Byron Bay Health Retreat

“Health retreats designed to put the ‘SOL’ back into your life!”

When was the last time you had a REAL holiday?

And by “real” holiday we mean a proper break that is all about you (and not family, friends or work)? A time where you have no technology, no distractions, no work and no stress.

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

SOL Food offers a unique mindful eating retreat for people who seek to be healthy and happy for life – without dieting.

In order to be and feel healthy, self care and self-love needs to be high up on your priority list.

Can you imagine an extended weekend that is filled with:

  • Luxury surroundings
  • Opportunities to wake up in nature and really learn how to breathe
  • Relaxing afternoons by the pool
  • Connections with like-minded people who also experience exactly what you feel.

If you’ve had or currently have an unhappy relationship with food, and if you’re craving for some “me” time to focus on your inner health, we’d love you to join us at our luxurious SOL Health Retreats in beautiful Byron Bay, Australia.

The core focus of these Retreats is to teach you skills in mindfulness and mindful eating, while being pampered and having a break from your everyday routine. Our goal is to send you back home feeling relaxed, unwound and ready to incorporate mindfulness, mindful eating and self-love into your life. Just like SOL Food’s online course, the SOL Health Retreat philosophy is also based around changing your health, not your body weight.

“Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Plum Village, Mindfulness Practice Centre

Just like mindfulness, mindful eating is being in the moment when you eat. It involves really listening to your body and learning to trust your body’s cues for when and how much to eat. There is no guilt involved with mindful eating and there are no “right” or “wrong foods”. Mindful eating allows you to observe what kinds of foods you might feel like at certain times and in certain situations, and recognising why that might be the case.

Mindfulness helps you to:

  • Have more awareness of your body (including how food affects you)
  • Be less reactive to life’s challenges (it’s particularly awesome for anxiety)
  • Improve your self-esteem and levels of self-acceptance
  • Enhance your health (e.g. blood glucose levels, blood pressure and cholesterol levels)
  • Gain more awareness of your surroundings (including other people)
  • Boost your attention and concentration levels

With respect to food and exercise, mindful eating removes the ongoing stress or focus that often happens when we try and stick to diets. Mindful eating can create a life without:

  • Feeling guilty about eating something
  • Worrying about the latest fad diet
  • Fixating on “bad’” foods
  • Constantly weighing yourself
  • Feeling disappointed with the number on the scales
  • Counting calories
  • Hating exercise

Wouldn’t it be awesome to say “farewell” to all of those things?

We draw from three core principles to help put the “SOL” back into your life. At this retreat, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Learn and practice mindfulness through yoga, meditation and mindfulness workshops
  • Acquire mindful eating skills by learning to eat with all senses, eat intuitively according to  your body’s cues and discover how to tackle sabotaging habits
  • Explore mindful movement by discovering how physical activity affects you (both physically and emotionally) and how you can retain exercise in your life in a way that feels good to you.

SOL Food Health Retreats are ALL INCLUSIVE, offering:

  • 3 nights and 4 days in a luxury private villa accommodation
    Use of all retreat facilities including a gorgeous pool to unwind in
    Return airport transfers from Gold Coast or Byron Bay airports
  • All delicious and nourishing meals and snacks, including your pre-retreat dinner on the night of your arrival and farewell dinner at one of Byron’s renowned restaurants.
  • Eight workshops on mindfulness, mindful eating, and health
  • Daily yoga sessions including the chance to learn meditation
  • Daily mindful movement sessions, designed to help you find enjoyable forms of exercise that suit you
  • A pampering session of your choice (e.g. massage, kinesiology or spa treatments)
  • A take-home gift pack, valued at hundreds of dollars, which is loaded with goodies including guided meditations, pampering/spa gifts, mindfulness health journal and a mindful recipe and shopping list pack, and more!

Each retreat has a maximum five to eight spots, to ensure an individually tailored experience. A typical day looks something like this:

  • Morning yoga session with our SOL yogi. Note: you don’t need to have done yoga before as we cater to all levels of fitness and abilities
  • Two to three practical workshops, exploring our core philosophies of mindfulness and mindful eating
  • Exploration of mindful movement with our SOL health coach and fitness trainer
  • A pampering session of your choice with one of our SOL therapists, such as massage, kinesiology or a beauty/spa treatment
  • Free time to reflect, relax and unwind
  • An outing to one of Byron Bay’s illustrious eating establishments

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We can shout about the benefits of mindfulness, mindful eating and taking a retreat, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Let’s hear what experts from around the world have to say…

On Getting Away From It All…. 

Eighty six per cent of people agree “people would be much happier and healthier if they knew how to slow down and live in the moment.”
– Mindfulness Report UK, Mental Health Foundation

“There is more to life than increasing it’s speed” – Ghandi

“One of the most common things people do with their money is get stuff, but we have shown… in research that stuff isn’t good for you. It doesn’t make you unhappy, but it doesn’t make you happy. But one thing that does make us happy is an experience.” – Professor Michael Norton, Associate Professor of Marketing, Harvard Business School

On Mindfulness…

“It’s remarkable how liberating it feels to be able to see that your thoughts are just thoughts and that they are not ‘you’ or ‘reality’… the simple act of recognising your thoughts as thoughts, can free you from the distorted reality they often create, and allow for more clear-sightedness, and a greater sense of manageability in your life.” – Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founding Executive Director, Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”  – Dalai Lama XIV

On Mindful Eating…

“We all eat – and we all eat mindlessly at times. We might be in a hurry, socialising, or eating everything on our plate just because it’s there. Or we might be eating to handle stress, gobbling down a favourite ‘comfort’ food, but not even really tasting it after the first few bites. Mindfulness helps connect the mind and the body, to slow down for a moment, connect with ourselves, and move from reacting to responding.” – Dr Jean Kristeller, PhD, Co-founder, The Center for Mindful Eating, Psychologist, Counsellor and Mindful Eating Expert

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Sol Food health retreat accommodation

The accommodation has been hand-selected to be peaceful, luxurious and just out of Byron Bay central. It truly is beautiful to ensure you won’t be disappointed.

Our retreat accommodation is nestled in two acres of tropical gardens and lawns in a property just a few minutes out of central Byron Bay. Our chosen location ensures you have a proper chance to relax without the hustle and bustle of Byron’s town centre, yet you’re still close enough to enjoy the amenities of the town and beautiful beaches.

Each private villa offers timber floorboards and a king or queen-sized bed with Italian marble ensuite (including separate shower and bath), relaxed lounge, timber deck, and sweeping views of the Byron Bay lighthouse, ocean and the nearby rolling hills. You will also enjoy a 100-year-old fig tree on the grounds, and a gorgeous, relaxing swimming pool that you are welcome to enjoy for the duration of your visit.

A variety of food and dining options are available including both catered meals onsite and restaurant meals at some of Byron Bay’s most popular establishments.

Sol Food Retreats

Need some well-earned rest?

Retreat Options and Rates

All retreat accommodation types include our special retreat inclusions:

  • airport transfers
  • local transport
  • all meals and snacks
  • daily yoga
  • workshops
  • spa/massage treatment
  • a complimentary gift pack

Intimate Queen Villa

  • Queen Size Bed
  • Italian Marble en Suite
  • Indoor Outdoor shower with Separate Bath
  • Sanctum Spa Products
  • HD TV AND DVD player
  • Foxtel
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar Fridge

Escape King Villa

  • King Size Bed
  • Italian Marble en Suite
  • Indoor Outdoor shower with Separate Bath
  • Sanctum Spa Products
  • HD TV and DVD player
  • Foxtel
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar Fridge
  • Undercover Timber Verandah

Grand King Villa

  • King Size Bed
  • Italian Marble en Suite
  • Indoor Outdoor shower with Separate Bath
  • Sanctum Spa Products
  • HD TV and DVD player
  • Foxtel
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar Fridge
  • L-Shaped Designer Lounge
  • Undercover Timber Verandah

Superior King Villa

  • King Size Bed
  • Italian Marble en Suite
  • Double Shower and Separate Twin Bath
  • Sanctum Spa Products
  • HD TV AND DVD player
  • Foxtel
  • Free WiFi
  • Full Size Fridge
  • Designer Lounge
  • Full Kitchenette
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing Machine
*Prices above are 1 person rate, if you’d like to book a twin share the rates are as follows:
Intimate Queen Villa: $1,899 for 1 person OR $2,499 twin share
Escape King Villa: $1,999 for 1 person OR $2,599 twin share
Grand King Villa: $2,229 for 1 person OR $2,799 twin share
Superior King villa: $2,289 for 1 person OR $2,919 twin share