Wellness Calendar

19-22 SEPTEMBER Let Food Be Your Medicine

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From açai to chia, turmeric to kelp, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat’s new Secret Life of Food retreat unveils true food powerhouses, and exposes the supposed superfoods that are not so super. Set in the lush grounds at Gwinganna’s Gold Coast location, the three-day focus retreat features two demonstrations by Sam Gowing, a noted chef, restaurateur and nutritionist, and the presenter leading the event. Guests will also learn how to integrate ingredients for optimised health every day using produce grown on the resort’s extensive gardens. Welcome to a world of food and healing. www.gwinganna.com
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Release and Let Go
Retreat is the name of a three-day programme designed by the Four Season’s Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An to help guests discover the benefits of mindful living. Through sitting, walking and eating meditation sessions, mindful talks and sharing with metal singing bowls, plus three spa treatments created around Vietnamese Zen teachings, the threeday retreat will eliminate mindful chatter and tune you into your body. The programme includes roundtrip airfare and wellness breakfasts at Café Nam Hai and is led by ZenNaTai integrated therapy
founder Dr Buathon Thienarrom. www.fourseasons.com 
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Find your Peace
Aman’s new six-night Journey to Peace retreat takes you down the path of enlightenment to better handle stress, anxiety and fear. The spiritual retreat will be intuitively led by renowned Buddhist monk and mindfulness coach, Master Geshe YongDong, and the programme will include daily Tsa Lung breathwork and meditation. Each day has a different focus and includes letting go of anger, living in the moment and releasing attachment. The retreat will tour four regional Aman properties across the region, and begins at the Amanoi in Vietnam on October 22. www.aman.com
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A-ha Moments

There’s something special about ecosanctuary Aro Ha, site of Warrior One’s next retreat. Rejuvenating yoga twice a day, some of the most well-regarded hikes in the world, nutrient-dense organic vegan meals, plus blissful daily massages and mindful meditation are experienced surrounded by jawdropping views of New Zealand’s enchanting Lake Wakatipu. “The incredible programme and amazing staff at Aro Ha literally lift every piece of emotional baggage from you, so that you truly ‘be present’”, says one enthused retreater. www.warrioroneyoga.com.au 

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Making Connections
Beachside lodging on a glorious coastline become home on Vikasa’s Mind Body Pilates retreat in Thailan’s Koh Samui. Twice daily Pilates is complemented with well-being workshops, massages and an indulgent afternoon day spa with locally made body scrubs, herbal steam caves and waterfall plunge pools. What better way to reconnect? vikasayoga.com
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Heated and Treated
Get ready for mental and physical challenge during Tranquil Point’s Bikram and Bushwalking retreat. As the alliterative title alludes to, day-long bushwalks into the Tasmanian wilderness alternate with Bikram yoga sessions on the six-day repeat, booking now. Perfect for nature lovers and anyone using this yoga style for pain and disease management, wholesome menus and a final day out to nearby Salamanca market round out a restful retreat that promises to restore balance and vitality. www.tranquilpoint.com