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Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa

10 Rawhiti Street Diamond Harbour, Christchurch 8972 New Zealand
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#14 of 156 Speciality lodging in Christchurch
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 2 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 balancingYoga, Meditation, ozone sauna & hydro bath
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Vedesverri M wrote a review May 2021
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand53 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
Response from Paru Clarke, Owner at Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa
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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Emma wrote a review May 2021
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What an experience! This is a real gift to yourself- yoga overlooking stunning views, time to relax and explore the beautiful coastal track, saunas, spa bath, and time to really reflect- such a treat. Paru embodies authenticity, she is so kind hearted, she doesn’t just run the retreat- she is the retreat!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from Paru Clarke, Owner at Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa
Responded 4 May 2021
was so gorgeous to help you on your incredible journey - thank you and bon voyage
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Mary Rocha wrote a review Dec 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand4 contributions
I am so happy that I found this place! First of all, the little trip by ferry to Diamond Harbour is already breath taking with its beautiful scenery and being in the retreat house made me feel so safe and calm. I wanted to gift a day spa to my husband's 40th birthday, but I didn't expect I was the one who would benefit the most with the massage and the emotional healing. Paru have caused a great impact, I felt like vomiting out everything that was inside me (and killing me). I have been in a bad way emotionally for almost a year, which I, unconsciously affected my partner and I never talked to him or anyone about it - so in the end, it became a couple's retreat and we left there very positive with the relationship and future ahead. I know I have a long road ahead, but Paru's words have brought me the strength to walk the path, knowing that I am strong so to do it and somehow there is something bigger than me watching and guiding. I couldn't thank Paru enough for this eye opening! Gratitude for her time and words and I strong recommend Shunyata Retreat for anyone feeling disconnected, ill (physically or mentally) or are simply looking for a beautiful spot for relaxation.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Response from Paru Clarke, Owner at Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa
Responded 4 Dec 2020
Was a pleasure seeing you shift your perception so quickly - I love my work and know that with deep presence and love - anything can be healed - deep love on your journey - goddess
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Pow wrote a review Apr 2020
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I was in Shunyata for a detox retreat and it was a most wonderful experience. Paru was so caring, and cooked the most delicious and nutricious meals. Her Journey session and treatments were life changing! She introduced me to the Enneagram types and I felt so empowered to know my type and to know how powerful and truly unique I am! I can't want to go back! :)
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from paru_12, Owner at Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa
Responded 11 Apr 2020
It was so beautiful working with you Pow - and your love of the truth of the enneagram really touched me cause I love your intelligence, wisdom and aliveness. With people like you my love of 8's is infectious. We are all so uniquely beautiful when we are at our best. Deep love and hope to see you back
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Tumu and Lu wrote a review Dec 2019
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We didn’t know what to expect but knew we needed something. We signed up for a 5 night couples retreat. We arrived with open minds and ready for anything. We found Paru amazing, so tentative, we weren’t to lift a finger. The meals she prepared were amazing and has awoken our love of good healthy food, as for the romantic dinner on out last night, wow! Just beautiful and soo delicious❤️ Not to forget the surprise entertainment Shunyata is based in Paru’s home with a gorgeous view and we were made to feel welcome and at home. Although our time at Shunyata had rough guidelines, Paru was soo accommodating to change as to where we were at and what we wanted. The emotional healing that we both did individually was pretty mind blowing. As a couples retreat, we didn’t do any work or counselling together it was all individual journeys they we shared with each other later that day. It allowed us to see where patterns were formed and why, and as a result we have a greater understanding and more appreciative of each other ❤️❤️ We thank you Paru for your retreat and can honestly say that this retreat saved our marriage and has taken our relationship to a deeper level
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from paru_12, Owner at Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa
Responded 24 Dec 2019
Your relationship still stays with me and your willingness to go to the depths to clear the debris. You have resinspired my work also - cause it takes 2 to heal and we certainly moved mountains with you both. My purpose to serve higher loving and your retreat certainly took us all there. May the source be with you and merry xmas to you and your loved ones - hope to see you again and please send anyone who is willing to do the work cause freedom rocks - especially going into 2020. deep love to both of you.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa
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, Fisherman's Wharf Lyttelton, and Clink Restaurant and Bar.
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).