Yoga Weekend

with Neal Ghoshal

September 20th - 22th ' 2019

We have the pleasure of having Neal Goshal visiting our Sanctuary again this year with a complete weekend offering for those of us who are interested or curious in refining, nurturing and embracing an intuitive and gentle approach to Yoga. 

For the Friday Evening, Art Of Resting  ...


In this evening of Restorative Yoga, Neal offers a space to in which to spend a few delicious hours resting and relaxing. You will discover easy practices that may profoundly release shoulder and neck tension and ease back pain. The session will include Restorative Yoga practices as well as iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation.

On Saturday and Sunday we will continue with Dynamic Alignment:

But what is alignment? And why might it be important?


Patanjali's Yoga Sutras suggest that the posture of the body should be steady and stable, comfortable and easeful. That our posture and movement may be in a good space. The steadiness may be connected to strength, to being grounded, and the easefulness may be connected to being fluid, responsive, free of excess tension. Together, these two qualities of posture may bring us towards balance.


We can make these principles our primary focus when practicing Yoga. It is important to remember though that, as living beings, we are moving beings - posture is never static. We are in fact always moving – the rhythm and oscillation of our breath, the beating heart, we move through space, the moment to moment re-organisation of our relationship to gravity, ground and space, and much more.


In this workshop we let go of “holding” a posture and instead practice Yoga as a process, as self-enquiry, where each movement is like an open question. Rather than Yoga being about how far we can go, we cultivate an easy curiosity with how we go.


We will investigate alignment and movement in a myriad of ways:


  • Breath informed alignment – creating space for the freed movement of the diaphragm.

  • Moving from and to the centre of the body (alignment through core awareness).

  • Alignment from the ground up – how we may use the ground, gravity and space to guide us to precise alignment.

  • Understand neutral spine curvature.

  • Discover clear pathways of force through the structure of your body.

  • And much more!

Alignment speaks to relationship - our practice may be like a discussion or cultivating a healthy conversation between the various aspects of our body, breath and mind. We will take our easy time, moving with sensitivity, to feel our way towards a clearer, more harmonius relationship with ourselves and our environment.


“When we bring our mind into our body, the body becomes mindful and the mind becomes embodied.”  - Donna Farhi


This workshop is open to all levels - students, teachers, and anyone interested in Yoga, posture and self care.

Program Schedule:


6:00pm - 8:30pm The Art of Resting: 6:00pm - 8:30pm


11:00am - 1:30pm Dynamic Alignment Part I

1:30pm - 2:30pm Lunch included

2:30pm - 6:00pm Dynamic Alignment Part 2


9:30am - 1:00pm Dynamic Alignment Part 3

1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch included

2:00pm Closure

Nature trails:

Sanctuary Hill is surrounded by the lush greenery of the Taranaki region. During this immersion 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. Suggested things to bring are comfortable shoes and water bottle.


This retreat does not include accommodation. If you require accommodation please contact us.


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, locally available ingredients and sugar, dairy, and gluten free 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. 

Price: $275 tuition and two meals included

Accommodation: $120 per night

Accomodation + Breakfast: $165 per night

Terms of Service

About Neal Ghoshal:

Neal has been practicing yoga for over twenty years and teaching since 2003. He sees yoga as a guide to restoring our place and understanding of who we are and how we can live peacefully, happily and completely fulfilled.


Neal’s teaching focuses on exploring and refining natural movement and alignment principles – learning to embody these principles in a way that takes our Yoga practice into our everyday lives.


“My aim in teaching is to create a safe and inviting space in which to learn and discover Yoga as a balance between effort and effortlessness, structural alignment and organic fluidity, mindfulness and spontaneity.”


He has taught on teacher training programs in New Zealand and Australia, has been senior faculty on Donna Farhi’s Advanced Teacher Training Program, and is a founder member of the Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training program, based out of Auckland.  |



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