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March 10, 2017
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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  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama March 11, 2017 at 20:14

    What a small world! I’ve met – and worked with – Peter from Guidelight Psychology x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 13, 2017 at 08:58

      Oh really Janet? It is a small world. We have known Peter for about 5 years and met him through our personal trainer.

  • Reply Carol A Cassara March 14, 2017 at 23:48

    I agree with this! I have taken many a short wellness retreat and they are rejuvenating.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2017 at 13:56

      I loved it and surprisingly so did my husband. I’m off to a Yoga retreat in April and can’t wait.

  • Reply Dr. Aletha Oglesby March 15, 2017 at 03:24

    If everyone would do this occasionally, they would likely have fewer reasons to visit me or other doctors. Just seeing your photos makes me feel better.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2017 at 13:44

      Thank you Aletha for visiting and your positive feedback. I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos and the day was so enjoyable.

  • Reply Christina March 15, 2017 at 10:19

    I would love to do something like this with my husband! A fun and relaxing date!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2017 at 13:34

      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.

  • Reply Shopgirl Anonymous March 15, 2017 at 12:45

    I dream of finding the time to do something like this! Perhaps when the kids are grown. 😉

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2017 at 13:33

      You should try to do it SSG it really helps to rejuvenate you even in just one day. x

  • Reply Mandi March 16, 2017 at 01:38

    That looks like such an amazing day!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:59

      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 🙂

  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak March 16, 2017 at 01:52

    Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:57

      Thanks for the link up I didn’t really think to link up before but I’ll be there each week!

  • Reply Mother of 3 March 16, 2017 at 05:43

    That sounds wonderful!

  • Reply Linda Hobden March 16, 2017 at 06:47

    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.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:54

      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.

  • Reply Grammy Dee March 16, 2017 at 15:12

    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!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:44

      It was wonderful Dee and extra special because my husband came with me. Great for our health and wellness and relationship. x

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle March 16, 2017 at 19:07

    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.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:41

      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

  • Reply Michele March 18, 2017 at 00:35

    I have not ever done anything like this, but I am intrigued. What a gorgeous setting for practicing peacefulness and mindfulness!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:30

      Oh I felt revitalised Michele. As it is only for a day it is easy to fit into a schedule and it was so worth it. I would definitely recommend it.

  • Reply Charlotte March 18, 2017 at 04:35

    ooo this looks like just what I need! I have been to a wellness retreat but I definitely want to add it to my list now!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:23

      You should book one in before and after your baby girl arrives. It is good for the soul. xx

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