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Women-Only Yoga Retreat New Zealand

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in New Zealand.

Join Sanctuary Hill for its annual women's retreat to dive deep into your yoga and meditation, practice the art of ritual, honor the power within you and rekindle the light that shines through you. In these four days, you are warmly held in a space that allows you to feel safe in your body and being. Letting fears and contractions unwind and return to a natural flow. Sharing this unfolding with amazing women from which you can learn and grow. Surrounded by nature, your being naturally unwinds and opens, revealing your essence and greater wisdom. You travel through an Alchemy of ... sensitizing, awakening, transforming, grounding, and expanding.

Meet the instructors

Bhavani & Fiona
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  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Women's health workshop
  • Practice nature walk, the art of ritual
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner included
  • Premium rooms with nature views
  • A warm group environment
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

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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  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio
  • Library
  • Parking lot

Sanctuary Hill provides shared accommodation, with two or three guests per room. The maximum number for the groups is 12 guests. If you prefer to have a private room, they can offer you one of their double bedrooms during your stay.

Their modern luxury bedrooms are equipped with 100% cotton linen and towels. They also have an option for couples to accommodate in a king-size bedroom. 

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


What to expect


All activities in this 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's sleep.

The Sanctuary Hill specializes in traditional Hatha and Restorative styles. The classes have a trademark of an open space where everyone feels safe and accepted. It is their vision to create a holistic experience that inspires body, mind, and spirit.


You will be invited to step into the Art of Ritual. Rituals mark life's momentous and symbolic events: from special birthdays and holidays to personal affairs such as a child's first day of school or the death of a beloved pet. Over time, and as people and circumstances change, some rituals become merely habitual, losing their significance and creating a hunger for more meaningful methods of celebration. You will explore the power, relevance, and need for ritual. It is for committed and soul-centered women who want to fully step into their Light and live into their highest.

During the retreat, you will gather in a Women's Circle in an intimate space to learn new ways of speaking and listening. It is a space where you can discover and integrate the freshness of the woman you are becoming. You gather together as equals united by the same purpose of creating a container of truth-telling, sacred witnessing, healing, and transformation.

Sample daily schedule


  • 16:00 Arrival meet and greet
  • 17:00 An evening yoga session
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:0 Meditation


  • 07:30 Meditation and morning yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Art of ritual workshop
  • 13:00 Lunch or free time
  • 16:00 Creative circle
  • 17:00 Restorative yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Sound healing


  • 07:30 Meditation and morning yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Inspirational workshop
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:30 Yin yoga class
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Women's Circle


  • 07:30 Meditation and morning yoga 
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Women's Circle
  • 12:00 Departure

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. There is also a lovely Domain very close to Sanctuary Hill's property where you can enjoy a nice nature bushwalk. 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.


Bhavani Davies

Fiona Ross

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. New Plymouth Airport has daily services from Air New Zealand and Jetstar airlines. 


The carefully prepared meals at Sanctuary Hill have a special mention on their guide. Their chef crafts extraordinary menus that are rich in natural, whole foods and herbs and contain no artificial substances or common allergens. Chef prepares all meals with seasonal, organic, locally available ingredients with as many naturally grown ingredients from Sanctuary Hill's 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
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Organic
  • 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)

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

Spa treatments

You are welcome to enjoy Sanctuary Hill's outdoor spa pool under the stars. They also have specialized therapists that offer massage and Reiki. These are at additional costs and can be booked at the time of your booking.

  • 60-minute therapy: 110 NZD
  • 30-minute therapy: 60 NZD

What's included

  • Yoga twice a day
  • Premium rooms with nature views
  • Delicious meals
  • Nature walk
  • Art of ritual
  • Warm group environment
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Women's Health Workshop

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transport to and from 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 a 15-minute drive from the New Plymouth Airport. They are 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. 

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 January 28, 2022
Departure: Monday January 31, 2022

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