Under an initiative with Exercise Association of NZ and IRD called SMEAEP, exercise programs are tax deductible and not subject to FBT as long as they are legitimately being used by an employer as a tool to help manage workplace stress. Jo Woollacott is an endorsed provider of TAX DEDUCTIBLE SMEAEP programs, and can offer a variety of packages that are fully tax deductible. These can include personal training sessions, yoga and pilates classes, workshops and retreats. Participants in the TAX DEDUCTIBLE SMEAEP retreats who qualify for tax deductions may also be able to claim accommodation at WHY and travel to the retreat as a business expense.

Read more about stress response in the brain on my blog - Stress Response in the Brain.

Retreat facilities


Individuals or groups of up to 6 enjoy an all inclusive retreat experience at WHY:
Twin share (2 twin rooms – Bayview and Rosella’s Nest – 1 bathroom)
Queen  (Manaia Suite – Queen bed with ensuite bathroom)
All Guests share their own Lounge and Kitchenette, and deck with BBQ area.
Guests and owners share wifi, parking, laundry, streamside meditation area, FAR Infrared Sauna.


All meals are vegetarian. Gluten free and other dietary needs can be accommodated. If you prefer to eat out, there are several cafes, clubs, pubs and restaurants nearby. Self-catering is limited to kitchenette and BBQ facilities. Guests are encouraged to help out at mealtimes and chat with us about the impact of nutrition on health and stress.

Optional Extras

Optional extras (charges may apply and/or activities are not included in program) – swim, surf, kayak, visit a giant Kauri tree or a natural Kiwi habitat, go abseiling, take a scenic flight, visit Abbey caves, tour our local artists galleries, play tennis, bowls or golf, or try fishing off the McLeod Bay wharf, where you are bound to meet some interesting characters.


Exercise Intensive Wellness Program

12 WEEK One On One Stress Buster $1080


  • One on one consultation, pre exercise questionnaire and stress assessment
  • Personal program for regular practice
  • Weekly personal training sessions
  • 12 week Review
  • Group Yoga Classes or Pilates can also be included (extra costs apply)

Available at  Anytime Fitness or WHY

One – Day Workplace Wellness Retreat

TAX DEDUCTIBLE SMEAEP exercise & workshop package $180 pp

From 9.30am to 4.30pm(4-6 people).


  • One on one consultation, pre exercise questionnaire and stress assessment, program for home practice.
  • Stress Management workshop
  • Yoga class
  • Lunch and nutrition workshop
  • Nature walk

Available Saturdays only


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