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200 Hour Foundational Yoga Teacher Training & Ayurveda!
6th of November - 04th of December 2022  

In beautiful Eco Stay on NZ South Island
Certified by Yoga Aliance International

Imagine a month of yoga study within fields of wildflowers, magical skies and beautiful eco design structures. Reset your senses and tune into your own nature in the safe and pristine elements of New Zealand.

A chance to explore the healing power of Yoga and Ayurveda, through daily classes and workshops. Including cleansing techniques, pranayama, meditation, yoga therapy and yoga nidra.

Get to experience waking up to the chorus of native birds in a magical mongolian yurt . Live and study in an abundant, lush and healthy organic environment. Study in small groups and enjoy personal mentoring.

We´d love for you to be part of this life changing and empowering experience. For more resilience and deep harmony, for yourself or to guide and teach others, on their path.


Ayurveda Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Restorative Yoga

Skill Level: 

Beginner or Intermediate


Vegetarian, Organic, Dairy-free, Sugar conscious,  Ayurvedic Recipes


What Makes This Teacher Training Special

This 200hr course is for everyone who seeks a foundational Yoga teacher training but is also interested in the complementary wisdom of Ayurveda. It is for those who do not want to study content only, but want to immerse themselves into the yogic lifestyle in a residential course.


By applying and living the principles you study, you gain a deeper insight and undertanding plus you get to enjoy the beneficial effects in your own life. The scene this teacher training is set into, couldn`t be more pure and true to its teachings.

While we study the holisitc flow of the elemens in the ayurvedic routine and yoga classes, the venue itself is a humble teacher in the background. Displaying the cosmic interplay of the elements as it provides shelter, creates diversity, beauty and contributes to a deeper understanding of resilience and harmony.

This teacher training is like an ayurvedic dish itself. It incorporates a multitude of different flavours and textures by adding ceremonies, healthy rituals and field trips. Igniting your soul and senses, it will leave you nourished  on every level.

Cost: $ 5500 NZD ( Deposit of 10 % to secure your spot)

The remaining balance is due until arrival. Installment payment is available. )

Free Cancellation Policy if due to Covid

  • 100% deposit refund for cancellation 1+ days before retreat start date.


Remaining Balance

  • The remaining balance is due upon arrival.

  • If paid at the time of booking, a full refund of the remaining balance is available up to the day before your retreat start date.


  • As the course goes by, you’ll see yourself and those around you changing, growing and glowing

  • An amazing location that will match the depth of your yoga experience

  • Ancient teachings brought into a contemporary context

  • Teachers who are experienced, knowledgeable and passionate

  • An amazing vegetarian diet that will leave your nourished and content



The training begins on Sunday, 6th of November 2022 with an opening ceremony at 2pm

( you can arrive from 10am and have time to settle in ).


The teacher training is finished on Sunday, 4th of December 2022 after breakfast around 10am

( closing ceremony on Saturday evening ).


Your overview and general schedule of the teacher training:

Classes run Monday to Friday and half day on Saturday. The second half , we go on field trips like a garden tour at the local herbal learning garden of Phytofarm,  visits to nearby nature reserve & waterfalls and the magical local meditation temple overviewing Akaroa harbour. Fire /   cacao ceremonies & crystal sound baths or sweat lodge are also woven into your teacher training experience...

Sunday is completely to your own leisure.

The days are structured as following ( Content of theory blocks ( i.e. Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Therapy, ... varies each week )

Evenings are optional!


Twice per week there will be an evening event from 7.30 to 8.30 pm.

These events complement the practice and yogic studies as they incorporate mantras, chanting, and other yogic rituals like fire ceremonies. Attendance is not compulsory for certificate.



This four week intensive teacher training is your solid foundation for teaching yoga while you deepen your own practice. Your days will be filled with the many aspects of yoga including asana classes, meditation, pranayama, cleansing techniques, marma points and lectures on anatomy, ayurvedic physiology, philosophy and more.

The practice oriented style of teaching gives you a chance to experience the divers subjects with all senses. 

The classes take place in the Garden Yoga Shallah` and the´Earth Studio´on site. You´ll find lots of enchanted niches and garden marquees for your own practice in the beautiful garden.

One day per week is to your own leisure, study or adventure on the Banks Peninsula. Incredible night skies, many bushwalks and the beautiful beaches with their local resident seal, penguin and dolphin colonies are at your doorstep. However, we will take you on field trips around the Peninsula every Saturday where you get to experience some magical spots and meet the wonderful locals.

Your accomodation is on site of Okuti Garden either in a yurt, tipi or housetruck. Comfy beds, candle light and hot water bottles ensure you can restore deeply while enjoying a month with little electricity and next to no radiation other then from your own energy body.

Full board healthy vegetarian catering is included six days a week. The food is partly from the garden you are living in, always organic and freshly prepared on site. Sundays you are free to explore the culinary delights around you.

The bundle we created for you is as vibrant and abundant as the venue itself. Daily yoga nidra, weekly kirtans, rituals of 108 sun salutaions and ceremonies are adding to your full immersion into the yogic lifestyle and transformational effects.

This 200 hrs YTTC is aligned with the International Certificate of Yoga Alliance. Your certificate is globaly recognised.

You don´t need any previous yoga experience to attend the course. Students from everywhere are welcome. The teaching language is english.

Monday - Friday 

6  - 7 am:           Meditation & Pranayama

7  - 9 am:           Yoga practise

9  - 10 am:         Breakfast

10  - 12 am:       Theory

12  - 12.30 pm:  Yoga Nidra

1  - 2 pm:           Lunch

2  - 4pm:            Second theory block

4  - 6 pm:          Yoga teaching skills

6pm:                  Dinner


6  - 7 am:     Meditation & Pranayama

7 - 9 am:      Yoga

9 - 10 am:    Breakfast

10 - 12 am:  Theory

from noon:  Yoga Nidra & Lunch

Afternoon:   Field trip/Excursion






MASCHA SCHMITZ  Sukha Yoga Cologne 

is a graduated sports scientist, yoga teacher and ayurveda therapist. She founded Sukha Yoga - holistic flow of the elements in 2012. Mascha teaches Yoga since 1997 and is constantly expanding and evolving while studying with international teachers. Mascha will be your principal teacher - her classes include Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Therapy, Anatomy, Marma therapy, Alignment and Sequencing.

Sukha Yoga is accredited school of Yoga Alliance International.

CHRISTINE KIELTYKA Fernflower Ayurveda Aotearoa 

is a graduated sports scientist, yoga teacher, ayurveda therapist and massage practicioner. She founded her own Holistic Health & Ayurveda Institute in 2021. Christine is co hosting and facilitating this teacher training . She lives and works in Okuti Garden since 2014, currently expanding her ayurvedic knowledge into local medicinal plants. Her classes include the foundation of Ayurveda, explaining the correlation of the elements around us and ourself, aspects of nutrition and cleansing techniques.

Together they will be guiding you through daily Yoga Nidra, weekly Kirtans and ceremonies.



Okuti Garden, Eco Stay in Little River/ Banks Peninsula NZ

Our private accomodation offer guests a tranquil, rejuvenating home away from home experience. The structures are purposely designed and built for a healthy - non toxic- environment and give you a super comfy and clean shelter while you feel like sleeping outdoors.

You can choose to stay in a mongolian yurt, tipi or housetruck. All lovingly furnished and decorated and set out around ponds and streams, fruit and nut trees, meadows, woods and organic vege gardens on the sunny side of the lovely Okuti Valley. Single or double occupancy available. The price lsted is per person.

Facilities are ecofriendly and fuse into the inspiring holistic approach of the place. Everything here is organic and cared for to be in tune with nature, without compromising quality standards. You can experience eco solutions like kiwi fire bath, solar shower, wetland greywater system, composting toilet and more. Conventional bathroom and shower are available as well.

Free WIFI is available on site in certain areas. We purposely keep the rooms outside its range to offer you a digital detox during your stay.

Okuti Garden is probably the place you always wanted to find in New Zealand. A fairytale like landscape, with birds, butterflies, a couple of donkeys, sheep and kunekune pigs to cuddle. Pristine spring fed drinking water, sun kissed solar shower, culinary herbs to pick and probably the best sleep ever, are here for you.


The training takes place on the beautiful Banks Peninsula on New Zealands South Island. It is an ancient vulcano and surrounded by the pacific ocean. Many pristine beaches and coves with its local resident seal, penguin and dolphin colonies are characteristic to the Peninsula. You will have time to explore and enjoy these beautiful sites. Walking on beaches with nothing but your own footprints...Bushwalks in native forests and reserves with waterfalls and ancient trees are also plentiful and contribute to the rich and wide range of flora and native birds that surrounds you here.

You will stay in Okuti Garden Eco Stay. It is in Okuti Valley, which is known to be one of the most fertile valleys of New Zealand.

The southern facing beaches like Tumbledown and Magnet Bay are 15 minutes away and good surf spots. A little mind boggling detail here is, that you can witness the sunset into the sea from there, although we are on New Zealands east coast.

Christchurch, New Zealands largest city on the south island is only 45 minutes away which makes it easy for travelling as there is an international airport.

You will study and live in Okuti Garden, Eco Stay and we could not have dreamed up a better place to be teaching the holistic flow of the elements, that is - YOGA

In this perfect tranquility, enveloped in birdsongs and the sent of wildflowers, it is the ideal space for focused study but at the same time you will recharge and rejuvenate deeply.

Other activities you can book in the area include:

Rock Climbing with the beautiful and very experienced Francis Streisel from Akaroa Rocks

Tandem Paragliding over the Banks Peninsula with our local hero and instructor Jamie Lee

Kayaking, Paddle Boarding & E-Bike Tours are bookable in Akaroa

Stunning two hour Boat Cruise where you get to see a new perspective of the Peninsula and meet the local Hector Dolphins, Seals and Penguins. With local provider, Black Cat Cruise or Akaroa Dolphins 

Surf Lessons at Sumner Surf School in Christchurch

What is included in the package

  • WiFi connection

  • 3 daily delicious and nutritious meals

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Group excursions/activities

  • Teacher training course and certification

  • Certificate upon successful completion

  • Weekend/day off excursions

  • Course Manual

  • Accommodation

  • Pre and post retreat support from our team

  • Evening activities/kirtan/movie night

  • Weekly ritual 108 Sun salutations

  • Garden Tour about local plants and herbs

What is not included in this package

  • Flights costs

  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Christchurch Airport is one hour away with domestic and international terminals.

Free pick up and drop off from us.

To get around on the Peninsula, we do recommend to carpool. A list of all participants will be send out so you can connect and team up for potential car rentals...

Parking is plentiful and for free on site.

Visa stuff

You get a Visitor Visa on Arrival for most countries. Please check in advance

here what category your country falls under.


and this is a veryhelpful and comprehensive page: Very important to check it out if you are coming from overseas.

Vaccinations requirements

Any vaccine that has been approved by at least 1 government health authority or approval authority is approved for entry into New Zealand. To be eligible to enter New Zealand, you must have had a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. A full course of some of the approved vaccines is 1 dose only.

(updated, 27th of May 2022, source)

Additional info about the retreat

There is an option for you if you are not interested in the certificate but would like to take the opportunity of 4 weeks residental study to deepen your own practice.

Please get in touch with us and we can customize your Eco Stay/yoga bundle.

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