About Whangarei Heads Yoga Retreat

Rob and Jo

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.

About WHY Retreat

Your hostess has a wealth of knowledge to help empower you with 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 grows much of the produce for your meals. She is a nature lover, and will gladly lead you on one of the many beautiful hikes around the area.
Built by Rob and Jo Woollacott, the WHY studio and accommodation opened 2014. After 16 years cruising in the Pacific, a health crisis forced their return to New Zealand in 2011, determined to create a healing space for themselves and others. Rob lost his 7 year battle with Cancer in 2017, but this experience taught them much about living with and overcoming chronic illness, stress management, nutrition and holistic practices. Rob’s positive attitude in the face of 4 separate stage 4 diagnosis and his focus on maintaining health rather than treating disease was an inspiration to all who knew him.

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, 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. 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.

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 for accommodation packages. Within 21 days of the reservation, there will be a charge of one night for accommodation. For retreat packages there is a 50% non refundable deposit.In the unlikely event that WHY must cancel the retreat, your deposit will be refunded. We regret that we can not be responsible for travel, time off, or any other expense.