Fit & Fabulous: Why you need a Wellness Retreat

Wellness Retreat

 

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.

Wellness Retreat

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.

Wellness Retreat

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.

Wellness Retreat

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.

Wellness Retreat

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.

Wellness Reatreat

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.

Wellness Retreat

 

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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26 thoughts on “Fit & Fabulous: Why you need a Wellness Retreat

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I didn’t think my husband would participate Christina but he really got into it and enjoyed the day. It was nice to share something for our health and wellness together. You should book one.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It was so revitalising and both my husband and I enjoyed the whole day. I felt wonderful and will definitely do it again. I’m looking forward to my yoga retreat in April so watch this space 🙂

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  1. Marilyn Lesniak

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  2. Linda Hobden

    That looks like a fab weekend – gorgeous photos – I’ve never been on a wellness retreat before and was interested to read about both yours & your husband’s opinions. The yoga retreat you’ve got planned sounds awesome too – I will be looking forward to reading all about that in a future post.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It was really great Linda. Not too ‘heavy’ but enough to encourage us to relax and revitalised. I was so happy my husband decided to attend as it certainly isn’t his ‘thing’ yet he really found it enlightening. Yes I can’t wait for the Yoga retreat and will keep you updated.

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  3. Grammy Dee

    Sounds like you had a great time. Thank you Sue for sharing this post at Wednesday AIM Link Party at Grammy’s Grid. I shared it on social media. Hope you get lots of traffic!

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  4. Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

    That sounds great Sue. I did a week retreat some years back. It was the beginning of me learning about health and taking responsibility for my own health journey. It was the start of 7 years as a vegan. Although I no longer follow that way of life, I did learn so much from that retreat as I am sure you did from yours.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It was only one day Kathleen but felt like a week. We were so relaxed and in the moment and I was pretty happy that Mike joined me. An experience we could share which was good for our health and wellbeing. x

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