Spring: A New Beginning

Written by Kate Hay , photography by jen@housewithnonails.com

A Well-being Experience in Te Aroha
25 – 27 September, 2020

Brought to you by House with No Nails and Yoga-2-Go.

From just $550 per person.
Add amazing Saturday activities for $195 per person or enjoy finding your own way exploring or relaxing.

Spring is about drawing oneself out of the hibernation of the colder months, stretching out, feeling the warm sun on our faces and the brisk breeze on our cheeks. In yoga, it is a time to develop flexibility, mobility and adaptability, getting ready to face the faster seasons with patience and purpose. Yoga-2-Go has joined up with one of our unique accommodation partners, the House with No Nails to bring you a very special well-being weekend to help you bloom in the new year.

You will be staying in the unique House with No Nails, which is 10 minutes’ drive from Matamata, 4o minutes from Tauranga, Rotorua and Hamilton and 2 hours’ drive from Auckland Airport. Everything about this rustic boutique barn has been handmade or assembled with love. The comfort and beauty of your surroundings will take your breath away. (Don’t worry Yoga-2-Go will put your breath back where it belongs!) Find out more about the House with No Nails, here.

Yoga for a New Beginning

The Yoga for this weekend is a combination of classes and short stretch sessions. It will be focused on the wood element relating to Spring, which includes the gall bladder and liver meridians. Physically, the gall bladder and liver meridians relate to your tendons and joints, eyesight and the metabolisation of fats in the body (so great for weight loss!). The wood element is also associated with foresight, decision-making and organisation. Spring is a time when the energy in your body expands and you need to harness and develop flexibility and mobility to meet the season with patience and purpose.

Kate teaches with Namaste Yoga NZ and her classes are a fusion of Hatha (traditional Indian style) and a Japanese style yoga, based on meridians. No prior yoga experience is needed and the classes are designed to accommodate different levels of ability and fitness by having a graduated structure. The class is divided into three 20 minute sessions with a short 10 minute meditation rest (savasana) between each, enabling people to choose join or leave the group as is appropriate for them. The first session is easy and gentle and appropriate for most people. The second session will be moderate and will challenge most people, but most people should find it achievable. The last part of the class will be more intense and suited to those who hanker after a challenge. All group participants would benefit from all parts of the class: those who are more competitive may learn a lot in the gentler techniques; those who struggle in the challenges will benefit hugely from the attempt, regardless of “where they get”.

All the yoga sessions, especially the informal stretch-outs and the restorative sessions, are accessible to people coming from all levels of yoga experience with modifications offered for beginners and the more advanced. The restorative and meditation portions of the weekend will be beneficial to all and will help carry you forward from winter into the busier parts of the year. A special treat is the yoga nidra session late Saturday afternoon to round out a big day with some deserved self-care.

The Wellbeing Weekend features

Friday, 24 September

  • Snacks and refreshments on arrival late afternoon/early evening and a short stress buster yoga session for the shoulders, neck and back
  • Long table feast in the barn followed by mulled wine by the firepit
  • Restorative yoga and guided meditation session

Saturday, 25 September

  • Yoga session to start the day focusing on the body’s needs when transitioning to Spring.
  • Breakfast
  • Free time to relax or explore the area. Optional activities include
    • E bike along the Hauraki Bike Trail to the Old Forge Cafe for Lunch (cafe lunch not included in package price). There will be short pre- and post- cycling stretch out yoga sessions.
    • Guided Kayak on the Waihou River. There will be short pre- and post- kayaking stretch out yoga sessions.
    • Into Te Aroha proper for an op candlelit mineral spa experience.
  • Return to House with No Nails for a guided Yoga Nidra session
  • Dinner is an Indian vegetarian feast prepared by an Indian chef who lives locally.
  • Restorative yoga and guided meditation session finishes the evening

Sunday Morning

  • Yoga session to start the day focusing on the body’s needs when transitioning to Spring.
  • Breakfast
  • Drive to Wairere Falls Track and enjoy the walk up to view the spectacular 153 metre high waterfall, the North Island’s highest waterfall. There will be short pre- and post- walking stretch out yoga sessions.
  • Pop up lunch in the landscape (weather permitting – otherwise return to House with No Nails for lunch)
  • Travel home

This special weekend is yours for $550 per person and includes:

  • Accommodation (shared rooms) for Friday and Saturday night at House with No Nails.
  • 2 x Continental Breakfasts, 2 x Dinners and Mulled Wine, Lunch on Sunday. Cafe lunch on Saturday is not included. Tea and coffee at any time is complementary.
  • Yoga & Meditation: 2 x Spring Yoga Classes 90 minutes, 2 x restorative yoga classes and guided meditation, several activity-related stretch outs, 1 x guided yoga nidra
  • Wairere Falls track walk
  • Optional Saturday Activity Package add $195: E Bike 1/2 day hire and self guided ride on Rail Trail, 90 minute guided kayak tour, Romance Package at Te Aroha Mineral Spas

Places are limited so register your interest to secure your spot. If you have any questions, contact Yoga-2-Go or House With No Nails. If you wish to build your own Yoga-2-Go mini-break at the House with No Nails or elsewhere, please let use know your thoughts using our mini-break builder form.

NB: The weekend will only go ahead if there are 8 people booked and paid. If the weekend does not go ahead due to lack of bookings, anyone who has booked and paid will be refunded in full.

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