From Garden to Plate
February 28th - March 2nd' 2020
Here at Sanctuary Hill, we are very passionate about inspiring clients to live in a way that promotes great Health!
Food plays a huge role in this conversation. Come and join us for a revitalizing and relaxing retreat amid the lush greenery of Taranaki.
Learn to cook satisfying, tasty, nutrient dense food and learn ways to explore your garden for a fresh meal. Our weekend includes a visit to a regional Award Winning Sustainable Farm to introduce basic principles of food production in our back yards. We’ve planned a peaceful weekend to help you recharge, nourish yourself and get lots of healthy inspiration.
Our guests and visitors frequently ask for the recipes that Ram creates and for further insights on how meals are made in his creative kitchen. We have prepared an insightful Retreat so we can share all this goodness with you!
During this Retreat, you will spend time in the kitchen to watch behind-the-scenes food selection and preparation with Chef Ram Davies.
Yoga twice a day
Premium rooms with nature views
Sustainable Food Produce Farm visit
Warm group environment
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. 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.
On Saturday, you will be invited to step into the creative cooking space at Sanctuary Hill's kitchen to spend some time with Ram Davies as he demonstrates a cooking workshop. During this workshop you will learn about food selection and preparation towards creating healthy habits to meet your wellness goals. You will learn some easy recipes and discover interesting ingredients that can easily be added to your daily routine back at home. We have prepared a Recipe Booklet to take back home with you so you can recreate your Sanctuary Hill meals with the ones you love!
Sunday we will a great opportunity to visit a fully Sustainable Food Produce Farm in the region of Taranaki. Why is it valuable to learn more about life on a farm? We will learn where our food comes from, create a link with farming, make informed choices when shopping, think about food waste, and promote alternatives for home grown produce. Roebuck Farm is a sustainable & profitable small scale working farm offering the highest quality education, consul & expertise for customers from NZ & across the world, who are interested in sustainable food production on limited land space & often with limited resources. They encourage & teach the principles of independence & self-sufficiency through highly interactive on-farm activities based around our agrarian & market garden production. Roebuck Farm was awarded The Sustainability Award for 2019 by Outstanding New Zealand Producer Awards.
On Monday the workshops will be focused on the five principles of health through: Proper Exercise, Proper Breathing, Proper Relaxation, Proper Diet and Positive Thinking. Whether you are new to yoga or its your favourite way to unwind, we would love to share with you our passion to enhance our energy levels and optimize your body and mind.
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. This walk will have a duration along 90 minutes. Suggested things to bring are hiking shoes, small pack, water bottle.
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 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.
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: $625 each (this is for single travelers that share a double or triple occupancy room)
Private Bedroom: $900 for single occupancy
Private Double Room: $1,250 for 2 guests (this is a private room for a couple or 2 friends traveling together)
Three Night Program:
Shared Bedroom: $835 each (this is for single travelers that share a double or triple occupancy room)
Private Bedroom: $1,100 for single occupancy
Private Double Room: $1,670 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.
5:00pm Arrival meet & greet
6:00pm An Evening Yoga session
7:00am Meditation and Morning Yoga
9:15am Nature walk (not to extreme)
12:30pm Lunch/Free time
3:00pm Cooking Demo & Health Workshop
5:30pm Restorative Yoga
7:00am Meditation and Morning Yoga
10:00am Visit to Sustainable Farm
3:00pm Departure for 2-night Guests
3 -night Program:
4:30pm Yin Yoga Class
7:00am Meditation and Morning Yoga
10:00am Health talk
12:00pm 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.
Starting October 2019, you can request a ride with Uber so that you can move seamlessly from A to B in New Plymouth.
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.
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 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.