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3 Days Devotion & Deities Autumn Yoga Retreat New Zealand

New Zealand Yoga Retreat

Create more intention in your life by utilizing the energies from Denise’s favorite deities, those who sit in the Yoga Sanctuary - Ganesha, the benevolent protector and remover of obstacles, Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance, and Buddha, the enlightened one.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Dream sessions and pranayama
  • A guided hike to the chapel
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation is comfortable twin share and private rooms. Private rooms are limited and sell out quickly. The yoga studio is in large octagon with a wood burning fire and stunning views.

Yoga Sanctuary Yoga Retreat NZ Itinerary


15:00 Arrive and settle in

16:00 Introduction and discussion

18:00 Dinner (all meals vegetarian)

19:30 - 21:00 Slow Vinyasa and Yin yoga

21:15 Sauna (optional)


  • 07:00 Sauna (optional)
  • 07:30 - 08:00 Meditation
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Vinyasa flow yoga
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Free time for massage therapies or sauna
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Hike to chapel
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Yin yoga
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Special guest speaker


  • 07:00 Sauna (optional)
  • 07:30 - 08:00 Meditation and pranayama
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Tapas power yoga, sauna, optional therapies or free time
  • 12:00 Lunch

Included excursions

During the retreat, you will be going on a guided hike to a chapel.


Denise Ferguson
Denise, the owner of Yoga Sanctuary, combines breath, movement, and music to create an experience that occurs when one is in perfect alignment not just anatomically, but also when one’s deepest most heartfelt desires and beliefs are expressed perfectly in their life. Her classes have a large emphasis on carrying this feeling of perfection through the class from start to finish, sometimes allowing the experience to be the peak and sometimes working her students towards a peak pose. She is an experienced registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (ERYT) and has been teaching yoga since 2005.

Retreat location

Mana Retreat Centre is in the Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand. Set atop a large hill the retreat center boasts expansive, sweeping and stunning views of the Coromandel Harbour.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During the retreat, you will be served daily meals, including breakfast (on the second and third day), lunch (on the second and third day), and dinner (on the first and the second day). All meals are vegetarian.

Things to do (optional)

Enjoy a massage session

Join therapy session

Relax and read in the library


Visit nearby sanctuary

Walk the labyrinth

Watch sunrise over the Mana garden

Spa treatments

You have the option to enjoy a massage session in your free time.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Food
  • Sauna access
  • Yoga

How to get there

Driving directions from Thames

Travel on Highway 25, the coast road, from Thames to Wilson Bay where the highway turns inland and uphill.

After a short dip the road rises again to Manaia Summit and rest area (good views of the Auckland CBD and Skytower if the weather is good). From here, proceed 2 kilometers downhill looking for the sign on the right Mana Retreat 300m.

Turn right into the drive (taking care that the way is clear of oncoming traffic). If arriving after dark, the drive is marked by a series of red reflectors on stockyard fencing.

Passing a side road to the left, continue up the drive to the fishpond and palm. Mana Retreat Centre office through the double doors. The car park is a few meters further on (on the tennis court).

Arrival by bus

There are several bus options - depending on what time your flight arrives - they all go to Thames, then on to Coromandel.

Go Kiwi has a bus running at around 1 p.m. InterCity has a bus in the morning and at lunchtime. However, you would need to jump on the shuttle from airport to Manukau where you would pick up the bus. You will arrive at Mana Retreat Centre gate at either 10.49 a.m. or 4.19 p.m.

Arrival by ferry

There is a ferry service, 360 Discovery, that departs from downtown Auckland to Coromandel. They run on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, departing Auckland and Coromandel and Sunday departing Coromandel. The sailings are at 8.45 a.m. or 6 p.m. (depending on the day) from downtown Auckland and would require you taking a shuttle there. This may be suitable if your flight is an early or later arrival. The ferry is cancelled during rough weather although a bus to replace it is provided. The cost is approximately 56 NZD per person.

Arrival by shuttle

The most direct option is a shuttle. You can book a shuttle from A-B Shuttles to meet your flight. The prices are 220 NZD for one passenger, 110 NZD for 2 passengers, 80 NZD for 3-5 passengers, and 70 NZD for more than 5 passengers. Retreat participants flight arrivals are mostly at similar times so there are often several passengers taking the same shuttle.


  • Coromandel Town - 20 minutes
  • Auckland - 2 hours
  • Hamilton - 2 hours

Cancellation Policy

  • 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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