Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat


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A two day residential workshop with Kate Bendall and Kovido Maddick

It will be a mixture of Mindulness, Yoga, Movement and Relaxation. Some parts of it will be in silence and others will include discussions. We will be using the tools of classical yoga to gain access to the deeper aspects of the mind, since it is from this place that we can connect with the light in our hearts and move from suffering towards joy.

We will use simple postures and movements combined with the breath during sessions. No body is too old/ stiff/ unfit. We will also use sound and experience the deep healing effect sacred sounds can have when placed in a Yoga practice.

We really want you to trust your intuition of what you need, so you are welcome to join in whatever you want to and leave the rest . Alternatively you can sit drinking tea, go for a walk or have a rest.

Workshop Outline


  • 10.30 am: Intro and Welcome
  • 11.30 am: Mindfulness
  • 12.00 pm: Yoga
  • 1.00 pm: Lunch
  • We get some rest.
  • 3.00 pm: Walking, Meditation and Discussion
  • 4.00 pm: Yoga
  • 5.00 pm: Meditation
  • 6.00 pm: Dinner
  • 7.30 pm: Movement, Meditation and ending the day


  • 7.30 am: Meditation/Yoga optional
  • 8.30 am: Breakfast
  • 9.30 am: Check in Mindfulness
  • 10.30 am: Yoga
  • 12.00 pm: Lunch
  • 2.00 pm: Meditation/Movement
  • 3.30 pm: Sharing
  • 4.30 pm: Go Home

Workshop Upgrades

To arrange transfers, upgrade to double or ensuite, extra nights or any dietary restrictions please contact the Burns Lodge Manager.
Clinton Chambers
Phone: 0800 489 2600


This two day retreat will be held at Burns Lodge,the historic former Holy Cross Seminary in Mosgiel. (see

It is possible to stay Friday and/or Sunday night at an $65 extra per night including breakfast.

Airport transfers, only 15 minutes, from Dunedin Airport at $20 per head.

Direct flights available from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown.

Organiser details

Kate Bendall

Kate Bendall is an experienced Yoga teacher who has been practicing for 30 years and teaching for 15 years. She teaches classical yoga taught in the lineage of Sri Krishnamacharya which emphasises the transformational aspect of Yoga enjoys guiding people towards a deep yoga practice based on their  own inner guru, the breath

Kovido Maddick

Kovido Maddick has over 35 years’ experience in mindfulness and meditation and spent 10 years training as a Buddhist Monk in the Thai Forest tradition under Ajahn Sumedho. He has been teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programmes since 1996. He is co-facilitator of the Dunedin Men’s group, and is a Hakomi Graduate. Although his training is primarily Buddhist he is very eclectic drawing on the wisdom of many different traditions and contemporary teachers including Rumi, Osho, Ajahn Chah, Ram Dass, Jeff Foster, Thich Naht Hanh. Probably his greatest teachers have been his two foster children Mason and Savannah who can take him to love, joy and delight and rage, frustration and despair on a daily basis. For many, many years he tried to get enlightened, improve himself and get better at meditation and constantly failed. Gradually his focus has changed to more self-acceptance, trusting his own intuition and being with life as it is on this wonder-full and mysterious journey as a human being.

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