My time at the Obsidian Retreat was one of the best things I have done for myself in a long time. To give your body and mind a complete rest really does have you coming back full of energy and ready to kick start back in to your everyday life. Never have I come back from a holiday so rested, so focused, so content and so at peace with myself.
I really needed to give myself a break, to take stock of where I was in my life and where I wanted to be. I was getting too hung up on my physical appearance, my nutrition, my exercise, my work, my everything!! I feel a lot of you totally understand where I am coming from here.
I thought the best thing to do was to head off on a retreat where they would look after my nutrition, exercise and well being. I wanted somewhere that took in to account that it may not be lack of nutritional knowledge or exercise but people’s emotional ties to food, exercise and appearance (mindfulness). I was recommend the Obsidian by a facebook friend, they really suited as you can go anytime you wanted, they had no set pattern or weeks. They offered yoga (very important for me), exercise classes, walks, juicing, vegan food, mindful thinking and one to one with a coach to discuss issues relating to food/work/lifestyle/emotions (well being, stress management and being clear about what truly makes you happy in life is so important, chasing the money does not make us happy. We need that unlocked and this is where the mindfulness comes in, sometimes all we need is to talk to somebody to realise what we want and what makes us happy). So I booked up and it was the best thing I did.
The choice was yours at the retreat, do as little or as much as you like. You had an induction with a trainer/coach and from there you set your plan. I decided to juice for a few days and then went on to the vegan food which was delicious. The only thing I did not like was the focus on calories but as they said when I mentioned this, people are looking for results and not everyone that comes here has as much nutritional knowledge as someone who is in the industry.
I completed the yoga daily which was so good for me, I walked with everyone in the morning (they set an am walk, with varying distances before the classes in the day), you had classes through the day; exercises, talks & demonstrations. In the evenings there was either a class, video or a talk to attend.
The thing I loved the most was the coming together of all the guests. Everyone is so encouraging, friendly and fun. There was always someone to talk to, go for a walk with just hang with. Everyone had their own stories, some extremely inspirational reasons for being there. People of all walks of life, shapes, age and sizes all coming together. The retreat is there for so many different people and everyone comes together so well. People with diabetes, recovering from serious illnesses, stress, weight loss etc. Whatever you were there for you were not judged just welcomed in to the Obsidian family.
I recommend doing this for yourself if the opportunity should arise, you will come back a better person, clearer, happier, relaxed, focused, encouraged and excited to take life and make the most of it.
I would personally like to thank the amazing coach there Verity, a true inspiration and an amazing yoga instructor, mindful and lifestyle coach. She totally understood where I was coming from and helped me see the way forward within my life and work. I thank you greatly for this and have taken so much from a short talks we had. All the coaches there are very good, inspirational and make big changes to peoples lives.
Would I recommend a retreat, oh yes, would I go back to Obsidian……………………..definitely
They practice a lot of what I preach to my clients, family, friends, bootcampers
Wellbeing, inner acceptance, positive affirmation, banish the negative beliefs, stress management, surround yourself with like minded good people that make you feel happy, good nutrition, plenty of activity. Life is worth living so make the most of it and do it healthily!!