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Expanded Heart Retreat

May 24th - 26th' 2019

This is a very unique opportunity for dedicated yoga practitioners looking for inspiration in their practice. We have called it "Heart" because this is the physical location of our energy from which we open ourselves to the wisdom of our true nature. 

We will learn how the energy in the body works, and how the energy body and mind are intimately connected. The subtle body is composed of energetic pathways called nadis and areas of focused life energy called chakras. When these channels are clear, our awareness is clear. 

During this retreat, we will also be offering an evening session of chanting Kirtan with the lovely sound of the harmonium We will talk about the origins of Kirtan and the tremendous energetic power to this form of musical mantra in Sanskrit. 


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. 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 us for a good night sleep. We specialize on Traditional Hatha and Restorative styles.  Beginners to yoga will get an introduction to yoga postures, breathing practices and relaxation techniques, while the more experienced will be guided in how to deepen their practice. 

We feel dedicated to your personal evolution. Our team of wellness experts provides workshops and education to help you achieve your health related goals. Our guest speakers and lifestyle mentors support deep inner work to facilitate lasting and real change on your mindset and perspective toward healthy living. Learn more about quality sleep, stress management, healthy eating habits and food choices to take home knowledge that sustains your well-being.

Sample Program Heart Retreat:



5-6pm Arrival meet & greet

6:00pm An Evening Yoga session to prepare you for a good night sleep

7:30pm Dinner

8:15pm Meditation and welcome talk



7:00am Meditation and  a Morning  Yoga Session

8:30am Breakfast

9:30am Hike in nature 

12:30 Lunch/Free time

2:00pm Chakra Workshop

5:30pm Restorative Yoga

6:30pm Dinner

8:00pm Kirtan Chanting



7:00am Meditation and a Morning    Yoga session

9:00am Breakfast

10:00am Meditation & Mandala Workshop

12:00pm Lunch 

2:00pm Restorative Yoga

3:30pm Closing Circle


The workshops in this weekend will be focused on enhancing our understanding of our energetic body. The chakra system is a profound map for our energy levels. You might have heard of chakras before as they are an ancient system of understanding our body's energy. Once we have a better understanding of the chakras and how they influence us on a physical, emotional, and subtle energetic realm, we can begin to empower ourselves to shift our consciousness and evidently our lives toward an inspired way of being that is aligned with our highest purpose. Where we will explore the attributes of each of these seven energetic wheels from the root to the crown. 

Walking trails:

We provide group transportation to enjoy time in nature in a guided group walks in the surrounding areas of Taranaki. Weather permitting our Saturday walk will be a forest area where the trail is slightly steep in some areas. Suggested things to bring are hiking shoes, togs, jandals, water bottle.


We provide shared accommodation, with two or three guest per room. The maximum number for our groups are 10 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. *Please enquire for the alternative of a private bathroom/bedroom suite. 

Have a look at our accommodation options here.

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.


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 with no added sugar, salt, or butter 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.


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.  

Price: $595 for 3 days all inclusive. 

Early bird (ends March 1st' 2019): $499

Deposit $150 (non refundable but transferable)


We are truly looking forward to welcome you to join us on an amazing adventure. You should be able to find all information regarding the retreat on our website. Please do not hesitate on contacting us if you have any queries or concerns. 

Please make your reservation as early as possible as spaces on our retreats are limited.  It is necessary for you to complete this form in order to proceed with your booking.

After receipt of a completed booking form we will place a tentative booking for you for 5 days. Before submitting the form, please read our Terms and Conditions here. 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.

- To secure a reservation a NZ $150 deposit is required within 5 working days to secure your booking.

- Early bird to be paid in full by March 1st ' 2019

- The balance of the retreat cost must be paid in full 30 days before the retreat starts.

- When a booking is made within 30 days before the retreat, a reservation is secured upon receipt of the total retreat cost.