This summer my daughters and I took a mini vacation. We liked the idea of booking a wellness retreat for a long weekend. However, we could never find the perfect spot, time or schedule that worked for all of us. So we decided to do our own! It was actually pretty simple and we all really got into the spirit –even calling our kitchen “The spa cafe” and organizing yoga classes by the pool. We knew we were on to something when one of my friends commented on my instagram photo “What resort are you at? I want to go there.”
I studied the schedules and wellness offerings at some of the local resorts for inspiration. We had a weekend and three busy schedules to work around but once we started planning and all agreed on a date it was actually very easy. I found an amazing house to rent on AirBnB but you could also do this in your own home (just don’t tell anyone you are home).
It is also important to have a talk with your friends and family before your retreat and get an idea of everyone’s goals — both of my daughters really wanted to unplug and eat healthy. I wanted to catch up on some reading and also kick start some healthy exercise. This was our schedule, once we were all together things did get changed around a bit and that was OK — all part of unplugging and going with the flow.
Arrival and VIP Greeting with Mocktails and light snacks
After a busy week, we all just need to get comfy, talk and unwind
Healthy Breakfast at “The Spa Cafe”
We found that focusing on making super healthy and pretty food was very satisfying for both our bodies and mind.
Morning exercise and Relaxation — Everyone wanted to read and stretch after a busy week. We also found time for some DIY beauty. This clay mask is so simple to create using powdered clay and some almond milk or spring water mixed in to form a smooth paste. Of course fresh cucumber slices over your eye are a spa must.
Afternoon Yoga session – my daughter is a pro and was the leader for all of us. You could also bring a book or watch a DVD for some new moves and positions.
We made sure we drank tons of “spa water” — simply add fresh fruit, veggies and herbs to ice cold spring water so refreshing.
Sunset Celebration and Dinner
Evening Gratitude Session and herbal tea — this was my favorite part of the retreat, as we all came together at the end of the day and really talked and connected.
Breakfast at “The Spa Cafe”
Creative exercise — Doing something creative is very relaxing for your mind. We made floral collages and it was fun to watch them change through out the day as the wind and sun rearranged and dried them out a bit.
Morning urban hike
Afternoon relaxation and pool time – we let my husband crash this part of the retreat and he really got into doing cannon balls haha
Sunset Celebration and Dinner
Evening Gratitude and Goodbyes
I hope this inspires you to plan your own retreat for a day, weekend or a week — It is so relaxing and a great way to re-connect, recharge and refresh (I know that is a lot of “R” words)It was such a wonderful and special time and just writing this I am refreshed all over again and wanting to plan our next DIY wellness retreat.