Leisa Wheeler, founder of Embracing Health, is proud to announce the creation of a fresh, innovative style of luxury health retreat. Departing from the rigid ways of “right” and “wrong” which have pervaded the older mind-sets of healing, Leisa has brought to life a new approach to the concept of a healing retreat – designing a program that empowers participants with knowledge that opens them to a higher awareness of what healing really means.
This is the health retreat experience you have been looking for. A chance to escape from the world; to rest and relax. To take time out; to learn about good food and what it means for your health. To connect with like-minded people and be inpsired with new knowledge. And most importantly, to get back a sense of peace, a true sense of self, that can be lost in a busy life.
Not bound by any one strict doctrine, Leisa has woven together the best of the natural medicine world, blending the fields of detoxification, the secrets of superfoods, the art of raw vegan gourmet cuisine, and the healing power of whole foods, into a delightful week-long or more, living experience of food as medicine.
Healing with whole food is only one part of the Embracing Life! Retreat, where as much emphasis is placed on feeding the mind, understanding the emotions, and nurturing the soul, as in supporting the body.
Daily lectures on a range of health subjects cut through the confusion; yoga and meditative walks centre the mind; healing massage soothes the body; discussions on the role of emotional healing provides sustenance for the soul; and plenty of personal time gives you the space to really rest…
With dedicated attention to every detail of your raw food retreat, you will find the information, the luxury settings in exclusive boutique resorts around Australia and in Bali, the food, the support, the whole experience – will surpass every expectation you ever had about what a week in a healing space should be.
You deserve to take some time out, to experience the divine combination of pampering, detoxification, education, rest and inspiration that a week with Leisa and her team will bring. We look forward to seeing you there…
Thank you for being here, to read more about my “passion project” – my detox, healing and raw food retreats – that I hold around Australia and in Bali.
For the past 20 years I have been an enthusiastic student of natural medicine, personal development, emotional healing, raw food therapy, metaphysics and much, much more.
This fascination has lead me on a journey to sort through the masses of conflicting information on health, and search for the gems of wisdom that can make a true difference in people’s lives.
This journey culminated in my working for over three years as the consulting naturopath for Hippocrates Health Centre (one of Australia’s leading health retreats at the time) encompassing a strict raw, vegan detoxification program based on the living food philosophy of Ann Wigmore. There, I was able to utilise many of my skills – supporting people through the detox process, lecturing on the principles of health and the emotional aspects of healing, and counseling people on health and life matters.
This part of my journey ended when the owners of the centre retired and closed the retreat part of their business – but my passion for educating people on health and healing could not be quenched, so I decided to continue my life’s work and created my own retreat program – culminating in the development of several retreats a year being held in around Australia and in Bali.
I have incorporated all the elements that will transform your week away into a life-changing experience. You will be thrilled with:
- the vitality and energy you feel after a week of cleansing on whole, raw gourmet foods;
- the wealth of information you receive not just in the daily lectures, but by being a part of a friendly, like-minded group discussing all manner of healing concepts;
- how amazing you feel after your deep-tissue massage;
- the inspiration you gain in the presentations on emotional healing and the guided meditations;
- the re-connection to your body awareness from yoga, walks in nature, sauna and pool time;
- the rejuvenation you feel from plenty of personal space to rest, sleep, journal or lay by the pool in the sun.
After a week of dedicated attention from myself and my team, you will feel ready to leap, turbo-charged back into life!
No matter whether you are looking to learn about food and health because of an illness, or just for your own and your family’s benefit; whether you just want a healing place to have a break and do a wholesome detox; or whether you just want to rest and relax where everything is provided for you – you will find it at the Embracing Life! Retreats.
Let me go into a bit more detail about what you will enjoy as a welcomed guest of my retreats.
Being a Taurean, I am a lover of luxury, and I strongly feel that if we are detoxing and healing, then let it be in the very best of surroundings. My commitment is to source those beautiful boutique resort locations around Australia (and overseas), that can cater for small groups of no more than 20 people and accommodate us in a setting that is uplifting and inspiring.
My background prior to becoming a Naturopath, was in hospitality, and I have worked in the management team of some beautiful 5 star hotels across Australia. I know those special touches that turn a stay from just accommodation, into an experience where you feel valued and all your needs are met. That is my aim in searching out those special places to hold my retreats, that will enhance our event and be a part of the enjoyment.
The week will feel like a luxury holiday – not a dismal and regimented boot camp – but at the same time you will be enrolled in a health program that will leave you feeling more refreshed than any holiday you have ever been on. And you will be surprised at how affordable the luxury retreats will be.
The food will be magnificent!
Yes, we will be doing some juice fasting for the first few days, but don’t be alarmed. We will be using the freshest organic ingredients to make a variety of healing and tasty juices that will be nourishing and surprisingly satisfying.
You will be amazed at how filling the juices can be – and they will be served several times a day to make sure that you are not going hungry!
You will also learn about the art of juicing, and which combinations of ingredients can support particular areas and functions of the body – and you will be sampling and enjoying these different recipes and tastes.
On the other days we will be enjoying the finest in gourmet raw food – you won’t believe that raw food can taste so good! Continuing on with the detox and healing process, there will be no animal products, no dairy and the food will also be gluten free. We will also keep fats to a minimum to enhance the rejuvenating powers of the food.
However that doesn’t mean that the food will be without taste or flavour! Following on from a simple but nourishing breakfast and lunch, and a refreshing superfood tonic elixir drink for afternoon tea – we will be providing full three course dinners of an evening to showcase the range of creative dishes you can easily prepare from whole, healthful foods.
Food Preparation Classes…
Not only will you be sitting down to these imaginative and appetising meals, but you will be participating in gourmet raw food preparation classes with Australia’s Leading Raw Food Chef - Cat Cannizzaro from WildRaw. These classes will take you step by step through the process of creating these simple, tasty dishes. You will be shown the ingredients, you will receive the recipes, and will be able to watch the process of putting the meals together and what kitchen tools are used.
This is an invaluable part of the program that equips you with a good knowledge of how to incorporate fresh whole foods into a variety of uncomplicated recipes that the whole family will enjoy. Along with the food preparation classes will be hand-outs of the recipes, information on sourcing the ingredients and the kitchen tools, and a pantry list to help you in preparing a healthy kitchen.
During the week I will be presenting a lecture on Superfoods – those foods with powerful healing properties that can make an impressive impact on your health when included as a part of your daily diet. You will get to sample some of these foods, and learn about their individual benefits and qualities for both healing and enhancing your health.
We will also discuss food as medicine and different dietary healing regimes. We will discuss why people heal on a variety of diets – from macrobiotic to ayurvedic, to Weston A. Price to raw vegan, and we will see what elements they have in common and what type of program has the most powerful healing benefits.
Rather than laying down a doctrine for you to live by for life, we will explore our own body’s wisdom when it comes to food, we will look at the social, ritual, pleasure and nurturing aspects of food in our lives and what the marketing of food as a commodity rather than as life-giving sustenance, has done to the quality of our health.
Also on the theme of food, we will be screening the excellent and very relevant DVD “Food Matters” which will continue building on your knowledge of healing through food.
By the end of the week, not only will you feel fabulous from your detox, but after separating the truth from the hype, you will also feel very comfortable in being able to make good food choices for yourself and your family, with no stress and confusion.
Let’s find the delight in food again…
My goal is to find the balance between rest and activity, group interaction and personal time – so there will be a daily program schedule that encompasses both.
You will start off each day with some movement – either a gentle yoga class with our experienced instructor, or a brisk walk in nature or on the beach. After our bodies are awake, we will all enjoy breakfast, and then move straight into the first lecture of the day.
Interwoven between lectures, food prep classes, meals and evening gatherings, will be free time for swimming in the pool, soaking up the sun, detoxing in the sauna, receiving your massage, sleeping, resting or reading, writing in your journal, meditating or enjoying a discussion with your fellow participants.
Our evening get-togethers will feature either a meditation, a group discussion or we will watch a DVD on an interesting aspect of health.
The focus is on rest and rejuvenation, so no heavy exercise classes or vigorous activities are planned, but there is enough in the schedule to keep you from ever being bored!
I think we can do better than to give away our power and follow teachers or healers who market themselves as the guru with all the answers, proclaiming that if the devout followers heed what they have to say, then eternal health will be theirs.
My philosophy and mind-set are along a different path, and my aim is to empower people with enough knowledge for them to be able to make their own informed decisions about their health. To be able to ask the right questions and not get blinded by any one guru, book or concept with slick marketing techniques.
During the retreat, my extensive knowledge and research on health and healing will be presented – not as a strict doctrine to follow – but as a summation of what I have discovered over the years to be the most honest and useful information. You will be encouraged to question, explore and challenge the ideas presented, and to discover your own truth’s within my findings.
You are your own best healer!
There will either be two lectures each day, or one lecture and one food preparation class, and we will cover subjects ranging from:
- food as medicine
- stress and fatigue
- thyroid, adrenal and hormonal issues
- weight loss
- the role of detoxification
- orthodox versus alternative medicine
- superfoods and antifoods
- the emotional aspects of healing
- healing philosophy
- abundant vitality!
- non-toxic personal care and cleaning products
- and much, much more!
Comprehensive notes and workbooks will accompany each lecture, with references, website links and further reading to encourage your own exploration of these areas.
I love to teach, so I am sure you will find my lectures entertaining, thought provoking and inspiring!
Of course, because myself and my team are with you for the whole length of the retreat, there will no doubt be discussions on a wide range of subjects outside of the lectures, and a lot of learning and knowledge will be shared during these times as well.
A detox is simply an opportunity to give your body a break from the rigours of day to day life and to give it the space to do what it does best, which is to heal.
By eliminating from the diet for a few days, foods that contains toxins, hard to digest elements, fats that overload the liver and removing you from the stresses of your everyday life; we allow the body to move into “repair and rejuvenate” mode. Supporting this process with dense but easy to digest nutrition, and supporting the pathways of elimination, we need not make detoxification a miserable experience.
One very pleasant way of ensuring that toxins are being excreted from the body, is through the daily use of a far-infrared sauna. Many toxins and heavy metals can be excreted through the skin, and a far infrared sauna is the ideal way to support the detoxification process. A sauna will increase the core body temperature to induce a deeper sweat than just from the skin surface.
I am very pleased to announce that Sunlighten is a feature of my detox retreats, providing the very best in far infrared sauna technology for my guests. You will be able to enjoy the advantage of relaxing in one of their sauna’s during your Embracing Life! Retreat.
Sunlighten will be setting up a three person cabin sauna for us to use, and they will also be providing an information pack on the health benefits of the far infrared sauna. During the retreat you will be encouraged to use the sauna daily to support your healing regime.
With all that detoxing, replacing fluid loss becomes a very important consideration. To ensure that you are able to rehydrate healthfully, Grander Water Technology are supplying us with a filter that will enable us all to drink beautiful quality water during the retreat.
You will also be able to learn about the importance of good quality water, and about the options for treating water that contains fluoride – which is a very real issue for those of us in Queensland who have not had to deal with this problem before.
By now I hope you have a feel for what I have created here with my Embracing Life! Retreat, and are looking for the specifics of how it all comes together. I would love nothing more than to share these special retreats with you, so here is the information that you require.
There is only one price to pay which includes everything you need for the week. No add-ons, no surprises. The price may vary slightly according to the venue, length of retreat and inclusions, but I aim to keep them very affordable. My signature six day retreats include: (see individual retreat pages for more information).
- Accommodation for six nights
- All food and drinks from arrival to departure
- All activities including Yoga classes
- A one hour healing therapeutic massage
- Two food preparation classes with our Raw Food Master Chef
- One magical Art Therapy or Sound Healing session
- Unlimited use of Sunlighten Sauna
- Unlimited use of resort facilities
- Options for booking extra Day Spa treatments and Colonic Irrigation where applicable
- All workbooks and lecture notes
- A gift bag on arrival containing lots of free goodies valued at over $100!
(Transport, phone calls, and extra services are at your own expense)
The exclusive Embracing Life! Retreats are being held regularly around Australia and internationally, (see below for details of 2013 retreats). I have found that many people from the southern states and New Zealand are more than happy to travel to Northern NSW (or Bali!) to attend the retreats in these areas. With airfares being cheap and retreat dates being released well in advance, there is always the option of adding a few days on either side of the retreat and enjoying the beautiful weather in these areas.
By quickly registering your interest in attending a future retreat below, you will be the first to know when I announce any new retreat dates or release the planned future retreats for bookings.
Byron Bay, NSW
6th – 14th September, 2013 (8 Night Retreat)
September is a beautiful time of year, just at the start of the warm season at the famous beaches of Bryon Bay in Northern NSW. This perfect spot for a healthy holiday is where our September Embracing Life! Detox, Healing & Raw Food Retreat will be, with participants spending over a week in the sun and surf at one of the most beautiful locations in Australia.
If you go to a health retreat in Byron Bay, chances are it is being held at Tallow Beach Houses – and this is where we will be staying for our spring intensive detox retreat. Set in a private 30 acre nature sanctuary, Tallows enjoys 630m of amazing beachfront, with cycling tracks, tennis court, sauna, and that refreshing dip in the ocean only steps away!
For more details and to book your place at this retreat; click here: September 2013, Byron Bay Retreat. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the pricing options. Payment plans are available.
24th October – 2nd November, 2013 (9 nights)
After the success of our Bali retreats we have decided we just have to return every year!
The Embracing Life! Nine Day Detox, Healing & Raw Food Retreat in October 2013, is being held in beautiful Ubud, Bali. Ubud is known as the artistic and spiritual heart of Bali, and our past retreats have been held at Villa Gaia – a luxury Balinese style home where you can relax, detox and be inspired in comfort! Due to Villa Gaia only having a limited amount of bedrooms and being only twin-share, I am currently on the hunt for a retreat venue that can accommodate all our needs, and be a little bigger to accommodate our group in comfort, with options for both single and twin-share rooms.
In April 2013, I am heading off to Bali to look at a short-list of suitable venues, and following that trip, will be able to let you know exactly where we will be staying, and all the details about our retreat space. I have some incredibly beautiful places to view, so I am sure we are going to end up with exactly what we need to have a relaxing and inspiring retreat together! Ubud is very easy to get to; fly direct into Denpasar, Bali and we will organise transport to collect you at the airport, and take you right to the door of our retreat.
For more details and to secure your place at this retreat; click here: Oct/Nov 2013, Bali Retreat. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the booking options.
Byron Bay, NSW
23rd – 29th November, 2013 (6 Night Retreat)
November is a fantastic time of year, when it’s really warming up at the famous beaches of Bryon Bay in Northern NSW. This perfect spot for a healthy holiday is where our November Embracing Life! signature Six Day Detox, Healing & Raw Food Retreat will be, with participants spending a week in the sun and surf at one of the most beautiful locations in Australia.
If you go to a health retreat in Byron Bay, chances are it is being held at Tallow Beach Houses – and this is where we will be staying for our six day detox retreat. Set in a private 30 acre nature sanctuary, Tallows enjoys 630m of amazing beachfront, with cycling tracks, tennis court, sauna, and that refreshing dip in the ocean only steps away!
For more details and to book your place at this retreat; click here November 2013, Byron Bay Retreat. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the pricing options. Payment plans are available.
The Embracing Life! Team head once again to WA, with their magnificent sunsets, beautiful beaches and warm, hospitable people. We will be staying at the 4 star, Grand Mercure Apartments Busselton – 2½ south of Perth at the gateway to the Margaret River and on the beach front of the gorgeous Geographe Bay.
Due to popular demand, this is will be an eight day intesnsive detox, and includes a five day juice and superfood smoothie fast, and two Ka-huna massages, as well as many other extra inclusions. Designed for previous Embracing Life! Retreat participants who are already familiar with the lectures and information shared during the eight day experience, (although new guests are welcome too!) this retreat takes us deeper into the detoxification process.
The resort features a heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, spa, squash courts, gym, bike paths and of course the stunning Geographe Bay only metres away – perfect for having a relaxing holiday whilst learning about health, detoxing, raw food and spending time with a group of fun, like-minded people!
For more details and to book your place at this retreat; click here: Busselton Retreat. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the pricing options. Payment plans are available.
I encourage you to view the Testimonials page to read what other people have had to say about their Embracing Life! Retreat experience. Here is just one of those beautiful messages:
“I thought my lifestyle was healthy and balanced until spending a week with Leisa at the Embracing Life! Retreat at Uki. I have been inspired, motivated and educated to eat more raw foods. Her attention to detail was impeccable and I have come away feeling nurtured and energised. My experience here has been life changing!! Anyone wishing to improve mind, body and spirit can not afford to miss her next retreat. I will be back next year!”
Sue P, Sydney, NSW
I know the value that you will receive from your Embracing Life! Retreat, will be life-changing and a week that you will treasure.
I love what I do, and I hope that you take the opportunity to share some time with us.
For enquiries, e-mail: email@example.com
To be nurtured,
to relax among friends,
to be inspired…
– to just BE!