There’s probably never been a more vital time for all of us to stay strong, robust and resilient. And if there’s one thing that history has taught us is that out of every crisis innovation and creativity is born. Which explains why that even though millions are laying low in isolation, they are also waking up to the world of wellness. The good news is there’s an increasing choice of virtual yoga, fitness, spiritual and healthy lifestyle online experiences available.
Here are 10 recommendations of virtual wellness ‘retreats’ you can do in the comfort and safety of your home.
Absolute Sanctuary, Thailand
‘Pay for your wellness programme, accommodation is on us’ is the mindset at one of Thailand’s premier wellness retreats. Select from Stress Management or Life Coaching and Emotional Support sessions that include a 30-minute complimentary consultation. Tap into the on-line sessions available with the retreats resident wellness consultant, Stephanie Rault. A Clinical Hypnotherapist, yoga teacher, reiki practitioner, health counsellor and intuitive coach, Stephanie will provide grounded and nurturing support during your isolation time.
Find out more at absolutesanctuary.com
Aro-Ha, New Zealand
Quarantine can be an amazing opportunity to expand your consciousness and wellbeing. Which is why the team at Queenstown’s lauded eco retreat, Aro-Ha, are launching several inspiring virtual programmes to keep guests on track with their mind body health. You will soon be able to enjoy their podcast ‘Adventures in Wellbeing’ led by global experts in mindfulness, nutrition and self-care. Using their expertise they are curating a YouTube channel that will feature select content from a mix of wellness professions called ‘Aro Ha Handpicked’. Finally, ‘A Day with Aro-Ha’ will be your complete at home virtual retreat, just switch off, and tune in. For now, you can download co-founder Damian Chaparro’s latest mediation, ‘Surfing Uncertainty’ on InsightTimer here.
Find out more at aro-ha.com
COMO hotels and resorts, Global
This international luxury wellness-focused resort brand has also instigated several wellness initiatives to help people deal with the current disruption. Just some of COMO’s initiatives such as ‘Breath the Stress Away’ that provides simple Ayurvedic techniques to help one cope with stress and anxiety. A highlight is their ‘Nourish your Defences’ in conversation with the group’s in-house nutritionist Eve Persak. Eve will focus on sharing science-based tips and recipes that help to the immune system including gut health, hydration, nutrition, vitamins and supplements, and what foods are best to in the current climate.
Find out more at comohotels.com
Gaia Retreat & Spa, Australia
At this stunning eco wellness retreat owned by singer Olivia Newton-John and partners, they’re also making the best of ‘hitting the pause’ time. On the menu are free virtual 20-minute yoga sequence by their resident yoga teacher, Danielle Davis. As well, they’ve launched a new online wellness store, a curation of spa essentials so you can continue your self-care regime at home. All this, plus online cooking and yoga demonstrations and wellbeing tips via Gaia’s Instagram and Facebook social accounts to keep you motivated and moving forward.
Find out more at gaiaretreat.com
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Australia
The team at Gwinganna are changing the dialogue around ‘isolation’ and ‘quarantine’ and have launched a ‘Time for self-retreat’. They’re sharing positive suggestions such as taking the ‘y’ out of ‘emergency’ and instead encourage an ‘emergence’. Maintain your zen with their online Qi Gong, an ancient practice that is beneficial for stress and will help you switch off the stress response during your pause. As well, receive wellness tools, recipes and ideas to guide one through the coming weeks. Gwinganna is so offering a Four Weeks of Wellness e-book to help you take advantage of your self-retreat.
Find out more at gwinganna.com
Oneworld Ayurveda, Bali
The team of Ayurvedic doctors, yoga teachers and chef’s at Bali’s luxury Panchakarma retreat have created two online Ayurvedic Detox and Immune-Booster Programme tailored around Basic and Premium. The later is a seven-day virtual detox consists of an online dosha reading, two live health consultations with the retreats esteemed Ayurvedic doctors, 7 yoga and pranayama (breathing exercises) and guided meditation classes, detox guidance workshops, and post-detox care. All this, plus 21 immune boosting recipes to download, 6 x juices and 8 x herbal drink recipes, 4 x cooking demonstrations and more.
Find out more at oneworldayurveda.com
Revivo Wellness Resorts, Bali
Keep healthy and boost your immune system via ‘Revivo at Home’ at this elegant wellness retreat. Tune into the weekly online web-casts led by Revivo’s wellness team. These range from daily yoga and meditation to talks on Intermittent Fasting, and recipes on how to make Jamu, alkaline broths and body scrubs. As well, meditation downloads, wellness tips, and recommended podcasts to keep you inspired during this challenging time. Alongside this, a ‘Revivo at home challenge’ that is a daily live video at 6pm Bali time—essentially take a picture and post it in their social media and stage your #revivoathomechallenge to win a prize.
Find out more at revivoresorts.com
Nihi Sumba, Indonesia
Indonesia’s award-winning luxury surf wellness destination, Nihi Sumba, have launched Nihi@Home daily self-care practices to help one achieve a balanced immunity. This live-stream programme brings Nihi Sumba’s favourite rituals for maintaining a connected state of mind and heart to your home. The new holistic wellness programme is designed to keep your energy balanced and your wellbeing at its best is live-streamed on FB and IG. All of the practices provide a gentle, natural means of supporting the immune system and foster a positive state of mind to promote better health. The programme offers meditation, breathwork, reiki, and kids yoga. Donate to The Sumba Foundation.
Find out more at nihi.com
Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas
Stay well during these uncertain times with a complimentary ‘At Home with Six Senses’ programme that consists of four components including Mindfulness, Move, Live Naturally and Connect. Mindfulness offers healthy meal recipes, video tutorials and sleep health. Move provides at-home workouts, live meditation and yoga sessions to help one release pent-up energy. Live Naturally includes life hacks to try at home to live more sustainably and make the most of whatever nature is available. Lastly, Connect is designed to help reduce anxiety and loneliness when practicing social distancing.
Find out more at sixsenses.com
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The Farm at San Benito, Philippines
The team at this holistic medical wellness resort have launched an on-line initiative to help support, comfort and uplift us during at home quarantine time. These include practical advice from healing experts as well as immune boosting advice, nutrition tips and recipes, stress relief, self-care practices. They have also partnered with Naluri online coaching app that offers personalised healthy advice with 24/7 access to doctors, psychologists, nutritionists, fitness coach, and more. This is a very helpful tool for anyone experiencing anxiety or depression during the lockdown.
Find out more at thefarmatsanbenito.com