This post has been updated. August 2013:

My assistant Jo recently experienced the heaven that is Gwinganna retreat in July. I spent a week there a few years ago doing a sleep retreat (you can read about it below). That particular retreat has since been turned into a “Triple S” retreat: focussing on sleep, stress and – would you know it – sugar. I’d highly recommend it. The next one is running in October.

Qi gong at dawn. Perfection.
Qi gong at dawn. Perfection.

These are Jo’s recent retreat photos throughout this post.

Nightly yoga and meditation in the church.
Nightly yoga and meditation in the church.
Pumpkin and coconut slice for morning tea.
Pumpkin and coconut slice for morning tea.
The view over the valley down to the Gold Coast. There's usually a few Wallabies dotted across those lawns.
The view over the valley down to the Gold Coast. There’s usually a few Wallabies dotted across those lawns.

My experience (Dec 2009):

Can’t sleep? This works. It truly does, in a gentle, lasting way. Gwinganna retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland is where I did mine. I can’t recommend it enough. I learnt that you shouldn’t eat grapefruit at night and that sleep cures most things – auto-immune, cholesterol problems, weight issues. Four months later and I’m still living out the tips I learned there. Aside from anything else, the place is authentic in its commitment to wellness. Some of the best healers on site, organic food, a wise old legend who lives on the estate and leads walks each morning, Qi Gong practice at sunrise and staff who give a damn. Really. One other thing: the experience is effortless. A 20 minute ride from Gold Coast airport and you’re there, a gazillion miles from everything you need to leave behind.

The infinity pool at Gwinganna's gym complex.
The infinity pool at Gwinganna’s gym complex.

Here’s the column I wrote on it in Sunday Life….here. For more info email [email protected] and mention you read about the retreat here. Here’s the list of retreat options for the remainder of 2013. Hope this advice can help some of you!

 

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