Travel will always be an important part of my life. It has helped me learn to really live in each moment, to be present, and to take notice of what surrounds me at all times, an appreciation that I now try to carry through my everyday.
I’m a big believer that all of us need to take regular breaks. We should have some quiet time at least once per day, a frequent weekend drive someplace peaceful, and once per year (at least) we should all be packing our passport and jetting off! Travel really is the best education you can give yourself.
A retreat is the perfect way to disconnect from the world, and reconnect with yourself, and if I were to recommend a destination for a life-changing chillax session, it would be Soul Balance Retreats.
The retreat is run by Dr Emily Mankey, an osteopath, yoga and pilates teacher, personal development coach (and the owner of one of the most beautiful souls I’ve ever met), along with her loving boyfriend, Marc Rovere, a kick-ass personal trainer and nutrition expert. They have such passion to transform peoples lives, just as they have transformed their own, and have set up a unique retreat in Bali, at a five-star location deep amongst the serene hills of Ubud.
It’s not a detox, nor a tree-hugging chant fest. With their broad expertise in so many avenues of wellbeing, they take you on a blissful seven days of physical and mental transformation.
On top of the escape, my favourite part is that they give back. Immersing yourself in other cultures can be one of the most mind-opening experiences of your life. There’s nothing like a bit of perspective to help ground yourself, and Soul Balance Retreat-ers have the opportunity to visit the local village primary school to spend an afternoon helping educate the children and giving a little back. Amazing.
I cannot wait to visit this retreat later in the year. If you want to join us, then head over to soulbalanceretreats.com.au.