At 42 years of age and never having travelled on my own abroad before, this was quite a leap of faith for me. But from my first enquiry a few months ago, right through to going back to the airport at the end of my trip last week, Mitch was the perfect facilitator putting me at my ease, and giving me the confidence and re-assurance that I could do this. I knew the week on this retreat would be life enhancing, but I did not realise that it was going to be life changing. The week itself was a perfect mix of activities, such as yoga, tai-chi and meditation; therapies; and different energy healings, but also giving enough free time to be able to take everything in and process all the information and help we were given. I got so much more out of the whole experience than I ever thought possible. Mitch, and everyone who works with him, are total professionals who are clearly excellent at what they all do. Mitch has a wonderful way of not only being the perfect host to everyone individually, but also to us as a whole group. Villa Paradise really is a slice of paradise - a safe haven for us all to explore our own vulnerabilities and personal challenges, and to come out feeling like you can take on the world. I cannot praise this retreat enough. Everything, from the food and the amazing juices everyday made by the wonderful Made; to sharing this experience with people you have never met before, that become friends for life; to the mind expanding healings and treatments; and of course to Mitch; I genuinely cannot say enough positive things about this week. I took a massive step outside my comfort zone and ventured half way across the world on my own, and it is something that I will never forget, and that has changed my life for the better. Thank you to Mitch, and everyone that works with you (a little special mention to the lovely Bridget as well), and also to my friends that I made on the retreat: Kerry; Amanda; Kate; Renee: and Chris. It was the best decision I ever made to take this journey xx
Holistic Bali Retreat was a remarkable journey of self reflection, growth and empowerment. My decision to attend the retreat stemmed from a deep need for change in my life and I found all that I needed to make it happen when I returned home. There is a certain point in one’s life where time and space are needed to gain perspective. The staff at Bali Holistic Retreat provided a beautiful, safe and comfortable environment that supported my journey. I experienced a number of alternative physical and spiritual healings that have no doubt changed me for the better. I would recommend this retreat to anyone seeking change and would in particular recommend it to solo travelling women. I felt very safe throughout the journey. I do recommend extending your stay a few days to explore Bali and process a bit before attempting to travel home.
It has taken me a few weeks to digest and find the right words to accurately describe my time at Villa Paradise. From the moment I arrived, the first out of six guests for the March retreat, I felt at home and at ease. I felt that I could at last relax and unburden my mind from the stresses of the everyday routine, the constant nagging in my mind to push myself beyond capacity, and let go of the tightness in my body. What freedom.
The week that followed was even more incredible than I had imagined and I found myself on the most amazing journey of self discovery. Holistic healing had not been much of a consideration in the past. But let me say it has become the most vital part of my being and has started a journey I can only hope will last a lifetime.
From the beginning, Mitch was a gracious host who shared not only every meal but also his wisdom, love and support for whatever emotional baggage we happened to bestow upon him.
Thank you, Mitch, for listening and absorbing what we brought to the table every day. It means more than I can articulate and I feel that I have gained such a valuable friendship that I can call upon at any time for support, to remind me what is important and to encourage the journey I am on.
To Kerry, Amanda, Vicky, Renee and Chris - thank you for embarking on this journey with me and for opening your hearts so fully. What an incredible experience to share! I always felt so supported and surrounded by courage and not once doubted the purpose we were all brought together.
Thank you to Monica, Bridget, Jon, Kadek, kako, Indri, Made, Iluh - you have opened my eyes to a world of love, support, mindfulness and happiness. So many things that have seemed so foreign for so long in my life.
I initially saw this retreat as a stepping stone in my journey. I now see it as a spring board that has allowed me to leap forward and view the world and my circumstances in a whole new light.
Thank you for this experience. I will treasure it and share what I have learnt with so many if it means they too can start their own journeys of discovery.
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