Love My Body recently ran our first health retreat in the beautiful Byron Bay. I personally chose to run a retreat here, as to date it is my favourite home away from home. There is something about Byron Bay (i think!) that just makes you want to be healthy. On the inside and out. There is this burning desire to do everything you know is good for your body and soul. For me, a place where i choose foods that nourish and cleanse my body, work on myself emotionally, reassess my life, do daily runs to the lighthouse, stretch on the beach at night under the very best sunsets and think only positive and happy thoughts. And that is exactly what this retreat was about….
Prior to the retreat everyone got a manual of what i wanted them to focus on leading up the retreat and this included everything from their physical health to their state of mind. I wanted everyone to begin the process of cleansing physically and emotionally. We arrived in Byron Bay Tuesday lunch time and checked straight into our home for the week. The house was exactly as it was described and shown. Big, open, new, spacious (6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms), modern with all the luxuries, walking distance to town/beach and of course overlooking a swimming pool. As we weren’t allowed plane food (retreat style eating started that day!) i had arranged lunch to be delivered straight away. Our food for the entire 7 nights and 8 days was organised through the organic Byron Bay kitchen. I did my research and knew i could trust we would be eating organic, sugar free, nutritious, detox style, clean food with my biggest request being lots of greens!!
The afternoon was spent sleeping and relaxing by the pool and at 5pm we headed off for our first training session. The itinerary for the retreat as far as training goes, involved the lighthouse run every morning (at everyones own pace) and generally a bootcamp style strength session in the park afterward. Evenings included, power walks, bike rides, beach stretch sessions and hill sessions. Plus the several trips we did into town to the beach each day on our hired bikes. On average we were doing 4 hours or more of physical activity per day.
Aside from a half day of surfing, massages at the house and healing sessions we mostly spend the days, relaxing by the pool or beach, reading and forming friendships. There were times that were trying, and another training session seemed like torture but we got through it by feeding off each others motivation. We became a team/ a family and together we got through each and every session and downed our green smoothies. We formed ever lasting friendships and i personally loved every minute of being surrounded by such an amazing and motivated group of girls.
All I can say is it is absolutely amazing what just 1 week can do!! We all had days where our body was detoxing and there were girls running to the toilet and feeling lethargic.. but by day 5 we all felt amazing! We all looked leaner, felt lighter, had so much energy and felt clear headed. In just one week most of us lost 2-3 kilos which is amazing considering all of us were fit and a healthy weight to begin with!
In conclusion, I cant wait for our next retreat and I feel so blessed to be doing what I love and helping others to create happier and healthier lives. If you would like to do one of our health retreats places are already filling up for this year so you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love Hayley x