WHY Retreat

WHY Retreat offers fitness coaching experiences that combine healthy meals, yoga, meditation, personal training, massage, and Reiki.

Instructors 2

Jo Woollacott

Jo Woollacott is the owner of WHY Retreat and offers retreats from her yoga studio and B&B at Whangarei Heads. She has been teaching yoga for over 35 years and is also a certified Pilates instructor. She is a Kaizen holistic health practitioner, a REPS registered personal trainer, and endorsed by the Exercise Association of New Zealand to provide SMEAEP tax deductible stress management programs.

Moshe Reyes

Teacher Moshe has always been passionate about combining different healing modalities as he believes in nourishing our spirit using the best practices of many traditions. Teacher Moshe completed his Vinyasa and Kundalini teacher training in Manila in 2014 and 2015 respectively. From there, he has infused his practice and teaching with many different healing tools most notably, Reiki and Babaylan —a healing art indigenous to his home country, The Philippines. Teacher Moshe has traveled the world offering numerous workshops and co-hosting retreats to as far as his light can reach.

Reviews 9

Marianne Mäder

from Switzerland, February 2018

Gutes Essen, Zimmer mit Blick direkt aufs Meer.

Nikola Niedermeier

from New Caledonia, December 2017

"Very beautiful spot on earth"

I had a great time a WHY yoga retreat. If u are need to calm down and reconnect to nature. This is the place for you. There are many beautiful tracks with breathtaking views in this area. Some of them are just a couple of footsteps away from the retreat. The rooms are very comfortable and the food is delicious and healthy. Oh yeah and not to forget about the view from the terasse and from two of the three bedrooms. Beautiful! I had a really great stay and would love to come back. In the end I would have liked to stay more than 6 days. But it was time to move on for me.

Sanjeev Bains

from Canada, February 2018

"Quiet Escape"

Enjoyed having a variety of yoga instructors, hiking and sailing. Mt Mania was a very picturesque hike.

Nikki Roberts

from New Zealand, January 2018

"Beautiful location and mix of yoga and nature"

Good yoga, awesome hiking and amazing unspoilt beaches and great people and place with stunning views.

Melanie Walsh

from New Zealand, June 2017

"Peaceful getaway"

The food, hospitality and yoga was amazing, I felt welcomed and really got to relax

Testimonials 5

Peter Francis

Peter Francis' blog

‘A room with a view’, is an overused expression on accommodation web-sites, they can’t all have it but WHY retreat does. The view in the pictures is what I see every morning as I wake up, every-day I write in the lounge, every time I do a Yoga class and last thing at night. In fact, whatever part of the retreat you are in, you’re guaranteed at least a mountain face to look at. Speaking of mountain faces, there two within 5 minutes’ walk with well led tracks and steps all the way to the top where stunning scenery awaits (picture below). You’ll get a sweat up but only for an hour or two, depending on which one you choose. This means there’s no need for bringing half the house and you can do them more than once. You can walk a 2.5-mile loop around the mountain if you prefer the flat. If you fancy a swim, you simply have to choose which almost private swimming bay you prefer (there are lots). A little further afield but still only 4 miles or so are smugglers bay (in the picture) and ocean beach. Beautiful white sand and turquoise colour ocean. Back at the ranch Yoga starts every morning at 9am, if you’re an early bird, like me these days, you might even get a ramble around the mountain beforehand. Jo provides a beautiful lunch and dinner every day. I’ve never eaten such nutritiously rich food that was at the same time so tasty. A detox without the pain. Ample snacks and breakfast options are kept well stocked within the fridge each day. There’s WIFI between 7am and 10pm, perfect if you enjoy being the wilderness but not cut off completely. There are some small local cafes and places to eat, but not many – I very much enjoyed this. It is amazing the crap you can do without when it is unavailable or at least unavailable without significant effort. Good food, exercise, nature, reading and writing formed the perfect get-away for me. I could lose the city but not my mind.

Kerry Canada

WHY Retreat website

I recently stayed at the WHY retreat with my partner and we both had a fantastic time during our 6-night stay and would highly recommend the WHY retreat as a travel destination. Whangarei Heads was the last stop on our 3-week trip to NZ and was the perfect location to relax, unwind and refocus after several busy weeks of travel and activities. The WHY retreat is situated just above McLeod bay and provides an impressive view of the ocean and surrounding area. Whangarei Heads is a peaceful and idyllic community and offers great access to impressive beaches, forests and mountains. Many great excursions, either short or long, can be had from the WHY retreat location, and our hosts (Jo and Rob) provided good information and recommendations on some 'must-see' points of interest in the surrounding area. Whangarei Heads also provides good access to other areas of Northland, including the Bay of Islands which is only a 1.5 hour drive from WHY. Jo and Rob were friendly and accommodating hosts and provided us with fresh and healthy meals, as per our arrangement. We really enjoyed the food and our conversations with Rob and Jo during our stay. From our experience, Jo is an experienced and knowledgeable health and wellness practitioner, and we very much enjoyed the yoga classes that were provided during our stay. The morning yoga classes were a great way to start our day, and we appreciated the diversity in the styles of classes provided, and the helpful cues and adjustment that helped us improve our postures and practice. We would love to stay at WHY retreat again,and are happy to recommend this business based on the accommodation, meals, and yoga classed that we enjoyed.

a traveler

Trip Advisor website

I recently stayed at the WHY retreat with my partner and we both had a fantastic time during our 6-night stay and would highly recommend the WHY retreat as a travel destination. Whangarei Heads was the last stop on our 3-week trip to NZ and was the perfect location to relax, unwind and refocus after several busy weeks of travel and activities. The WHY retreat is situated just above McLeod bay and provides an impressive view of the ocean and surrounding area. Whangarei Heads is a peaceful and idyllic community and offers great access to impressive beaches, forests and mountains. Many great excursions, either short or long, can be had from the WHY retreat location, and our hosts (Jo and Rob) provided good information and recommendations on some 'must-see' points of interest in the surrounding area. Whangarei Heads also provides good access to other areas of Northland, including the Bay of Islands which is only a 1.5 hour drive from WHY. Jo and Rob were friendly and accommodating hosts and provided us with fresh and healthy meals, as per our arrangement. We really enjoyed the food and our conversations with Rob and Jo during our stay. From our experience, Jo is an experienced and knowledgeable health and wellness practitioner, and we very much enjoyed the yoga classes that were provided during our stay. The morning yoga classes were a great way to start our day, and we appreciated the diversity in the styles of classes provided, and the helpful cues and adjustment that helped us improve our postures and practice. We would love to stay at WHY retreat again,and are happy to recommend this business based on the accommodation, meals, and yoga classed that we enjoyed.

Jillian United States

WHY Retreat website

What an amazing experience! WHY YOGA at Whangarei Heads was an absolute treat. The view from the house is breath-taking, beautiful beaches to explore and a lovely hostess who provides healthy and delicious meals!

Laura United States

WHY Retreat website

Thank you Jo so much for an amazing relaxing trip. It was the vacation of a life time!

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