Empowering you with Health

Best way to unwind EVER!

- Yoga, Hiking, Meditation, delicious home cooking,  sauna, and a spa pool with an ocean view.


Welcome to WHY Retreat, at Whangarei Heads in Northland, New Zealand 

The HOLISTIC YOGA practiced at WHY retreat will help you deepen your physical yoga practice, find emotional balance and mental clarity and connect with yourself. From the moment you arrive, the beautiful views, clean fresh air, and delicious nourishing meals will nurture you and bring a feeling of calm. HOLISTIC HEALTH COACHING is woven through daily life during your retreat, with talks on yoga philosophy and nutrition, meditation, and recovery from physical or emotional trauma all part of the package. You will be immersed in nature, and discover some of the best HIKING AND BEACHES New Zealand has to offer. Finish off your day with a massage, or relaxing in the ocean view spa pool, watching the sunset. WHY Retreat has much to offer beginners as well as more experienced yogis. If you are ready to take away more than just exercise, you will learn WHY yoga can help you take control of your mind, and create balance in your life. Your host and coach Jo Woollacott has the knowledge, skills and life experience to help you gently stretch and strengthen – physically, mentally and emotionally. Whether you choose a weekend reset or take a week to fully experience all that WHY retreat has to offer, a holistic yoga retreat at WHY is the perfect Yoga holiday to complement your healing journey.


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Whangarei Heads Yoga

Relax and enjoy the views when you visit WHY RETREAT. Your hostess, Jo, has a wealth of knowledge to help empower you with tools for optimal health. Jo’s love of travel and interest in people from other cultures combines with her expertise in promoting well-being through a wide range of modalities from postural alignment to gut health. Jo is passionate about food for taste and nutrition, and adds home grown produce to your meals.  As a nature lover, Jo can lead you on one of the many beautiful hikes around the area. Jo’s life experiences have driven her towards a multi-faceted and holistic approach to rehabilitation and health transformation. Jo has studied many styles of Yoga in several countries around the world and has been teaching yoga for over 35 years. Jo is a certified as a Pilates instructor, Total Gym Incline Body Weight instructor, Pelvic Floor Specialist, Kaizen holistic health coach, Touch for Health, Reiki and Gaia practitioner and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Our services include –

Community Yoga Classes
Wellness Retreats

Yoga teacher training
Wellbeing Coaching
Personal training (Yoga, strength training and meditation)
Massage and Reiki
Tax deductible options

Our most popular retreat is the 6 day YOGA and HIKING Retreat, available year round.


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