Bright retreat 2019 wrap up
“I left feeling refreshed, energized, and motivated to take the time to continue with some of the things I learnt at the retreat”
– Lorrian B : Bendigo
“ I love how Kerrie just gets and understands us women so well”
– Justene : Highton
“ This retreat exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed every aspect”
– Sharon : Waurn Ponds
At this years annual Bright Retreat I was grateful to host 8 women, all mums and a couple of grandmothers who needed some relaxation, nourishment and time out.
This year my focus and workshops with the women was to explain how we as a society are trying more with our health, but in some cases we are becoming more ill, due to the most damaging part of our lives : stress.
Each retreat is designed to help women have the opportunity to unplug from family duties, have meals ready for them that will help them feel vibrant without feeling burnout.
The retreats are place for not only rest, but to give guided information and help the women connect the dots to movement, stress, nourishment, and concerns of broken hormones to their busy lives.
So as our day unfolded, I would explain how stress could enter our lives within those situation;
My take home message all weekend was “consistency is focus over perfection” and that the stress component of our current lifestyles needs to be taken into consideration.
- The women were greeted with a tapas platter, full of anti-inflammatory dishes, full of taste, colour and loads of texture.
- Casual introductions to get to know each other.
- opening scared circle and mediation to set the mood for the next few days.
I encourage movement, from walking, cycling through to the benefits of strength training.
In the retreat I reveal the damages we can incur with over training or too high intensity training for too long.
So over the weekend the women completed nature walks, strength training sessions and a quick HIIT class to showcase how effective a session can be without spending hours at the gym.
The intention here was as we completed training we went through actions that need to be taken after a training session to help give the body the signals to now start to slow down to a rest and digest situation. *key point*
“The training sessions were really energetic and great motivation”
– Lee : Hamlyn Heights
Some women enjoyed a bike ride over the weekend along the most colourful tree lined bike trail in Bright to Porepunkah to a quaint little coffee shop, others took advantage to wonder into the township amongst the beautiful local shops of Bright.
Again a relaxed ride without all the adrenaline thrown in…
“I really enjoyed going for a bike ride. Such a beautiful setting. It’s not something I ever think of at home. It was great to get the blood pumping and check out the scenery while breathing all that clean air”
– Sharon : Waurn Ponds
“Riding alone the bike tracks was such an amazing experience in amongst the beautiful scenery and colourful trees everywhere and great company”
– Lee : Hamlyn Heights
Restoring the body:
From the feedback last year, we had to have the amazing Emily Rose from Bright come and take us through another beautiful Hatha yoga session on the Friday and the much needed restorative yoga on the Sunday.
“Discovering the rest and restorative yoga is just what I need to pursue further”
– Justene Mc
“ I really enjoyed the restorative yoga as I had never done this before”
Our retreat wouldn’t be a retreat without massages from the adorable Mel Dalbosco from Revive and Marianne, plus the facials and pedicures where pampered by the beautiful Daisy.
“The massage was the perfect end to a great day on the Saturday”
– Lee : Hamlyn Heights
A new concept was introduced in Bright this year and that was Reiki – energy healing, to help restore our energy flow through the healing of the practitioner’s hands.
Another wonderful way to enhance rest within our body.
These treatments, with a touch from someone else on your face or back, releases oxytocin, which taps into your happy hormones, that is needed to suppress your stress hormones.
This is important with weekends like this, to really help the body get out of a stressed state. Again something that we put on the back burners in our everyday lives, but something we really need to incorporate more often.
“As cold as it was I really enjoyed walking through nature and having a cold recovery water treatment with Kez and Lee”
(Yes we sat in the freezing cold rivers around Bright!)
Each meal the women were given a wide variety of healthy options, again the explanation of how to fuel the body appropriately, without the inflammatory foods, so again the stress component is eliminated.
We came together to cook and then share a meal whilst feeling a part of a little community, ‘breaking the bread’ (no bread on the retreat) as they say, to help rest and digest our food, without being in a ‘rushed’ state.
I wanted this to be highlighted because we all rush our meals which has such a huge effect on our health.
This was the theme throughout the retreat..
“ I loved the healthy yummy food cooked for me, lots of things I hadn’t tried before”
“ The food was amazing”
“ The food was so delicious, I never felt hungry – the meals were fabulous and such a great variety”
Bringing essential oils into this retreat was perfect.
To explain the benefits of essential oils and their powerful ways to help support all different concerns in our daily lives – from stress, anxiety, mood swings, PMS, cravings, bloating and sleep issues to name a few.
This was the right time to spend in a workshop experimenting with essential oils – the women were relaxed and loved the aromas that suited them and their needs.
The vibe was amazing in Bright as we got to see the local Gala parade and wonder through the local market stalls – this moment right here I felt so much gratitude for being in such a pretty place.
The smile on the inside grew as I watched all the women become more and more relaxed (with a slight feeling of soreness) over the weekend.
The box had been ticked, I had delivered the retreat with my intention complete – to help women unwind, have time for themselves, to understand the importance of self care, movement, nourishment and reconnection.
To experience things like restorative yoga or reiki healing
As mothers, we want to do our best, all the time, but unfortunately we are breaking down quickly when we try to keep up with so much.
Retreats are a perfect way to take in the information in a step by step way, over a perfect amount of time, whilst seeing and feeling the benefits.
A retreat can give you more power than you realise, so I highly suggest you check out our other retreats on offer to place in your calendar to help you from not breaking down, to be here for your family and friends in a healthy and happy way…
“Consistency is better than perfection” click here to learn more in either my all year round programs or my weekend retreats.
Here’s more of what the ladies had to say:
“My biggest highlight was just having the opportunity to slow down”
– Lee Hamlyn Heights
“I just loved relaxing and spending time with everyone”
“ I now know I need to be mindful and to nurture myself”
– Jen : Geelong West
“Loved it all, but brekkie was so GOOOOOD!!!”
“ Kerrie is so knowledgeable in all aspects of health, fitness, nutrition and mindfulness”