Teacher Training - retreat

Step into your power

Attend Step Into Your Power as a Yoga Retreat, or begin your journey as a certified yoga teacher. Step Into Your Power is a 200 hour yoga teacher training course.

Train in person with us at Wainui on Akaroa Harbour.  There is no substitute for the effectiveness of being taught in person.  Online offerings do not deliver the same quality of experience as our in-person programme.

Join us in September 2023 for our next Step Into Your Power intensive.  You will love this experience, whether you seek to train as a yoga teacher, want to pursue personal development, or seek to delve deeper into your understanding and practice of yoga.   







Wainui, Banks Peninsula


JANUARY 2023 - $2999

The fee includes tuition, accommodation and meals for the eight days of the programme.

Dietary Requirements

We can cater for special dietary needs

Gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, and vegan options are available.

Three nutritious, delicious meals will be served per day.


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Apollo Power Yoga holds two Teacher Trainings / Retreats each year. They have many elements that overlap, but they each have a distinct curriculum, so you will benefit from attending both.  If pursuing the teacher training qualification, you will need to attend both. If it is not convenient to attend both in one year, you may attend one in one year and the other in the following year, preferably, but not necessarily, taking the January intensive first.

You may attend the course as a Yoga Retreat, to explore and deepen your yoga practice as a way of being, and as an big step forward in your own personal transformation and development, or you may attend both courses as part of a Yoga Alliance Registered 200-hour teaching qualification.

Wainui is a beautiful rural resort on Banks Peninsula in the South Island of New Zealand. The venue is a bush-surrounded facility with wonderful bird life, about a 10-minute walk from the beach on Akaroa Harbour, looking across the harbour to Akaroa township. The surroundings provide an ideal opportunity for you to commit your body, mind and spirit to yoga practice and to yoga as a way of being.

This Teacher Training was designed to meet Yoga Alliance criteria for a 200 hour training .  As such it includes four principal curriculum elements of:

  1. Techniques, Training and Practice.
  2. Anatomy and Physiology.
  3. Professional Essentials including teaching methodology and practicum.
  4. Yoga Humanities including philosophy, lifestyle and ethics.

The three areas of greatest focus will be asana (physical practice, both learning the practice and learning how to teach the practice), meditation, and inquiry (yogic philosophy and ethics).

The elements of the week will serve you well, regardless of whether you are intending to be a yoga teacher or simply wish to follow the yogic thread deeper into yourself and expand your life-force.

The practice we train in is “Journey into Power”, a Power Vinyasa yoga practice created by Baron Baptiste.  The book of the same name is the core text and required reading for our Teacher Training. This text is available from Apollo Power Yoga or through on-line booksellers.  If you’re undertaking the Teacher Training, acquire and read the book well ahead of the training, and establish a familiarity with the JIP sequence.

The daily programme will typically follow the following pattern:

  • 7:30 – 8:30am Breakfast
  • 9:00am Meditation and discussion
  • 10:30am Asana workshop
  • 1:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00pm Anatomy and Physiology
  • 4:00pm Practice Teaching and Assisting
  • 6:30pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm Inquiry, Philosophy and Ethics
  • 9:30 – 10pm  Meditation

Attendance at all sessions is required if you’re undertaking the Teacher Training.  If you’re attending Step Into Your Power as a Yoga Retreat, you’re welcome to take part in as many or as few of the sessions as suits you. 

The sessions will be interactive. The greater your commitment and involvement, the greater will be the rewards for you. 

You will have amazing opportunities to grow your connections, both within and beyond yourself.


Thoughts from Previous Participants

Feedback from 2022 Step Into Your Power Participants

“The Apollo Power Yoga teacher training program was excellent. It was confidently conducted, well organised and delivered with enthusiasm and rigour. The facilitation skills were second to none and attention was given to each student in an appropriate way that enabled them to learn effectively and develop during the training. Content was extensive in nature and delivered in a methodical and logical way to expand knowledge progressively. Each student’s needs were catered for and all were able to add their valuable contributions with plentiful interactions during the course. This was possible due to the supportive and encouraging environment that the facilitators created. I have no hesitation in recommending this training and certainly feel like I have been very fortunate to experience such an inspiring, successful training course. One that has expanded my yoga knowledge and skills, provided me with plenty of personal growth and has sparked further my desire for continual development in these areas. Thank you.”

“Thanks so much!!!!!  I am OBSESSED with the yoga intensive.  I can’t get it out of my head, and I have been utterly transformed since I have been back…  I feel like I have come back awake after being asleep…”

Feedback from 2020 Step Into Your Power Participants

I joined the training following my intuition, without knowing clearly the reasons. However, through the two trainings, I came out as a person significantly transformed. It was a magical and life changing experience.

Through intense training in asana, yoga philosophy, personal enquiry and meditation, I was able to step into the present and be more conscious in my yoga practice and daily life… Thank you Hamish and Margo for what you have brought to the trainings. It’s truly remarkable.”

” Hamish and Margo are excellent at guiding the daily discussion sessions.  You are so kind and understanding.  You created a safe space to draw the truth out of each student.” 

“Keep doing what you are doing, providing an opportunity for people to discover their true selves. I don’t know of any other environment where such magic can happen like it did on training.

The energy that you put in is admirable, and the effect that you have on people’s lives is nothing short of amazing. To be able to give in that way is truly unique and something to be treasured.”

“I have left with a whole new outlook on life.  It was a hard week but so worth it.  Words cannot describe how valuable I found this experience.”

The in class demonstrations and training for alignments and assists really helped me understanding better how each pose can be improved safely. The anatomy training had good connections with the asana practice with concrete examples and demonstrations for asanas.”

“I felt much more connected to myself, others and the world around me.  I also felt more grounded and calmer practicing meditation twice daily.  I am grateful to have the opportunity to be guided and to share the experience with other students.  Now I experience the power of meditation…”

The food was outstanding and well balanced. It was great to have healthy food for a week
where little thought had to be given to it! On the whole the venue was excellent and the
ability to take morning walks was a real plus.”

Feedback from 2019 Step Into Your Power Participants

“I actually had no expectations whatsoever and have found that the course, guidance and training that you and Margo provided throughout both courses was superb and way way above any expectation I would have had anyway. 

When I came to Maruia last year it was essentially for some time out to focus on myself and doing something I love even if it was just for a week. I had no idea what I’d gotten myself in for or indeed that it would lead me so far down a path of yoga teaching. 

I think in terms of asana practice, methodology delivery, meditation teaching etc everything was delivered perfectly – a highlight being the final afternoon of Wainui. I’m a big believer in the more relaxed an environment is the more people are likely to respond in a positive way to that and in this case learn more effectively the methodology, and relax in to their own being and allow their teaching to flow. 

I came to the trainings to challenge myself physically, and left with far more than I could have imagined – physically, mentally and spiritually. Your ability to read people and hone in on what they are saying (or aren’t!) and what they need in that moment is a real gift, you have taught me a lot about myself, encouraged me to drop a lot of stuff I don’t need, and helped me to create a new way of thinking that ultimately makes me a better person. 

So a huge thank you to both of you for all your hard work and effort that you put in to these trainings but also for everything you have both coached me in along the way.”

“Back [home] from my amazing yoga teacher training in Christchurch. It was a life changing experience not for the non committed; with blood, sweat and tears (literally); skilfully facilitated and guided with discipline and love by Hamish Kenworthy and Margo Perpick at Apollo Power Yoga. I take not just a better knowledge and understanding of the power vinyasa yoga series by Baron Baptiste with me but transformation in my body, the (no)mind and my soul which has created a new way of being for me. Thank you H and M and my fellow yogi students.”

“It was a fantastic, incredible experience. It is hard to describe. I have learned so much in such a short time and when I came back I was feeling so very happy and inspired!

Thank you so much Hamish and Margo. You are some incredible human beings.”

“Personal inquiry sessions revealed vast expanses of my existence that I was either avoiding, neglecting or destroying and I am truly grateful for the time we had to reshape my awareness of how these patterns of thought and behaviour influence the way I show up for myself and everyone else. For me, different issues emerged with each session; however, I found it always brought me back to awareness and the sense of being true, kind and patient with myself so as to find an anchor point in my being from which to radiate and connect with others. The teachers did exceptional work in confronting all of us with the resistance we had in the different themes and providing some thoughts on how we could come to better terms with the reactions these themes generated in us.”

Why Step Into Your Power Teacher Training?

“I have experienced different forms of yoga (Bikram, Hatha, and many forms of ‘power vinyasa’) in the last few years. This experience has been valuable in that the Baron Baptiste Power Vinyasa style of yoga has stood out from all others. The practice has a quality to it that is not only technically sound but also challenges you and leads you on a path of variations, strength, and wellbeing that doesn’t end once you step off your mat. 
Hamish Kenworthy, through his countless hours of instruction, has taught me more about life than yoga – and yoga has subsequently become part of my life. The opportunity to learn from a teacher that has trained and taught in the Baptiste style of yoga and has been such an influence in my life, in the comfort of New Zealand is first class.”

Feedback from 2017 Step Into Your Power Participants

“The personal enquiry sessions were highly useful to learn more about yourself and face some unpleasant themes and it was surprising what revealed itself throughout the 8 days.  Margo and Hamish provided wonderful guidance and it felt like a safe and encouraging environment to share personal experiences, thoughts or fears.  I was impressed how attentive both Margo and Hamish were to each person who shared something… no matter how late in the evening or how many people had shared before…  the attention to each and every one who got up to say something was palpable.  I felt that there was an amazing fine-tuning towards how far you can/have to push people and when you got to back off and give them some space.  Also I thought it was most helpful that you were not forced to see things a certain way but were only guided by well- aimed questions to find or arrive at your truth for yourself”.


“This “Step into your Power” yoga teaching training course is a journey that assists the student to find their inner strength to identify their weaknesses, so they then have the power and mind-body connection tools to overcome them.  The course uses the Baptiste style of Power Vinyasa to harness all that you have to give birth to new ways of being and possibilities in your body, mind, your communications, relationships, and your life as a yoga teacher, and beyond.  You probably get a 200 hour yoga teacher certificate at the end, but that is only symbolic of a fraction of what the training makes available to the participant who is open to  “commit to making themselves good, their group good, their teachers good, and the training good”.

“Thanks so much, Hamish – it was a really great training – I got more than I could have hoped for from it!”

Feedback from 2016 Step Into Your Power Participants

 And, would just like to say yet another huge thanks for the incredible journey!  It was better than I could have imagined!

AMAZING!  INCREDIBLE!  I’ve talked of very little else since returning including telling all of my friends and colleagues how they must go on one.

 Maruia Hot Springs Resort was an incredible venue for the training.  The food was excellent, the yoga room was lovely and the hot pools were really great for the body!

I found the inward looking sessions hugely transformative.  I felt that there was a consistent theme, and was really impressed by Hamish’s ability to retain what each person had said throughout the week and then re-state it to the relevant participant at a pivotal moment.

t was great to be able to practice and take breaks within the practice to learn more about an asana. Often in a class, especially as it is a flow style of yoga, a pose is only done once or twice, with little time to drill down on all the components that make up the pose. To be able to take the time to focus on a pose was really awesome. It was also great to be able to ask questions about a pose, and what was needed for the ideal alignment.







Six glorious days and seven nights in Rarotonga, on the golden beachfront at Muri Lagoon, practicing yoga in the mornings and late afternoons. In between, lots of time to experience the tropical weather, warm waters, fabulous food and friendly people of Rarotonga.


Power in Paradise is led by Hamish Kenworthy and Margo Perpick, founders and lead teachers of Apollo Power Yoga, New Zealand’s home of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga.

Hamish and Margo, highly trained and experienced yoga teachers, bring a wealth of knowledge and skill to each session they teach.

From yoga philosophy and ethics, through the full range of yoga postures (asana) and sequences, to meditation, breathwork (pranayama), ayurveda, chakras, you will have access to whatever knowledge you need to take your yoga practice to its next level, whatever your starting point is.

Whether you’re just starting your yoga practice, or have been practicing for years, Power in Paradise gives you the experience you’re looking for.


Paddleboard Yoga

Rarotonga’s golden sand beaches and calm, warm waters are only a few steps from your accommodation. Paddle-boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, sailing, kite-surfing and much more are on your doorstep.  The temperate climate is perfect for cycling, tramping, golfing or any other outdoor activity – including yoga!


Your Retreat package includes:

  • accommodation for 7 nights
  • 2 Yoga classes on each of 6 days: Meditation and Power Vinyasa practice each morning, Restore Yoga and Pranayama each afternoon
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • 2 Island activities (choose from):  Glass-bottom boat and snorkelling tour, Cultural Island show, Cross-Island trek, Eco cycle-tour, Night SUP tour, Paddle-boarding and SUP yoga
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Raro accommodation 3