I have recently returned home after a week in Fiji nourishing my soul and immersing myself in self-care and healing on a Women’s Wellness Retreat. I don’t even know how I am going to put into words my experience, but I’m going to try so here it goes…
The sunsets were magical, the water was so clear you could see right to the bottom of the ocean floor and the views were to die for. But my retreat in Fiji was SO much more that amazing landscapes. It was humbling, mind-blowing…
…heart-opening, magical and freeing and SO much more.
Spending the day at a traditional Fijian village was such an emotional and moving experience. The Chief along with the elders of the village welcomed us with a traditional ceremony, complete with Kava drinking. We were then treated to traditional Fijian food prepared by the village women and finished up by singing and dancing with the whole village. To experience another culture, particularly the Fijian culture, is so humbling because it truly makes you grateful for what you have in your own life. I felt like that could teach me so much more about happiness than I would ever know.
Get out of your comfort zone and experience a different culture – you just might learn a thing or two.
Another incredible experience was visit to a different local village, where the village children lead us on a hike through the rainforest (including walking through 9 rivers) to see their waterfall. I am so beyond happy that I stepped out of my comfort zone and swam in the waterfall, (even though it was freezing!), because it opened me up to a far richer experience. I learnt so much more about Fijian culture and their people just chatting to the children on our hike – gosh they are beautiful souls! When one of the village boys showed us the precious metals that were found in their rivers, our Retreat Leader Belinda said to him “Wow, you must be rich” and he replied and said they were rich but not because of the treasures in the river. This just highlights the beautiful and genuine Fijian culture, who believe strongly in the bonds of community and sharing and love. It was a mind blowing experience I will never forget and it truly opened my heart so SO much wider.
We enjoyed peaceful morning beach walks and challenging and beautiful mountain hikes. We stretched our bodies with Yin Yoga and strengthened our cores (and minds!) with pilates. We quietened our minds and were brought back to the present moment with juicy meditations and let go of limiting beliefs and released anxiety with Emotional Freedom Technique (aka tapping). Taking the time each day to focus on self-care reminded me of how important it is for us to make time to nourish of souls and let out our inner child.
Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees. – B.K.S. Iyengar
We got real and dug reeeeeeally deep so we could acknowledge the limiting beliefs that were holding us back in our lives from moving forward, forgiving ourselves and others, being our authentic selves and reaching our goals.
Letting go of what no longer served me with a huge bonfire on the beach surrounded & supported by the beautiful women on Retreat with me was a truly freeing and extraordinary experience that produced instant relief. It’s quite amazing when we start taking accountability for what happens in our own lives because we truly understand that only we have control over our lives, no one else.
The wound is the place where the light enters you – Rumi
Fiji was completely life changing for me and I am still in awe of the shifts that occurred in 5 short days. The retreat was such an incredible experience that pushed me out of my comfort zone and supported me to let go of what was no longer serving me so I could move forward in my life.
By taking that time to immerse ourselves in self-care and healing we will break free from the cocoon and start living our best life NOW!
Stop thinking and book that retreat!*
*This post is not sponsored and just an honest review of my experience.