Have you wanted to step out of the world for one day and just concentrate on your inner self? This post is about my experience at a one day Wellness retreat.
Taking time to reflect and nourish your mind, body and spirit is vital to our overall health and well-being. It is an opportunity to find yourself and take stock of what is happening in your life.
Last month my husband and I attended a Wellness day in the beautiful natural setting of the Gold Coast Hinterland. Wellness in the Wilderness is a one day retreat conducted through Gold Coast based, Guidelight Psychology.
The retreat was held in the beautiful Beechmont and a wonderful lady, Sally MacKinnon opened her home and gardens to the group. Her home is on the entrance to the Lamington National Park and is a perfect setting for getting away from the world.
We arrived to a warm welcome and a nutritious morning tea followed by participant introductions and an acknowledgement to the Yugambeh, the traditional indigious owners of the land.
Each participant shared their story, what was good that was happening in their life , the ‘not so good’ and what they hoped to take away from the day. It was so interesting listening to each other and I was surprised that I could identify with everyone, even though they were younger than us, they are still experiencing the ebbs and flows of life.
After introductions we walked out into the peaceful gardens for a one hour yoga session with Karin. A yoga teach and personal trainer, Karin guided each of us (all different levels) through a session of stretching, breathing and examining our emotions. It was such a beautiful experience being with nature with the only sounds of bird calls.
After another nutritious lunch provided by Guidelight’s Nutritionist, we settled inside for a ‘Calming the Heart’ session, with Sally. This session was all about mindfulness and the learning that sometimes you don’t need to speak but just be still and in the moment. Last week I wrote about ‘Finding Stillness in your Day’ which we touched on during this session.
The day ended with a bush walk to the tree of knowledge and we all left feeling calm and an inner peace – no stress or anxiety.
Driving home, my husband and I discussed the benefits of the day and also the need to incorporate mindfulness and yoga into our lives. Of course, the challenge will be to bring some breathing, mindfulness and stillness into our days when we are back to normal life.
In April I will be ticking off another item on my ’17 things to do in 2017′ by attending a one day Yoga retreat booked and I can’t wait.
Have you attended something similar to the Wellness in the Wilderness Day? I’d love to hear of your experience.
If you haven’t, why not check out a one day retreat in your area? Your mind, body and soul will love you for it.
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