Post Archive - September, 2017

Posts category "Luxury Retreats"

Thich Nhat Hanh Meditation

Thich Nhat Hanh

After a whirlwind of crazy activity last week, I found myself firmly ungrounded. I felt I needed some meditation guidance and am loving an audio book Living Without Fear or Stress by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. He is the founder of Plum Village in France, a mindfulness practice centre. I loved this Pebble Meditation
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COMO Shambhala Fitness Expert Amy Buck

Chrissy Teigen Bali

Recently singer John Legend and Chrissy Teigen enjoyed getting their fit bodies back with Fitness Expert Amy Buck, when they stayed at one of our favourites luxury wellness retreats COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. Teigen called Amy “The most patient human in the world”..

“We had the most beautiful, wonderful time in Bali. Como Shambhala, my body and mind have never felt so clear. Thank you for getting me to move again (first time since I was 8 months pregnant and Luna is ummmm 15 months old) and giving me some much-needed body and nutrition schooling!” said Teigen in an Instagram post.

Yeap, we’d agree. We interviewed Amy to find out what expert tips she’s dishing out.
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Balinese Healing Ceremonies

Fivelements Bali

Thanks to ‘Eat,Pray,Love’, everyone has now heard of Balinese Healing. They all imagine queuing for ‘Ketut’ to show them the path to enlightenment. Or you might think it’s all a load of baloney.

Well think again.

I lived in Bali for over a decade and I’ve experienced and witnessed some things that do not fit into our regular view of the world. If our clients are interested in experiencing Balinese Healing, whilst on a luxury wellness vacation with us, I usually ask them to put aside their Western viewpoint for a few hours and immerse themselves in mysticism and ritual.

Here are some images of a recent Agni Hotra Fire Ceremony, attended by a dear friend and healer Annick with explanation of it’s origins and meaning.
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Sugarless Soul; A week sugar free round-up

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Soul Sanctuaries offer luxury healthy holidays across Asia and we practice what we preach. That said, I was too many chocolate biscuits in and that needed to stop. I’ve made it one week sugar free and caffeine free and do you know what, I’m going to another week too. I honestly did not think that I would feel more energised immediately, but a few days in and I was waking up feeling more rested and clearer. Thank you so much to the fantastic expert tips from Paul Emery, founder of QEPR, a science based mind and body healing technique. We also had some superb advice from Dietician Eve Persak MS RDN CNSC CSSD. Here they are again inside for anyone that missed the blogs.

For anyone thinking of cutting back on sugar my personal tips would be;

Shop well in advance (I didn’t!) to stop you being tempted to cheat

If you’re a tea or coffee drinker and are going caffeine free too, think about what you are replacing it with. I always drink heaps of water and I had homemade smoothies and herbal teas

Think about your work schedule if you can. I had some aches and pains mid-week and over did it.
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Women’s Health Expert Nancy Kim

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Today at Soul Sanctuaries we had the pleasure to chat to Women’s Health Expert Nancy Kim, MSTOM, DIPL. OM, Oriental Medicine Consultant at the wonderful COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. I really think Nancy sums up the major issues facing our female clients, which is why we love to send our clients to her. Taking that well deserved time out, beginning to care for the self and healing in a holistic way is what you can expect from your personalised stay.
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New Year Detox for the Soul

Emotional Well-being Programs in Luxury Asian Health Resorts

new year detox

At this time of year we have lots of inquiries from guests anticipating the need for a New Year Detox Holiday. After a festive season of guaranteed indulgence, it’s common to offset any guilty feelings by booking in for a luxury cleanse program. Best foot forward in 2016 and all that.

This year however, we’re receiving requests from guests who aren’t simply satisfied with a healthy diet and exercise regime. They are looking for a detox for the soul.

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Are you drinking your own poison?

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Are your expectations of others stressing you out?

I recently underwent a huge life change, returning back to my roots in the UK after 15 years in Asia. It’s been a huge transition and I’m feeling quite ‘out of body’ most the time.

I’m noticing a lot of emotional pain in the people around me (myself included). I see this coming from people’s expectations of how others ‘should’ behave. I’ve noticed this is causing the person who’s having these expectations the most pain. It’s like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die from it. How others behave is simply out of our own control.

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Jumping into the unknown

Making decisions which lead to transformation

Joanne McFarlane

I want to apologize for not being my usual chatty, communicative self but I’ve been through a major life transformation. After 15 years of living in Asia and 25 years of living away from my town of origin and family, I made the decision to move back to the UK. Major changes!

I couldn’t have anticipated what a rollercoaster this experience would be and here I want to share my experience, strength and hope with you all. I adore Soul Sanctuaries; I put my heart and soul into the company and really love to help others on the journey to physical health and emotional wellness. With each experience I personally undergo, I add to my ability to help others.

Have you ever felt like you’re bashing against closed doors?

Whatever you’re trying in life and relationships simply isn’t working?

This was my life over the last year. On the surface, I had a fantastic life in Asia; a beautiful villa, great weather and beaches nearby, a fantastic son and friends whom I adore. Yet I seemed to be constantly facing hardships on all fronts; health, finances and relationships. Some days I found life incredibly difficult and although I was helping others find their balance, my own life was getting more painful by the day. On that note, whenever I felt really low, I allowed myself to feel like that, forgave myself and held on to the thought that tomorrow might just be brighter. Sometimes it wasn’t but I gained small comfort knowing that I’d made it through the previous day with love, support and my dignity intact. I also found it extremely gratifying to still be able to listen to others hardships and maintain a place of healing for others.

I felt like I was being drawn back to the UK, but since I love to procrastinate, I kept putting it off. The universe has a way of forcing the issue and my life became so uncomfortable, I had to make a decision. Sitting outside a bank in Bali, I sat with cash in my hand debating “school fees or plane ticket”. I called friends and mentors, desperately trying to pass the decision making onto somebody else. Eventually I made a decision and plumped for school fees, ensuring my son’s further education abroad. It then became apparent over the following week that I felt like I’d made the wrong decision, that it was time to head back to my roots, to reconnect with family and start afresh.

I’d been told that when the path you decide to walk down feels right, the waters part and doors open. I went to my son’s school and told them I’d made a mistake. They graciously refunded my money. The flight ticket to the UK just got cheaper and cheaper. My villa rented out to a beautiful family with ease. They even adopted our beloved cat Lili.

On arrival I had a bumpy start, I’ll not kid you. Being around family after so long, isn’t without its moments. A lot of my old behaviour’s resurfaced. Luckily I have consciously caught myself people pleasing, becoming overwhelmed and trying to fit into others vision of how I should be.

Within two week’s I’d found a beautiful little house and just the perfect school nearby for my son. I have experienced the milk of human kindness. Family members gave their houses and time. People I didn’t even know gave things for the new house. I’ve had positive signs along the way that this was the right thing to do.

Now I’m asking for guidance in how to develop my beloved company Soul Sanctuaries further and spread it’s European wings. With the possibility of offices in both Asia and Europe, I’m feeling like the future of the company is bright.

What have I gained from this whole experience? To follow my heart. I listened to my inner voice, I overcame the fear of making the decision and I leapt into the unknown. And I am supported. I’m still here and I feel like I’m getting back the positive energy I put into life. It’s not always easy, but if you can find small gratitudes on a daily basis, the sun can shine through the darkest cloud.

I want to take a moment to thank all those beautiful souls who helped me personally through this transformation. I love you all. I also want to thank all those fantastic soul seekers who booked a healthy holiday through Soul Sanctuaries. I love what I do and you blessed me with the ability to help you on a journey of health and wellness.

In Gratitude and with a lot of Soul

Joanne

Anti Gravity Yoga and Meditation in Bali

anti gravity yogaSoul Sanctuaries founder Joanne feeling footloose and fancy free

Always on the search for new authentic wellness experiences for our guests, we heard that Four Seasons Sayan in Ubud, Bali had commissioned a rather special yoga bale. Designed by award winning architect and lover of all things bamboo, Elora Hardy, the yoga bale, which rests at the foot of the resort, was inspired by a lotus petal. Created from sustainable local bamboo, it offers shelter from the elements and is home to the island’s first AntiGravity Yoga.

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Ask the Experts: Secrets of Spa

luxury spa holidays

How many times have you been for a spa treatment and left feeling like it was a lot of ‘bells and whistles’ and not really relaxing? In this week’s ‘Ask The Experts’ blog, our 4th in the series, we’re talking  all things spa with Spa Aficionado Richard Williams. Richard is a Spa Consultant and Trainer with over 15 years experience in the Spa industry in Australasia. He’s had his healing hands on  5 Star Health Spa Chiva Som, Peninsula Bangkok and most recently A.W. Lake Spa Concepts.

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