Balance Retreat: Is This The Magic I’m Looking For?

We get a little twinkle in our eyes when we talk about our Balance Retreat at Faasai Resort in Thailand, because it was the very first location for Whole & Happy Retreat and we hold it very close to our hearts. Today we want to take some time to walk you through some of the concerns and reservations people usually have about investing in a retreat, so you can decide whether its the right choice for you. We know its a big thing for you, to put your faith in us and travel to a foreign country and commit to […]

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Inspiration Series: Kathryn McIntosh, Re:treat Aberdeenshire

The final interview in our Inspiration Series is with the lovely Kathryn McIntosh of re:treat Aberdeenshire. Rosie met Kath and her husband John whilst they were both working for the Silver Naga Hotel in Vang Vieng, Laos. Rosie was dealing with some terrible tummy troubles in between teaching yoga classes, Kath healed her with her healing hands, and a beautiful friendship was born! Kathryn has recently gone full-time with her Complementary Therapy business, re:treat Aberdeenshire, and offers a multitude of wonderful therapies including Clinical Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology and Hot Stone Massage. She was also a guest on one of […]

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Mental Floss: How Do I Meditate?

What is meditation? You could google meditation and come up with thousands of different answers to this question. Contrary to popular belief, meditation isn’t an attempt to stop all thoughts. We like to think of it more as a filter, a practice of sifting the positive from the negative, the helpful from the unhelpful, the kind from the unkind. Meditation isn’t necessarily about STOPPING your thoughts. It’s more a practice of observing your mental chatter, noticing repetitive patterns, and by bringing awareness to them, you take away their power over you. It’s not all floating on clouds and being tickled […]

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INSPIRATION SERIES: Natasha Kochan

Up next in our Inspiration Series we are on the other side of the desk, answering our own questions ourselves, so that you guys can get to know us better, and also so that we can share some of our sources of inspiration with you. First up is our little Canadian ray of sunshine Natasha… So, Natasha! Take us through your average morning routine. For me, the best part of every new day is that it is welcomed without an alarm! I spend the first hours of my morning practicing yoga in silence (preferably in a beautiful space in nature, […]

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INSPIRATION SERIES: Justine, Creative Biz Formula

This week we interviewed Justine Davis from Creative Biz Formula, one powerhouse of a woman who we have a lot of gratitude towards for guiding us to clarity and focus with Whole & Happy Retreat. She is a source of inspiration for us to get up early and seize the day, to put Beyonce’s “I Was Here” in our ears and move in the direction of our dreams. Plus she’s a kick-ass Muay Thai fighter, an absolute babe, and you know you’re onto a good thing when Justine gets “full-body goosebumps”. She’s launching an Online Academy for Creative Biz Formula […]

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INSPIRATION SERIES: Ute, Fräulein Franz

Ute was a guest on a past Whole & Happy Retreat in Thailand, and has been inspiring us ever since with her words and actions. Ute writes an inspirational blog (see the link below) called “Fräulein Franz”, all about Travel, Soul and Food – the best things in life, in our opinion! Most recently she has launched a “24 Days of Gratitude” program in German for the days leading up to Christmas, including a gratitude journal and daily emails keeping you inspired. There’s only a few days left but if you speak German and feel the need for some love […]

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