs: Supported $350 Maintainer $450 Sustainer $600
If you want to know more about Irina and Susie you are welcome to check us out at susiespiller.com or wise.kiwi.nz
April 5 - 8 First Sphere Meditation and Yoga Retreat
During our three and a half days together, Mahima will teach a First Sphere Course, introducing you to the practice of Ascension as taught by the Ishayas. You will receive 4 simple but powerful meditation techniques to help you access a direct experience of Peace, Joy, Creativity and Freedom, in each aspect of your life.
Optional morning and evening yoga practices, led by Gemma, will ensure you get just the right balance of rest and rejuvenation. Practices will include: Pranayama (breath work), Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga.
Relax and Connect
There will also be time to enjoy the sauna, outdoor spa, beautiful bush tracks and comprehensive library on site. Mingle with like-minded souls or enjoy the solitude that’s available in this amazing spot.
This retreat is open to those wishing to learn the practice of ascension and also to anyone who has already completed the First Sphere weekend and wishes to review the teachings or to enjoy an opportunity for extended practice. No prior yoga or meditation experience is necessary.
On Going Support
After the retreat you will have access to free lifetime support from the Bright Path Meditation teachers with a special follow up during the first 6 weeks after the retreat to clarify and solidify your practice. You will be welcome to join our community for weekly ascension meetings for free and to re-sit any non-residential first sphere course, anywhere in the world, for free, at any time.
Mahima (Sylvie) started practising Hatha yoga in 1992, then she explored GFU's solar yoga, Kundalini, Anusara, Ashtanga, Shivananda and Yin Yoga. She begun her teaching career in Mexico in 2000 and has also taught yoga in Canada, Spain, and now in New Zealand. Her curiosity for meditation started in 1998 trying different meditation techniques. In 2002, she focused on The Bright Path meditation techniques, becoming a Bright Path meditation teacher in 2005. Mahima's passion is to share the simplicity and the joy of just being, and she does so in many ways: courses, classes, retreats, as well as just smiling and enjoying life with others.
Sitadevi (Gemma) began her journey with yoga in 1997 and has since explored many different facets including Iyengar, Sivananda, Bikram, Satyananda and Yin Yoga. Studying with Ashram Yoga, she began teaching classical yoga in 2008 and Yin Yoga in 2015. She discovered the Bright Path Ascension techniques more recently and is passionate about empowering others to follow their own paths to living freely and fully. Sitadevi teaches in an honest, articulate and compassionate manner and offers classes, workshops and retreats for individuals, gyms and corporate groups.
New Students Learning Ascension: $600 (Early Bird Discount if paid in full by 22.02.2018) $699 after the 22.02.2018
Returning Ascension Students: $550
Registration and Payment: Click here
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel for any reason before March 9, you will be entitled to a 50% refund, otherwise the fee is non-refundable. If for any reason the event cannot go ahead you will be refunded in full.
For more information, please contact:
Mahima 0210604360 email@example.com
Gemma 0211092023 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunara 021647447 sunara@thebrightpath,com
April 20 - 23 Mindfulness Qi Gong and Self-Compassion with Rachel Tobin
A 3 day silent mindfulness and qi gong retreat
Replenish your energy and vitality!
Join me in a beautiful location for a blend of mindfulness meditation and qi gong centred around the theme of self-compassion. Mindfulness, the art of accessing the power of ‘now’, is a wonderful means of calming your body, resting the mind and cultivating joy and wellbeing. Qi gong is a system designed to improve the flow of energy in the body, create vitality and concentrate the mind.
There will be time for reflection and walks in the beautiful native bush as well as healthy vegetarian meals and access to a sauna and spa. We will begin on Friday 20th at 6 pm, and finish in the afternoon on Monday 23rd April. The retreat is suitable for those new to the practices, and for those with experience.
Rachel Tobin is a trained teacher & facilitator who has been practising qi gong and meditation for over 25 years. She leads classes and retreats in mindfulness and movement, and works with clients, and children, for mindfulness training, coaching and the cultivation of wellbeing.
Cost : $510
Mobile: 021 473 012
April 27 - 29 Introduction to Shamanism - the Journey with Jan Natusch
The main ceremony a shaman performs is the journey. A shaman goes into an altered state of consciousness and travels outside of time. We teach the journey techniques of the Shaman so you can connect with Great Spirit, your own spirit helpers and the spirits of nature, to gain insights, knowledge or healing. You will ﬂy free into the invisible realms to bring back healing and information, and to deepen your connection to all in creation.
Jan Natusch has been practicing and teaching shamanic journeying, healing for over 25 years. Her work incorporates many teachings, which started with her training with Sandra Ingerman, then with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, and has since included teachings from the Qero of Peru and many others. Jan works in ways that honours the heritage of the person and the spirit of the land.
Jan works independently but is aligned to:
Academy of Shamanic Studies - www.shamanic.ac.nz and Practical Mystics - www.practicalmystics.co.nz
Cost: $360 (includes accommodation and meals)
To book register contact Jan: (09) 521 5366, 027 245 6021 or email@example.com
May 18 - 20 Inner Balance Retreat with Sankalpananda and Yogamani
Escape the hustle & bustle for a weekend of Inner Balance. This is a retreat all about decompressing, relaxing and restoring. Surrounded by forest, Aio Wira is a true sanctuary amongst nature, a great base to unwind.
Saturday includes Yoga and Yoga Nidra, with plenty of time at leisure to explore the surrounding bush walks, take a trip to Bethells beach or relax in the library area, sanctuary room or yoga room. Sunday will consist of a yoga session and breakfast with the program ending mid-morning. Thereafter you are more than welcome to explore the property and take further time to relax.
The retreat is facilitated by Swami Sankalpananda (Wendy Vermeulen) and Swami Yogamani Saraswati. A yogic duo who bring a strong background of yoga, meditation and wellness to the retreat. Having facilitated numerous classes, workshops and retreats on topics ranging from Yoga to meditation to general wellness and fitness through to life coaching.
- Early Bird Full Weekend $310 per person if paid in full by Friday 6th April 2018
- Full Weekend $350 per person if paid in full after Friday 6th of April 2018
(Full weekend includes Sat overnight accommodation, breakfast daily, lunch and dinner Saturday only. Day only and extended stay options subject to availability.)
Bookings and inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Wendy on 021 106 5981
Terms and conditions apply. Deposit and full payment details advised at time of registering.
May 24 - 27 Enigma 3 - day Self - awareness Retreat with Dr Graham Mead
Experience intimate time with yourself in a dynamic, safe, nurturing environment and explore the intricacies and simplicity of healing through feeling and moving without the restrictions of attachment and addiction to thought.
Discover the value of sustained, focussed attention in opening up the deep, inner dimensions of the body's physiology and psychology as a gateway to a richer connection with life. Experience real stillness. Learn to feel. Learn to breathe.
Feel the joy of being in your body with all the dimensions of inner movement that can be accessed through a deep sense of the fluid nature of its structure and expression. The depth of access to the body's internal movement capacity is governed solely by the degree of feeling-awareness we can develop and the discovery of this is both a challenge and a real joy. The movements centre around Tai Chi exercises taught as a basis for the art.
Explore a practical pathway toward intimate relationship without compromise or manipulation, through which you can move toward an increasingly authentic way of being in the world.
Enigma is a practical approach to self-awareness and overall well-being and this retreat is open to anyone.
Cost: $795 includes course fee, accommodation and ALL meals and snacks
To register and for any further information, please email Mandy at email@example.com
June 1 - 4 Lamrim "Stages of the Path" Retreat
This is a 4 day retreat, for those with a basis in Tibetan Buddhism specifically the Lamrim. The focus of this retreat are the fundamentals of Buddhist practice.
Geshe Dhonam, the resident teacher at Trashi Gomang Buddhist Center in Auckland and will be leading the retreat. For more information on Geshela go here https://www.trashigomangnz.com/geshedhonam
The retreat programme will be a combination of teachings and meditation on the retreat topics.
Cost: $425 (includes 3 nights accommodation and 4 days of meals plus the basic text).
For further information: contact Caro Walker firstname.lastname@example.org or 0274784145.
A deposit will be required closer to the retreat date, when more information will be sent out to those that have registered.
June 22 - 24 "Spice and all things nice" with Perry Macdonald and Di Davies
You have to have the courage to get involved in your own healing.
Ultimately sadhana is about teaching the patient, how not to be the patient.
To get better we need to embrace daily practises that can strengthen our true nature.
The weekend will embrace the winter months in this peaceful space focusing on daily meditation practises, practical Ayvedic cooking sessions, body treatments, restorative and healing Yoga.
Basically all things nice.
Cost: $395 to book $50 deposit to Aio Wira
July 12 - 16 Bright Path First Sphere Ascension Meditation Retreat
For further information: contact Saranya email@example.com
July 20 - 22 Pilates and Wellness with Sue Nash and Di Davies
Enjoy a weekend of deepening your Pilates practice, giving time to mindfulness meditation, and relaxation techniques, gentle restorative yoga and learning how to make fermented foods including kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut and sourdough bread.
Di who is a nurse, naturopath and yoga teacher has been running Aio Wira centre for 31 years. She is passionate about empowering people to look after their own health.
Susan Nash has happily settled in West Auckland from London where she trained Pilates teachers, managed two Pilates Studios and taught more than 20 classes each week. Pilates Equipment and Pilates Mat Teacher, Studio Manager and Pilates Foundation UK Comprehensive Teacher Training Course leader,
Sue works with a holistic approach to developing, supporting and nurturing healthy physical form, movement and posture. She is a passionate advocate for the power of Mind Body Methods to heal and increase our well-being at any stage of life. She enjoys working with a broad range of people from every Joe to trained athletes to those with injuries or other health issues.
Sue’s interest in Pilates spans 2 decades and she has been blessed to be taught by some of the Master teachers trained by Joe and Clara Pilates in their New York Studio.
Sue also teaches YAMUNA BODY ROLLING and GYROKINESIS®classes
Pilates is an original holistic mind body method. On this retreat we will work with the underlying Pilates principals that connect and deepen your practice.
Breath and centering with co-ordination, control, flow, and precision applied to classic and evolved Pilates sequences.
Cost: $395 to book $50 deposit to Aio Wira
December 14 - 16 Noticing, Connecting and Positively Imagining the Future with Gillian Elmslie
Things worth noticing; our bodies, our minds, our language and each other.
Over 35 years of practice and teaching has given Gillian some good ideas she would like to share. Including; Mindfulness Meditation, Feldenkrais Awareness through movement, Writing practice as taught by Natalie Goldberg, An imaginative way of wording, so the future can only open towards our affirmative yearnings.
You will experience a unique learning environment that allows you to think new thoughts.
There will be flexibility in the programme if you need to take time for yourself.
Key to this workshop is communication with Gillian by phone or email so she can know any specific areas of interest for you. And importantly 3 or 4 of your favorite songs, a playlist will be assembled.
This space and time is for you to retreat, recreate, restore and revitalize a sense of possibility.
40 years a sculptor exhibiting throughout N.Z. 20 years fostering creativity and a can do attitude in her popular Soft Stone Sculpture one day workshop. 10 years of Psychodrama and group interaction including contact improvisation. 20 years writing practice and writing strategies for focusing self-development. 20 years practicing Vipassana meditation. 12 years practicing Feldenkrais movement and 7 years a fully qualified Feldenkrais teacher and practitioner. 60 years a creative spirit exploring the life with enthusiasm and originality.
Cost: 375 $100 Deposit paid to Gillian at: 030104 0313562 02 with your name please.
For further information: Call or text Gillian on 021-1122-293
February 22 - 24 (2019) J. Krishnamurti Retreat - The Turning Point
The programme will focus on Krishnamurti’s theme of “The Turning Point” and will include a mix of videos related to the theme and group dialogues where Krishnamurti’s teachings can be explored in more depth. If the weather permits there will be opportunity for walks as the Centre is located in the beautiful Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland. It is also just 10 minutes’ drive from Te Henga/Bethells Beach.
Krishnamurti was born in India in 1895 and died in the United States in 1986. He spoke throughout his life in many parts of the world to large audiences as well as with numerous individuals, including writers, scientists, philosophers and educators. Describing his teaching he said, "Truth is a pathless land. Man cannot come to it through any organisation, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, nor through any philosophic knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of his own mind, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection..."
Krishnamurti was concerned with all humanity and stated repeatedly that he held no nationality or belief and belonged to no particular group or culture. In the latter part of his life, he travelled mainly between the schools he had founded in India, Britain and the United States, schools that educate for the total understanding of man and the art of living. He stressed that only this profound understanding can create a new generation that will live in peace.
In relation to the theme of this Retreat Krishnamurti said, “If robots and computers can do all that human beings can, what is to become of humanity as a social entity? How shall a human being, who is actually the rest of mankind, face this crisis, this turning point? Can you look at yourself not as a separate human being but as actually the rest of mankind? We have to examine the whole of thought because it is responsible for deeper as well as superficial layers of consciousness. Thought is limited, being a reaction of memory, so is its action limited and creating conflict?”
Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Please e-mail the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking or ask any questions.
Cost: $246 including all meals (vegetarian) and accommodation.