Winter Wellness Retreat
July 24th - 27th' 2020
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
Rest and Self-Care workshop
Crystal Sound bowl healing session
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, in this retreat we will focus on Gentle and De-stressing practices. 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 we will dive into the neuroscience of Self-Care and Rest. We will talk about essencial information about what happens when we stress. Through simple language we will learn how our body and mind changes when we become tired, sick and things that affect our performance. We will provide a safe space for participants to feel comfortable sharing giving us an opportunity to listen deeply and express authentically. The aim of these workshops are to encourage people to understand that the love they give to themselves from themselves is to be valued and used daily.
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. We encourage our guests to pre-book their preferred time to enjoy this therapy session. This is an ideal treat to de-stress and rejuvenate yourself.
We will enjoy a Sound Healing evening session on Saturday. This is a form of vibrational healing which works on the energy system of the body in ways similar to Homoeopathy, Crystal Healing, Reiki and Bach flower remedies to name a few. 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).
Silent Walking Meditation will be practiced through our Retreat. This practice is designed to bring body and mind in sync. Meditating while walking is a way to get the mind to walk with us and to bring a relaxed focus to our everyday.
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 Evening Gentle Yoga session
7:00am Morning Yoga
9:30am Nature Walk Outing
12:45pm Lunch / free time
4:00pm Resting and Self Care Workshop
5:30pm Restorative Yoga
8:00pm Evening Sound Healing
7:00am Morning Yoga
3:00pm Departure for 2-night Guests
3 -night Program:
4:30pm Yin Yoga Class
7:00am Meditation and Silent Walk
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.
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.