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4 Day Winter Wellness Yoga Retreat with Crystal Sound Bowl Healing in New Plymouth, Taranaki

Sanctuary Hill, 109 Veale Road, Ridgewood, New Plymouth 4371, New Zealand

Yoga Retreat New Zealand

Winter season draws you naturally to quiet and introspective practices. Take this cue of nature and make winter an opportunity to dive deep into your practice. Join the annual offering, as this has become a popular retreat for returning guests. In order to maintain internal balance through the shifting of the seasons, it is vital that you change with the seasons just as nature does. On this retreat, you will learn how to smoothly transition through winter by adapting your daily habits, yoga practice, and food choices. Ironically it is only through change that you can stay better grounded through the shifting of the seasons. Embrace your inward journey towards mindfulness, relaxation, and a blissful sense of being.

Meet the instructors

Bhavani & Ram
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  • Yoga twice a day
  • Yoga philosophy workshop
  • Crystal sound bowl healing session
  • Massage therapy and nature walk
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

4 days with instruction
Group size: 6-10 participants
Airport transfer available:
New Plymouth Airport (US$25 per person)
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  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Library

Sanctuary Hill provides shared accommodation, with two or three guest per room. The maximum number for the groups are 10 guests.

The modern luxury bedrooms are equipped with 100% cotton linen ant towels. They also have an option for couples to be accommodated in a king size bedroom.

Sanctuary Hill invites the guests to unwind: take a walk, explore the property, read a book from the library, journal, connect with nature and wildlife, and relax in the hot tub.



All activities in the program are included and the opportunity to attend all of the yoga and meditation sessions. The schedule is designed to include two yoga classes a day, apart from Friday which will only include one yoga class after your arrival. Morning classes are intended to be with more movement to start that day and warm up. The evening classes are a Restorative style to prepare you for a good night sleep. They specialize on traditional Hatha and Restorative styles. Beginners to yoga will get an introduction to yoga postures, breathing practices, and relaxation techniques; while the more experienced will be guided in how to deepen their practice.

They feel dedicated to your personal evolution. The team of wellness experts provides workshops and education to help you achieve your health related goals. The guest speakers and lifestyle mentors support deep inner work to facilitate lasting and real change on your mindset and perspective toward healthy living. Learn more about quality sleep, stress management, healthy eating habits and food choices to take home knowledge that sustains your well-being.


Are you interested in diving deeper into your yoga practice? Essentially, understanding the 8 limbs of yoga can add depth and meaning to your yoga practice. The lessons you learn from Patanjali and the Yoga Sutras help you to take yoga off the mat and into your everyday lives. Here, you are encouraged and reminded to live authentically and to live a life with compassion unto yourselves and others.

You will enjoy a sound healing evening session on Saturday. The crystal ‘singing’ bowl is made of quartz and the effect upon the body and consciousness of the individual is tremendous. Crystal sound baths help to facilitate a shift in your brain waves so that a deep state of meditation and internal healing can occur. Crystal sound therapy is just one way of achieving a meditative state without having to master the practice of meditation. This experience is perfect for beginners however those more experienced can reach a theta state (deep meditation) or even a delta state (where internal healing can occur).



  • 17:00 Arrival meet and greet
  • 18:00 Evening Gentle yoga session
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:15 Meditation


  • 07:00 Morning yoga
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Nature walk outing
  • 12:45 Lunch / free time
  • 16:00 Yoga philosophy workshop
  • 17:30 Restorative yoga
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening sound healing


  • 07:00 Morning yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • Free time / massages
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 16:30 Yin Yoga
  • 19:00pm Dinner
  • 20:00pm Meditation


  • 07:00am Morning Yoga
  • 09:00am Breakfast
  • 10:00am Q&A Session
  • 12:00pm Closing circle and Departure

Included excursions

Walking trails

Sanctuary Hill provides group transportation to enjoy time in nature in a guided group walks in the surrounding areas of Taranaki. Weather permitting, the Saturday walk will be a forest area where the trail is slightly steep in some areas. This walk will have a duration along 90 minutes. Suggested things to bring are hiking shoes, small pack, and water bottle.


Bhavani Davies

Ram Davies

Retreat location

New Plymouth is the major city of the Taranaki Region on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand.

Notable features are the botanic gardens (i.e. Pukekura Park), the critically acclaimed Len Lye Centre and Art Gallery, the 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) Coastal Walkway alongside the Tasman Sea, the Len Lye-designed artwork known as the Wind Wand, Paritutu Rock, and views of Mount Taranaki/Egmont.


The carefully prepared meals at Sanctuary Hill have a special mention on the guide. The chef crafts extraordinary menus that are rich in natural, whole foods and herbs and contain no artificial substances or common allergens. The chef prepares all meals with seasonal, organic, locally available ingredients and with as much naturally grown ingredients from their own garden. Beautiful, delicious and so, so good for you—the food they serve is meticulously prepared to fuel both body and soul. All special dietary requirements are accommodated.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

Massage therapy (included)

During the retreat, Sanctuary Hill will allow time for the guests to enjoy a 30-minute session of your choice as reflexology, Reiki, scalp and neck, or alike through a specialized therapists. This is an ideal treat to de-stress and rejuvenate yourself.

What's included

  • Yoga twice a day
  • Yoga philosophy workshop
  • Crystal sound bowl healing session
  • Massage therapy
  • Nature walk
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Delicious meals

What's not included

  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at New Plymouth Airport (NPL). Sanctuary Hill is located only a 15-minute drive from the New Plymouth Airport (NPL). They are happy to organize a shuttle service with an independent specialized company which normally charges 35 NZD one-way.

Airport: New Plymouth Airport Airport transfer available: New Plymouth Airport (US$25 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants


Arrival: Friday July 2, 2021
Departure: Monday July 5, 2021

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