Photos by Catherine Adam

Next retreat November 10-15, 2020.
Limited space available. Register your interest now for advance notice and enrolment when registration opens - info@katielane.co.nz

Oct 22-27, 2019 
Shambhala | Golden Bay


This retreat is a special and unique opportunity to bring the somatic (body based) practices of yoga, creative movement, meditation and breathwork into conversation with the relational practices of NonViolent Communication (NVC).


In a supportive residential format and beautiful setting, join yoga teacher Katie Lane, certified NVC trainer Anna Groves, and meditation/breathwork facilitator Rob ten Broeke for a transformational six day journey in service of greater ease, presence, and fluency in your life and in all your relationships

Nonviolent Communication (otherwise known as NVC or Compassionate Communication) is a process that was developed by psychologist Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960s. Based on principles of nonviolence and the belief that we are essentially compassionate by nature, NVC reminds us how uplifting it feels to authentically connect with ourselves and other human beings. It offers practical and powerful skills that enhance relationships  and enrich life. The model is simple, yet powerfully transformative. We learn how to identify our feelings and understand our needs. We learn to listen deeply. NVC encourages the cultivation of presence, which is a quality that exists in all of us. Compassionate presence supports connection to occur effortlessly and for healing to unfold naturally. There is an utter simplicity in cultivating presence and as we begin to meet others that way, wonderful things occur.

For a beautiful explanation of NVC, please watch this video from Anna  ... 


YOGA is a body based practice that brings us into a relationship with ourselves on every level - body, mind, heart. While asana practice may undoubtedly give us longer hamstrings or stronger, more resilient back muscles, the essential gifts at the heart of practice are self connection and self awareness. In order to connect fully with others, we must first be able to connect with ourselves. By bringing awareness to our body and to our body in movement, we uncover a rich landscape of sensation. The language of sensation, the somatic markers of our emotions, helps point us toward our inner feelings and supports the tender unearthing of our deepest needs. Since yoga practice happens IN the body, it leads to the body becoming a vital tool through which we acknowledge, allow, and also regulate our emotions. We learn to use our own body to ground and anchor, to establish a safe stable centre from which we can respond rather then react, empowered by space and choice. 

Here's a video from our last retreat. Learn more about the experience!


Over the 6 days of this retreat, we will offer a full foundational training in NonViolent Communication. 
Woven into each day will be yoga and creative movement practices structured to serve the daily components of the NVC learning and provide a resource to integrate and "land" the teachings. Live guitar music offered by Rob will accompany these movement explorations. Breathwork and meditation sessions will be shared daily to further anchor the teachings and support deep and nourishing periods of rest and integration. 


Shambhala Retreat & Guesthouse 

Located in the hidden paradise of Golden Bay, Shambhala offers shared accommodation in a beautiful and rustic eco retreat setting. Peaceful and quiet settings, artistic surroundings, and the natural beauty of the land will make for an intimate and unforgettable stay. There is a private beach for walks and swimming and a stunning hall for yoga and movement.
We will enjoy three beautiful wholefood vegetarian meals each day. 

Please note: accommodation is in shared rooms - single beds or bunk beds in shared rooms (no more than 3-4 beds in a room) - with a few options for twin room share and one queen room. If you prefer total privacy, you have the option to camp. 
We have exclusive use of the grounds for this retreat and there are lovely spots to pitch a tent.

Bathrooms are shared, both standard and composting loos onsite.
Please note that cell phone coverage is patchy and there is no Wifi.  







Includes accommodation, all meals, and instruction.

Early Bird (before June 20) $1200 |  Full Cost $1550

Please contact Katie at info@katielane.co.nz to register your interest and/or book your place.













I believe that real listening is all that's needed for healing to take place.
Deep listening underlies all of Anna’s communication. Her ability to empathise underlies a potent emotional intelligence that enables Anna to connect with
people from all walks of life. She is passionate about the spirituality that lies within Nonviolent Communication (or Compassionate Communication) and regards it as a way of life. Anna met Nonviolent Communication in 2005 and has been offering Nonviolent Communication courses since 2007. In 2009, she studied with Marshall Rosenberg and more recently has completed Robert Gonzales' two year LIFE program. Anna is actively engaged in the global dyad inquiry project, an advanced spiritual practice with a partner that uses NVC tools.  

As she is a performing artist, Anna’s trainings are interactive and full of fun. She has a graduate diploma in teaching, and a degree in the performing and screen arts. Anna has offered Nonviolent Communication training for teachers, social workers, psychologists, teenagers, counsellors, health workers, business managers and public groups. She has taught communication at state and private secondary schools.

The body knows how to be well and heal given the right environment. So I want to provide an environment that's conducive to renewing the natural lifeforce.
Rob is passionate about living life fully and freely. He is a strong believer in finding creative ways to grow and experience a rich and fulfilling life, including the exploration of different states of consciousness. He only offers tools and support techniques that he has found useful, powerful and transformative in his
own life – exercises he practises himself daily. Rob has supported people to break free from restricting habits and patterns, helping them make long-lasting changes in their lives. He uses a range of tools to guide people into a deep state of relaxation, where the subconscious can be
accessed and core transformation can occur. Rob’s voice is soothing and empathic supporting a deep sense of safety.

Rob is a Certified Hynotherapist and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner. He has worked nationally and internationally. He is a Taiji and
breathwork practitioner and teacher. Rob has also completed the two year LIFE intensive with NVC trainer Robert Gonzales, and is actively involved in the global dyad inquiry project to support his own deepening and spiritual practice.

KATIE LANE has been teaching yoga and guiding embodied exploration since 2005. Katie's yoga teaching blends body centred enquiry and dynamic alignment into progressive, playful, and sustainable flow. As an educator, her intention is to cultivate a deeply intimate awareness in our practice so that what grows through yoga over the time is the chance to truly know ourselves and the empowerment to make choices in our lives that serve us, those we relate with, and our global communities.

Deeply informed by long time studies in non-dual Tantra (modern yoga philosophy) and current interests in embodiment practices, applied psychology and Non Violent Communication (NVC), Katie weaves both practicality and soulful intention into her teaching in ways that are accessible, down to earth, and change making. She is an ERYT-500, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Yoga Teacher Trainer (RYS) and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. Outside of her work with groups, she is devoted to sharing the healing potential of yoga in one-on-one yoga therapy. Off the mat, Katie is currently working studying counselling at Massey University and is part of a three year training program in Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing.