Oasis in the City
Our Beloved Gurudeva Mata Yoganandaji has called Christchurch the ideal place for a Centre, and so it is. The Centre is located in the suburb of Bishopdale, just 10 minutes from the City Centre and the airport, making it easily accessible to all who live in the city and its surrounds, as well as to those travelling by air. This location makes it convenient for our yoga classes and healing clinic, as well as the courses, retreats and events held at the Centre.
In Come, A Spiritual Journey, Mata Yoganandaji tells us of the adventurous beginnings of the SevaLight Retreat Centre in Christchurch. As part of the renovations to turn the large family home into a Centre, the garage was transformed into a Meditation Room completed with a beautiful stained glass window, remarkably rescued from a salvage yard by Mata Yoganandaji. In 2000, an adjacent property ?Seva Cottage? was acquired accommodating for an additional 12 guests. The gardens of the two properties meet to create a peaceful sanctuary.
In addition to the family of full-time volunteers who reside at the Centre permanently, the Centre?s running is lovingly supported by many dedicated helpers. The wonderful service they provide is truly a God-send. Working with these devotees is a great joy to us. And let us not forget our animal friend, Sasha. So far his main roles are starring in our videos and making us laugh with the antics he gets up to.
The gardens here are an enchanting reflection of God?s splendour. Several majestic trees around the property gives the Centre gardens a park-like feel. Many vibrant native plants and climbers are found throughout the grounds, offering textural interest. The climate in Christchurch is ideal for growing produce and the gardens give back generously.
With the expansion of God~Guru?s work in full Divine force, we are quickly outgrowing our current spaces. We have faith that at the right spiritual time, we will have the funds needed to purchase another property nearby for accommodation. There will also be building work to undertake following the resolution of our earthquake claim, which will include a larger room for courses and services. Watch this space!
In the words of Mata Yoganandaji, ?It has a peace and serenity about it that made one feel the presence of the Infinite Beloved.? Since its inception in 1995, the Centre has steadily grown and evolved and will continue to do so with the Blessing of our Beloved Gurudeva and her love that is palpable here. Come and visit ~ walk where the Master has walked.
We always welcome hearing from you and would love to have you stay.
SevaLight Retreat Centre for Self-Realization Pure Meditation Healing & Counselling
100 Highsted Road, Bishopdale
Tel: +64 3 359 8507
Mata Yogananda Mahasaya Dharma is the Patron and Founder of the SevaLight Retreat Centres for Self-Realization Pure Meditation Healing & Counselling Worldwide ~ and the Patron of the SevaLight Associates Worldwide.
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