Papawhakaritorito Retreat 2017
A Wholistic Approach to Yoga

Labour Weekend Retreat 21 – 23 October 2017

80 Gilbert Road, Kaitoke, Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand

Retreat to Papawhakaritorito “The ground where the heart of the flax bush flourishes” for a special long weekend of Ashtanga Yoga with Graeme & Leonie, hosted by Yogaha Studio.

Papawhakaritorito is a small scale organic family farm in Kaitoke, 45 mins from Wellington, nestled into the foothills of the Tararua and Rimutaka mountain ranges. A land of spectacular river gorges with clean rivers for swimming, sparkling fresh air and bushwalking in centuries-old forests of native rata, rimu and beech.

A perfect place to deepen all aspects of yoga practice, and most importantly, to slow down and allow the space and time to simply breath, move and experience our intrinsic interconnectedness with nature.

Graeme & Leonie Northfield   
Senior Ashtanga Yoga Teachers

Jessica ‘Maia’ Hutchings PhD
   Director of Yogahā Studio


Daily Morning Meditation 7-8am, Chai and sharing 8-8.30, Led Practice 9 – 11am, Afternoon Focus Session 3-5pm

Investment: NZ$ 350

Email bookings:

Telephone bookings: +64 021 406 226

What is yogahā?

Yogahā is an interconnected and holistic approach to hauora (wellbeing) through the teaching of Ashtanga and Yin Yoga. Yogahā classes integrate mind, body and spirt through breath and asana (postures). Classes promote a deep sense of relaxation and unity, with the aim of enhancing stillness and calm in the mind.The meaning of the word yoga derives from Sanskrit and refers to unity. The word hā is Māori and refers to breath and essence. The intention of yogahā is to promote unity in the self through the breath and movement.


Yogahā classes are offered in block courses at Papawhakaritorito. Yogahā follows the Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga sequence with sun salutations, standing and seated postures. The aim is to provide you with a yoga practice you can do at home.  All classes are guided and finish with the practice of pranayama (meditation and breathing). Classes are suitable for all levels from beginners to those with some yoga experience. I am running a new class on Wednesday nights that combines Yin and Yoga Nidra, both of the practices are slow, steady and stationary, cultivating a sense of core softness and surrender. Group classes can be arranged during weekdays at times to suit your group please contact Jessica.

Book a Yogahā course »

Term 3: Wednesday evenings. 4 week Yogahā block. 26 July – 16 August 2017. Ashtanga Vinyasa classes .Wednesday 7pm-8.15pm
Cost:$40 for the four week block course.
Studio: The yogahā studio is located at 80 Gilbert Road, Kaitoke.  The studio is well heated and yoga mats, blocks and meditation cushions are provided.
Teacher: I am blessed to have begun my ashtanga yoga journey with Peter Sanson and Gwendoline Hunt and continue to practice under the wisdom of Graeme and Leonie Northfield. I have been practicing ashtanga yoga for 14 years and have a devotional love for the practice. This love has unfolded the placing of yoga at the centre and in 2016 I opened the Yogahā studio on our organic farm in Kaitoke. My aspiration is to safely share the gift of ashtanga yoga with others in the local community. In 2016 I traveled to India to study yoga therapy and in 2017 I will complete a 200 yoga teacher training with Nico Luce, who has been an amazing guide on my teacher training journey. In my teaching I am committed to working with students of all abilities to deepen their own sense of wellbeing, relaxation and unity through an enhanced understanding of how to move the body. Students are encouraged to work at their own level with a focus on softening mind and body allowing for an integration of the self.

 Book the Yogahā studio for your own meditation or yoga retreat.

Yogahā studio: The yogahā studio can be available for mediation, yoga or other wellness activities. Please contact Jessica Maia for further information.