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3 Days Mantra, Sound, and Yoga Retreat in New Plymouth, New Zealand

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

New Zealand Sound Healing and Yoga Retreat

Create a protective vibration around yourself! In this experiential retreat, you will learn firsthand the inner workings of sacred sound, gaining practical guidance on how to infuse your yoga and meditation practice with what is known as sacred sound vibration. This valuable practice also helps to awaken inner luminosity, wisdom, and intuition. The powerful natural setting of Sanctuary Hill inspires and deepens your sense of place and helps you to go deeper into the practices. This retreat is open and suitable for people of any level of yogic experience!

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Bhavani & Ram
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  • Twice daily yoga
  • Mantras and Chakras workshops
  • Crystal Sound bowl healing session
  • Free time for nature walks around the property
  • Daily delicious meals are included
  • Enjoy a warm group environment
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
New Plymouth Airport (US$20 per person)
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  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Library

Sanctuary Hill is nestled in the tranquil Ridgewood suburb, which is a lifestyle block area of New Plymouth, surrounded by lush greenery and magnificent Mount Taranaki views. The Retreat Wing consists of two double dormitories with a full kitchen, a lounge, and bathroom facilities. The yoga studio building has been positioned to absorb the views of natural surroundings facilitating 80 square meters of open floor space.

There are two bathrooms to serve this building and one shower. The yoga studio building holds additional two bedrooms to serve retreat guests. The bedrooms are designed with your comfort in mind with comfortable beds and woven cotton sheets. Sanctuary Hill is surrounded by the lush greenery of the Taranaki region.

During this immersion, you can walk around the property to enjoy the views of Mt. Taranaki, listen to the birds of the region, walk through the orchard, and visit the different areas around the property.


The purpose of practicing Mantras and Sound is to:

  • Create a protective vibration around yourself
  • Purify yourself and enlighten your mind
  • Empower yourself with material and spiritual benefits to further your spiritual practice

For this retreat, you may choose to join either a three or four-day program, depending on your desired length of stay with Sanctuary Hill. If you're interested to join this program for four days, please send an inquiry to Sanctuary Hill. Below is the sample program for the three-day, two-night program.

Day 1: Friday - April 3, 2020

  • 17:00 Arrival meet and greet
  • 18:00 Evening Gentle Yoga session
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:15 Meditation and Intro to Chanting

Day 2: Saturday - April 4, 2020

  • 07:00 Morning Kirtan and Hatha Yoga
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Mantra Workshop with Ram
  • 12:45 Lunch / free time
  • 16:00 Mandala Workshop
  • 17:30 Restorative Yoga
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening Kirtan

Day 3: Sunday - April 5, 2020

  • 07:00 Morning Kirtan & Hatha Yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Chakra Workshop
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Departure for two-night guests

On Saturday, during the Mantra workshop, Sanctuary Hill will provide each individual with a comprehensive introduction to the power and practices of sound, mantra, and voice. You will talk about the nature and power of sound and mantra, drawing from yoga philosophy, mystic traditions, and science. You will also cover the meaning and experience of mantras.

In the evening, you will have a Mandala workshop. In many spiritual practices, a mandala represents the entire universe and/or a symbol that stands for an effort to reunify the "self". This workshop is a supportive tool for meditation by allowing clear and vivid visuals while occupying the motor skills. You will take the artists' step-by-step, creating beautiful mandalas. You will talk about shape and color psychology, using positive affirmations that reflect the meaning of the shapes used in the drawing.

On Sunday, you will have an interactive Chakra workshop; you will get to explore the fascinating world of chakras and human energy channels. You will learn what the chakras are, how the chakras relate to your metabolism, and the relevance of all this to yoga. You will also learn which chakra is dominant in your life and how you can influence change.

Sanctuary Hill is surrounded by the lush greenery of the Taranaki region. During this retreat, you can walk around the property to enjoy the views of Mt. Taranaki, listen to the birds of the region, walk through the orchard, and visit the different areas around the property. If you are feeling more invited to rest back and enjoy the view, you can relax in various outdoor areas to bask in nature.


Bhavani Davies

Ram Davies

Retreat location

New Plymouth is a city on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. It’s known for its coastal walkway stretching from Bell Block to Port Taranaki. Te Rewa Rewa Bridge has views of towering Mount Taranaki. The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery shows contemporary exhibitions. Close by, Pukekura Park has botanical gardens and birdlife. Subalpine forests and waterfalls characterize Egmont National Park to the south.


The carefully prepared meals at Sanctuary Hill have a special mention on their 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 your body and soul. All special dietary requirements are accommodated.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

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

Things to do (optional)

Extend your stay at Sanctuary Hill before or after the retreat. You can enjoy the daily yoga classes from their schedule during your extended stay.

Spa treatments

Use of a spa pool is included in this package.

What's included

  • Twice daily yoga
  • 2 nights accommodation in premium rooms with nature views
  • Daily delicious meals (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Mantras and Chakras workshops
  • Crystal Sound Bowl healing session

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Sanctuary Hill is located only a 15-minute drive from the New Plymouth Airport (NPL). Sanctuary Hill is happy to organize a shuttle service with an independent specialized company that normally charges 35 NZD one-way.

Starting October 2019, you can request a ride with Uber so that you can move seamlessly from A to B in New Plymouth. ​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-kilometer (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. New Plymouth Airport (NPL) has daily services from Air New Zealand and Jetstar airlines.

The airport is located on Airport Drive, Bell Block, approximately 12 kilometers (15 minutes) from the center of New Plymouth. It is well serviced with daily flights provided by two companies to and from all main New Zealand centers. Air New Zealand provides regular flights between New Plymouth and other centers.

Arrival by bus/coach

There are three main companies that offer regular bus and coach services between New Plymouth and a number of centers in the North Island:

  • Intercity Coachlines
  • Nakedbus.com
  • Whiters Coachlines

Within the New Plymouth District and across Taranaki, there is a regular schedule of buses servicing most areas.

Airport: New Plymouth Airport Airport transfer available: New Plymouth Airport (US$20 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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Arrival: Friday April 3, 2020
Departure: Sunday April 5, 2020

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