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Yoga and Foraging Retreat

May 6th to 9th' 2022

Our Retreat offers you an opportunity to Relax and Reset within the beautiful surroundings of Taranaki. Our program is targeted to address all areas of wellness, from movement, carefully crafted healthy meals, to workshops to help dive deeper in understanding the lifestyle choices we make and taking a holistic view towards wellbeing. 

This program is a way to develop a strong sense of connection to nature and learn about the abundance that it can offer. 

Highlights:

  • Yoga twice a day

  • Premium rooms with nature views

  • Delicious meals

  • Foraging workshop

  • Crystal Sound bowl healing session

  • Warm group environment

What to expect

Yoga:

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. 

Workshops:

The workshops in this Retreat will be focused on the five principles of health through: Proper Exercise, Proper Breathing, Proper Relaxation, Proper Diet and Positive Thinking. Whether you are new to yoga or its your favourite way to unwind, we would love to share with you our passion to enhance our energy levels and optimize your body and mind.

We will have a Wellness Guest Speaker: Kelly Phillips, a Naturopath and Ayurvedic Practitioner from A Bountiful Life, that will share with us the wonderful world of wild food foraging, a tasting experience to discover nutrient dense plants which help to strengthen your immune system, their benefits and medicinal uses. 

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).

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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. 

Meals:

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.

Therapies:

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

Accommodation:

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.

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Prices

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:

 

Friday

4:00pm Arrival meet & greet

5:00pm Evening Gentle Yoga session 

7:00pm Dinner

8:00pm Meditation

 

Saturday

7:30am Morning Yoga 

9:30am Breakfast

10:30am Foraging Workshop

01:00pm Lunch / free time  

5:00pm Restorative Yoga

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Evening Sound Healing

 

Sunday

7:30am Morning Yoga 

9:30am Breakfast 

10:30am Wellness Workshop

01:00pm Lunch 

3:00pm Departure for 2-night Guests

3 -night Program:

 

Sunday continued

4:30pm Yin Yoga

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Fire Circle

Monday

7:30am Morning Yoga 

9:30am Breakfast

10:00am Closing Circle

12:00pm Departure

About New Plymouth

Transportation:

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.