For every AF-WW retreat, we have a General Practitioner as part of our team. This is your opportunity to sit in a relaxed setting and ask the pressing questions you might not have time for in a typical consult, and listen in on insights direct from the doctor ... often round a crackling fire ... not your usual doctor's office.
UPCOMING RETREATS & EXPERIENCES
WILD WELLNESS WITH THE PROS
Coming in 2023 | Also available by request
THE COVE, NORTH WEST TASMANIA
Get ready for a seaside cleanse! Our Alcohol-Free Wild Wellness Retreats (AF-WW) are for those wanting to shift their relationship with alcohol and enjoy the process. But it's not just about alcohol. This retreat is for anyone wanting change around areas of life holding them back ... whether it's eating more than you like late at night or lost in phone scrolling.
So, get your Wild Wellness fill across 3 days overlooking Bass Strait at The Cove with addiction specialist GP Dr. Chris Davis - a global leader in GP alcohol withdrawal management and co-founder of the Clean Slate Clinic as well as Clinical Psychologist and Mindset Coach Annia Baron, NLP Master Practitioner and Life Coach Nikki Karpeles and cold water guru Piet Blokker trained by Wim Hof himself. Plus we'll have the amazing Karalina for yoga, Adam and Maddie of EPT Legends and chef Sophia of Bloom Kitchen whipping up wildly delicious Tasmania fare. We've never gathered a team like this, from our fly in practitioners to our local wisdom. This will all play out seaside at The Cove - perfect for our science-backed methods and a good dose of relaxation. The sunsets here are next level glorious.
Get ready for three days of Wim Hof Method ocean plunging (where the Little penguins play come evening), practitioner-led sessions beneath the stars, yoga, massage, powerful journaling and guided breathwork. This is no ordinary blueprint. Discover the Wild Wellness 3 pillars: connection, care and commitment.
*Prices for accommodation are per person. Discount of 20% off full retreat price applies to those sharing a chalet, cabin or glamping tent. So bring along your partner, friend or +one! The Butter Shed is for individuals.
September 2-4, 2022
Friday 2pm-Sunday 10am
Price per person: starting from $1795pp
Accommodation options starting from $165/night
For all enquiries and bookings please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please note, this is not a medical detox
This retreat is for you if:
- you've tried cutting back on alcohol/food/your vice and falter
- you're weary of waking weary
- alcohol has become a headache ... literally
- you want to feel full of vitality - daily!
The AF-WWM is a new option. It's not a rehab. It's also not a glamorous health retreat with a hefty price tag. It's the space in between for those seeking a life re-boot and tools to make it lasting. You don't have to identify as a problem drinker to benefit from drinking less. So, whether you're keen for an alcohol break or you just want to spruce up your wellness regime, join our wild wellness movement.
Accommodation x 2 nights and use of The Cove facilities
Chef prepared meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner x 2). Advise any dietary requirements.
Approx. 2 hours of open fireside sessions with Dr. Chris Davis
PT session to get you fired up and energised
Wim Hof Method instruction & yoga class
All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
A copy of This Naked Mind by Annie Grace (on request)
Transfers to/from The Cove not included (approx. 15 minutes from Devonport Airport, 1 hr 15 mins from Launceston Airport), massages by prior booking.
Don’t forget to bring comfortable athletic wear for breathwork/walking, cosy layers for fireside journaling/GP sessions and bathers for cold water plunging.
Butter Shed King @ $165/night ($1795 total for accommodation & retreat)
Hillside Cabin @ $200/night ($1865 total)
A-Frame w/ toilet + basin @ $240/night ($1945 total)
A-Frame w/ full bathrooms @ $280/night ($2025 total)
Cliffside Chalet without bath: $300/night ($2125 total)
Cliffside Chalet with bath: $350/night ($2225 total - SOLD OUT)
256 Waverley Road, Don, 7310, TAS (approx. 15 minutes from Devonport Airport, 1 hr 15 mins from Launceston Airport)
WHAT IS WILD WELLNESS?
This blueprint for wellness is an Australian first; taking years of science-backed knowledge and condensing it into days. It’s a simple, wholesome wellness script. There is no better place on the planet to experience Wild Wellness than Tasmania.
Australia's Productivity Commission Report estimates mental illness is costing Australia $220 billion a year. Our burdened health system cannot cope. We believe there's another way ... a wilder way. No matter what your wellness goals might be, this method is about returning to you; listening in.
The method is based on three core pillars: connection, care and commitment. Think invigorating cold dips, silent walking beneath towering rainforest, nourishing Tassie fare and fireside journal writing. You'll discover a blueprint to lasting wellness featuring insights from Director of East Sydney Doctors, Dr. Chris Davis. We take the best of the traditional model and bring it into nature’s office.
WHAT IS THE WIM HOF METHOD?
It's a combination of breathing, cold therapy and commitment, offering a range of benefits. The power of the Wim Hof Method can help unlock a range of well-researched and documented health benefits including:
- Rebalancing your immune system
- Reducing inflammation
- Improving focus, mood and cognitive function
- Improving cardiovascular health
- Balancing the body's stress response
DR. CHRIS DAVIS - ADDICTION SPECIALIST
Dr Chris is a Sydney-based GP at East Sydney Doctors. Originally from the UK, he was a Clinical Lead in Substance Misuse and Alcohol and a partner in a large inner city London practice for many years before emigrating to Sydney in 2014. Chris continued his studies and among other things gained a Diploma in Substance Misuse. While still in the UK, he designed the highly successful Clean Slate Clinic. This is a GP-led alcohol management and home detox clinic that he has introduced here in Australia.
PIET BLOKKER - WIM HOF-TRAINED
Piet has been trained by none other than Wim Hof himself! Dutch born, Piet now calls North West Tasmania home and lives by a flowing river perfect for cold water plunging. At the age of 50, Piet was challenged with Lymphoma and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Realising he needed to take care of his health, he began learning about reflexology, energy healing and came across Wim Hof, taking the 10-week course straight away. It proved a life saving decision - his awakening process began and today Piet is enjoying life free from arthritis and cancer. A Wim Hof trained breathworker and cold water therapy pro, Piet can't wait to guide you through your Bass Strait plunge.
ANNIA BARON - CLININCAL PSYCHOLOGIST & MINDSET COACH
Annia is a Mindset Coach & Clinical Psychologist, Yoga Teacher, and Musician. She alchemizes her love of neuroscience, holistic health practices, and creative arts to help others elevate their inner wellbeing. Annia has lectured in Psychology for the University of Tasmania, is the resident psychology writer for The Hobart Magazine, and collaborates with local Tasmanians to share their stories via her podcast. At the heart of it all, Annia is devoted to empowering others in cultivating compassionate living, deepening connection to community and nature, and celebrating the diversity and oneness in us all. Annia's joy is supporting you to create a life you desire and deserve.
NIKKI KARPELES - NLP MASTER PRACTITIONER & LIFE COACH
Nikki is a certified Life Coach and NLP Master Practitioner. She specialises in guiding clients on a transformative journey within, to rediscover who they really are, embrace their imperfections and develop a deep belief in their inherent worth. Nikki completed her NLP Master Practitioner and Coaching certification in London with one of the world's most qualified NLP Master Trainers, Steve Payne, from the Academy of Coaching and Training. Today, she lives on the stunning Surf Coast in Victoria with her fiancé and their larger-than-life five-year-old son.
ADAM WISEMAN - ESSENTIAL PERSONAL TRAINING (EPT) FOUNDER
Adam has been in the Health & Fitness Industry for over 20 years, both as a Personal Trainer and business owner. Born and raised in Tasmania, he moved to the Gold Coast when he was 18. It was there that he became qualified as a Personal Trainer and was hand-picked to work for the National College of Fitness. After 3 years he made the move back home to Tassie. Today, his mission is simple; to lead by example by being the best version of himself. He wants to show just what is possible when you commit to having health, fitness and energy on your side. His desire is to help people improve the quality of their lives, and to help them enjoy the healthy life that he believes EVERYONE deserves. This forms the foundation of EPT and grows stronger every day.
KARALINA - YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Karalina @ Purna Yoga Room - the holistic healing of yin yoga awakens space within to come back home to self, to align the mind, body and breath and reawaken your fire within. Karalina’s journey teaching yoga over the past 10 years has enriched the essence of being, through leaning into the yin energy that supports nourishing and grounding the mind, body and spirit. The practice of self-care that yoga awakens invites intention to enkindle the flame of self-healing.
ALICE HANSEN – WILD WELLNESS FOUNDER/JOURNALING FACILITATOR
Alice is a professional travel writer and author. As the founder of the Wild Wellness Method, she has cultivated relationships spanning 20+ years with experts across the wellness field. On her quest to seek answers for her own struggles, she has connected with medical experts, international thought leaders and tapped into decades of experience to formulate a proven blueprint. Writing is a key element and she’ll guide you through a journaling process tailored to your wellness journey.
When she’s not at the laptop, you’ll find her on wild Tasmanian trails.
FRIDAY – 2pm onward
Introduction to Wild Wellness and welcome
Afternoon breathwork & plunge with Piet
Candle-lit chef-prepared Tassie dinner
Fireside session with Dr. Chris followed by journaling (Pillar 1: Connection)/short meditation
PT session to get you energised for the day!
Coaching Session with NLP Master Practitioner Nikki
Breathwork/cold water plunge with Piet
Optional yoga/free time/massage appointments (advise at time of booking)
Pre-dinner journaling session over appetisers (Pillar 2: Care)
Candle-lit nutritionist-made dinner
Fireside Mindset Coaching Masterclass with Annia
Breathwork/meditation with Piet
Cold water plunge with Piet
Group sharing session/journaling session (Pillar 3: Commitment)
*the above itinerary may be subject to change
RETREAT ELEMENTS: JOURNALING/CONTEMPLATIVE WALKING
The power of hitting pen to paper. It’s not new. Leonardo da Vinci’s journals spanned some 5,000 pages. But the therapeutic wonders of reflective writing didn’t emerge until the 1960s, when a New York psychologist devised what he coined the Intensive Journal Method. On this retreat, we won’t pen thousands of pages but we will invite self-discovery through the written word. Our Wild Wellness Journaling Method will cross our three foundational pillars.
We combine journal writing with contemplative time. In a noisy world it’s rare to hear nature’s silence. But in this Tasmanian stillness, it’s possible to reconnect with you. Nature has a way of casting its healing spell. In Japan, it’s known as forest bathing (shinrin-yoku), and literally translates to bathing in the forest atmosphere. It doesn’t require anything of you but to tap into the senses and soak it in …
This is your retreat, your words and your Tasmanian journey.
Ready to invigorate your life? Discover the power of cold-water therapy - delivering everything from reduced inflammation and better sleep through to increased immunity. Our morning submersions will have you feeling alive and energised.
Take a deep breath. Isn’t it about time? Learn scientific breathing techniques that work wonders and can be tapped into for a lifetime to come. This breathwork is about boosting energy, dropping stress, recalibrating the nervous system, detoxing your system and so much more.
In Tasmania, we are gifted with nature in her most wild mood. We’ll immerse you in our island landscape to soak up its transformative ways. The Cove enjoys access to a stunning coastline that we’ll be exploring on foot together.
Guided by Wim Hof-trained Piet, discover the power of cold-water therapy and breathwork. We’ll go deep, exploring the benefits across four days of wilderness immersion. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never dipped a toe into the Wim Hof Method or you’re an enthusiast from way back. You’ll learn strategies and tools that will last long beyond your four days, under expert guidance. Expect to be challenged, reset and exhilarated.
WIM HOF METHOD WORKSHOPS
2 x cold water plunge
3 x breathwork/meditation
Day 1: Tonight, we meet our Wild Wellness journals. Around The Cove fire or looking out to Bass Strait, we begin our writing. Alice introduces you to Wild Wellness and its three pillars; connection, care and commitment. Of the ‘three C’s’ this evening the sun sets as we contemplate connection.
Day 2: It’s journal time. Today, we explore care, namely self/soul care and care for others. Do you care for yourself as you would a dear friend? We ask questions and we let answers flow.
Day 3: Our final morning is about commitment. Wellness doesn’t just happen in three days. It’s not about escaping life - your retreat is lifelong with Wild Wellness. We make our commitments in writing and ensure we have plenty of fun, nature and joy weaved in.
The retreat is for 18yrs+
For the Wim Hof Method elements, we advise out of precaution not to participate if you are:
- pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive
- have high blood pressure, coronary heart disease or other cardiovascular/heart issues
- have a history of serious health issues (ex. Stroke, COPD)
- have Raynaud’s disease (Type 2)
- have cardiovascular issues & health conditions including high blood pressure (please get in touch if you have concerns and consult your doctor)
If you have questions relating to health or any of the above apply to you, please contact email@example.com and seek approval from a medical professional.
*Do note, this is not a medical detox. This retreat is not suitable for those with severe alcohol dependence.
All participants will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire and waiver during the booking process.
All bookings incur a 20% cancellation fee which is non-refundable
If you cancel within seven days of the retreat or fail to arrive, the full retreat cost is incurred
Special/emergency cases can be discussed
If the retreat cannot proceed due to Covid-19 restrictions, a full refund will be issued
We have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place
Minimum Number Cancellation
We have the right to cancel the retreat up to 14 days prior to the start if minimum numbers are not met. You will receive a full refund. If other reasons prevent the retreat from going ahead (unforeseen circumstances) you are welcome to a full refund/reschedule.
For all enquiries and bookings please email firstname.lastname@example.org
*If you’re intending to book, please include dietary requirements + accommodation preference
*Travel insurance is recommended.
AF-WW ONLINE 10-DAY COURSE
Ready for a life re-set? This Australian first is a merging of medical professionals, decades of experience & international thought leaders – all at your fingertips.
The Alcohol Free (AF) course is for those seeking a lifestyle recalibration who are keen to enjoy the journey. Based on a personally proven blueprint for wellness, we take years of science-backed knowledge and condense it into days. Think exclusive GP-hosted conversations, ocean plunges & NLP-led body scans, psychology insights and recipes designed to put back what drinkers are often deficient in. It's all right here.
I’m Alice and I’ve created this method for just one reason - I wish it was available 20 years ago for me. What you’ll find is a blueprint to freedom from alcohol. That doesn’t necessarily mean giving up forever. Your goal might be to cut back, or perhaps challenge yourself to a 3-month break to see how it feels … a sober curious experiment.
In this course you'll discover the 3 pillars that form the foundation of the Wild Wellness Method. The secret to this method is that it’s an easy recipe to follow, it’s backed by science and packed with genuine fun.
It's time to turn your wellness wild.
Find out more: ENROLL NOW.
Early Bird Price $129 - Limited Time Only
Enroll by May 30, 2021
From June 1, course $199
Full course content available June 1