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Weekend Yoga Retreat in New Zealand

Further your knowledge, and submerge yourself in a yoga weekend suitable for experienced practitioners or those who need a refresher. Learn in more depth the dynamic blend of postures, movement, as well as breathing in a safe and systematic way. Held in a warm and safe atmosphere, the yoga sessions are designed to give you a well-rounded perspective on yoga. This retreat will integrate yoga philosophy, asana, breathwork, and meditation. Sanctuary Hill will be offering tools to harmoniously balance the body, the mind, and the breath to help you achieve a meditative state in your practice.

Meet the instructors

Bhavani & Ram
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Highlights

  • Nature walk
  • Yoga twice a day
  • Crystal sound bowl healing session
  • 3 nights accommodation in premium rooms
  • Enjoy the wonderful nature views
  • Warm group environment
  • Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer available:
New Plymouth Airport (US$24 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Library

Sanctuary Hill provides shared accommodation, with two or three guests per room. The maximum number for the groups is 12 guests.

The modern luxury bedrooms are equipped with 100% cotton linen and 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.

Program

Yoga

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.

By the end of the retreat you will be confident and comfortable to advance and modify your practice where needed and practice safely.

They specialize on traditional Hatha and Restorative styles. They will review yoga postures from the musculoskeletal and energy alignment, breathing practices, and meditation techniques. The team of wellness experts provides workshops and education to help you achieve your health related goals. Learn more about quality sleep, stress management, healthy eating habits, and food choices to take home knowledge that sustains your well-being.

Workshops

As you become more immersed in the understanding of yoga, other aspects of this science begin to highlight in your life. You will talk about the presentation through yoga philosophy to gain a deeper knowledge of your physical and energetical body and your mind. The suggestion is for you to contact Sanctuary Hill so you can have a chat about your current practice and see where you can align with what they offer to truly provide support in your journey.

You will enjoy a sound healing evening session on Sunday night. The crystal and Tibetan bowls create a tremendous effect upon the body and consciousness of the individual. Crystal sound baths help to facilitate a shift in your brain waves so that a deep state of meditation and internal healing can occur. 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).

Schedule

Friday

  • 16:00 Arrival meet and greet
  • 17:00 Yoga session
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Meditation

Saturday

  • 07:00 Yoga class
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Yoga workshop
  • 12:45 Lunch / free time
  • 15:30 Intro to meditation workshop
  • 17:30 Yoga class
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Inspirational documentary

Sunday

  • 07:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Yoga workshop
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Yin yoga
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Sound healing session

Monday

  • 07:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Q&A session
  • 12:00 Closing circle and departure

Here's a few pointers on how to prepare for the weekend:

On the two weeks leading up to Retreat, take some time to contemplate what your intention is for the retreat. Go for a walk, do some journalling, take a long bath, hit the hot pools. Ask yourself, what do I want to experience? How do I want to feel after this retreat? What is this retreat about for me?

Try to refrain from having any intoxicants the week leading up to Retreat including alcohol and coffee. Also, be mindful of how much sugar you're putting in your system. Often the body can start to detox during the retreat, the more clear you are leading up to this weekend the easier & gentle the process will be.

If possible try not to plan too much following the Retreat. You want to allow time and space for integration after the retreat. It is often nice to have some space for yourself to allow the process of the Retreat to continue as long as possible.

Included excursions

Walking trails

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 the various outdoor areas to bask in nature.

Instructors

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.

Food

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 drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • 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

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, there will be a possibility to go on an organized walk in the local domain, relax by the spa pool, treat yourself to a massage, or read a book while enjoying the lovely hangout areas.

Spa treatments

  • Optional massage therapy (not included)

What's included

  • Yoga twice a day
  • Workshops
  • 3 nights accommodation in premium rooms with nature views
  • Delicious meals
  • Nature walk
  • Crystal sound bowl healing session

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transportation from and to the airport

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$24 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 December 3, 2021
Departure: Monday December 6, 2021

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