What’s a Wellness Retreat Holiday Anyway?


Well, think of it like your personal escape from the chaos of everyday life. It’s that magical place where you can finally take a breather, kick back, and find some peace and quiet. In other words, it’s your chance to hit pause on the daily grind and get in touch with your inner Zen. Life can seem a little crazy at times. Wellness retreats are like a secret hideaway where you can slow down, chill out, and rediscover yourself. The wellness retreat at Raven’s Perch has a little something for everyone. Whether you’re into yoga, meditation, detoxing, getting massages, or just doing some soul-searching, we’ve got you covered. It’s all about customizing the experience to fit your needs and wants.

Are you juggling a high-stress job, taking care of elderly parent(s), and teens while also trying to get to the gym, or visit with friends. While we may enjoy most of these activities on their own, thrown all together it can be overwhelming and hard to find time to relax. We’ve become accustomed to cramming every moment of our schedules so tightly that the idea of having spare time can trigger anxiety. What thoughts or emotions might arise when we find ourselves in a moment of tranquility without any distractions?

But this is the wonderful thing about retreats, it is all about embracing free time. It’s a chance to unplug, unwind, and disconnect from your phone! This is your golden opportunity to recharge, reflect, and have a heart-to-heart chat with yourself. No guilt about lazing around here. It’s a guilt-free zone to catch up on sleep, explore, read, write, draw, or just have a deep convo with your inner guru, asking, “What’s going on in there?”

So, what makes a Wellness Retreat Holiday different from your typical vacation?
Think about your past vacations… There’s the one where you lounge on the beach all day, another filled with non-stop sightseeing, and maybe even a shopping spree or two. These vacations are great, no doubt about it. But what sets a wellness retreat apart is what happens after you’ve packed your bags and gone back to reality.

After a wellness retreat, you don’t just come back feeling relaxed; you come back as a changed person, from the inside out. It’s not about superficial experiences; it’s about those deep, transformative moments.

And how does that happen, you ask?
Well, during a retreat, you get the time and space to rest and rejuvenate. But you also dive into activities that help you release stress, unlock hidden thoughts and emotions, and discover the root of your exhaustion. It’s a journey of self-reflection, moments of clarity, and those “aha” epiphanies that can change the trajectory of your life.

So, when should you start thinking about booking a wellness retreat?
It’s time to consider one if any of these sound familiar:
– You wake up tired most days
– Stress is your constant companion from work, life, or relationships
– You’re thinking about a career change but can’t see the path
– Life feels like it’s stuck on repeat, and you’re craving direction
– Recent tough times have left you in need of healing and space
– You’ve got that itch to find your life’s purpose
– You’re on a quest for your passions and a deeper understanding of yourself
– You’re all about improving your health and boosting your energy
– You’re standing at a crossroads, unsure of where to go next in life

So, what can a Wellness Retreat Holiday do for you?
– You’ll leave feeling refreshed and recharged
– You’ll gain insights into your life’s path and purpose
– It’s like a mental and emotional detox, releasing all those blockages
– You’ll create new healthy daily routines
– It’s a kick start for your physical well-being, finding ways to stay healthy when you’re back home
– You’ll reconnect with your inner emotions and let them flow
– You’ll see your life from a whole new perspective
– Maybe you’ll even discover new ways to express your true self

In a nutshell, while a wellness retreat won’t magically change your external circumstances, it will give you a fresh outlook on the world. It’s like a gift to yourself, a chance to learn, and an adventure into your inner self. So, what are you waiting for? Time to book that retreat and start your journey!

Life can be a challenge, find peace through healing retreats

Following on from my previous post about going with the flow and allowing plans to unfold and evolve as they need to… one of the ideas that we had originally been drawn to was to build a healing retreat on the property. The reality of the cost of building and of how we ended up utilizing the 5 acres made that idea fall away. Too many obstacles that we were unable to see past.

So, we let the idea rest. But the dream, the thought, kept nudging at my heart and my mind. Everywhere, I see the need for people to step out of their lives for even just a short while, to gain perspective, to have space to think and ground and heal – mind, body, emotion. We have many guests who tell us that they came to our out of the way little tiny home rental to take a break from work, from the weight of family commitments and just simply the burdens of life.

Very recently a young woman arrived for a month long stay. When I first met her I must admit I was concerned for her overall health. I welcomed her but just had a sense that I needed to let her be. A few days after she arrived she emerged from the rental and we had a chat. She was very open and expressed how she was dealing with many levels of trauma. I allowed her the space to talk. I mostly listened but when asked I would share thoughts and suggestions based on my own experience.

I suggested that she utilize everything that we and our property had to offer including the sauna, the sweet old claw foot bathtub, the forest, and the peaceful environment. I also suggested that she seek local health practitioners to help guide her on her journey. I witnessed her progress throughout the month and it was like watching a rose unfurl. When she got in her car to drive away and on to the next part of her journey to discover her Self and where her life path needed to go, she was a changed person. Still a seemingly fragile and delicate young woman but beneath that – a person who had had the strength and willingness to be completely vulnerable and alone – what I saw was a peaceful warrior, strong and ready to face life once more.

I am passionate about the healing journey and sharing not only my offerings but also the talents of practitioners here in the valley. I offer several yoga classes at Bindu Studio as well as personalized healing meditations, Yoga Nidra, and hands on spiritual healing at the health studio on our property.

A dream of mine has been to create private healing retreats at The Nest vacation rental to provide anywhere from 3 to 30 day long private healing retreats for one to two people at a time.

The concept is still being developed but essentially I work with guests to develop a unique and personal time for healing. Together, we build a plan for your stay depending on your needs and intentions for your retreat. You will be able to choose services from myself and health practitioners as mentioned above to support your healing journey.

Everything from minimal interactions with us but access to healing services as listed above (as well as the sauna) to lots of interactions including assistance with food prep, guidance with tools and techniques to build your optimal day that you can carry with you once you’ve finished your retreat. Or, somewhere in between, if you imagine it, let’s work together to make it happen!

If you are interested in more information please reach out, I’d be happy to talk more about this offering at Raven’s Perch with you.

In closing, here are some words from our guest who I spoke of above; she kindly wrote this testimonial of sorts for this post:

What a wonderfully restorative time! I stumbled across this listing on AirBnB – and it feels like a stroke of luck to have found a perfect little home, tucked away in the mountains. Not only did it meet my expectations – it exceeded them. Martha and Steve are incredibly welcoming and were able to offer a variety of services around the space itself, but the town of Winlaw in itself has many restorative practitioners and activities as well.
To be a bit more vulnerable, I drove into town feeling lost, un-rooted, and unwell. I made use of chiropractic, somatic massage therapy, yoga, sauna and time spent in nature itself to re-centre and re-ground. I loved how fresh the organic foods grown around the area were, and natural mineral water came straight from the tap too. I left feeling rejuvenated and re-energized to tackle life’s hurdles and changes of season again. – Melodi F.

How we use the wisdom of the Stoics to embrace the unknown, and go with the flow


When we embarked on this journey at Raven’s Perch we had a somewhat different image of how it would be. We had pictured a community of tiny homes on the lower area of the property along with a farm. Up top a few more dwellings including our home and the vacation rental. Some of these things came to fruition and some began to take shape but then evaporated into the ether due to arising circumstances.

Through the creation of our vision for this property and how we want to build our life in this small mountain community, we have remained relatively steadfast and continue to move forward despite the obstacles that come our way. When things become cloudy or when the path takes a sudden turn we seem to always return to stoicism for inspiration and strength to keep going.

Don’t seek for everything to happen as you wish it would, but rather wish that everything happens as it actually will. Then your life will flow well.

The Epictetus quote above reminds us to guard against having rigid expectations or desires for everything to go exactly as you want. It acknowledges that life is unpredictable, and trying to force things to conform to our wishes can lead to disappointment and frustration.

Instead of imposing our desires onto reality, this quote encourages us to cultivate a mindset of acceptance and openness. It means embracing the circumstances, events, and outcomes as they naturally occur, without resistance or attachment to specific outcomes.

By adopting this perspective, the statement suggests that we will experience a sense of ease and harmony in life. When you let go of excessive control and surrender to the natural flow of life, you may find greater peace, contentment, and resilience in the face of challenges. In summary, this quote encourages a more flexible and accepting approach to life. By aligning your wishes with the unfolding reality, rather than trying to mould reality to fit your wishes, you may find greater peace and well-being.

So, while that dream of building a tiny home community is no longer a reality, we are watching an amazing permaculture farm take form. Emerald Grove is evolving beautifully under Ryan’s very capable hands. To watch the once empty field turn into a productive 1/2 acre working farm is incredible. The farm is Ryan’s blank canvas and he is the artist! Every day we are grateful for his presence and excited to see it all unfolds.

What has evolved is even better than what we had expected or intended. It’s been a great learning experience on many levels and as we continue to evolve our future plans it’s a quote that I’ll make sure to keep close at hand as a reminder.

Is there something in your life at the moment that you are trying to control or direct? How would it be if you would surrender to the flow and allow it to be what it needs to be. Could you accept an outcome other than what you’ve created in your mind? Just a thought to consider, to contemplate. Imagine that “thing” as a leaf on a flowing river and let it go without any expectation. You may be very pleased and surprised at the outcome!