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Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa

10 Rawhiti Street Diamond Harbour, Christchurch 8972 New Zealand
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Ocean View Health & Healing Retreat in banks peninsula NZ,one on one specializing in wellness & holistic health & healing. Come for a day spa or retreat from 3 days onwards. An Ayurvedic detox, fast weight loss & heal totally. Great for depression and anxiety. Includes Yoga retreat, meditation,ozone therapy, The Journey. Best value retreat in Australasia.Emotional Healing with The Journey & NLP, Ayurvedic detox & lose weight fast the healthy way.Couples Retreats with 3 course romantic dinnerDay Spa in peaceful ocean view surroundings doing more than massage. Body work including cranio sacral balancing and doterra pure essential oil massage, Yoga, Meditation, ozone sauna & hydro bath If you love the work of Gabor Mate - then this work is addressed at Shunyata and has been sucessfully for 20 years. This is a true holiday where you leave your baggage behind. Paru speaks french, spanish and loves international travellers as she has travelled the globe.
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Floris O wrote a review Jan 2024
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After solo hiking 1400 km in 50 days in New Zealand, I felt like I needed a place to relax but most of all al place to reflect on some emotional/mental issues. I was extremely happy to find Paru and her retreat! First of all, the place is located in an amazing place, with views over the water and hills. The retreat is filled with guided meditations, morning yoga on the deck, spiritual Journeys, sessions in a sauna, massage, a relaxing bath and much more. The food Paru cooks is fresh, healthy and veeeery tasty! It is a very intimate retreat, with a lot of one-on-one time. You go deep into your past and emotions. Within no-time, Paru gets to the core of your personality and the things holding you back. I gained so much more consciousness about my personality and the importance of being authentic and acting out of love. Almost directly, Paru manages to give you the perfect books to read, meditations to do and videos to watch. Already in the second day of the retreat, my mind and emotions shifted from fear and looking at the past, to being inspired and really motivated to adress the issues holding me back. Next to the regular things Paru had planned, she is available almost the entire day to talk to and help you when needed. We also drove to the sea together three times, just to go for a quick swim. Keep in mind the retreat takes place in a very informal setting. You share lounge, kitchen, bathroom etc. with Paru and possible other guests. The private bedroom was cosy and the bed was very comfortable. The deck is truly amazing for relaxing and reading in the beanbags or hammock. Paru really looks out for her guests in a very loving way. She makes tea whenever you want, asks is everything is okay and most of all, she is a very inspiring person with many years of experience and education. If you want a beautiful place to rest and spiritually grow, along with great food and relaxing massage/sauna, this is just the place for you!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded 16 Jan 2024
Having done 10 days straight I was worried I was a little tired for you Floris, but it was a sheer joy helping you home to your exquisite essence and you really proved that when we work together we can achieve miracles. It was such a pleasure serving you and sharing your journey of consciousness and may your loving in your relationship be even more beautiful with what you have seen for yourself in 2024. NAMASTE - I greet the highest part of you!
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Deborah G wrote a review Jan 2024
Dublin, Ireland7 contributions5 helpful votes
Firstly just to say, I didn't actually do this 'retreat'. I signed up for it, paid a big deposit, not thinking for a moment that I would be doing it alone, a one on one with this woman offering 'retreats' from her house. I had honestly never heard of such a thing before. When I realised the set up, appr ten days before the retreat, ( yes, in hindsight I should have double checked this) I was very uneasy and explained I just wouldnt be comfortable doing a one on one. I thought there would be others andI explained this,as best I could. But Para was relentless, coaxed me to stick with it, said she would try to advertise for another person ...which I must say I found very strange! . I realised then and subsequent emails later that this was all a bit suspect and I should have paid more attention as I did feel that Paru had lacked professionalism from the get go. It was clear then that she was simply desperate for clients. To my regret, it was only at that stage that I began to read other, more honest ,reviews which made more sense and sent off alarm bells.. I cancelled, giving plenty of notice but Paru became quite enraged at that point, said she'd alreafy gotten food in...which didnt say much for its freshness .🤔 I knew then that she would not return my 300 dollar deposit, not even a proportion of it which was terribly unfair and short sighted of her and didn't say much for ' healing retreats! -' A total joke, to be honest, and massive lesson to look at reviews more carefully and be wary of money grabbers like this woman and their large non-refundable. Steer well clear!
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 14 Jan 2024
Everyone has a different story! I just counted the 35 emails exchanged from October where deborah was trying to find a retreat for xmas day. I said I would come back early on holiday for the 27th of december. As everyone knows covid has killed many small businesses and NZ has their main holidays between xmas and new year but got the place ready and cooked up food so it was all ready for my return. 10 days before she hadn't read the website which states very clearly one on one max 3 people, also the booking form which reads deposit non refundable so when she decided to cancel after I offered her to advertise for another on google ads, she got upset when she wasn't getting her deposit back and used spiritual blackmail on me saying I wasn't very spiritual. Deborah I hope you found a place where you could make friends in a big retreat so you wouldn't be so alone cause opening my home to you wouldn't have been a good idea afterall. I run a business with heart and you can check google and here for top genuine reviews.
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Sunshine28842721569 wrote a review Nov 2023
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I had the chance to do a 3 day retreat. My sole was calling and I'm glad I listed. This retreat helped me under stand more about myself and gave me the tools to relax and enjoy this beautiful life we have been given. I highly recommend this for all people. P. S great food, vewis and most of all the company
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 23 Nov 2023
I love helping good men become great men - you will be a great one sweet - lovely to share life and food with you and your kind heart it's called Listening to your soul but love your listing to your sole
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Donna H wrote a review Aug 2023
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I had a fantastic stay with Paru. She instantly made me feel welcome and at home. She really helped me with working through a lot of internal issues and learning more about myself along the way. Her retreat is in a beautiful spot in Diamond Harbor, with lovely views and walks all around. Her Yoga practice that she offers in the morning is amazing and really sets you up for the day :) Paru has helped motivate me to keep learning about myself and to become a healthier version of me. Thankyou Paru!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 29 Aug 2023
was a gorgeous suprise to meet you and your amazingness on partaking in your incredible healing. Having returned from holiday I know why I do this work and feel so grateful and humbled so thank you. Go share your amazing radiance with the world sweet.
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ManMar wrote a review Aug 2023
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"I didn't know it at the time, but I was totally blessed when I found Shunyata Retreat and the diamond in Diamond Harbour that is Paru. I arrived exhausted and depleted and left exhilarated and full. The attention, treatments, energy and food that Paru provides with passion and skill are incredible and life changing. I got so much more than I ever thought I would from my 5 days at Shunyata and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is ready either for a major shift in their being, or just a total pamper of mind, body and soul. Thank you Paru for my new lease on life. Now it is up to me... Love and Light Mandy"
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 29 Aug 2023
was amazing to watch your transformation in such a short time. Thank you for your incredible gratefulness and willingness to be the best version of yourself. Such love and beauty to share with the world - keep being the love that you are and well done you.
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Roving825353 wrote a review Jun 2023
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Paru is quite literally a life saver. I had reached a point of crisis in my life, rock bottom even. Every aspect of my life was in ruins and I knew I was as far away from my true self as I could be. I didn’t want this for myself. It was an unbearable way to live. I reached out to Paru and she took me in at just the right time. Paru took me through a journey and guided me to look inwards and get to the causes of my pain and unconscious behaviours. I was able to feel them, let them go and forgive. I carried deep and heavy pain in my chest. I was beside myself with unbearable anxiety but by the end of this retreat I was genuinely free of it. The value of going inwards and doing so freely and safely is honestly the best form of love you can give yourself! Better than any antidepressant or avenue that doesn’t allow you to feel. We’re humans we need to feel our feelings and traumas. We need to process them or they’ll stay with us forever and constantly reappear as signals to do something. Trust the process. Trust yourself and do it!! It really, really works! Thank you so much Paru, you’re truly remarkable. I will never forget this experience.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Responded 20 Jun 2023
here at shunyata healing is 2 people working together - I was humbled, honoured and so touched by helping you return to your amazing self - your journey has accelerated more than ever and so grateful to see you living your best self. gorgeous being, gorgeous higher love.
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Brendon wrote a review Feb 2023
Wellington, New Zealand3 contributions
What a wonderful experience. Paru is an amazing women. As a male in this world you often feel your masculinity is under attack. Paru teachers you to embrace you masculinity and find your true self. If you want to become closer to your partner, live the life you want, have a better sex life go spend some time with Paru and your partner at this wonderful retreat . Highly recommend
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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nz_sarahh wrote a review Jan 2023
Wellington, New Zealand3 contributions
Wow – what an amazing experience I had, at this secret paradise in Diamond Harbour, Canterbury. After a tough year, a friend recommended Paru's 3-day healing retreat between Christmas and New Year. I have to admit, I was hesitant to go at first but bit the bullet and made the journey to beautiful Diamond Harbour with little expectations. And I was blown away by the amazing experience, and great value for money I received at Shunyata Retreat. Paru is an incredible host, with a warmth that makes you feel instantly welcome. She genuinely wants to get to know you, your story and identify how she can best help you during the 3 days. Each day started with lemon and water, a coffee, heartfelt chat and yoga on the deck overlooking the beautiful bays. Paru is an amazing cook and you will be spoiled to delights such as Chia Pudding and Healthy Eggs Bene for breakfast, Spanakopita for lunch and Mushroom Risotto or Salmon for dinner (with organic, wholesome treats in-between!). Her treatments included ‘journey healing’, meditation and use of the Ozone Sauna, along with beautiful massages and Cranial sacral therapy (CST). Paru also recognises the importance of having free time to relax and encouraged delightful swims in Diamond Harbour and time in the sun reading books. Overall, Paru genuinely cares about your needs and refines her programme to suit each person individually. She really helped me unpack things that I need to change in my life for peace and happiness. I could not recommend Paru and Shunyata Retreat enough – and encourage everyone to pay her a visit 😊
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Responded 13 Jan 2023
sometimes people beome beautiful friends and having you was like helping a friend - such a beautiful being - love when people are recommended - they know that I will give over 100% - I buy on recommendations - so thank you for trusting and coming to the unknown - you will flourish in your 2023 with so much love - deep love my darling sweet girl
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rhopenz wrote a review Dec 2022
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand43 contributions13 helpful votes
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While dealing with the shock of a stage 4 cancer diagnosis I learned to trust my intuition and I was quickly drawn to Shunyata and felt it that Paru would be an important part of my healing journey. After a day spa visit, I returned some weeks later for a 3 day retreat that felt like a huge opportunity and treat. Every aspect of every day felt special and focused on filling my body with healing power, from the morning yoga sessions to the massages and saunas and emotional journey work and nurturing food and spa baths - I felt Paru’s genuine care and dedication to helping my entire self heal - mind body and soul. Being a ‘thinker’ more than a ‘feeler’ all my life, the Journey sessions shed huge light into my emotions and many things clicked into place and were released in such an empowering way. I returned home to my family feeling light and bright and open and calm. 6 weeks later, the energy and spirit of Shunyata remains with me every day and with my cancer tumour markers continue to fall and my healing journey is well underway. I am eternally grateful for Paru and I’m sure I wouldn’t be healing the way I am today without her in my life.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 1 Jan 2023
I feel so honoured and deeply grateful to have met you and your courage and determination to get this sorted naturally. I will forever be here for you in deep love as we all need hope and with your incredible courage and determination you are truly my teacher also. Loved meeting your gorgeous family and have a gorgeous 2023 - deep love
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Vedesverri M wrote a review May 2021
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand55 contributions3 helpful votes
I had the absolute pleasure of being in the presence of the energetic, magical Paru on a life changing 7day Ayurveda Panchakarma Detox Cleanse & Journeys Retreat. (6-12 April 2021) When I arrived at The Retreat I was emotionally drained & struggled to find my Centre, I was completely depleted of my life’s energy. Paru listened very compassionately & non-judgementally and instantly made me feel comfortable & at home in her naturally beautiful & sacred environment. Just being there, the aura, the jaw-dropping views from her home retreat & the beautiful sunrises & sunsets filled my tank up almost instantly. I had arrived. I arrived on day one by embracing my colon detox, the Abyanga Oil Massage & the Marma Point Massage followed by the amazing Ozone Sauna. I released, not only toxins by way of sweating but by releasing a lot of stored negative energy in my body, mind & soul. Each day I released a little bit more with all that she offers: sunrise yoga, morning satsung, essential oil reading, The Journey Guided Meditation, The Card Readings, The Massage Treatments, The Craniotomy-sacral Massage, The Evening Videos and not to forget the delicious food personally prepared by herself according to my Ayurveda body type and detox requirements. And beautiful sunsets over delicious dinners. Then there was The Enneagram (Any-a-gram) Personality Type Analysis. At first, I found this very daunting as I am a very linear & analytical person. But, when I just trusted with a full heart and let go of my expectations, I began to trust the process & all that Paru delivered. She has devoted her life’s work to this transformational healing methodology & she has a profound, innate, intuitive read on people. So, I surrendered to her guidance and her knowing. The results were amazing. This is followed by The Journey Guided Meditation. I had two of these meditations. I had to dig really deep to some buried memories & was surprised by what revealed. This was rather ‘emotionally draining’ work for me but the benefits are great. (No pain, no gain). I so admire Paru’s effortless ease with all that she accomplishes in her day. She has inspired me with her zest for life, her wisdom, her sharing of her home, her delicious recipes, her knowledge on alternative healing & her unbounded faith in spiritual healing. She has opened my eyes to Trusting the Flow of Life, in touching my Essence & allowing Grace to lead the way. A whole-hearted thank you to Paru! Oh! I forgot to mention, her cat Luna. I used to be cat phobic & struggled with how needy Luna was, as she had just lost her mother and was just seeking love & attention. Well, Luna became my friend and a Mirror of my very own needs. She reflected back to me my Inner Needs & became my Teacher too. All I can now say, it that this retreat has brought ME back HOME to MYSELF! So I AM Eternally Grateful!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 11 May 2021
I am so touched by your comments and we did make a difference in your life - everyday I give thanks to be of service and deeply grateful for my work - thank you for waking up and being your true self shining and pure love - take that and touch people so we can all be conduits of love - NAMASTE
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Which popular attractions are close to Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa?
Nearby attractions include Port Hills (5.0 km), Christchurch Gondola (5.7 km), and Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk (5.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a spa.
What food & drink options are available at Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Le Xom, Clink Restaurant and Bar, and Fisherman's Wharf Lyttelton.
Does Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa have airport transportation?
Yes, Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk (5.7 km), Ferrymead Heritage Park (7.6 km), and Cobb Cottage (7.7 km).