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Bali Living With Purpose Retreat 2020

Bali Retreat 2020

Enrich your life with this transformational yoga experience.

So much more than a yoga retreat! This 7-night experience in beautiful Bali will change your life.

From magnificent mountains to rugged cliffs, rice plantations and long black sand beaches, it’s no surprise Bali is known as the island of the Gods. There is a sacred and spiritual atmosphere in the Balinese land from sunrise, when local women spiritually greet the new day, right through until sunset.

This paradise is the perfect place to unwind, relax and re-energise. Leave every detail to us and feel in harmony from the moment you arrive.

Retreats are periods spent away from your everyday life. They offer time and space to do something different. Your days will be filled with activities, as well as having free time to just hang by the pool or beach, go exploring, shopping, and enjoy extra spa treatments too. Explore both Canggu, where you can enjoy the Balinese beaches and maybe learn to surf, and Ubud, the yoga capital of Bali with all it has to offer. It is without doubt that Bali has it all – the culture and people, beautiful locations, amazing cuisine, great spas, and world-class healers.

Adding to our ‘Living series’ of retreats, ‘Living with Purpose’ is a transformational retreat where you’ll explore what it means to live with purpose and we will help you to connect to your uniqueness, your purpose and what really drives you and lights you up.

Are you clear about what you want? Do you feel you live a life filled with purpose and contentment? Do you want to wake up every day excited to create the life you want for yourself?

This retreat will give you clarity and all the tools you need to design your ideal life.

Yoga activities include morning and afternoon yoga sessions, as well as Aerial yoga. You can choose to do as many or as few sessions as you wish. Further to this, we invite you to find true peace of mind with the help of meditation, pranayama and yoga nidra. In our Workshops you will get a tangible representation of your deepest desires and intentions that will help shape your life in the direction you wish.

This retreat is facilitated by a passionate and knowledgeable duo, Wendy Vermeulen  and Xime Tamburo. Together both facilitators will cover various aspects of wellness and are there to answer any questions and to guide you through the sessions and workshops.

You are here, on this earth, for a very specific reason. You were created with intention and have a purpose in life that is entirely unique to you. The difference between simply existing and truly living a life of passion and intent is having clarity on our purpose and understanding, on a deep level, of how to flow with the universe instead of against it.

Now is the time for you to take the next step of your journey and break through the limitations that are holding you back from living the life you are meant for…

Bali is a great place to nourish yourself and rejuvenate from the inside out. On leaving the retreat you’ll feel a fresh, calm, clarity that will travel with you back into your everyday life, to re-engage with new skills and a fresh perspective.

When: From Saturday 22nd August to Saturday 29th of August 2020
Where: 4 Nights in Canguu, 3 Nights in Ubud
Facilitator: Wendy Vermeulen from Evolve Holistic Fitness and Xime Tamburo from Yoga Stop.
Getting to Bali: There are direct flights from Auckland with Air NZ and Emirates, otherwise Jetstar and Virgin are very economic and fly to Denpasar via Australia.
Early Bird: Double occupancy $2,200, Single occupancy $2,680
We do hope you will join us and experience all that the Living with Purpose retreat has to offer.
Right now, you can secure your place on this retreat for just a $500 deposit at the time of
reservation. Please note this is non-refundable as it goes straight to the hotel to block your
Bookings and inquiries: please contact xime@yogastop.co.nz

The Happiness Hackers Retreat

The Happiness Hackers Retreat

Happiness is your birthright – Joy. Expansion. Love. 

Do you want more lightness in your life? More joy?  More happiness?
In this retreat we will share tools to ‘hack your happiness’, simple tools and techniques that change your mindset and state of being. Both ancient and modern techniques that truly work.

An all-inclusive retreat with delicious vegetarian meals, pieceful accommodation and daily sessions. Plus options to book a massage or use the sauna facilities in your free time.

Included in your retreat:

  • Daily yoga led by Swami Sankalpananda, Swami Yogamani and Baldev Kaur. Some of NZ’s top yoga teachers
  • Deep guided meditation and breath work sessions to shift your state
  • Workshops on visualisation and intention. Understanding how we draw our reality to us
  • Q&A session with Yogamani and Sankalpananda – a chance to dig a little deeper
  • Kundalini yoga session with Baldev Kaur. Experience her powerful energy shifting practice
  • Movie night
  • Divine nourishing meals
  • Sauna and spa time
  • Forest bathing
  • Reflection time and more!

Hack your happiness and find your joy.

Your investment in happiness is only $490 all inclusive
Early bird $420 when booked and paid by April 26th!

The Happiness Hackers Retreat
24th – 26th May 2019
Aio Wira Retreat Centre, Waitakere, Auckland

Bookings and enquiries: reception@evolveholisticfitness.co.nz
(Terms and condition apply. Early bird rate applies to bookings paid in full by Friday 26th April. A non-refundable deposit of $150 is required to secure your space with final full payment for all bookings due by Friday 17th May. Shared rooms. All meals are vegetarian.)

Lead Facilitator:

Wendy Vermeulen (Sankalpananda) has over 30 years’ experience in the health, wellness and movement realm and brings practical knowledge and understanding from having worked with thousands of bodies in her career. Having been a fitness coach, Pilates teacher, instructor of many class styles and a deeply devoted Yoga teacher, Wendy not only brings the practical ‘know how’ but ongoing study and qualifications to back her work.

It is her insatiable appetite to learn and expand that continues to evolve her teachings. Over the last five years she has been delving into the learnings of Fascia; studying with one of the world leaders in Fascia studies, Dr Robert Schleip, and neuroscience, studying with teachers such as Dr Joe Dispenza, Dr Bruce Lipton and many inspirational scientists. Bridging the gap between the esoteric and the scientific realm. Her latest studies delve into the fascinating world of Bio Hacking! Understanding advanced techniques, hacks and nutritional tips to truly affect your cells and overall biology. With this knowledge we can support our selves to truly show up as our best selves!

Sankalpanada’s approach is to bring in the awareness of the multi-dimensional aspect of our existence in a fun and down to earth way.

Retreat Facilitators:

At our Happiness hackers retreat we have brought together a power group who all walk their talk and have powerful tools to share.

Swami Yogamani Saraswati is one of Aucklands best loved yoga teachers with well over three decades of experience in traditional yoga. She will share some of the ancient tools that are even more relevant today. Through Yoga, breath work, meditation and yoga Nidra, Yogamani will guide you to a truly blissful state.

Baldev Kaur (Justina) is an experienced Kundalini yoga teacher who, as a fulltime working mother, knows how important it is to find balance and have some tricks up your sleeve to maintain a high vitality. Kundalini yoga is a powerful practice that shifts energy, raises your vitality and leaves you feeling empowered!

During the Happiness Hackers Retreat you will get the opportunity to meet these amazing teachers, experience a variety of practices that truly work and discover tools to truly hack your happiness.


Winter Radiance Retreat

Winter Radiance Retreat 2018

When we are aligned with ourselves, with our passion, we are radiant. We live joyfully and full of vitality. The winter months are a fantastic time to move inward. To become clear on our direction and desires. To ‘do the work’, plant the seeds, so we can truly enjoy the fruits of this work.

Are you clear about what you want? Do you feel you live a passion filled life, filled with joy and expansion? Do you want to expand on that joy, become clearer about your path and continue to feel inspired?

The winter radiance retreat is an opportunity to take time out, to nourish your body and mind, to connect to what excites you and to get clear on the next step.

Enjoy daily yoga to vitalise and connect to yourself, your body and breath; Yoga Nidra, to release and plant those subconscious seeds to aid manifestation; Vision board session to get a tangible representation of your deeper desires; and time to write, reflect and rest. Walk in nature and rejuvenate, breathe and be still so you can hear your truths.

Co – facilitated by Wendy (Sankalpa) from Evolve Workshops (and Pranabar) and Xime Tamburo from YogaStop.

Swami Sankalpananda Saraswati (Wendy Vermeulen) is an internationally qualified Yoga and Pilates instructor, personal trainer and life coach with almost 30 years’ experience in wellness, fitness and mindfulness training. Sankalpananda also teaches anatomy on Yoga teacher training courses, runs regular retreats and facilitates workshops throughout the year as well as running Pranabar – Meditation and Yoga studio. It is her insatiable appetite to learn and expand that continues to evolve her teachings. Over the last  5 years she has been delving into the learnings of Fascia; studying with one of the world leaders in Fascia studies, Dr Robert Schleip, and neuroscience, studying with teachers such as Dr Joe Dispenza, Dr Bruce Lipton and many inspirational scientists. Bridging the gap between the esoteric and the scientific realm. Sankalpanada’s approach is to bring in the awareness of the multi-dimensional aspect of our existence in a fun and down to earth way.


Xime has always been interested in how people operate and has a strong background in human behaviour, and the relationship between the mind, body and spirit. Xime strongly believes that we have the power to create our own reality every day, and the work she does is based on helping people move towards realising their unlimited potential. Xime works on helping people to connect to their uniqueness, remove mental and emotional obstacles that prevent them from achieving the life they desire, and to be mindful of all aspects of who they are, as with that clarity they can respond rather than react.

Xime works a lot with intention setting, as she believes the power of intention is the first step to move you towards your deepest wishes and desires. Everything that happens in the universe begins with intention; an intention has the power to transform a dream into reality and that reality can be the one you want for yourself. Xime’s classes often involve guiding participants to develop a deeper relationship with themselves; body/mind/breath and spirit, as yoga is the UNION between all aspects of who we are; observing our thoughts and emotions, our breath patterns and our bodily sensations, as they are all messengers of our state of being.

Do you ever think you don’t have enough time or money to do a retreat? It is easier than you think! The Winter Radiance Retreat is conveniently close to Auckland CBD (a short 30 min, enjoyable drive through the Waitakeres), just a weekend away but often feels so much longer (in all the right ways!), and super affordable with options for payment instalments.

If you’re feeling called to take time for yourself, to get clear about your path, to get inspired,  Don’t Delay. Book Now!

Winter Radiance Retreat, 27th – 29th July 2018, Aio Wira (Auckland)
$440 per person –  Includes two nights’ accommodation in a twin share room (Friday and Saturday), all sessions including Yoga, Yoga nidra (sowing the seeds of intention), Meditation workshop based on intetion setting , Vision board and EFT (tapping) , all main meals and use of the venue facilities during time at leisure. (booking terms and conditions apply)

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Inner Balance Retreat

Inner Balance Retreat

Inner Balance Retreat (19th – 20th May) is all about decompressing, relaxing and restoring. Surrounded by forest, Aio Wira is a true sanctuary amongst nature, a great base to unwind.  A weekend with plenty of restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, meditation and time at leisure to explore the surrounding bush walks or relax in the library area, sanctuary room or yoga room. After a more energising yoga session and breakfast, Sunday’s program ends mid-morning. Thereafter you are more than welcome to explore the property and take further time to relax.

Facilitated by Swami Sankalpananda (Wendy Vermeulen) and Swami Yogamani Saraswati. A yogic duo who bring a strong background in 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.

Aio Wira Retreat Centre, Waitakere