My first experience of retreats was back in 1979 when I worked at a retreat Centre in England. The main reason people came to those retreats was for weight loss and the regimes were pretty awful -starvation, rigorous exercise routines and programmes. To return home with that you could only have kept up if you had been in the military!
Still they were all pretty packed with willing people whom have been sold a dream that this would transform them back to teenage years with lean and toned bodies.Some people achieved amazing results in very short periods of time. But with working at this Centre for a longer stretch of time, I saw the same people return exactly as they where the first time – very few that I witnessed had held either the weight loss or healthy routines.
Fast forward to year 2000+ and working in retreats in Australia, have things changed? Well the emphasis of doing a retreat has slightly moved away from primarily weight loss to healthy life and connecting back to a more natural way of living.
In the last few years I have run a few retreats to find a way that I feel would help people the most, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This is coming now in the way of 5 Element retreats, which is very connected to the work I do with clients in Sydney, Melbourne and USA.
5 Elements is part of a bigger picture of Taoism and the understanding of cycles of nature and energies that influence the human being (in the spirit, the body, the emotion and mentality).These retreats are to help reconnect, recharge, and rediscover your nature and find what the body is already teaching you.
Join us at our first 5 Elements retreat in August. Click here for more details.