Self indulgence doesn’t always have to be decadent. Take time out from your hectic schedule to unwind, detox and find the ‘real’ you. But are you up to the challenge?
“Take nothing but clothes and basic toiletries, because on the road to self discovery, one travels light.”
On the ascending, weaving road trip to Eden Light Retreat, you get the feeling that you’re entering the unknown; an intuition that will later play out on a personal level. Set within the rolling, abundant hills of Roleystone, about 40 minutes drive from Perth CBD, Eden Light is the perfect place to unwind, recharge and purge anything that’s been holding you back in life. Take nothing but clothes and basic toiletries, because on the road to self discovery, one travels light.
Bookings start from a three-day minimum and are only taken for one client at a time. Programs are tailored to the individual and include an array of yoga, massage, meditation, hypnotherapy, reiki, reflexology, personal training, counselling and even art therapy – all delivered on a one-on-one basis. Retreater’s quarters take the form of a well-appointed, self-contained apartment overlooking a breathtaking panorama of nature that forms part of Perth’s Darling Scarp.
“But make no mistake, this is no holiday camp.”
In between sessions, take a walk tracing the valley’s river bed, cosy up to your log wood fire, revel in your own spa or read a book in your four-poster bed from the extensive library. There’s also a infrared sauna to help shift any toxins your body has been harbouring and a multitude of DVDs to enjoy, covering topics from nutrition to quantum physics. Basically, your stay at Eden Light is all about you.
But make no mistake, this is no holiday camp. When you arrive at the retreat, you’re handed a notepad and a blender. During your stay these items will become your constant companions as you purge emotional baggage and make your own detox smoothies, to similarly purge unwanted elements from your body. Raw, organic food will form the basis of your diet and wherever possible, veggies have come from the property’s own food garden. Because of the solitude, simple things like feeding yourself become a meditation and during your stay, you’ll be faced with having to really look at what makes you tick as a person – what’s constructed and what’s genuine.
Your host and guide, Jacqueline, is a qualified hypnotherapist and knows a great deal about personal transformation, having herself overcome ill health with a change in lifestyle, which included adopting a vegetarian diet. Apart from helping you unravel any unconscious road-blocks to personal success, she may devise subtle challenges for you along the way. When you realise this, you’ll have learnt the lesson as intended.
Whether or not you’re into the concept of self discovery, Eden Light Retreat is certainly a pleasant place to find yourself for a few days. If you get nothing else from your stay, you’ll at least leave feeling lighter, knowing that you’ve taken some time out to think about what really matters.
By Jo Campbell
Eden Light Retreat is smoke and alcohol free. Programs are tailored to specific needs. Three-day programs start from $1,595.
Eden Light Retreat w: www.edenlight.com t: (08) 9397 7303 e: firstname.lastname@example.org a: 24 Rodgers Ct, Roleystone WA