Don’t fancy spending your holiday savings mimicking a yogi in a tropical paradise just yet? Why not opt for creating a wellness retreat at home? One day I know I’ll find myself in warrior pose in the middle of a rainforest, sipping concoctions of herb infused water. But for now, I’m too invested in sightseeing and Pina Colada getaways. That’s why I’m going to follow this 9-step home wellness retreat plan.
The basics of a wellness retreat
Retreat by Cambridge definition, means “a period of time used to pray and study quietly, or to think carefully, away from normal activities”. Spa Finder describes it as a time to connect with “inner silence and inner peace”. I recently watched The Retreat documentary series on Netflix – people attempting to heal in Thailand.
As expected, the Thai patients were treated to yoga, meditation and reiki on a detox programme involving enemas, fasting and plant-based cuisine. Each patient improved their health and lost weight. The Global Wellness Institute reports wellness tourism is expected to reach $919 billion by 2022. In 2017, the market was worth $639 billion.
From analysing the biggest worldwide retreats for wellbeing, the experience helps to nourish, improve self-awareness and remove toxic energy. It also resets and educates with techniques to learn and practice daily. Most places achieve results through diet – cleanses and detox drinks, exercise, spa treatments, time alone and classes. Primarily, the overall aim is for a person to feel healthier holistically. My post on Holistic Health explains what this means.
Home wellness retreat: How to create
Breathe Magazine recommends stocking up on fresh herbs, veg, fruit and filtered water. They also suggest cleaning beforehand to make sure you’re in a calm environment. Getting tasks out the way will give you time to truly invest in your home wellness retreat. While there’s no set amount of time, I’m going to try for 5 days. Here is my 9-step plan:
To begin my home wellness retreat, I’m going to write a list of my aims and what I hope to achieve. Lately I feel stressed, clouded, uninspired and a little bloated. I want to clear my mind, feel stronger in my body and gain an energy boost. Each morning I will reflect over my intentions to prioritise my goals.
Each day, I’ll follow Dr. Josh Axe’s detox drink guide. His list of ingredients includes cucumber, lemon, mint, ginger, berries, rosemary and lime. I can mix with spirulina and chia seeds which I recently bought. Additionally, I’ll drink herbal teas and plenty of water.
Vegan restore meal plan
I believe in balanced diets and occasional indulgence, but for the purpose of my home wellness retreat, I’m keeping my diet strict. No processed food, cooked oils, refined sugar, coffee or white carbs. I’ll up my salad and soup intake, with lots of plant variety.
In high school, I use to go from 7am to 4pm without food. Yet as I have gotten older, I have moved away from fasting because I linked it to unhealthy dieting and body image. To replicate some wellness retreats, I’m attempting to fast by eating only in an eight-hour window. I may try a water fast on Sunday just to experiment.
Unfortunately, my home wellness retreat means I’m unable to hike overlooking mountains and clear-blue sea. However, I live in the countryside – finding extra time for me and my dog to enjoy nature is easy. I always stretch and meditate indoors, so I’ll switch to outside.
Another unfortunate – no luxurious spa on my doorstep. My plan involves facial steaming (my kettle, a bowl and my hair wrapped in a towel), dry brushing, masks, deep hair conditioning, a manicure and pedicure, lavender salted baths and heated towels. I may not have a therapist’s knowledge, though I have bountiful products. I suggest caution to creating homemade masks – a natural one made my skin red and itchy.
Already I meditate – I’m increasing my sessions and trying new methods sourced from my post on Daily Meditation.
Due to work, it’s impossible to completely ban technology. I can take long breaks and work overtime before beginning and possibly after, to give myself time away. I will switch off from my social media and T.V, opting instead to read and pretend I’m a Victorian.
Exercise and classes
Adding to my exercise regime, I’ll watch Yoga with Adriene on YouTube (okay some tech helps), as well as track down pilates videos.
My 9-step home wellness retreat plan is based on my own research. I’m of course not an expert and cannot 100% replicate the benefits of a luxury retreat. I hope in challenging myself nonetheless, I can gain improvement and feel overall healthier. If you’re considering, I suggest listing exactly what you’d like to work on and write goals which coincide with your lifestyle.
Next week I’ll post my results and share both the good and bad. I’m putting more research in before starting to help with how to fast and taking in nutrients. How do you feel about a home wellness retreat? What stresses would you like to edit?