wings and things

The retreat: 1

on September 22, 2017

It is almost impossible to describe the wonder of my retreat experience last week. KalyaaNa ( is an extraordinary place run by an extraordinary woman, Karen.

I arrived at 2pm last Tuesday and was greeted with a hug, shown around the premises and made to feel comfortable and at ease immediately. Having never been to a health retreat, I wasn’t sure what to expect and was surprised to find that I was the only guest. Karen told me that another woman would be arriving soon. She showed me to my suite – a beautiful room with an adjoining spa bathroom and told me that if I wanted to be left alone to just put the ‘do not disturb’ sign on my door.

That little sign was respected throughout my stay and my tight grip on privacy loosened over the ensuing days. But that first night I asked for room service because I wasn’t ready to face even a little bit of socialising. Karen brought me the most amazing salad as an entrée, then the best laksa I’ve ever tasted. My stomach was still clenched so I couldn’t finish the laksa but it re-awakened my taste buds!

The next morning I emerged from my room and met the other guest, J. at the dining room table. Karen asked us to pick out a juice from the menu and then proceeded to make it with fresh ingredients. Then J and I had to choose what we’d like for breakfast and, again, there were a lot of choices. I almost always went for the poached eggs because Karen somehow knew how to turn this simple meal into art.

That same day, I just relaxed in my suite and watched Foxtel (a novelty!) until my first scheduled meditation session with Karen.

15 responses to “The retreat: 1

  1. Anonymous says:

    So pleased it was a positive experience for you.

  2. Judy says:

    How fantastic, Julie! This sounds wondrous and truly the start of healing for you. Looking forward to hearing more about it. 🙂

  3. sounds like you had some healing here.

  4. susanpoozan says:

    Sounds like the perfect place for you to start your journey towards healing your poor heart.

  5. KDKH says:

    What a smart approach to self-care. You were wise to know so much about what you needed and then to make it happen.

  6. Sounds like a lovely place! ♡
    Diana xo

  7. Jules, I wanted to share this blog with you. you might find some comfort there when you’re ready. ❤

  8. Sounds like a lovely experience

  9. artfulanxiety says:


  10. Vicki says:

    Sounds like sheer bliss to me 🙂

  11. Wonderful! Great self care!

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