For many of us, the focus of our holidays has shifted from rosé to juice cleanses, from clubbing to hiking. Instead of partying, retreats allow you to both decompress and go home feeling supersonic, rather than dragging your hungover buttocks through Ibiza airport. Below are three brilliant options that will help you to enhance mind, body, and soul through healing techniques ranging from Ayurvedic cleanses to vitamin drips.
The LifeCo in Bodrum
At The LifeCo, guests can experience a Master Detox, a cleansing program that includes juice fasting. I love the “Green Master” option, which means your juices and shakes are based on green veg. You will also be given supplements to help boost your liver function. The liver, of course, is always detoxing the body – and fasting once or twice a year is a lovely way to give your digestive system a break and your body a reset. (Fasting in the sun seems to be much easier than trying to do it in the grey and the rain.) This type of food – or liquid – therapy has been used for thousands of years as a tool for reducing inflammation, among other health benefits. However, there is an option for a raw food plan too. You are encouraged to do an enema daily along with some gentle yoga to help the cleansing process.
Ashiyana in Goa
Ashiyana is a beautiful place behind Mandrem beach, consisting of simple rooms, shalas, and treatment areas. This is a yoga retreat supported by a healing Ayurvedic methodology. I did four hours of yoga a day, coupled with an Ayurvedic cleanse that heavily depends on kitchari. The stew is designed to increase you “Agni”, or fire, and help your energy levels – while the dahl is super high in fibre, brilliant for supporting the removal of toxins. Other benefits to fasting this way are balancing your blood sugar levels; increasing your digestive capability; and boosting your overall energy. I felt amazing afterward.
The Body Camp in Ibiza
When I decided to try a more active retreat, I joined The Body Camp. Active, it most definitely was. The Life Transformation Mind Training program has a 360-degree approach to wellbeing. The food – always my main concern – was on another level. You need to keep your energy up and give your body the right fuel when you’re working out this much, including plenty of good quality protein for muscle repair and antioxidants to help your body deal with the extra free radicals produced during exercise. The Body Camp’s chef Ben Whale delivers both with his expertly balanced plant-based menu. My favourite part of the day was talking to him about what he was making. This was a great advert for the many health benefits of veganism.