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WA Retreat Review: Samudra, Autumn Detox Retreat.

Samudra is the home of raw food and yoga in WA. I’d visited their awesome Dunsborough café many times before, so when the opportunity came up to experience one of their weekend detox retreats you could say I was pretty darn excited 😀


Arriving at the café on Friday afternoon, I was greeted by the lovely retreat organiser Erin and filled out a quick questionnaire while sipping away on a fresh green juice. I then met the gorgeous group of 10 other ladies each on their own health and wellbeing journey.

Samudra has won a heap of awards for their vegetarian café (Open 7 days a week) and upon eating there it's easy to see why.

A delicious live food dinner was consumed (the BEST zucchini ‘pasta’ I have ever had!), followed by a 45 minute yoga nidra session (which is equivalent to 2-3 hours of sleep, winning!) before bedtime.


I practically bounced out of bed I was that excited! 7am was our morning yoga class with the down to earth and witty Lisa. Every morning we practiced in a beautiful yoga space located within the Samudra grounds. Complete with calming music and the BEST smelling sandalwood essence, it was a great environment to practice in. Lisa was like a walking yoga encyclopedia (her knowledge was amazing) and modified the class to suit everyone. We were taught various breathing techniques and some basic Ashtanga yoga sequences.

After breakfast (Granola and fruit, warm almond milk and beetroot juice, YUM!), we headed back to the yoga room where Erin took an informative workshop on Ayurvedic cleansing and eating. Lunch then followed and was a delightful affair of raw dips, dehydrated crackers and veggie wraps. Even though we were ‘detoxing’, at no point during the retreat did I feel starved or deprived. In fact every meal was so filling that I almost had to force myself to eat the next one (it’s a hard life, I know). The dessert cabinet (yes dessert and coffee are all still available at the cafe) had been calling my name since arriving on Friday, and after lunch I conceded defeat, sharing a raw carrot cake with one of my fellow retreaters. It was deeeeeeeeeelish 😀

After 2 hours of free time for treatments, beach time, browsing in the eco-store, relaxation and reflection, Erin gave a fun demo on green smoothie making with some interesting flavour combinations! In the evening we practiced yin yoga with Lisa before a nutritious dinner and then bedtime.

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Day 3

After morning yoga, we had a satisfying breakfast of berry buckwheat porridge, fruit, and green juice. The rest of the morning consisted of activities including a kitchen tour (a behind the scenes look at where all the delicious Samudra goodies are made), a sprouting demonstration and a quick demo on how to make nut ‘cheese’ (because all of us were obsessed with the cashew cheese they had been serving us!).

Before lunch we were guided through an hour of mediation practice with Mike. This was absolute bliss and I know I wasn’t the only one who fell asleep to the sound of Mikes calming voice! The afternoon yin yoga session was a great way to end the retreat and was full of fun and laughs. One thing I really loved about the retreat was how personal it all was. Erin and Lisa would join us for every meal, and were always on hand to talk and answer questions. All the staff at Samudra were so welcoming and were always willing to share their expertise and knowledge.

You can do the retreat by yourself (you'll make friends in about 3 seconds anyway) or with a friend. Accommodation isn’t included in the price but if you’re heading down with a friend or partner sharing the price of a hotel room would save money. Another bonus- if you sign up with a friend you each get $100 off the cost of the retreat!

These retreats aren’t just about detoxing your body. They’re about detoxing your mind, clearing out negative thoughts and beliefs, recognizing what triggers bad habits and learning strategies to deal with them. If you want to do something nice for yourself, be surrounded by beautiful people, eat good food, learn more about yoga, meditation and all round health, I’d definitely recommend you book yourself in for one of these awesome weekends away!

**Note to future Samudra visitors. You MUST try their AMAZING choco mint ‘ice cream’. It’s dairy free and made from a base of almond milk and cashews. This flavour was truly out of this world! It includes the superfoods spirulina and chlorella, which are great for detoxification. My mini tub actually melted on the way home (which wasn’t so bad) because I ended up drinking it like a smoothie. OHMYGOD YUM!

Have you ever been to a retreat, detox or otherwise? Heard of Samudra before? I'd love to hear from you in the comment section below!

Review by Kavisha, who’s already making plans for a trip back and wishes they’d extend the train line down to Dunsborough…

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Samudra's, all thoughts & opinions are 100% honest and my own!


Share the Gift of an Inspiring and Restoring Weekend Retreat at Samudra!

Samudra, the Wellness jewel of the South West region, is offering a holiday special on all of its weekend retreats for 2013: Receive 20% off if you book you and a friend or loved one by 31 December 2012!

These transformative weekend retreats are the perfect opportunity for a quick get away to refresh and restore your body, mind and heart – and who doesn’t need that at this time of year?! All whilst gaining insights into making healthy changes in your life. You will participate in daily yoga classes, where Samudra’s highly qualified yoga teachers will help you develop a practice to take home.

You will also learn meditation and yogic breathing techniques to help calm the mind, discover how to use nature’s seasonal elements to enhance your diet and lifestyle regime, and take part in live-food demonstrations and other retreat specific talks. All this whilst being nourished with fresh and flavourful organic plant-based meals served from Samudra’s award winning café. You can choose from an array of holistic and inspiring retreat themes, including Yoga & Vitality, Women’s Wellness, Seasonal Detoxing, Yoga & Surfing, Yoga & Ayurveda and Yoga & Sustainable Living.

Located in the heart of Dunsborough, Samudra is only a two and a half hour drive from Perth… but in just two days your life as you know it will be changed!

You will feel renewed and inspired, and will re-enter your day-to-day routine with more enthusiasm, joy and vitality. What a perfect gift to share with a friend or loved one this holiday season!! Visit or call 08 9779 9977 for more details and bookings.

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Be well,



Dream Getaway: An 8 Day Embracing Life Health Detox, Healing & Raw Food Retreat in Busselton, 23 Nov-1 Dec 2012. Because You’re Worth It!

Picture a leisurely getaway, the gorgeous late spring warmth and sunshine on your skin as you take part in a beachside morning yoga class before revelling in the delicious heat of a detoxifying sauna, drinking a fresh green juice and then sinking into massage heaven and relaxing by the indoor or outdoor pool for the rest of the afternoon. Sound like much needed bliss?

Infrared Sauna = ultimate relaxation

You’d be forgiven for thinking I’m talking about a Balinese retreat. Thankfully this one is closer than you think! We are incredibly lucky to have Leisa from Embracing Health Retreats making the trip over to WA to host one of her world renowned 8 day ultimate wellness and relaxation retreats in Busselton from the 23rd of November til the 1st of December.

Leisa is a leading Australian naturopath, live and whole (raw) foods expert, fatigue specialist and detoxification expert who is dedicated to making you feel vibrantly alive and renewed during her retreats.

The retreat is being held at the local Grand Mercure Apartments at Geographe Bay, Busselton in November, and offers a week of fun, relaxation and world class health education.

An example of the amazing raw food that will be giving you loads of energy!

“My passion”, says Leisa, “is to bring together groups of people and teach them how they can use everyday foods to improve their health. With the rise of chronic diseases such as obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, there has never been a more important message than how what you eat can change your life.”

And changing lives is what the Embracing Life! Retreat is all about.

So what does this amazing oh-my-god-book-me-in-right-now retreat include?

♥ Luxury accommodation for eight nights
♥ All food and drinks from Friday evening to Saturday morning
♥ All activities including Yoga classes
♥ Two x one hour healing therapeutic massages
♥ Two food preparation classes with our Raw Food Chef Extraordinaire
♥ One magical Art Therapy or Sound Healing Class
♥ A Wu Tao Dance Class
♥ Unlimited use of Sunlight Sauna (bliss!)
♥ Unlimited use of resort facilities
♥ Options for booking extra Day Spa treatments and Colonic Irrigation where applicable
♥ All workbooks and lecture notes
♥ A gift bag on arrival containing lots of free goodies valued at over $100!

Check out the Embracing Health website for more details, including cost and how to book in!!

And tell me…

Have you ever been on a retreat before or wanted to? Did it change you in any way?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

Be well,



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Product Review: Soaps by Lavender Fields of Bridgetown.

A sensory escape and soooooooo easy!

I am going be totally honest from the get go – my life gets pretty crazy busy. Sometimes there is so much adrenalin kicking about it’s hard to wind down. That’s why the shower is my sanctuary. A place to gather my thoughts, take a few deep breaths and reflect upon the day. So when I do finally get there I want it to be a sensory experience and am especially choosy about my shower products. And boy have I found my thing!

This year at the Perth Royal Show I did my usual trick of eating my way through it, avoiding at all costs those scary rides opting for a more peaceful visit! I was delighted when I stumbled upon the stand for the Lavender Fields of Bridgetown. Breathe in, breathe out …..relax.

I started sniffing my way through their amazing array of soaps and knew I had found something special. It was a hard choice but I managed to decide on 6 to take home and sample. So incredibly aromatic and, dare I say, holistic. Even when I wasn’t using them my bathroom smelled divine. Just one whiff transported me to the land of relaxation in seconds.

Made with a blend of olive and essential oils they are luxurious and smell divine, lifting my spirits immediately! They are not at all greasy and last a really long time.

My favourites so far are the more traditional rose geranium and tea rose while I have to say my hands down favourite is Lemongrass. Amazing! Other delights are an Australian bush soap pack, peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary combined (trying that one soon) and mandarin and clove. There is even a pet soap!

So delighted by my discovery I bulk ordered a whole stack as Christmas presents. Some things are too good to be a secret!

You can go on a road trip and visit them in Bridgetown however if like me you struggle to find time you can order online or give them a call. They will promptly put them in the post as tried and tested by me. Too easy!

Get on board boys and girls, bring your shower to life, I dare you!

Lavender Fields of Bridgetown

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Review by Kristy Mollica freelance TV and radio presenter, lover of girl power, farmers markets & things that are so totally not beige!

Be well,