Winter Wellness

July  26th-28th' 2019

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. 

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.


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.

Sample Program Winter Retreats:


5-6pm Arrival meet & greet

6:00pm An Evening Yoga session 

7:30pm Dinner

8:15pm Meditation and welcome talk



7:00am Meditation and  a Morning Invigorating Yoga Session

8:30am Breakfast

9:30am Hiking trail (not to extreme) 

12:30 Lunch/Free time

3:00pm Health workshop with Kelly Philips  

5:15pm Restorative Yoga

7:00pm Dinner

8:00pm Meditation / Yoga Nidra



7:00am Meditation and a Morning Invigorating Yoga session

9:00am Breakfast

10:00am  Self Observation Workshop

12:00pm Lunch

2:00pm Restorative Yoga

3:30pm Closing Circle

4:00pm Departure.


The workshops in this retreat are focused on Wellness through the Winter season which includes both body and mind.   Winter is a season where we tend to accumulate energy that feels structured and stable, in nature the elements present are moist, cold, sticky and dense. Our bodies could accumulate excess energy of these elements leading to colds, sinus congestion, feeling sluggish and lack of motivation. During our Retreat we will look into ways to balance this energy.

On Saturday we will have a special workshop with Kelly Phillips from "A Bountiful Life" that will provide more indepth understanding of the daily techniques we can integrate to support our gut health. Kelly graduated as a Naturopath and Ayurvedic Practitioner in 2004. She has also studied Theta Healing, BodyTalk and many other systems of health, giving her a broad understanding of, and perspective on, wellness. Since graduating, Kelly has run her own private wellness clinic, tutored for several years at the Naturopathic College of New Zealand. She is registered with the New Zealand Society of Naturopath

The Sunday workshops with Bhavani/Ram in this retreat will be focused on the practice of positive thinking and thought power.  During wither time we naturally feel much more introspective which allows us to tune inwards to reflect in the way we think and decisions we make. We will offer tools to practice positive thinking and how channeling our thoughts in the right direction helps us to align life in the way we want to live. 

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. These walks will have a duration along 90 minutes. 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 May 1st' 2019): $499

Deposit $150 (non refundable but transferable)

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. 

**Update This Retreat is FULL, contact us for waiting list


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 May 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. 

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