WILD WELLNESS ON BRUNY
June 23-25, Sept 8-10, 2023 | Available by request
BRUNY ISLAND, TASMANIA
DO NOTE: To register interest click here and name your retreat option, as spots are limited.
This Wild Wellness Retreat is the antidote to modern life stress; for anyone feeling the overwhelm and needing a lasting life recalibration. This all inclusive experience isn't just a yoga retreat ... Not just a Wim Hof cold water/breathwork retreat ... Not just a writing retreat. This is WILD WELLNESS.
Our Bruny Island Lodge Wild Wellness Retreat is for those looking to optimise their wellness through a science-backed, wholistic approach in the wilds of Southern Bruny.
So, get your Wild Wellness fill across 3 days of salty-air goodness. We're bringing the very best practitioners including a Wim Hof-trained Piet Blokker, yoga instructor and chef to Bruny for this Australian first where years of lived experience merge with wellness professionals and global thought leaders (full team of 4+ professionals revealed soon). Sold out in 2021/22, our retreats are packed with wholesome methods and a good dose of relaxation.
Get ready for Wim Hof Method ocean plunging, practitioner-led sessions beneath the stars, 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.
*Prices for accommodation are per person. Discount of 15% off full retreat price applies to those who bring along a partner, friend or +one!
Friday 2pm-Sunday 10am
Price per person: $1295pp (early bird pricing)
Maximum guests: 18 + instructors
For all enquiries and bookings please email: email@example.com
*Please note, this is not a medical detox
- Accommodation x 2 nights on Bruny Island
- Chef prepared meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner x 2)
- Wim Hof Method instruction
- Practitioner-led session beneath the stars
- Approx. 2 hours of author-led journaling sessions
Transfers to/from Bruny Island not included
Don’t forget to bring comfortable athletic wear for breathwork/walking, cosy layers for fireside journaling, personal yoga mat if you prefer, and bathers/thongs for cold water plunging.
*Want to stay in other private digs nearby? Just email and we can sort special pricing for our retreat package as part of a stay at Cloudy Bay Beach house, The Pier House, Taylors Bay Cottage or Ventnor Guest House.
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, nourishing Tassie fare and fireside journal writing. You'll discover a blueprint to lasting wellness. 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
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.
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.
SOPHIA DAVEY - CHEF AND FOUNDER OF BLOOM KITCHEN (Sept only)
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.
FRIDAY – 2pm onward
Introduction to Wild Wellness and welcome
Afternoon breathwork with Wim Hof-trained Piet Blokker
Candle-lit chef-made dinner
Fireside journaling session (Pillar 1: Connection)
Masterclass Professional session (TBC)
Breathwork/meditation with Piet
Cold water plunge with Piet
Optional yoga/free time/massage appointments (advise at time of booking)
Candle-lit chef-made dinner
Fireside journaling session (Pillar 2: Care)
Masterclass Professional session (TBC)
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 walk, 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 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 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. 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.
Guided by Wim Hof-trained Piet, discover the power of cold-water therapy and breathwork. We’ll go deep, exploring the benefits across three 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 three days, under expert guidance. Expect to be challenged, reset and exhilarated. You'll also enjoy onsite yoga, author-led journaling, private walks, all chef-prepared meals and more.
WIM HOF METHOD WORKSHOPS
3 x cold water plunge
3 x breathwork/meditation
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and seek approval from a medical professional.
*Do note, this is not a medical detox.
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 email@example.com
*If you’re intending to book, please include dietary requirements + accommodation preference
*Travel insurance is recommended.