Revive Retreat, Komune Resort & Beach Club Bali
Jalan Pantai Keramas
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Sun - Sat 6am - 11pm
Fitness, fun, friendship and finding out more about myself on a Revive RetreatI blow a bit hot and cold with fitness and healthy eating. I know what to do but just don't always do it.
When the opportunity arose to do a 7-day fitness retreat in Bali, I signed up to give myself a kick start and a little holiday during the Australian winter.
Revive Retreat is run by two gorgeous West Aussie girls - Sarah and Katie. Sarah is a health coach and trainer and Katie is a personal trainer, pilates instructor and gym owner.
They're based in the Margaret River region of Western Australia and run regular retreats in Australia's south west and in Bali.
Whilst I knew quite a but about Revive Retreat before leaving home, I was still surprised at the itinerary we received on arrival - it was a fantastic balance of indoor and outdoor fitness classes, excursions beyond the resort, learning sessions, and the obligatory poolside downtime.
The 10 women taking part in my retreat ranged in age from their 30s to 60s. All were fit but some were challenged with pre-existing injuries. Exercises were adapted to suit each of us as we burpeed, squatted, rowed, climbed and lifted our way through the week.
We were challenged mentally and physically and each found our strengths and weaknesses at different moments, but throughout the experience the support from Sarah and Katie and the group was unwavering.
We hiked up volcanos at dawn to enjoy the sunrise; stretched our way through relaxation yoga classes in a beachfront outdoor studio, swung through trees on a challenging ropes course, sweated it out in high intensity weights and cardio classes, and learnt the delights of Balinese food in an organic farm cooking school. We celebrated our achievements each night together, with a delicious dinner and cocktail or 2 just to maintain the balance.
There was also enough downtime to squeeze in a cheeky Balinese massage, facial and treatments at the Komune Resort Day Spa during the week.
We all lead busy and hectic lives and taking time out for ourselves is a rare event. It can be a big ask to take a week off work, home, family and commitments to spend time working on yourself, but it is well worth the effort.
Finding time to be mindful, to work on being stronger and fitter, eat a whole food diet, learn the benefits of good eating and fitness, and challenge yourself in physical ways can only have positive effects on your wellbeing - and hopefully then impact positively on the people around you.
(Note: Whilst I do help Katie and Sarah with their PR and marketing from time to time, I paid to participate in the Revive Retreat in Bali.)