Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat was the break I needed, writes Gina Shearer.

I’ve always thought health retreats were like mirages – they sometimes appear before you
but you can never actually get to them.

I’ve gone through a lot of personal upheaval in the last four months, which had definitely taken a toll on my mind and body. I had always wanted to go to a retreat and I’d had friends who had been to Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat and talked highly of it.

During the last 10 years, every time something went wrong or I felt tired or stressed, I would jump online and look at health retreats but I’d never had the chance to go, until the chance to visit Gwinganna recently fell into my lap and the mirage became reality.

When I arrived they showed me straight to my room, accommodation I found to be stunning and completely breathtaking. The relaxation kicked off early, I arrived at 3pm and by 4pm I was blissfully enjoying a massage, feeling the stress of a long work week slowly slip away under the hands of the massage therapist.

The next day started with a knock on my door at 5.30am and then I had half an hour to
get dressed and get downstairs for Thai Chi. I’m not normally into that (and I probably
looked like a twit doing it) but it was relaxing and the view over the valley during the early hours of the morning was worth getting up for.

From there you get to choose an activity to do for 35 minutes and I chose to do the harder
walk. Which was a great way to see the rest of the property and enjoy the fresh air.
With more exercise than I’d normally do in a week undertaken in one morning, it was time
for breakfast. Boxing, running, swimming and lots of other stuff that got my heart pumping
soon followed.

The rest of the day sped by with a seminar and lunch, then it was dreamtime and that’s
where all the hard work payed off. This was everybody’s chance to relax and reflect on
the day, and for the first time ever I had an afternoon sleep. I was that relaxed.

There were lots of friends and family members at Gwinganna who had made the trip together, it was especially nice to see lots of mothers with their daughters.

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is a wellness destination located at the Gold Coast and nestled in Tallebudgera Valley. An oasis not far from the ocean where I found a world of activities on offer. Everything from Qi gong, yoga, Pilates, stretching and creative dance to t-ball classes, boxing circuits and indoor cycling.

Two nights at Gwinganna was lovely, but for it to have a really dramatic effect on your mind and body I think you’d need to be there for just a bit longer.

However, when I got back home the first thing my daughter said was, “Oh Mum, you look so relaxed and your skin looks terrific.” So maybe the healing magic was stronger than I thought.

For more information, visit their website www.gwinganna.com.