BRUNY WILD WELLNESS RETREAT
Aug 30 - Sept 1, 2024 | Available by request
BRUNY ISLAND, TASMANIA
Escape to the wilds of southern Bruny and breathe deep. Let go. Tune into you.
Our Bruny Wild Wellness Retreat is for those seeking an antidote to modern life stress. This all inclusive experience is about a lasting life recalibration. It's not just a yoga retreat. Not just a Wim Hof retreat. Not just a writing retreat. This is WILD WELLNESS. Think chatting to an ice-bathing, jovial doctor by the fire, being inspired by a mindset coach and walking together into the cool waters off South Bruny...not to mention a rare storytelling element with The Wayfinder Story Studio.
This retreat is for those looking to optimise their wellness through a science-backed, wholistic approach. Get your Wild Wellness fill across 3 days of salty-air goodness. We're bringing the very best wellness professionals to Bruny including Dr. Chris Davis a global leader in his field, Annia Baron Clinical Psychologist/Mindset Coach/Yoga Instructor extraordinaire, Helene Thomas PhD Creative Audio Content Maker, Piet Blokker trained by Wim Hof himself and more. Fly-in chef Sophia Davey will nourish us well. Sold out in 2021/22, our retreats are packed with wholesome methods and a good dose of relaxation. No white coats. We just take the best of the traditional model and bring it into nature’s office.
We'll be remote, where the stars shine bright. Our home is Bruny Island Lodge, set on 860 acres of lush bushland. Get ready for ocean plunging, powerful journaling and guided breathwork. This is no ordinary wellness blueprint. You'll discover the Wild Wellness 3 pillars: connection, care and commitment.
This retreat is for you if:
- your wellness is secondary to your to-do-list
- limiting beliefs interrupt your flow
- you want wellness to be adventurous fun
Not sure what to expect? Read this cracking Sydney Morning Herald piece by Andrew Bain who attended a retreat. Want your own space? Camp onsite or just email and we can sort Cloudy Bay Beach house, The Pier House, Taylors Bay Cottage or Ventnor Guest House.
A discount of 15% off full retreat price applies to those who bring along a partner, friend or +one! Because we believe Wild Wellness is even better shared. There'll be plenty of time to wander the property's trails or find a sandy spot for good chats.
Friday 2pm - Sunday midday
Price per person: $1395pp
Maximum guests: 20 + facilitators
For all enquiries and bookings please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Accommodation x 2 nights at Bruny Island Lodge
- Chef prepared meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner x 2)
- Wim Hof Method breathwork and cold water therapy
- Clinical Psychologist/Mindset Coach Masterclass
- Telling Your Story Wayfinder Studio Experience
- Author-led journaling
- Yoga in the wildly fresh air
- Ice bath by invigorating request!
*Transfers to/from Bruny Island not included
Bruny Island Lodge - 670 Lighthouse Rd, South Bruny
WHAT IS WILD WELLNESS?
Australia's Productivity Commission Report estimates mental illness is costing Australia $220 billion a year. Our burdened health system cannot cope. Deep in this system of revolving rehab doors, I (Alice) began to wonder if there were other pathways when things got hard - wilder ways out. I mined the world for answers, from downtown Hobart to Colorado and spent wintery mornings diving into waves.
Over time, I gathered a team so fine that Wild Wellness became far greater than my own mission. This blueprint for wellness is an Australian first; taking years of science-backed knowledge and condensing it into days. It’s a wholesome wellness script based on three core pillars: connection, care and commitment.
I believe there is no better place to experience Wild Wellness than Tasmania. Whatever your wellness goals might be, this method is about returning to you; listening in.
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
Dr. Chris is our warm and wonderful doctor who'll sit round the fire for chats with us about all things wellness. He also happens to be a global leader in GP alcohol withdrawal management and co-founder of the Clean Slate Clinic. He established the clinic in Sydney to provide in-person primary care alcohol withdrawal and recovery services, after successfully implementing the model in the UK. Chris is a recognised expert in the field and is currently providing training to other GPs through the RACGP. When he's not chatting all things medical, you might just find him dipping into an ice bath like he did on the last retreat!
PIET BLOKKER - WIM HOF-TRAINED
Piet was 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 breath worker and cold water therapy pro, Piet can't wait to guide you. Find out more at Stay Koel.
ANNIA BARON - 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.
HELENE THOMAS PhD - CREATIVE AUDIO CONTENT MAKER
Helene brings something incredibly special to our retreat guests - the opportunity to hop inside her custom-built mobile recording studio. This complimentary experience is open to all.
Telling your story
"I hear you. I see you."
As a longtime caretaker of personal stories, Helene Thomas from The Wayfinder Mobile Story Studio, invites you to come and join her inside her intimate story sharing space.
Enter a curvaceous womblike space
Where you feel safe
Where you feel held
Where you come home to you.
Together, you will go deep
Slowly. Gently. Softly.
For the past 28 years, Helene has worked with stories, in some form or another. As a journalist, radio documentary maker, researcher and podcast producer, she has been entrusted with people’s deeply personal experiences.
Helene has shared her own personal story in the form of an audio story and recently to a live audience of around 300 people. Having been on both sides of the microphone, she knows first-hand the transformational effect sharing our stories has, both on ourselves and the people around us.
There is healing power in telling our story and having someone bear witness. It empowers, strengthens our self worth, allows us to discover ourselves in a new way and helps us make sense of our experiences. This is an invitation to be present, trust in yourself, let go, and see what unfurls for you. Following your experience, Helene will put together an audio package of this unfurling, and it will be yours to keep (this part is optional).
SOPHIA DAVEY - CHEF AND FOUNDER OF BLOOM KITCHEN
Sophia from Bloom Kitchen is an intuitive personal chef, specialising in Ayurvedic, Vegan, Vegetarian Cuisine for wellness retreats all over Australia and the globe. Drawing passion and inspiration from her world travels and yogic philosophy, particular attention is paid to each dish which, is holistically prepared with and aligned to 3 core pillars - gut health, flavor and freshness. All ingredients used are proudly organic and locally sourced. With a deep understanding of the principles of Ayurveda and a passion for healing from within, each meal is balanced, nutrient rich and alive with prana. Combining an array of spices from all corners of the globe, Sophia's dynamic creative cooking style will leave you feeling deeply nurtured from the inside out. Find out more about Sophia here.
ALICE HANSEN – 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
2.30pm: Introduction to Wild Wellness and welcome
3.30-5pm: Afternoon breathwork with Piet & optional cold water therapy
6.30pm: Candle-lit chef-made dinner
7.30pm: Dr. Chris Masterclass
8.30: Fireside journaling session (Pillar 1: Connection)
*Storytelling individual sessions & reflexology by appointment daily
7.30am: Breathwork & cold water plunge
*Piet recommends on an empty stomach. Those not participating can enjoy breakfast options before official hot breakfast!
9am: Chef-made breakfast
10am: Yoga/free time
12.30pm: Chef-made lunch
1.30-3pm: Ice bath sessions
3-6pm: Wayfinder studio sessions/beach walks/optional meditation
6.30pm: Candle-lit dinner
7.30pm: Clin Psychologist/Mindset Coach Masterclass with Annia
8.30pm: Fireside journaling session (Pillar 2: Care)
7.30am: Morning breathwork & cold water plunge
9am: Chef-made breakfast
10.30am: Journaling session (Pillar 3: Commitment)
12pm: Departure & optional relaxed lagoon picnic
*the above itinerary may be subject to change
DR. CHRIS MASTERCLASS
Dr. Chris will make you laugh, he'll make you listen, he'll share with us like he's one of us .... he just happens to be an international expert in his field! We'll gather on Bruny and this GP will give us more than 8 minutes!
MINDSET COACHING MASTERCLASS
Annia's joy is supporting you to create a life you desire and deserve. This Masterclass is under wraps for those who come to Bruny - her wisdom will move you.
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. 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 optional pre-contemplative walking. 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 Bruny Island journey.
WILD WELLNESS JOURNALING
Day 1: Tonight, we meet our Wild Wellness journals. Around the fire or cosy indoors, 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.
Ready to invigorate your life? Discover the power of cold-water therapy with Piet. Our morning submersions will have you feeling alive and energised. Those keen, can sink into one of our ice baths at the lodge. (Alice highly recommends this!)
We’ll go deep, exploring the benefits across three days of cold water 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 three days, under expert guidance. Expect to be challenged, reset and exhilarated.
Take a deep breath. Isn’t it about time? Learn ancient 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.
On Bruny, we are gifted with nature in her most wild mood. We’ll immerse you in our island landscape to soak up its transformative ways. Bruny enjoys access to a stunning coastline that we’ll be exploring on foot together as well as rugged wilderness for those keen to venture further. Tack a day onto the start or end of the retreat and hit the trails.
All participants will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire and waiver during the booking process in relation to cold water immersion and retreat activities.
All bookings incur a 20% cancellation fee which is non-refundable
If you cancel within seven days of the retreat, the full retreat cost is incurred
Special/emergency cases can absolutely 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
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 email@example.com
*Payment plans available.
We can't wait for you to join us.