About the

Self Realization Sevalight Centre

for Pure Meditation, Healing & Counselling

Christchurch, New Zealand

The Centre is a place for everyone ~ whether you are looking for mindfulness or in-depth Pure Meditation, a way to develop your connection with the God-within, weekly evening Yoga classes, the unconditional love of Healing and Counselling therapies, or to have a peaceful Retreat with time to de-stress.

“Each Centre offers full teachings and guidance on the aspects of the mind, body and spiritual self, with peace, love and wisdom as its essence. Yet each Centre has its own special flavour of its own country, with its own individuality. The doors are wide open to you all, with complete freedom in every sense of the word. May you be blessed in finding what you truly seek.” ~

Mata Yogananda Mahasaya Dharma
Founder, Spiritual Head & Patron of the Self Realization Sevalight Centres Worldwide

The Christchurch Centre

The Centre, founded in 1995 by Mata Yogananda Mahasaya Dharma and her husband Peter Sevananda, is here to welcome and to meet the needs of all peoples – no matter their background, beliefs or Faith.

The teachings and principles honour the Universal nature of all Spiritual Truths, religions and paths at their heart; and acknowledge the transformative power of connecting with these Divine Truths, with simplicity and unconditional Love – without dogma.  As a way of life.

Many feel that to follow a Spiritual path or religious practice we need to be or live a certain way. Our belief is that we thrive most on finding and being our selves – our true selves and that this is fostered by putting practical spiritual tools into every aspect of our life.

This way we find the true connection with God – the Divine Power and it becomes real for us, transforming every aspect of our life.


An Oasis of Peace in the City

Just 10 minutes from Christchurch city centre, and even closer to the airport, it is easily accessible to all. The Centre is set well back off the road, offering a much needed haven. It is common for people to comment on feeling the peace as they walk down the long driveway towards the Centre, including on their first visit.

Beliefs and Aims of the Centre
  1. The spreading of the truth.
  2. That there is no death, only organised life.
  3. That scientific and spiritual knowledge lead to Self~Realization, peace and harmony.
  4. To bring harmony to the mind, body and spirit of all God’s living creatures.
  5. To show that LOVE is the strongest energy force there is, anywhere.
  6. To show that all people and all religions will lead eventually to the one and same pathway, to Self~Realization and God.
  7. That knowledge will dispel ignorance and fear and make us whole.
  8. To provide pure thoughts to beget high minds.
  9. To find our true selves through Pure Meditation.
  10. To rid ourselves of all negative states of the mind and body.
  11. To spread unconditional love throughout the world.
  12. To uphold the wisdom of the Masters, such as Jesus, Babaji, Buddha and the Saints.
  13. To prove that there are many Masters and many Mansions ~ for us all.BUT ONLY ONE GOD.

Courses, Classes, Therapy, Events & Retreats

Mata Yogananda founded the Centre in 1995 to be a tranquil place of wellness of body, mind and spirit, offering practical help without dogma and with unconditional love. The Centre offers something every day of the year and we would love to meet you and talk with you about your interests and how we can help. View our schedule for the full list of offerings. You can also see whats Coming Up on our home page. Contact us anytime for more information.

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Read More about the Christchurch Centre

The Centre is in a peaceful residential area, set well back from the road in beautiful, spacious gardens.  Several majestic trees around the property make the Centre easily spotted from a distance and give the garden a park-like feel.  Many vibrant native plants are found throughout the grounds.  Climbers are another favorite, giving textural interest to the gardens.  The climate in Christchurch is ideal for growing produce and the Centre gardens give back generously.  Food grown at the Centre finds its way into most meals served.  In addition to two large vegetable gardens, which have become a feature in their own right, the greenhouse and various fruit trees, vines, and bushes, and even edible weeds, keep us in good supply throughout the year.

In the words of Mata Yogananda Mahasaya Dharma, “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.  Come and visit ~ walk where the Master has walked.  We always welcome hearing from you and would love to have you stay.

Read More about the SevaLight Retreat Centres around the World

There are Self Realization Sevalight Centres for Pure Meditation
Healing & Counselling around the world ~ all the Centres welcome hearing from you any time.

Waiwera, Auckland
(+64) 09 421 1404

Titirangi, Auckland
(+64) 09 817 8738

Vancouver, Canada
(+001) 604 740 0898

New South Wales, Australia
(+61) 415 543 473

Michigan, United States
(+001) 517 641 6201

About the Earthquakes

The Centre buildings suffered structural damage due to the earthquakes of 2010-2011. We are currently working together and seeking help throughout New Zealand to raise funds for our case and for the rebuild. Please visit our Rebuild Page for more information and to help us in our time of need. As has been the case over the last five years of repair work, we will continue in the future to offer courses, retreats, and appointments.  We are blessed to have Seva Cottage that we will be able to operate from in a few year’s time when the main building is being repaired, so that the Centre’s work can carry on uninterrupted.

Volunteering at the Centre

The Centre offers a wonderful opportunity for learning how to live spiritually in this modern day, putting the teachings into day-to-day life. Visit our Volunteer page to learn about the different ways you can be a part of this exciting community of like-minded people.