Does anyone else get a serious case of the green-eyed monster when they are trawling through their Instagram feed and keep seeing happy snaps from people on retreats? I do. And all the power to the people who are jetting off to the tropical locations but for me (for now) it is just off the cards for a little while. Which was why I was so super excited to see a post from Bree Lengen, a fellow Holistic Lifestyle Coach, who went on her own DIY detox retreat on home-soil.
Bree stole away to the beautiful South-West coastline (just east of Esperance) and embarked on a journey of purification and detoxification. So for those that are not financially or logistically able to fly away for the moment, fear not! Bree is to the rescue with this step-by-step on how to plan a retreat – just for you.
Guest Post by Bree Lengen
I have wanted for some time now to attend a retreat and experience what it has to offer. The struggle with trying to organise it or find the time around work, study, family commitments and daily life drama’s left me putting it off on the back burner until I thought how easy it would be to create my own mini retreat. Something I could personalise to what I wanted to achieve, with my own comfort zones and the time frame that suited me and my life.
Firstly I jotted down a few of the main things I most wanted to gain out of it. I did not want to spend a lot of money on it but I did want to get the most possible out of it. So I did a bit of research and looked at what the big retreat’s offered and decided there were five area’s I wanted to focus on.
I wanted to give it a rest from the harsh highly chlorinated water that travels roughly 600km’s from where it is collected to my shower head. I encourage my local clients to get away just due to this issue of the chlorine stripping the natural oils from the skin, leaving it dry and itchy (especially during the winter months). It was vital I found a place that collected and used rain water for showering. I also included bathing in the salt water and exfoliating my skin with the sand for a more natural approach to heal my skin and it worked wonders!
Not only giving my skin a mini detox but my lungs. Kalgoorlie is mainly a mining town. They extract, roast, cook, boil and process to purify the gold. All the chemicals they use to do it flows into the air. There is nothing more gorgeous on a summer morning than to wake up and open all the windows and doors to feel the beautiful breeze. Unfortunately I don’t have the luxury of doing this daily.
I found a cute little remote cabin park away from most air contaminants to help reduce the junk I was breathing in. If you live in the city, this is something you should consider and maybe incorporate if you don’t get away much.
Having a break from technology including reception and the internet waves. The place I had my heart on didn’t have much reception let alone internet access so that made it easy! I also went without my phone, laptop, iPad, microwave and television. The only things I did use was the blender, hot water system and fridge/freezer.
Our lives are so full of technology these days and the rest away from it is amazing, I was left having so much time on my hands!
This part was a little harder because there are so many things you can add into this depending on how extreme you want to go and your different nutritional level. There may be some things you want to try, that you may want to add into your daily routine but not sure how your body will handle it.
I included Apple Cider Vinegar & lemon warm water, clay drink and clay balls, aloe vera juice, vegetables, salads, fruit, juices and smoothies, dry brushing, plenty of herbal tea’s, stacks of water and some lovely vitamin d (being cautious of too much sun).I made my own soap, shampoo and conditioner so I knew exactly what I was putting into my pores. I also combined it all with natural movement like running/walking along the beach, climbing up the sand dunes, mountain climbing, yoga and some cute mini movements to get the blood pumping (star jumps, lunges, squats, etc).
Mind, Soul & Spirit Growth
This is one I struggled with before my retreat. I read, journalled, wrote down my goals and intentions for the rest of the year, meditated, worked with my crystals and my angels and worked on cleansing my chakra’s. I now am happy to say I incorporate all of these into my daily routine and feel more in-touch with the universe. I took this time to give myself some much needed self-love.
I adored this experience and would highly recommend to anyone. It can be a great start or a great challenge, depending on what you incorporate into it. Start with what points are important to you and go from there. Make it yours! Take some time out to focus on yourself and organise a mini retreat for yourself – it’s so easy!
If you want to get to know the lovely Bree better find her on Instagram @spiritualnutrition
Doesn’t that sound divine? Tell me, have you been on a soul-o retreat? What did you consider? What is your favorite thing to do when you are away recharging? Share in the comments.