Tania Ho, founder and owner of Museflower Retreat & Spa Chiang Rai, northern Thailand’s first all-inclusive holistic wellness retreat, embarked on various wellness retreats that helped her get through challenging times in her life. The experiences during these getaways and their power to yield holistic healing inspired her to set up her own property to help those who needed the kind of support she found at wellness retreats.
She advises that it’s a good time to consider going on a retreat if you say yes to any one of the following phrases:
- I feel tired all the time.
- I feel completely overwhelmed and stressed from my life / job / relationship / family.
- I am thinking or have already quit my job but I don’t know what to do next.
- I feel stuck with my life.
- I have just gone through a huge trauma in my life and I want some space.
- I am trying to find out what my life purpose is.
- I don’t know what my passion is and I’m trying to find that out.
- I want to get into shape and have healthier habits.
- I want to lose weight and have more energy.
- My life is at a transition point now and I don’t know what to do next.
As somebody who has been reviewing wellness retreats worldwide for the past 10 years, I agree with Tania’s checklist, but would add that that wellness getaways are also ideal for those who are already blessed with a manageably balanced life and who simply want to ramp up their energy from ‘good’ to ‘great’.
With many people already exercising, meditating and eating healthily at home, the numerous wellness retreats available at different locations and budgets, now offer participants the chance to perfect a skill, explore an issue or gain measurable progress in different areas. Many would agree that the group energy – and often friendships – fostered by being in an appealing group setting yields far more enduring fulfillment than any standard break could. After all, who hasn’t returned from holiday and felt like they needed a holiday afterwards to get back on track? Too many late nights, excessive food or booze and maxed out credit cards remain the memories that linger, long after we have returned home.
Whilst the rich, transformative experiences to be enjoyed at wellness retreats continue to percolate. Why? Take the good habits we pick up for instance. In my case, with each wellbeing holiday, I’ve taken away a fresh lifestyle tool that continues to serve me well, and compensate for my tendency to lapse into less healthy behaviours if I don’t watch out.
Because I’ve loved aspects of every retreat experience in such unique ways and benefitted from every one over time, I’ve decided to cherry pick some of the most appealing aspects and design the holistic retreat experience of my dreams.
If you are at a loose end between December 28 and January 4, and feel that the forced jollity of yet another random New Year’s Party is too much to bear, then explore my first-ever Lightness of Being retreat to be held in Kerala. With Ayurveda, Yoga, Tantric breathwork and Shakti dance, pinpointed as the hallmarks of the experience, you may learn new wellness dimensions, as I look forward to.