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#1 travelmum

Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:59 PM

My New Years Resolution is to look after myself more and would love to attend a Health Retreat....
Anyone been? What are they like??
Thanks in advance!

#2 30bt

Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:02 PM

my mother's group has been going to solar springs in bundanoon for about 7 years- once a year, last year we didn't go and I missed it, love the relaxing and having to only think about yourself for a weekend!

#3 mez70

Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:03 PM

will be watching this with interest???
I have often thought of something like this but the cost and some of the more alternate foods were offputting.

#4 travelmum

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:37 AM

I really just want to escape and have some time on my own without the craziness of life!

#5 gina70

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:41 AM

They sounds like heaven!  But  one here in QLD charges $2500 for 5 nights, too much for me.

#6 Therese

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:45 AM

I think they sound fantastic.

#7 librablonde

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:29 AM

I have and it was the best time of my life. I went to Crystal Lodge in Katoomba, Blue Mountains. It was about 8 years ago and I went there for 2 weeks. At the time I was 33 years old and had money to burn (single/career corporate chick) and was feeling very depleted and stressed out in my life. I had been looking at a trip OS but finally decided that I couldn't be bothered with actually "travelling" and wanted to just sit and be pampered.

So I booked 14 days at Crystal Lodge and it was divine. They served wonderful vegetarian wholefoods for every meal and encouraged clients to just relax. I went all-out and booked at least 1 treatment (often 2) for each day I was there: reflexology, massage (I had a different one every single day!), full-on appointment with a naturopath, iridology, facials and manicures, spiritual reading, full astrological reading, you name it, I did it. It was just heaven for me. All up, I spent less than $3k and had a ton of fun. I read a lot, slept a lot, stared out the window and relaxed a lot, it was great. Most other guest were only there for a few days and did only a very few of these treatments, so they would have spent much less money

Of course, most retreats aren't like this, most are more "health and relaxation" orientated rather than new-agey/spiritual. I also did yoga, bushwalks and other healthy pursuits. I would LOVE to do another one but now I'm no longer footloose and fancy free so I think it'll be many years before I can do something like that again.

I floated out of Crystal Lodge feeling amazing and totally relaxed for probably the first time in my whole life. I remember I started back at work the day after I left the retreat and as soon as I walked in the office people started racing up to me, complaining about work issues and with various grievances and melodramas. I remember I hadn't even put my bag down or made it to my desk before the chaos that I'd been avoiding for 2 weeks was back around me with full force  rolleyes.gif

If you can afford the time and money to go on a retreat then I can totally recommend it original.gif

#8 travelmum

Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:04 PM

Thank you! That is just what I needed!

#9 Jellyblush

Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:13 PM

Hi, I've been to two:

1. authenticity in Port Elliot, SA. You can get specials - about $300 per night includes daily yoga, daily massage, all organic food, teas etc pool, sauna

2. Ayurvedic retreat in Bali. All inc is about $1250 per week, all meals, twice daily yoga, three yes THREE treatment a day two one hour plus one half hour, individually tailored for you i.e. stress, weight loss, whatever. Plus some cultural excursions. amazing infinity pool at resort!

Do it you will not look back

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