Meditation & Philosophy Weekend Workshop

with Carlos Pomeda

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Oct 20th - 22nd 



Join us for an unforgettable weekend with Carlos Pomeda! Explore Tantra than with an experienced teacher who can enrich your understanding and experience of the mysteries of Tantra. We have 5 fascinating sessions split over 3 days to choose from. Starting with the  "The Joy of Sanskrit". An opportunity to expand your vocabulary and understanding of key linguistic concepts, experience the majestic poetry of Sanskrit. A must for all yoga teachers and yoga enthusiasts. Followed by Friday evening "Kularnarva Tantra", a practical exploration of Tantra. Immerse yourself in the great questions of life and prepare to be transformed! The main body of study on Saturday & Sunday, divided into 3 sessions, is  "The Shiva Sutras - The yoga of supreme awakening". A foundational text of the Tantric Shaivism of Kashmir, we recommend doing all 3 sessions, each one is independent, but also builds on the previous one. Take your meditation practice to a deeper level and learn new ways to find joy and peace.

Full details for each session and pricing below. BOOK NOW!



TIME: 1-4 PM  

Deepen your understanding of Sanskrit, the language of Yoga and the sacred texts, in this very special 3 hour session. Sanskrit, the language of these scriptures, contains not only the highest knowledge about you and the processes of human consciousness, but also carries within itself the secrets of the power of sound. Whether you are merely looking at improving your pronunciation of the name of the yoga asanas, or to dive more deeply into the intricacies of this fascinating language, this seminar will provide you with an entryway into the joy of the Sanskrit language. 


TIME 6-9 PM 

If you have wondered what Tantra is all about, join Carlos for a practical exploration of TANTRA based on one of its most respected source texts called “Kularnarva Tantra”. 

It covers topics of supreme interest such as the purpose of existence, the place of human life in the big scheme of the universe, the modes of spiritual awakening and the most effective practices for the liberation. With its sublime understanding and inspiring practices, Tantra integrates all aspects of human life in the pursuit of higher awareness, connectedness and love, infusing our existence with meaning and purpose. Come and be part of this transformational workshop.


THE SHIVA SUTRAS - The Yoga of Supreme Awakening 

Take your yoga practice to a deeper level and learn more about the Tantric meditative practices. 

The purpose of this workshop is to explore a set of very profound practices that probe beyond the surface of reality to uncover the awareness of the divine in every aspect of life. Drawing from The Shiva Sutras, a foundational text of the Tantric Shaivism of Kashmir, we will uncover a deeper way of looking at life, one that uncovers profound joy and a sense of wonder. 

The workshop consists of 3 sessions. Each one is independent, but also builds on the previous one. 



Session 1 – The Secrets of the Body and the World 

This first session will explore the background and context of the tradition, and will begin to investigate the foundational practices of Tantric Shaivism. 


Session 2 – The Power of Mantra and Words 

Once the foundations are mastered, one of the most powerful—and multifaceted—dimensions of practice has to do with mantra and with the ways language shapes our experience. This session will explore how to harness the power of sound in the practice of yoga and in every area of life. 


SUNDAY 12-2.30PM 

Session 3 – The Radiance of the Divine Shines All Around Us 

In this final session of the workshop, we will explore the deeper dimensions of Tantric meditation, based on two revolutionary approaches the Shiva Sutras offer. These practices seek to find the divine in every situation and to integrate the highest experience of meditation with the rest of our lives.  

INVESTMENT: - Please email All individual session bookings available online via our interactive schedule  or in studio at our reception desk.

Mix & Match: $55 - Each Individual Session



Originally from Madrid, Spain, Carlos has been steeped in all aspects of the yoga tradition during more than 40 years of practice and study. He spent 18 of those years as a monk of the Saraswati order, under the name Swami Gitananda, including 9 years of traditional training and practice in India.

During this time he learned the various systems of Indian Philosophy and immersed himself in the practice of yoga, becoming one of the senior monks of the tradition and teaching meditation and philosophy to tens of thousands of students around the world. He combines this experience and traditional training with his academic background, which includes two Masters Degrees: one in Sanskrit, from U.C. Berkeley (where he has taught) and another one, in Religious Studies, from U.C. Santa Barbara. He is currently working on a book on the topic of “Karma and the Journey of the Soul”, as well as a new translation of the Śivasūtra, an important Tantric text of the Kashmiri tradition. We are incredibly lucky to host him here in Christchurch to share his passion and insight into these specialist topics.


Carlos currently lives in the US, and travels extensively around the world conducting a variety of retreats, courses, seminars, workshops and lectures on the Wisdom of Yoga and related subjects.

As a teacher, Carlos is renowned for the breadth of his knowledge and the clarity with which he conveys it. His great love of the Indian yoga traditions, his insight, his humor and his deep connection with his audiences give him the ability to transmit the deepest scriptural teachings in a way that is clear, meaningful and applicable. Studying with Carlos is an enjoyable and transformative experience.

For information on his DVD series “The Wisdom of Yoga” and other forthcoming titles, visit 

Recommended Reading Material For the Shiva Sutra: (not compulsory)

Dyczkowski, Mark. The Aphorisms of Siva: The Siva Sutra. ISBN: 0791412644 

Lakshmanjoo, Swami. Shiva Sutras: The Supreme Awakening. ISBN: 0759654573 

Singh, Jaideva. The Shiva Sutras. ISBN: 8120804074