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Breath Retreat

October 21st to 24th' 2022

We are fascinated by the power of the breath. Our breath is the outward expression of our inner state of being. When we are stressed our breath can be shallow, rapid, agitated, even chaotic. When we feel well and rested, our breath will be calm and gentle. We can use consciously the power of our breath to initiate different states of being including meditation and deep rest. it can be a transformational tool when used wisely and with proper guidance. 

Join us in this retreat if you would like to explore your Breath deeper, enquire which breathing practices serve you, and experience the intricate connection to your energy. 


  • Yoga twice a day

  • Premium rooms with nature views

  • Delicious meals

  • Nature walk

  • Crystal Sound bowl healing session

  • Warm group environment

  • optional Massage therapy

What to expect


All activities in our 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. 

For the purpose of this retreat, our yoga practice will be designed to support our breath practice. This means that our sessions will provide more space for Breath, instead of asanas (postures). Asana practice will be slow and meditative.

We specialize on Traditional Hatha and Restorative styles.  


As we become more immersed in the understanding of the powerful force within you, we will learn fundamental and advanced breathing techniques, breath anatomy, energy connection, and use of breath for meditation. 

We 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).


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 our property. If you are feeling more invited to rest back and enjoy the view, you can relax in our various outdoor areas to bask in nature. 


The carefully prepared meals at Sanctuary Hill have a special mention on our guide. Our 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 and with as much naturally grown ingredients from our own garden. Beautiful, delicious and so, so good for you—the food we serve is meticulously prepared to fuel both body and soul. All special dietary requirements are accommodated.


We provide shared accommodation, with two or three guest per room. The maximum number for our groups are 12 guests.

Our modern luxury bedrooms are equipped with 100% cotton linen ant towels. We also have an option for couples to accommodate in a king size bedroom. 

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


Two Night Program:

Shared Bedroom: $595 each (this is for single travelers that share a double or triple occupancy room)

Private Bedroom: $870 for single occupancy

Private Double Room: $1,190 for 2 guests (this is a private room for a couple or 2 friends traveling together)

Three Night Program:

Shared Bedroom: $795 each (this is for single travelers that share a double or triple occupancy room)

Private Bedroom: $1,070 for single occupancy

Private Double Room: $1,590 for 2 guests (this is a private room for a couple or 2 friends traveling together)

We offer Extended Stay Packages if you wish to stay at Sanctuary Hill after/before your Retreat.

Our packages can include accommodation, meals and access to our daily yoga schedule. 

2-night Program:



4:00pm Arrival meet & greet

5:00pm Breath and Yoga session

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Meditation



8:00am Breath and Yoga Class

9:30am Breakfast

10:30am Mechanics of Breath

12:45pm Lunch / free time 

4:30pm Breath and Restorative Class

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Sound Journey



8:00am Breath and Yoga Class

9:30am Breakfast

10:30am Breath and Energetics

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Departure for 2-night Guests

3 -night Program:


Sunday continued

4:00pm Yin Yoga

6:00pm Dinner

7:30pm Meditation ahd Pranayama


8:00am Breath and Yoga Class

9:30am Breakfast

10:00am Q&A Session

11:00pm Closing circle and Departure

About New Plymouth


Sanctuary Hill is located only 15 minute drive from the New Plymouth Airport. We are happy to organize a shuttle service with an independent specialized company which normally charges NZ$35 dlls one-way.  

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 km (6.8 mi) 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. 

What YOGA means to us

Yoga is at the heart of our retreats, and we offer the real deal. From the physical practice, the environment where you move, the food you eat, is all part of the philosophy of an integrative way of living. The goal of the physical practice is to challenge you physically but most importantly to quiet the mind. That’s what yoga is all about – calming the mind. And that’s what we teach on our yoga retreats. You will feel re-energized and restored both physically and mentally.

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Ram and Bhavani

We are truly looking forward to welcome you to join us on an amazing adventure. Have a question we've not yet answered? Please don't hesitate on contacting us. 

Terms and Conditions

Please make your reservation as early as possible as spaces on our retreats are limited. Before payment, please read our Terms and Conditions and COVID 19 Guidelines here. Payment installments are available through enquiry. Payment of your deposit equates to agreeing to the booking conditions. Should you require further clarifications of any of the conditions, we encourage you to contact us.

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