5 Reasons you Need to Go on a Health Retreat

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I just finished a week at my first ever health retreat in Bali. For those who haven’t been to the island, its a small slice of paradise located in Indonesia where many a traveller venture from far away lands in search of an escape. Its pretty close to imperfect perfection. 
For my first ever health retreat, I took such an escape to Bali for 7 days at The Chill House in Canggu, Bali, for a week of surf lessons, biking through the rice fields, yoga lessons, massages, and a bunch of other activities thrown in for good measure (I’m talking about improving my ping pong skills and floating around the pool on a device known to most as a boogy board).
In short, I loved it. I loved it so much that I’m convinced anyone and everyone would love a health retreat, particularly if you are a solo traveller. Here’s why:

Brooke Chillhouse Yoga Surf Retreat

Image: Jimmy Kyle

1. Understand and appreciate how hard you work

As humans we tend to fall into the all too familiar trap of comparison. Whether comparing how many hours in a week we work with a friends’ hours or comparing our salary with a colleague’s, we all tend to in some way or another compare our hard work to others in order to validate or criticise our own work. Throw that out the window. After a week at a health retreat you will soon learn exactly how hard you work – and if you’re in need of coming to one, that’s likely to be pretty damn hard. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and revitalised, but much more aware of how hard you work in your every day life when you spend a week unwinding. 

2. You’ll learn a new skill

Health retreats typically involve yoga and healthy eating, but can also include a range of different activities promoting health and wellbeing. If you’re looking for something new and exciting, you might consider a surf retreat whereby you’ll learn to surf over the course of a week (or however long you stay). There are also health retreats that include bike riding, meditation, camping in nature, and much more. Take this as an opportunity to learn (and perhaps master) a new skill you otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to learn!

3. You’ll make friends from around the world

Nervous about going it alone? So are the other individuals who are almost all in your same position! One of the best aspects of a health retreat is that you’ll meet likeminded people who are interested in similar things. And the best part – they’re from all over the world!

Ricefields Bali

Image: Jimmy Kyle

4. You’ll foster a new outlook on health & wellbeing

When you enter the health retreat for the first day it can all be a little overwhelming – a new environment, new skills to learn, new people, it’s just all so new. But what I did notice over the course of the week is how easy and comfortable it quickly became. Before long I was craving healthy smoothies instead of sugary candy bars, looking forward to intensive exercise, and longing for the 4:00pm yoga sessions to stretch it all out again. I entered with an open mind and left with a new outlook on health & wellbeing – one I have been yearning for for quite some time.

5. You’ll discover more about yourself

All of the above mentioned reasons to go on a health retreat are about the external process and experience – but perhaps the biggest change and best reason to go on a retreat is to learn more about yourself. Whether you’re learning about your boundaries or overcoming fears, health retreats are a great chance to discover your innermost self beyond your normal every day life.

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    February 25, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    I’ve been searching for a health retreat myself. Sounds like a great plan!! Any suggestions of specific retreats or companies/organizations that are known to be good?

    February 23, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Chillhouse is exactly what it says it is. One of my favorite retreats of all time. Beautiful space…so relaxed, completely unwound, played, adventured, achieved, grew spiritually while dining on the healthiest and most amazing meals. Also blessed to have met many incredible souls along the way, that I am still on a journey with. Thanks for the love Chillhouse x

    January 28, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    That seems really necessary! I hope one day I’ll have the opportunity to do a such retreat!
    Thank you for sharing you experience.

    xo Aurora

    January 28, 2015 at 1:18 am

    The retreat sounds like a great idea. Can you recommend ones in Europe. Thanks

    A Life Passport
    January 27, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I’ve always wanted to do a health retreat, I think 2015 will be the year to finally do it!

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    January 24, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Bali is one of those places I’ve always wanted to visit. So glad you had such a good time there! I’m totally inspired to follow your footsteps now! I’m hoping to plan a health retreat for 2015 too at the Woodstock Fruit Festival in New York. Taking the time to focus on health puts everything in perspective! |

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    January 23, 2015 at 12:07 am

    I’ve always thought Bali must be one of the best places to go on a health retreat! I’m determined to go to at least one this year.

    January 22, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    We loved having you here! So glad you had such a rejuvenating experience.

    January 22, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    I’ve never been on a health retreat, but it seems u had an amazing time there!
    your post is great and it sounds really nice there!
    I hope to visit one someday as well.


    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    January 22, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I love the idea of going to a health retreat to relax and get back in touch with nature, exercise and overall healthy living. You’re right, sometimes we can all get a little caught up with the everyday business of “life” that makes us toxic. Health retreats in Southeast Asia are such good value, too!

    January 22, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Would love to visit Bali one day I never considered going to a health retreat before, but this sounds so nice!

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    January 22, 2015 at 4:01 am

    I’ve always wanted to go on a health retreat, but usually I’m put off by the price. When I visit Ecuador, I’m going to spend some time at a Spanish language school that also offer surf and yoga lessons. That’s close, right? 🙂

    January 22, 2015 at 3:50 am

    Ok, so when do I book my ticket?! Looks amazing, especially since I love solo travel

    Charlotte Smart @ A Love Triangle
    January 22, 2015 at 2:53 am

    This sounds and looks amazing. To be honest I have never really thought one of these trips would be for me, but I think after reading this I would be really interested especially somewhere as beautiful as Bali 🙂

    Leah of The Mochilera Diaries
    January 22, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Sounds lovely! I definitely agree with number 4…a week of really mindful healthy living is bound to recalibrate how you look at your wellbeing and set you up to introduce and maintain healthy habits when you return to “real life.”

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    January 22, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Going on a health retreat is a great way to give your body and mind a well-deserved break.

    January 22, 2015 at 12:29 am

    For me, I feel like this is a better version of a typical all-inclusive resort! So tempted to go somewhere like this!

    January 22, 2015 at 12:14 am

    This sounds so amazing. Actually sounds like something I need right now.
    Thanks for sharing Brooke.

    xx Cheyenne

    January 21, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    I had never even heard of health retreats before, but this sounds fantastic. I will definitely keep it in mind.

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    January 21, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Wow. Although I have never been on a health retreat, I can definitely understand why all of your points would be true. I should get always soon!