Parito Coastal Yoga Retreat


Parito Yoga Retreat is devoted to honouring and nurturing the Life essence, wholeness and well-being of people and the land. 


Focus on aspirants who are on Retreat

Parito is a small Retreat.  Generally there are not more than five aspirants on Retreat at one time. This enable us to honour some important reasons for being here - to take good care of the land; to practice simplicity in a personally and environmentally sustainable way.  It also enables good care to be taken, of the aspirants who come to Parito.  It helps ensure that they have the space they need for nurturing of their well-being. 



Parito is located on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand, in the community of Ruapuke, near Raglan, an hour from Hamilton and about 2 hours from Auckland.  Karioi is the maunga (mountain) who watches over Parito and surrounding lands.  Parito, surrounded by nature, looks northward to Karioi and the bushlands encircling her and looks westward towards Tangaroa (Tasman sea) and Karewa (Gannet Island). 



The Name Parito

The name Parito was given as a concept by Tuihana Bosche in 2005.  It encapsulates both the sacred and earthly nature of the work.  Parito is connectedness to Life essence.  Rito is the name of the new emerging leaf of the harakeke (flax plant), the centre of the whanau (family) harakeke.  Pa can mean to touch or connect.  It can also mean a community, (a place of connectedness).  In a pa harakeke, a number of harakeke grow together.   The Maaori vowels A I O (in this order) are found within the name, Parito.  AIO, from a Maaori point of view is the vibration of creation, A (pronounced ah) is the left hand side, the Divine Mother, the Source of the Sacred River.  I (pronounced ee as in eel), is the centre, the Divine Child (which includes both male and female children, the Inner Universe).  O is right hand side, the Divine Father, the Source of Sacred Seed (Rangimaarie Turuki Rose Pere, 2000, “Maaori Cultural Language and Maaori Cultural Practices, Maaori Education Commision).  

The concept and name Parito, thus relates to the idea of being in touch with new beginnings, being connected with the essence or heart of Life. 

Parito was founded and developed by Pete and Atmavidya Schon. In 2018, the ownership and care of Parito was passed to Jenny Horn, Jonny Horn and Katie O' Connell. We look forward to the continued unfolding of the growth of Parito in keeping with the principles of conciousness and connectedness to nature. 


The Land

The land on which the work of Parito emerges from,  is part of a larger block which in earlier times was called Papanui.  Papa is the shortened version of Papatuanuku (Earth Mother) and is also the name for ground/floor.  The land was fully blessed before construction was begun, by Fred Kana and kaumatua from neighbouring Kawhia (Ngati Mahunga).



Sustainable Accommodation and Land Use

Parito presently consists of a five roomed home which was built with the aim of sustainable living.  Large windows welcome passive light and heat; solar panels and a wind generator meet power and water heating needs.  The wind generator was designed and built by Ben Schon and the support structure was designed and built by Ian Sweetman.  A vermiculture waste system naturally processes all household wastes.   Where possible, recycled and eco-friendly materials have been used in construction.  Natural products which are friendly to the earth are used for the care of land and for cleaning.   The main room of the Retreat is spacious and faces North, East and Westward to the ocean, bush, mountain and hills.  This room is principally used for yoga sadhana (practices for transformation).  There is also a bathroom, toilet and three rooms provide sleeping accommodation.  A humus toilet and hot shower in the bush has also been created for the more adventurous.

There are approximately five acres of land around the main building, with a few suitable camping sites.  A small stream, surrounded by regenerating bush runs through the land.  An organic garden and orchard has been developed using permaculture principles, with many heritage cultivars planted.  This garden produces almost through all the seasons.  Natural solutions to building soil health, planting, care of earth and plants, harvesting and weed and pest control are used in order to work with nature in all of her cycles.


Foundation of the Work of Parito

The work of Parito is grounded upon yamas and niyamas, universal principles given in ancient times by the great yogi Patanjali and by the ancient Vedas before him. These principles are the foundation upon which more expanded awareness of the nature of life can be revealed.  Through application of these practices, it is said that freedom from conditioning which limits our perception is gained and increasingly fuller experience of our true nature or essence occurs.

Practices of yama and niyama harmonise the internal and external environment.  They include:

Satya or truthfulness.  Abiding by the nature or law of truth, one is able to purify and remove the conflicts from the mind;

Ahimsa, gentleness and care and absence of negativity or violence towards self and all beings.  Ahimsa as a non-reactionary state within, helps transform the personality to its more natural sattwic (balanced, harmonised, pure) nature;

Asteya, simplicity and sincerity of being, not influenced by ego nature or the conditioned mind;

Aparigraha or non-possessiveness, freedom from craving and attachment.  Aprarigraha is an effort to rise above things that hold one down;

Brahmacharya is 'one who is established in higher consciousness'.

Shaucha or inner and outer cleanliness helps clear the way for freedom from mental conflicts and dissipations;

Santosha or contentment, enables one to enjoy living in the present moment without craving or desiring anything more;

Tapas or naturalness and simplicity inspires one to seek out the pure essence of matter.  Like the process of firing gold to remove impurities and extract pure gold, tapas releases impurities of the personality and allows one to enter processes of change and transformation that enable our true essence to manifest itself;

Swadhyaya or self study enables one to become aware of strengths and weaknesses in order to come to the realisation of who we truly are;

Ishwara pranidhana is the cultivation of trust in a non-decaying or eternal 'higher reality', beyond the realm of appearance, beyond the experience of name, form or idea.  Recognition of the possibility of being part of something much greater, brings a sense of humility and realisation of the sacredness of all things.


Contact on +64 (07) 825 8993 if you wish to organise a Retreat. 


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Parito Coastal Yoga Retreat

+64 (07) 825 8993

1574 Whaanga Road, RD2 Ruapuke, Raglan, New Zealand

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