Beauty & Wellbeing Routine: Sharon Kolkka, General Manager & Lifestyle Specialist at Gwinganna Retreat!

First up, briefly tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am very blessed, I have a beautiful daughter, two magnificent horses, I love what I do and Gwinganna is amazing. I love where I live, I am a very happy person and I genuinely love people, I also love to see people realise their full potential for health and happiness. You could say I have a lot of ‘love’ in my life!

Tell us about your daily beauty routine.

I choose products that are active and certified organic so I am not adding to the toxic load of my body.

Morning cleanse Phyt's Lait Hydro Nettoyant, Phyt’s Hydrole Orange Toner, Phyt’s Crème Reviderm Moisturiser, 10 minutes later facial zinc. Make up is simple, Evohe (med) mineral foundation powder and Evohe blush, Subtle Energies lip balm.

Night time same cleanser in the shower as soon as I get into the house, then tone, Subtle Energies Facial Oil with Sandalwood. Before bed tone again, followed by Phyt's Crème Absolue Moisturiser…every second night I use Phyt's Serum Reviderm prior to the Crème Absolue Moisturiser.

Info about Phyt's skincare here, info about Evohe makeup here.

What's the one beauty treatment you can't live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

The Phyt's Multi Vita Facial and I love the LI’TYA body salts used in the body scrubs at Gwinganna, they are wild harvested and are beautiful. My favourite place… Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat of course, the therapists are nurturing and skilled and the products are simply the best.

Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment?

Exfoliation at least once a week.

Your three, absolutely cannot live without, favourite products?

Subtle Energies facial oil with sandalwood, exotic and luxurious…divine! Phyt's lait hydro nettoyant cleanser, Phyt’s contact + gommage.

Do you have any secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Qi Gong, Yoga, meditation and breathing techniques, a very positive outlook on life I take things as they come daily, the great outdoors, I also take practitioner strength supplements.

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven't yet? (Due to time, money, scared etc!)

I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to try all that I have been curious about.

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

I always buy organic, seasonal food and produce, I eat differently in summer (lighter salads and raw foods with lightly steamed veg) and winter (more cooked soups and casseroles etc) and I try to chew my food really well and I don't eat dairy or gluten.

Lemon juice in hot water on rising, teaspoon of apple cider vinegar before breakfast, then english breakfast tea, poached eggs, one slice of gluten free toast and greens for breakfast. Morning tea at around 11am is a cup of tea and nuts or a Gwinganna tahini ball as a snack. Lunch is salad and protein (seafood or organic chicken) followed by nuts for afternoon tea.

Dinner is steamed veg and protein (mainly fish however I do eat more red meat in winter), a cup or two of herbal tea or a pure drinking chocolate (Loving Earth is a great example of pure) in winter before bed. My ‘junk’ food is hommus and corn chips and dark organic chocolate which I love. Lots of filtered rain water (we have a tank) during the day and some lightly sparkling water with lime on hot days.

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Describe your fitness routine.

Qi Gong most mornings, Yoga three mornings a week my own routine at home and one strong Astanga class a week, I periodically do resistance training and I horse ride three times a week.

Do you take part in any alternative therapies or take supplements? If so, discuss.

Yes, every morning the first thing I do is scrape my tongue according to Ayurvedic practice, during sleep it is believed we accumulate toxins on our tongue that need to be removed prior to eating and exercise, whist this seems like a gross practice after 25 years of this practice I believe it is more gross not to do it! I see a Naturopath every six months for a checkup this is usually done using a hemaview or a live blood analysis, I also use Chinese Medical Practitioners who are masters at shifting energy in the body and I truly believe acupuncture and cupping will assist with everything from sleep problems to infertility.

My medical Doctor is also a nutritionist and herbalist and I truly appreciate her knowledge of Western Medicine and how she seamlessly blends modern science with ancient wisdom, she also communicates with my Chinese Medical Practitioner and Naturopath when necessary. (see website for a similar Doctor to support your health) I feel fully supported by my health support team and feel I am a participant in my preventative health intentions rather than a victim of my health. I also do regular body work (massages etc) to assist my body to relax and stay balanced.

I top up what is missing in key nutritionals. Everyday our bodies are under a lot of pressure in this modern technological world, every morning I take a practitioner strength probiotic as the health of our gut has a huge influence on our moods, skin, health and wellbeing. I also take magnesium every night along with vitamin C and zinc. I do supplement with vitamin D when my exposure to sun is limited. When I am feeling overwhelmed or run down I see my Doctor for some IV vitamin C or consult one of my preferred complementary health professionals.

How many hours sleep do you usually get each night? Do you have any bedtime rituals or tips to help you get a great nights sleep?

Minimum seven hours, sleep is essential for so many things in our body and assists us to deal with stress better. I try to follow the body’s natural circadian rhythm getting up earlier in summer when the sun is up around 5am and in winter tend to wake around 6.30 naturally as the mornings are darker. I try to wake without an alarm (unless I am catching a plane or something) preferring to train my body to wake with the natural cycles….this takes time but is such a better way to wake up naturally. Our bodies like consistency and routine, I always try to be in bed asleep or going to sleep by 10pm latest. I avoid any caffeine after 12noon and find if I have at least four alcohol free nights and limit my intake to 1-2 glasses of red wine on the nights I do choose to drink.

How do you like to relax? What are your favourite ways to de-stress?

Relaxing to me is spending time with family and friends, spending time with my horses is a joy and where I truly switch off as I become engrossed in their connection with me, I also love to read and I meditate regularly.

Head to the Gwinganna website to find out more about this little slice of spa heaven!

What do you think of Sharon’s routine? If you have any questions or comments please leave them below!

Be well,



NEW Perth Wellness Event – ‘Food, Stress and You’ 24 May!

If you’re anything like me, the idea of heading to a spa retreat to completely renew and refresh yourself is high on the wish list. Personally, I’ve never been able to afford the blissful few days of complete relaxation and healthy, gourmet food & technology switch off (I don’t know if I could handle the last part!), but it is a dream of mine to one day be able to go to a health retreat a few times a year to reboot myself.

Which is why I’m so excited that Gwinganna, the holy grail of health retreats in Australia, have decided to come say hi to us WA folk for the first time and present a special wellness event in May – ‘Food, Stress and You‘!

This inspiring wellness seminar will help you understand more about real food, the way we eat, stress and the factors that really affect your ability to maintain or to lose body fat. Featuring Gwinganna’s nutritionist Caroline Scott, you will leave with invaluable information, tips and the latest research on healthy eating.

When: Thursday 24 May, 6.00-7.45pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Perth
How much: $40 per person and includes: a Gwinganna organic snack plus a selection of herbal and black teas. Book online

The lifestyle seminars are a key component of the retreat’s innovative programs. “Guests constantly tell us the information provided in the seminars is invaluable. Part of our mission is to provide relevant take-home content that helps balance out a busy lifestyle” said General Manager, Sharon Kolkka.

This will be a really special event and tickets are selling fast! I’ve heard rumours of a goodie bag too, which can only be a positive thing 🙂

If you need some help coping with stress, and want to take a look at how food can help you get there, then this event is unmissable.

Let me know if you’re thinking of coming in the comments below!

Be well,



This is a sponsored post, but my passion for Gwinganna is 100% non-sponsored! :).