Whangarei Heads Yoga is WHY.

The work we do here helps people connect with their authentic selves and move along their path. WHY Retreat offers a sanctuary to safely explore your own inner depths. Yoga, meditation, healthy nourishing food, the beauty of nature, time to rest and personal coaching all contribute to a gentle unwinding so that we might find the space we need to heal. The teachers at WHY come from a variety of different modalities. We have an exchange program for visiting Yoga teachers and each has something to offer to the retreat and its guests. No two retreats will be the same. The mixture of guests and teachers will bring a new dynamic to each experience. We are passionate about our purpose, and trust that whoever arrives at our retreat is perfectly placed on their path at that time.

Bring your dreams. Bring an open heart and an open mind. Bring your baggage too but take the opportunity to open it up and examine while you are here. Maybe there are some things there that no longer serve you, and you can go home lighter without them. Come without expectations and delight in the surprises that you find here. Come to relax, rejuvenate, and rejoice in your own unique being.


A 7 day intensive retreat

Surrounded by one of New Zealand’s best examples of natural beauty, you will learn yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices that promote calm mind, a strong and relaxed body, and happiness. This retreat is designed to help deepen your practice with emphasis on traditional yoga joining all 5 bodies for a holistic experience that can be enjoyed by beginners or more experienced yogis. Quiet, unspoiled beaches and bushwalking bring you close to nature. Spectacular views from the retreat give you a chance to recharge. Delicious home cooked meals will nourish you. This retreat will leave you feeling energized and refreshed.

Whats Included:

Your retreat includes 6 nights accommodation and meals. Daily yoga classes, meditation, yoga philosophy discussions and local hikes combine instruction with free time to reflect. Two of New Zealand’s top 10 hikes are at our doorstep. Add a massage, holistic coaching, personal training, yoga, or reiki to complete your healing. There will be plenty of free time to read, enjoy the fabulous views from your room, curl up with a book in the cosy guest lounge or hammock overlooking the sea. Meals are inventive and nutritious, but if you prefer to have a meal out there are café’s nearby. Breakfast ingredients are provided (seasonal fresh fruit, home made yogurt and museli) for you to enjoy in your own time. Vegetarian lunch and dinner with vegan and gluten free options are served to you. A maximum of 5 guests means the retreat has a family feeling to it. 

This retreat includes subscription to our 52 week program My Wellbeing This Week (value $199). 


please note class schedule is subject to change

Thursday– arrival and orientation
Friday through Tuesday – morning yoga or pilates, afternoon hiking or discussion sessions, evening guided mediation
Wednesday– morning yoga, check out.

Instruction will be offered on the following topics:
*Introduction to Traditional Yoga
*Synchonised Breathing exercise
*Deep Relaxation Technique
*Essential oil and chakra balancing


Arrival selected Wednesdays from October through May. Contact us for availability for your preferred date.

Costs :

NOTE – Your health and safety are protected at WHY. We undertake strict cleaning protocols and attention to physical distancing. Shared rooms are available for friends and family, otherwise you will enjoy a private room. Prices are per room, in NZ dollars.

Rosella’s nest room -
one person, private room: $2099
2 people, shared room: $3199

Bayview room -
one person, private room: $2299
2 people, shared room: $3499

Manaia suite queen room and ensuite bathroom) -
one person, private room: $2499
2 people, shared room: $3799

WHY Retreat can offer tax deductible options for NZ employees under the SMEAEP program. Conditions apply. Please contact us to find out if your retreat will qualify.


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