Sanctuary Hill is a unique oasis in rural Taranaki, created by Ram and Bhavani Davies, that offers calming yoga practice to promote holistic well-being.

Yoga Retreats (1)

Videos (1)

Instructors (2)

Bhavani Davies

Ram Davies

Reviews (11)

Wade Jackson

from New Zealand, March 2021

"Low key & stress free"

Hosts are very relaxed and the massage was amazing!!

Hannah Johnstone

from New Zealand, November 2020

"Didn't want to leave"

My time at Sanctuary Hill was so special, I felt quite emotional on the way home that I couldn't stay longer. Everything was to perfection: the setting, the hosts, the yoga and meditation, the special touches and (oh my gosh) the food. I didn't know how to get back to normal life after that, it just didn't compare.

Shilpa Amin

from New Zealand, October 2020

"An overall wellness experience"

The place, the food, and the ambience was a recipe for a perfect relaxation weekend. It's evident teaching yoga and wellbeing is so much more than a job for Bhavani and Ram.

Bhavani has a unique sense of warmth and attention to technical details in her teaching which helps connect to the practice a lot better.

The detox food was definitely a HUGE bonus. The rest of the crew were equally amazing.

Thank you for a soul-enriching stay.

Jocelyn Haydon

from New Zealand, March 2020

"Best experience, i can't wait to go to another retreat here"

Our hosts Bihava and Ram were just so professional, caring and making me have more confidence in my yoga practice. Wonderful experience with the food, totally outside my normal and i so enjoyed, and now experimenting .

The location was very restful . The yoga studio was just wonderful.

Amanda Tyler

from New Zealand, November 2019

"Sanctuary Hill - Ayurveda & Meditation Retreat"

This was my first retreat & I loved it, and I will definitely go back. Bhavani's yoga was amazing, and she explained everything very well and went at the group's pace. Ram cooked beautiful vegan meals, and each meal arrived with a nutritious or detoxing juice. He also ran the evening meditation, and we got to experience Yoga Nidra too.

The retreat had a tranquil and uplifting atmosphere, and I enjoyed spending time with like-minded people. Most importantly, I felt extremely relaxed and peaceful throughout the time of the retreat and for several days after.

Rebecca Imich

from New Zealand, November 2019

"Fantastic stay "

I loved the whole experience. Yoga and mediation was great and the food was amazing.

Julia Bundschuh

from New Zealand, November 2019

"Beautiful spot for a relaxing and inspiring weekend"

I could not pick what my favourite part about this retreat was. The food was excellent - Ram really is an amazing chef. The meditation sessions with him were very refreshing and I enjoyed the fact that he offered us different types of meditation rather than sticking to just one. Bhavani does the best relaxation at the end of class, her chanting is very melodic and truly amazed me. I enjoyed every yoga session with her - especially the restorative one. The location of the retreat is magical - you are surrounded by greenery, lots of great beaches and Bush walks. The yoga studio with its large windows and wonderful views is breathtaking. The spa was another highlight of mine.

Anna Zaroff

from United States, May 2019

"An absolutely wonderful retreat! "

This was the best yoga retreat I have ever been to! Very caring and highly professional instructors, amazing location, accomodation, yoga studio and food! I was beyond satisfied and would highly recommend Sanctuary Hill to everyone! I really hope I will be able to come back!

Richard Kurtz

from United States, March 2019

"You Got to Go to Sanctuary Hill"

We are from the United States and were on our dream vacation to NZ. Visited the South Is. We then went to North Is. We wanted to end our amazing trip with something special and unique and found the Food for the Soul retreat. We love healthy plant based food, Yoga and Hiking. We got all three at Sanctuary Hill, in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The food that Ram prepared was better than you can get at fancy places in New York City, Bhavani is a great Yoga teacher, I am no Yoga guru, but she took care of me and everyone at their level of ability, Kara-Leah opened up a new world of unique plant-based foods and we even made pesto from "weeds". The hike was a most unique and gratifying experience. My only complaint is that we had to leave. In summary I loved everything and would love to go again and again ... Highly recommended.


from United States, March 2019

"All-around wonderful experience at The Sanctuary"

I attended the 3-day creative retreat at Sanctuary Hill with Bhavani and Ram- it was wonderfully perfect. The accommodations were extremely comfortable and clean. The sun-drenched yoga studio is stunning with huge windows and such a warm, inviting feeling. Yoga with Bhavani was thoughtfully, intuitively tailored to our group, and the evening talks resonated so much with what I was seeking- greater presence, mind-body connection, space to reflect and heal. Now for the food: I was a little nervous about at first as I typically eat more animal protein however, Ram and Bhavani prepared such filling, healthy meals which were more than sufficient sooo delicious. Left me full and satisfied every time. I absolutely loved the close-knit, family feeling in this modern, natural setting and highly encourage everyone to try the retreats here.

Emma Williams

from United States, March 2019

"Relaxing retreat "

Restorative yoga classes and guided meditation were a chance to reset and relax. There was also walks or other optional activities during the day which was great so you could do as little or as much as you liked. Bhavani and Ram asked for feedback and tailored the classes to our needs. Delicious healthy food so came back feeling refreshed and light. The rooms were clean and tidy and you felt well looked after.