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:
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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!
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