Iyengar Yoga Ayurvedic Retreat 2020

Friday 16th October - Wednesday 21st October 2020

"Reveal the Goddess within."

We believe in experiences that create shifts and memories to last a lifetime.

This is an unforgettable 6 day, 5 night Iyengar Yoga retreat with an Ayurvedic flavour. 

Perfect for friends, mothers & daughters and solo female travelers looking to unwind from the pressures of life, to re-ignite your spirit and leave you feeling connected to your highest self.


A Life Changing Experience

Wake up to panoramic ocean views, unwind with a fragrant Ayurvedic detox drink, a morning pranayama and yoga practice, followed by a dip in our pool and an ayurvedic-inspired breakfast. Your retreat is a fully holistic experience involving yoga and movement, pranayama, nourishment, mindfulness, relaxation and laughter.

During your stay with us you'll have a chance to reflect on life. Awaken, inspire and celebrate the goddess in you.


As you enjoy our little corner of paradise there will be plenty of time for you to indulge in peaceful solitude or enjoy the many activities on offer in this tropical wonderland. The only decisions you'll face will be whether to have a massage or go for a snorkel in the crystal clear lagoon. With no family or business to organise, immersing yourself in retreat allows your mind to become clear and your spirit to feel buoyant.

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The Place

Magic Reef Bungalows is on the West Coast of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, a quick flight from New Zealand or LA. Your stand alone bungalow has views out over the Pacific, which you can enjoy from the privacy of your own balcony. The traditional Polynesian bungalows each have a living area, mini kitchen and outdoor shower and bath, with access to a stunning salt pool and picture perfect white sand beach. Choose either twin share ( 1 x 4-poster King and 1 x Queen bed), or indulge yourself in the divine experience of having a bungalow all to yourself. Watch the most spectacular sunsets unfold over the ocean from your verandah. This is honestly the most incredible place for a retreat.


The Practice

Monica Haar is a senior teacher and highest certified Iyengar yoga teacher in New Zealand. She teaches with precision and sensitivity. Each day will begin with pranayama (conscious breathing) to open the channels of your body. We'll practice morning asana, with afternoons free. The yoga classes will be small enough to allow individual attention and alignment, with a focus on personal growth and expansion. You will also enjoy daily Ayurvedic guided meditation and mindfulness practices.

The retreat is designed to restore energy and bring balance, you can expect to become calm and centred during your stay. The benefits of Iyengar yoga are seemingly endless. Stress and tension will be released and you will feel reinvigorated with a renewed sense of spaciousness and strength. Iyengar yoga has the additional benefits of alignment and safety, allowing you to correct present imbalances as you find strength, flexibility and balance.


The Food

Our offsite chefs prepare a rainbow of plant based food (with optional locally caught fish) sourced from fresh local produce. The menu is created according to the principles of Ayurveda, and you can expect your metabolism to reset as your system rebalances. Tropical fruit platters daily are a MUST!


Ayurvedic medicinal teas and detox drinks will help gently cleanse and nourish.

Eating with awareness is encouraged for optimal digestion. Mindfulness while eating is a powerful practice, not just to improve nutrient absorption but allowing us to slow down and remain present and focused. A healthy gut is vital for a healthy body and mind - we build a healthy body from the inside out.

The Goddess
Our retreat falls at a powerful time of year, during the new moon in Libra, a time of balance and harmony. This new moon offers a fresh start, a time to bring more balance and beauty into our lives.  We, as intuitive and magical women, come together to manifest new goals.
Our opening ceremony is magical. Divine platters, a beach bonfire and beautiful goddesses coming together to let go of that which we no longer need, sending out our intentions for what we would like to bring in. You'll receive a gift to take with you, which will hold the magic of this night, to carry your intentions forward.
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The Magic

  • Beautiful winter solstice "GODDESS" bonfire ceremony with gifts and an 'Ei', a beautiful flower garland created for our magical opening night

  • What's my Dosha? Discover your unique mind-body type and how that impacts your Dharma (soul's purpose)

  • Ayurvedic mini-facial: learn Ayurvedic secrets of beautifully natural skincare

  • Snorkelling at a picture prefect reef with turtles and a myriad of tropical fish

  • Snorkelling gear and reef shoes available to borrow

  • October is whale season - they swim and play right outside Magic Reef!


Optional extras

  • Paddleboard experience: paddle to the lagoon island and try out some poses while trying not to fall off your board!

  • Night time SUP lagoon paddle and meditation under the stars

  • Full body massage or holistic facial

  • Cross Island hike: the best in the Pacific

  • Hire a scooter, Ebike or car to explore the island

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Your Hosts

Monica Haar

Monica is director of The Iyengar Yoga Centre, Auckland and teaches all asana and pranayama on retreat. Monica was born in Sweden, and was introduced to Yoga by her Russian grandmother when she was still a child.

In the early 80's she started following the teaching of Mr BKS Iyengar, "Guru-Ji", and has been teaching according to his method since 1987. She became a  Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher 1993 and she is now the highest certified Iyengar Yoga teacher in NZ.

’Yoga has always been in my life and will continue to be in my life 'til the end.’

Honor Stratton

Ayurvedic Consultant and owner of The Yoga Room, Mangawhai, Honor guides all Ayurvedic aspects of the retreat including nutrition, meditation and mindfulness. Ayurveda is a huge part of Honor's life and is instrumental in her healing from digestive issues. Honor has been practicing  yoga for 20 years.

"Our mat is a reflection of our life, and what we can take from it is an enormous insight into our infinite potential."


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Debbie McGregor

 It is a world leading and life changing retreat. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to take time out from the craziness of life, or just to step aside and experience a beautiful fulfilling  4 nights / 5 days of revitalisation, recharge and connection with yourself alongside like minded women. You won't look back after this life-changing experience.
I can’t rate it highly enough and I know I will glow at a higher level until the next one!
I truly am filled with gratitude that Honor and Ash created this magical experience



Luisa Pellisier

The location was a stunner. The facilitators very competent. The food freshly made. The extra activities valuable experiences. Highly recommended if you wish to relax, energize, understand how yoga and the ayurvedic principles can have a positive impact on your life. It was an unforgettable experience. I'm truly grateful.



Shelley Lambert

Not only was this retreat totally relaxing, fun and healthy, it was actually life changing and helped clarify the direction I'd like my life to go from here. It detoxed me with delicious nourishing food that I will replicate for my family. I learned that I need to prioritize my health high in the ranks of a busy working Mum role, and that will be fine for the rest of the family. I made life long friends with beautiful like minded ladies, who also took the time to pause, share and reflect. Ash and Honor are beyond awesome at sharing good health and love. Can't recommend this experience highly enough!!!!

Packages and Pricing
Friday 16th October - Wednesday 21st October 2020
Prices in NZ Dollars and US Dollars
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A pampering package in a twin-shared villa

$1999 - $2299 NZD

$1499 - 1699USD

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A luxury package in a private villa, the ultimate in rejuvenation

$3499 - $3899 NZD

$2399 - $2699USD


What's not included

  • Flights to and from Rarotonga

  • Travel and cancellation insurance

  • Accommodation before and after the retreat

  • Excursions and meals outside retreat

  • Laundry and room service

  • Internet data packages available to purchase


  • $500 non-refundable deposit required to secure your place

  • Earlybird payment in full by 30 January 2020

  • Full payment by 16 July 2020

  • Full refund (minus deposit) available before 16 April 2020

  • 50% refund (minus deposit) available before 16 July 2020

  • No refunds available after 16 July 2020

Payment plan available
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