About Whangarei Heads Yoga Retreat


Rob and Jo

About Us

Your hosts Rob and Jo Woollacott love travel and meeting people from other cultures. After 16 years cruising in the Pacific, a health crises forced their return to New Zealand in 2011. This experience inspired them to create a healing space for themselves and others. Jo has been particularly involved with postural realignment, stress management and cancer management, helping people to overcome chronic injuries and illness.

About Jo

Jo’s own life experiences have driven her towards a multi-faceted and holistic approach to rehabilitation and health transformation. She has studied many styles of Hatha Yoga in several countries around the world and has been teaching yoga for over 35 years. She is also certified as a Pilates instructor, Total Gym Incline Body Weight instructor, Touch for Health, Reiki and Gaia practitioner and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is a REPS registered Personal Trainer, endorsed by the Exercise Association of New Zealand to provide SMEAEP tax deductible stress management programs. As owner of WHY Retreat she teaches Yoga and Pilates and offers retreats from WHY Retreat Yoga Studio and B&B at Whangarei Heads. She also offers SMEAEP exercise programs through Anytime Fitness in Whangarei. Her special area of expertise is postural alignment and rehabilitation. Through massage, yoga and strength training, she assists her clients to overcome injuries or reduce chronic pain, and train safely. She has practiced daily yoga from an early age as part of her own rehabilitation from a postural disability, and follows a natural health regime.

Vision Statement.

Our vision for Whangarei Heads Yoga Retreat is to create an oasis along the journey towards wellbeing where visitors can gather the skills they need for better physical and emotional quality of life, and to provide a meeting place for healers and practitioners to nurture their own growth and encourage enlightenment.

WHY Yoga Retreat Studio and Accommodation

Built by Rob and Jo, the WHY studio opened in March 2014 and accommodation is now open for bookings.

Cancellation Policies

Personal Training – bookings cancelled within 24 hours will be charged for the session.
Workshops – bookings cancelled within 7 days will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. Payment will not be refunded for cancellations within 24 hours.
Accommodation and retreats- a cancellation fee of $100 per room applies up to 21 days prior the the reservation. Within 21 days of the reservation, there will be a charge of one night for accommodation only or 50% for retreat packages.