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Winter Wellness Retreat

July 2nd - 4th' 2021

Winter season draws us naturally to quiet and introspective practices. Take this cue of nature and make winter an opportunity to dive deep into your practice. Join our annual offering, as this has become a popular Retreat for returning guests. 

In order to maintain internal balance through the shifting of the seasons, it is vital that we change with the seasons just as nature does. On this retreat you will learn how to smoothly transition through winter by adapting our daily habits, yoga practice and food choices. Ironically it is only through change that you can stay better grounded through the shifting of the seasons.

 Embrace your inward journey towards mindfulness, relaxation and a blissful sense of being.


  • Yoga twice a day

  • Premium rooms with nature views

  • Delicious meals

  • Nature walk

  • Yoga Philosophy workshop 

  • Crystal Sound bowl healing session

  • Warm group environment

  • Massage therapy included

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.


Are you interested in diving deeper into your yoga practice? Essentially, understanding the 8 limbs of yoga can add depth and meaning to your yoga practice. The lessons we learn from Patanjali and the Yoga Sutras help us to take yoga off the mat and into our everyday lives. Here, we are encouraged and reminded to live authentically and to live a life with compassion unto ourselves and others.

Massage Therapy: During the Retreat we will allow time for our guests to enjoy a 30-min session of their choice as reflexology, reiki, scalp & neck or alike through a specialized therapists. This is an ideal treat to de-stress and rejuvenate yourself. 

We will enjoy a Sound Healing evening session on Saturday. The crystal ‘singing’ bowl is made of quartz and the effect upon the body and consciousness of the individual is tremendous. Crystal Sound baths help to facilitate a shift in your brain waves so that a deep state of meditation and internal healing can occur. Crystal 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:

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.


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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. 

2-night Program:



5:00pm Arrival meet & greet

6:00pm Evening Gentle Yoga session 

7:30pm Dinner

8:15pm Meditation



7:00am Morning Yoga 

8:30am Breakfast

9:30am Nature Walk Outing

12:45pm Lunch / free time  

4:00pm Yoga Philosophy Workshop

5:30pm Restorative Yoga

7:00pm Dinner

8:00pm Evening Sound Healing



7:00am Morning Yoga 

9:00am Breakfast

Free time / massages

12:30pm Lunch 

3:00pm Departure for 2-night Guests

3 -night Program:


Sunday continued

3:30pm Yoga Philosophy Workshop

7:00pm Dinner

8:00pm Meditation


7:00am Morning Yoga

9:00am Breakfast

10:00am Q&A Session

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.  

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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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.