Why go to a health retreat?
There are many benefits to taking time out of your routine to reflect on your life, learn new skills, make new connections and become infected with good health.
Retreats have been part of most cultural and spiritual traditions throughout the ages and till recent times many governments afforded retreats for their citizens to stay well. Modern retreats now blend ideas and practices from both ancient traditions and modern science and offer positive lifestyle changes that lead to people feeling happier, lighter, slimmer and more relaxed.
I have been involved in attending, running and researching retreats for over 2 decades and I hope to continue to do so. Recently my PhD student Dhevaksha Naidoo and I published a systematic review of retreat research that included 23 studies and 2592 people. This research suggests retreat experiences can lead to sustained and significant health improvements long after participants return home. You can read the full report here: https://bmccomplementalternmed.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12906-017-2078-4
I will be using the best of my knowledge along with assistance from some of my dearest friends and cherished wellness experts to curate the Extreme Wellness Retreat at Komune Resort, Bali from November 23-27. This will be a rare opportunity to share quality time in a wonderful location with miraculous people.
Will you be one of them?
Do people attending health retreats get well? If so how long do effects last?
I tried to answer these questions with research that measured retreat participants weight, blood pressure, mood, cognitive function, sleep, health symptoms and urinary pesticide load directly before and after one week at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat and then 6 weeks later.
After one week, guests were lighter, slimmer, happier and were more relaxed, thinking clearer, less toxic and experiencing fewer health symptoms. We also found that most of these results were sustained after 6 weeks. These results are published in an open-access article here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5312624/
I have since done further heath-retreat research and visited retreats around the world to try to understand how to deliver the most transformational, powerful and enjoyable retreat programs. I’ll be using all my knowledge and experience to run the upcoming Extreme Wellness Retreat in Bali at Komune Resort in Bali in from November 23-27.
This is a rare opportunity for 20 lucky people to spend quality time together and experience Extreme Wellness in a fabulous destination. I wonder who will attend. . .