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Waterside Women

Women Rising Retreat with Bhavani

February 17th - 20th' 2023

Join us for our annual Women's Retreat to dive deep into your Yoga and meditation, practice the Art of Ritual, honour the power within you and rekindle the light that shines through you. In these 4 days you are warmly held in a space that allows you to feel safe in your body and being. Letting fears & contractions unwind and return to a natural flow. Sharing this unfolding with amazing women from which you can learn & grow. Surrounded by nature your being naturally unwinds and opens, revealing your essence and greater wisdom.

We travel through an Alchemy of ... Sensitising, Awakening, Transforming, Grounding & Expanding.


  • Yoga twice a day

  • Premium rooms with nature views

  • Delicious meals

  • Forest Bathing Session

  • Art of Ritual workshop

  • Cacao ceremony

  • Women's Health Workshop with  Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

  • Sound Bath Journey

  • 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.  Our classes have a trademark of an open space where everyone feels safe and accepted. It is our 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. We 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 we will gather in a Women's Circle in an intimate space to learn new ways of speaking and listening. It is a space were we can discover and integrate the freshness of the woman we are becoming. We gather together as equals united by the same purpose of creating a container of truth telling, sacred witnessing, healing and transformation. 

We are delighted to have Clara del Bosque, a Certified Forest Bathing facilitator that will guide us in a Cacao Ceremony and Forest Bathing session. These experiences open our hearts to the elements and to our deepest callings. 

On Sunday we will have a specialized Women's Health workshop with Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist. We will talk about such important topics in our women's cycles like urinary incontinence, prolapse, pain, sexual dysfunction and pleasure. Together we can empower each other to a whole integration in our body. 

Mantra Class
Image by Sarah Brown

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. There is also a lovely Domain very close to our property where you can enjoy of a nice nature bush walk. 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, plant-based 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.


You are welcome to enjoy our outdoor Spa Pool under the stars. We also have a specialized therapists that offers massage and Reiki. This are additional costs and can be booked at the time of your booking. 

60 min therapy: $110

30 min therapy: $60


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 An Evening Yoga session 

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Women's Circle



8:00am Meditation and Morning Yoga

9:30am Breakfast

10:30am Art of Ritual Workshop  

01:00pm Lunch / free time / massages

4:30pm Restorative Yoga

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Sound Healing Session 



8:00am Meditation and Morning Yoga 

9:30am Breakfast

10:30am Inspirational Circle

01:00pm Lunch / free time

2:00pm Departure for 2-night Guests

3 -night Program:


Sunday continued

3:30pm Creative Art

4:30pm Yin Yoga Class

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Inspirational Documentary


8:00am Meditation and Morning Yoga 

9:30am Breakfast

10:30am Closing Circle

11:30pm 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. 

Your Guides

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.

Bhavani has offered women circles several times creating a nurturing and safe environment to enhance our passion for Empowerment and Self Knowledge. 

More about us >>

Fiona 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 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.

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