Last updated: December 2, 2012 (2 years ago)
Listing created on: December 14, 2005


(Uruti, Taranaki, New Zealand)

Mission Statement:

personal growth

Community Description:

Savita is a Living Retreat center and offers an environment to those wishing to experience living a spiritual lifestyle that combines selfless service with meditation practice. Located in a beautiful setting on the west coast of Taranaki and overlooking ocean the center offers refuge from worldly demands. The peaceful scrub land and native bush provide a sense of beauty and calm. It is a Place to explore personal growth for those who require solitude and the simplicity of nature. The center is fully sustainable with regard to energy and water and supports all utilities needed in the modern times in an environment friendly way.

Savita is a non-profit organization and has been set up to open a vision beyond personal ownership. It provides an opportunity to practice meditation and also to practice applying selflessness by learning to serve and deal with others with compassion and humility. During your stay we ask that you respect the values of non-harming and to abstain from all intoxicants including alcohol and tobacco.


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: meditation


Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: By a Community Leader

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 103.8 acres
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Current number of residences: 2

Labor and Money

  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: We are a non-profit organization


  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Other
  • Dietary Practice: Other
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: Our main meal is a shared Lunch.

    Gardens planned along organic lines

    We do not cater for special dietry needs.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Community Affiliations



meditation, retreat, peaceful, simplicity, nature, sustainable,

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge