**This is a guest post by Alice Wenzel. She is organizing family wellness retreats, the first two of which are in Bali this January 2017. This is a fabulous opportunity for families (Jan. 15th – 22nd) and single parents (Jan. 25th – Feb. 1st) to meet other like-minded people and work on their yoga practice in the beautiful Bali surroundings. All links are below.**
Family Wellness Retreats
Family Wellness Retreats has organically unfolded since the world schooling trip that I organized in Sri Lanka, for four weeks in August 2016. After returning from such a successful trip, with all 5 families very grateful for my time & energy in putting the trip together, I was feeling extremely inspired to do more trips bringing like-minded families together, in beautiful destinations around the world.
My background being in hospitality, advertising & marketing, yoga & pilates, a dabble in oriental health science, and also running detox retreats in Bali for 7 years, I was chatting to my closest girlfriend Laura, (who is a brilliant osteopath, and was on the Sri Lankan trip with us) and the idea just popped into my head, and I literally wrote to her:
“Why don’t you and I create travel & healing retreats for small groups in exotic locations around the world! I’ll do all the organizing & back-end, and you can do bodywork, and we’ll invite a yoga teacher along to do yoga & meditation.”
Laura loved the idea!
I shared my idea that night on some Facebook groups of traveling families, worldschoolers, and single parents, asking for some feed back, and overnight I received more than one hundred comments, personal messages, and emails! It was such an overwhelming and positive response, that I couldn’t help but run with it.
Four weeks later we have our first two retreats up on our Facebook page, our logo and website are nearly finished, and I am busily organizing retreats in Bali, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Greece, and Thailand for 2017.
I am a single Mum, with a beautiful 9 year old son, who’s father (my ex-husband) is Balinese. We live in Australia, and the last 3 years we have been exploring Australia in our Toyota HiAce campervan. After a 6 week trip to Europe and the USA in 2015, I was staring to feel that our time in our ‘Calypso’ was coming to an end, and that international travel was our new inspiration.
This year we spent two fabulous weeks in New Zealand in March campervanning around the south island, then we had our above mentioned Sri Lanka trip. As I write this we are finishing up on our 3 week trip in beautiful Bali, and on November 12 we head to Vietnam for 6 weeks.
I would love other families to continue to join us on our travels, and why not let it be on retreat. In working on this business, it was clear quickly that there are not many people running retreats where our children are included. And with the large growing numbers of traveling families, us Mums and Dads still need some self-care time, even though we are living a wonderful traveling life!
The overall feeling of the retreats is for like-minded families to come together, in support of each other, where the children have new friends to play with, and the parents can be treated to some much needed self-care.
I look forward to seeing you all on retreat with us!
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Or on their website familywellnessretreats.com
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