Retreat with Gangaji and Eli: Living in Freedom


February 2 – February 5, 2018
Auckland, New Zealand

This 4-day retreat will be focused on the possibility of freely and authentically engaging with life and one another from the deepest realisation of self.


This 4-day retreat will be focused on the possibility of freely and authentically engaging with life and one another from the deepest realisation of self.

We all want to be of service. Regardless of whether our role is at home or on a job, we want to be well used. And yet, instead of acting like a wise, open-hearted loving person, often we act from our emotions and conditioned thoughts. Instead of helping, we create problems for ourselves and those around us. We promote our version of reality as being true and ourselves as the moral hero of our life. We justify our actions by the story we tell ourselves even as we try to be more open and more compassionate. We try to “be in the now” even as we strive to defend the past and project a future.

In our retreat together, we will discover the possibility of living free of our false identities. We will find how to freely and authentically engage with life. Instead of a new set of spiritual beliefs that must be practiced and remembered, we will find together the possibility of the spontaneous arising of wisdom and love as play our role in the leela.


Tuition: $470 (NZD)




Taitamariki Hall (Girl Guides Hall)
8 Auburn St, Takapuna 
Auckland, New Zealand
(Entrance opposite Como Street)

Auckland Accommodation

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest City. The airport is situated in South Auckland and you will need to catch a bus, shuttle, taxi or hire a car to where you are staying. The Gangaji and Eli retreats are to be held at the Taitamariki Hall (Girl Guides Hall) at 8 Auburn St, Takapuna and situated in on the North Shore which is over the Harbour Bridge from the Auckland CBD. Takapuna is situated on a north facing beach and there are many other beaches on the North Shore and in wider Auckland.  The Waitakere Ranges are to the West of Auckland and a lovely place to visit with many great walks. The drive from the Airport to the CBD in a car will take you approximately 45 minutes and from the CBD to Takapuna about 20 minutes. These times don’t account for peak travel times.  The accommodation below is around Takapuna but there are many great places to stay on the North Shore and in the greater Auckland area. Please consider searching on the web for the best prices. It is best to book early as it will be summertime here in New Zealand and January is during our school holidays, we also have two public holidays on 29th January and 6th February which can bring in many visitors to Auckland.

All websites below are only suggestions, please do your own research, check online for other options and choose the right accommodation, car rentals etc. for yourselves.

Holiday Houses:  
Book a bach:

Holiday Parks

Takapuna Beach Holiday Park:
Auckland North Shore motels and holiday park Northcote Rd, Takapuna:

Vacation Rentals Auckland

Auckland Transport

Airport Transport, bus, train, ferry, shuttle, car and camper rentals – 24hrs daily – one way – $18

Buses depart from the International Terminal and make a second stop via the Domestic Terminal before continuing to the City. The buses alternative between routes,  Mt Eden Rd #01 or Dominion Rd #05 Both routes converge onto Queen Street and terminate at 396 Queen St, Auckland.  

Car Rentals (check online for further choices)

Auckland Airport car rentals –
Avis Rental Cars –
Budget Rental Cars –
Europcar –
Hertz –
Thrifty –
James Blond –  
Apex Car Rental –   



Auckland Map, Guide to Auckland City –  

Auckland Bus Routes Maps –

Auckland and NZ Visitor and Tourism Web sites (many others online for you to check out)

Official Tourism Auckland
Auckland i-SITE Visitor Information –

Visitor Information Centres NZ –

Explore Auckland – Auckland Tourism  

Visitor Centres – Department of Conservation –  (Contact your nearest DOC visitor centre for information on visiting and staying at local conservation areas)

Waitakere Ranges –

Meeting Times

  • Meeting Schedule:
  • Check-in between 6:30pm and 7:00pm
  • Friday Feb 2: Opening Meeting 7:30pm
  • Saturday Feb 3 & Sunday Feb 4: Three Meetings per day, 11am, 4pm and 7:30pm
  • Monday Feb 5: Last Meeting 11am
  • Each Meeting lasts approximately 60-90 minutes


Event Cancellation Fee

$50 until 30 days before the retreat start date or the entire amount in case of cancellation within 30 days of the event start date.