Over the past two years, I have been on two retreats. They were business focused and I got to work on my business with other like-minded naturopaths. They did, however, include a HUGE amount of self-care, personal development and growth.
But before experiencing the initial magnificent retreat, I had some massive hurdles to overcome.
First, I had never travelled alone before. I was also very scared about leaving the business behind and really didn’t know what would happen or how it would run without me. At the same time, I was very burnt out.
These things combined made it hard for me to commit. I had all the excuses as to why I couldn’t go and kept telling myself it just wasn’t possible. But I really wanted to give it a go.
Setting off on what should have been the most exceptional experience—a business retreat in Bali—I experienced extremely high levels of anxiety while in the car driving to Melbourne airport. I was so nauseous and experienced waves of dizziness.
I felt scared, worried and alone.
I was on the phone to my husband and also a good friend who was attending the retreat with me. They supported me, nurtured me and assured me everything was going to be ok, and the closer I got to the airport the more my anxiety eased.
My friend met me at the airport and wrapped her arms around me; her comfort is something I will never forget. Luckily for me, she was also a naturopath and specialised in anxiety—I was literally in the best hands!
For the first 24 hours in Bali, I still felt unsure and uneasy. I also ended up with a mild case of Bali belly on the very first night but maybe it was a nervous-system release.
The next morning, our retreat founder had a three-hour spa package planned for each of us following our first breakfast together which was shared with some of the most wonderful naturopathic friends.
That was when the magic started.
That was when I began to let go.
That was when the healing and growth commenced.
Over the coming days, there were tears, breakdowns, breakthroughs, support, laughter, good pressure, lots to consider and thoughts to change. It was absolutely unbelievable! There really is nothing like being surrounded by a group of women who support you and really understand what you are going through.
I made lifelong friends on these retreats, all who still support me today.
THIS is why I decided to run my own retreat.
I want you to experience the amazing feelings that come from looking after yourself, filling up your cup and putting yourself first. If I can change your life, just like my life was changed, then that would literally make my year.
I know how hard it can be to step away from your life, your job, your partner, your family, your emails, your social media. I know how easy it is to make excuses as to why you shouldn’t do something, such as cost, time, family and commitments. I know because I said them all to myself.
But I also know how incredible an experience like this can be.
I came back from these retreats full. I learnt so much about myself, what I wanted and how I wanted my life to look and feel. I got to reflect on the most important things in my life. I got to relax, unwind and let go.
I got clarity.
Can you relate to this?
Deep down, do you REALLY want to come to our retreat?
Are your excuses stopping you?
It’s time to put yourself FIRST!
Big love, Karly x
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