Hi Michelle, I can’t believe it’s been a month since we left the beautiful island of Kauai! I wanted to reach out to you to let you know how much of an impact the retreat has had on my life.
When you told me about the retreat, I immediately took to your website to read about Better Beings and the Kauai retreat. In the first paragraph on your homepage, you state, “In all my years in the health and fitness industry, never has the concept of wellness been as popular as it is now. People are seeing the benefits of taking control of their lives in terms of their nutrition and fitness, as well as emotional, and spiritual health”. As you know, the last few years of my life have been challenging, to say the least, but finding that better place just seemed impossible. I guess the information on your Better Beings site more or less inspired me to take that leap of faith and see what a wellness retreat is all about. I remember thinking, “What do I have to lose?”, and booking that flight to Hawaii. The idea of being able to retake control of my life in terms of nutrition and fitness resonated with me, but I was never really in tune with how emotional, and spiritual health fit in to the equation. With an open mind, and a bit of skepticism, I boarded the plane and began my trek, to what I now regard as the most beautiful place on earth.
I really don’t even know where to begin. First off, Kauai, is probably the best place in the world for a wellness retreat. I remember asking you, “Why Kauai”? Your reply was, “You’ll see when you get there”. It seemed impossible to be anything but “well” on that island. Looking back, I found that before you make positive changes in your life, you sort-of have to disconnect from your old habits and even your old way of life. Kauai provided me the opportunity to truly disconnect like I had never done before. Even the 6 hour time changed helped me to disconnect from the life I left back home and be more present, allowing me to get the most out of the activities you had planned for us.
Each day at the retreat included one or more excursions, activities, workouts, guided meditations, meal preparations, group discussions, and a very well put together wellness class. Each of these activities was well planned, thought out and meaningful.
I remember the first evening, you asked us to write down our goals for the trip. I revisited my journal after I got back home, and my first goal I was to take home new tools to help me live a better life. I am happy to say, so far, mission accomplished.
I took a lot away from all of the amazing experiences jammed into that short week, but for me, the realization of how important balance is, made an impact. As we discussed, the effects of stress, sleep habits, and nutrition, my eyes were opened as to how unhealthy of a lifestyle I was living. The scary part for me was, I actually thought I was living in a fairly healthy way. You also shed light on the fact that you can’t really live a truly happy life, and be healthy emotionally, unless all the other components of wellness are in place.
I have to say, after being back home for a month, I’ve changed my diet based on your guidance, I’ve gotten back into a workout routine, and I’ve been making a concerted effort to manage the stresses in my life in a more positive way. I honestly don’t remember feeling as good as I feel now!
At the end of the day, I came home with an awareness, some tools, and a new found motivation to help me better take control of my life in terms of nutrition, physical fitness which, I truly feel has played directly into an improvement in my emotional, and spiritual health as well.
Michelle, the retreat was awesome! So much fun, such wonderful people, and so much great, life changing information! One of the best things I’ve ever done for myself! Surfing was awesome!!! You may very well see me on the next one!