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Shunyata Health Retreat / Day Spa
Reviewed 21 May 2014

I woke early on a Tuesday morning in desperate need of a retreat to gain some clarity on a particularly challenging issue in my life. I googled, I rang, I found Shunyata. I spoke with Paru who had a vacancy and said I could come immediately and she would have lunch ready. I arrived in an emotional, tired mess into this beautiful retreat. From the moment I got to the front door I was taken care of. I felt as though I had fallen in the arms of an angel. Paru had a whole therapeutic schedule laid out for me. All my needs were met. The food was divine, the therapies scheduled couldn't have been better. I completely let go, felt the healing wash over me. I had no idea how powerful 24hrs could be when in the hands of a professional. I strongly encourage you to go to Shunyata Health Retreat if you need time out, nurturing, healing or rest of any kind. I hope to make this part of my self care regime. Thank-you Paru!

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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paru_12, Owner at Shunyata Health Retreat / Day Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

Was so beautiful to meet a yoga teacher who was so wise but just off balance a little emotionally as happens to all of us. Well done for reaching out for help after knowing your accident needed some attention. I hope to see you again also - such a beauty & such gorgeous work you are doing

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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Paru is just an ordinary woman.. well on the surface anyway. Very unassuming, gentle, welcoming. After my first hour in her company I knew I was in safe, healing hands. She offers many insights and shares her personal experiences. She listens and offers guidance where she can. She cradles you (energetically) in her loving home. Cooks delicious, nourishing meals full of love. I slept so well under her roof, all snuggled in a heated room with heated comfy bed. Woke to yoga on her deck with the most inspiring view of gorgeous Diamond Harbour below. A massage to rival many over my lifetime and guided meditations to assist in the deepest level of relaxation I have felt for many months. I would love to return to her retreat and bring my partner as I feel she has as much healing to offer men as she does women, it's her connection to the sole that inspired my life. Blessings to you beautiful Paru. All my love from sunny Byron Bay x

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Thank JenniferP802014
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paru_12, Owner at Shunyata Health Retreat / Day Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

Was so neat to meet another soul from Byron Bay my old haunting ground and where I was so gifted to do most of my healing. Jennifer you are doing great and such a gift to offer the world.
Keep up the good work and trust in love. See you in Byron hopefully

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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Our time at Shunaya was just what I needed. My wonderful long time friend and I decide to get away for some much needed time out and found Shunaya which was so close to home. Being from Christchurch made it so easy to just pack a bag, jump in the car and in around 20 to 30 minutes we there and you could be anywhere in the world.
We were greeted by Paru at the gate and made to feel instantly at home. When we arrived I was feeling In so much need of some rest and time out and we totally got it. I also needed help to get back into Yoga and Meditation and Paru was wonderful.
We had a massage the day we arrived, did yoga in the morning, went for walks around beautiful Diamond Harbour, were feed fantastic food and not allowed to lift a finger. We were looked after and pampered for three wonderful days. When it came time to go home I felt fantastic, rested, rejuvenate and ready to take on life’s challenges.
Thank you so much Paru xxxxx

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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paru_12, Owner at Shunyata Health Retreat / Day Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2014

Thank you girls and you forgot to omit the storm and the no electricity but we managed fine and was lovely to meet you both and feel you were rested and back on track

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Reviewed 12 March 2014

My experience at Shunyata was just what the doctor ordered. Paru is wonderful and welcoming and treats you with so much love and care and seems to know just what you need and when you need it. This was my first retreat and I found the whole experience uplifting and lifechanging . Paru is a very wise woman who is an expert in her field and I have left there feeling alive for the first time in years. The personalised attention is second to none and the lovely accommodation with fantastic harbour views is a great place where you can truly feel at home.My advice is to just do it as you wont regret it and it will truly change your life for the better. I will definately return.

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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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paru_12, Owner at Shunyata Health Retreat / Day Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2014

Thank you was a pleasure to go through the storms with you and to watch the
courage to see you give up smoking and know why you smoked. This is the only
true let go of addictions and thank you for your understanding of having no power and how we managed to get around it. Love to you and may you stay pure and clean.

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Reviewed 12 March 2014

As a male I was a bit apprehensive when making the booking but after meeting Paru and spending 5 days going through " the journey" I found the experience rewarding and worthwhile and would strongly recommend to all.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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paru_12, Owner at Shunyata Health Retreat / Day Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2014

I am so impressed when men face their fear and come to shunyata. It was amazing to
see you come from
"Out of your comfort zone"
to feeling so comfortable so quickly. Was gorgeous to have you here and may all men
take the leap

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Reviewed 29 December 2013

What an amazing experience!
I can't recommend it enough, if you're struggling with any thing, poor health or just need a break don't think twice about booking with Paru
I was so desperate and had been sick for 12months Paru said "with my help she could work miracles," I didn't believe her I had been sick for so long, who would have thought in four days
You could have a complete turn around!
I know it sounds cliché but it's true, IT CHANGED MY LIFE!
my four children, husband and extended family can vouch for that!
Thanks so much Paru
Your absolutely wonderful and marvellous and beautiful, you have filled my world with so much gratitude and unconditional love.
I will definitely be back once a year! Your retreat is truly Devine and you have given me the quality of life back.
The retreat changed my life :)
My husband who came for the last day, and had couples retreat,
Said he was skeptical, but it was really beneficial!
Best money you can spend!!
Much love, God bless
Zak and Abs
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  • Stayed: December 2013
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1  Thank Zbuilt
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paru_12, Owner at Shunyata Health Retreat / Day Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2014

I feel so grateful to do this work with someone who truly has the courage to want the change.
Abs we worked together to create your amazing new life for 2014 and well done for inviting your
gorgeous husband so that you can go on and do what you do best being the best mother and
wife in the world. Was a true awakening for me - love to the whole family

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Reviewed 10 December 2013

I went to Shunyata feeling detached from life and myself.. With fear and anxiety taking charged of my life. I was unsure what to expect when I arrived and was apprehensive as to whether it would make a difference. But Paru with all her love warmth and wisdom help me to reignite my passion for myself and my life, and to stand up to my inner fears and anxiety and face them head on. With her gift she has given me the chance and strength to smile again and live life how I want from a place of love and understanding. I will be forever grateful to this amazing lady. Many thanks and mountains of love to her :)
I will definitely be back

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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paru_12, Owner at Shunyata Health Retreat / Day Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2014

You came with deep stuckness and jumped into the unknown, what courage.
I loved your beauty and deep comittment to change and hope that 2014 brings a
continuation of what you truly went through
love to you all around the world my sweet

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Additional Information about Shunyata Health Retreat / Day Spa

Address: 10 Rawhiti Street, Christchurch 8972, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 107 Speciality Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range: £63 - £105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 & NLPAyurvedic detox & lose weight fast the healthy wayCouples Retreats with 3 course romantic dinnerDay Spa in peaceful ocean view surroundings doing more than massageBody work including cranio sacral balancingYoga, Meditation, ozone sauna & hydrotherapy bath ... more   less 

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