Setting aside a day to find our inner bliss is not something many of us take the time to do very often. Our active, external worlds have a tendency to dominate our thoughts and consume our energy. Fortunately, Harmony Place Day Retreats at Bunya Downs offers a place to relax, reflect and unwind in a safe and nurturing environment. With a range of therapies and activities designed to integrate body, mind and spirit, it is the perfect place for anyone needing to heal or recharge.
Harmony Place is the ideal place to bring harmony back into your life.
The lovely Carmel Purcell, owner and practicing naturopath, provides a space that everyone can come to begin, facilitate or share their journey towards good health, inner peace, happiness and vitality. Having spent a day luxuriating in the peace and tranquillity that this retreat offers, it became clear to me how important it is to take the time to attune oneself to not only their physical health, but also their emotional wellbeing.
Carmel's philosophy that these principles are not luxuries meant only for a few, but are everyone's birthright is reflected throughout the entire retreat. This seemingly fleeting escape becomes so much more as you integrate and assimilate everything that you learn and experience throughout the day. Harmony Place gives you the tools to turn your entire life into a richer, more nourishing and fulfilling experience.
Allow yourself to unwind amongst these picturesque surroundings.
The retreat began with a gentle outdoor yoga session specifically designed to help us wash away any residual tension and immerse ourselves in the present moment. The fresh air and morning sun created the ideal atmosphere for an uplifting and energising start. Furthermore, we were encouraged to set an intention for the day, which I found was a great way to bring clarity and meaning to the occasion.
Enjoy the wonderful therapies and activities on offer in this natural environment.
Following the yoga class, we were introduced to all of the delightful therapists and found out more about what they had to offer. There are a range of therapies you can book on the day including chakra balancing and meridian magic therapy; Swedish massage and reflexology; intuitive massage; foot detoxification and scrub; psychic medium therapy; and aroma touch reiki massage. Each therapy is rated at $1 per minute per session.
You can choose which therapy you would like, at what time and for how long. Furthermore, you can mix and match these holistic practices to suit your personal needs on the day. It was hard to decide which of the fabulous therapies to choose. However, I opted for the intuitive massage. My wonderful therapist, Ebony, used her intuition to express to me the areas of my life she felt that I could work on, as well as highlighting more positive aspects. All this was done in conjunction with breathing and massage techniques.
Additionally, meditation and guided relaxation sessions are conducted intermittently throughout the day. Participation is optional so you can work your therapies around these times or simply book over them. Furthermore, you are free to wander the area, choose from the selection of reading material, enjoy a soothing cup of tea or coffee, lounge on the array of blankets, pillows, beanbags and chairs available or just have a chat.
A delicious morning tea and nutritious lunch are provided, giving you the sustenance you need to aid you on your journey. Morning tea was a choice of chocolate mud cake, carrot cake (GF), biscuits and cheese, and a selection of fresh fruit. Lunch was a vegetarian gourmet delight of kumara and chickpea fritters; garden fresh salad topped with toasted almonds and a light dressing; and beetroot relish. Everything was deliciously nourishing.
There is lots of delicious food to tempt your tastebuds.
There is no specific schedule that you have to follow. Therefore, you can tailor the day to suit yourself in order to get the most out of it. It really is a wonderful opportunity to take time out and reflect on areas of your life that might get neglected from time to time. Furthermore, Harmony Place allows you to do so in a positive and supportive atmosphere. Personally, I found it to be a quietly powerful and transformative experience and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Indulge yourself and experience the transformation within.
The standard price for a day retreat is $220. However, make sure you contact Harmony Place and ask for their special voucher price. You can also have a look at their online newsletter for available retreat dates. Additionally, you have the opportunity to organise corporate bookings or group retreats. Harmony Place makes healing and rejuvenation affordable and accessible to as many people as possible and welcomes anyone in search of a healthy, happy and balanced life.