June 9, 2016

(all photos in this post courtesy of Gwinganna Health Retreat) 

 

Get ready. Tomorrow I am taking you to Gwinganna.  

 

When my husband John asked me what I wanted for Christmas last year, I said I wasn’t telling him until he told me what he wanted.  That never happens, ever.  During continuing discussions I did mention Gwinganna.  He had no idea what or where that was.  I told him it’s a place where you can have massages and...

June 9, 2016

 

The brochure says to arrive between 2 and 4pm.  Exit 89 from the motorway behind the Gold Coast, then take Tallebudgera Creek Road.  It’s only 9km or so.  A pretty, peaceful, luxuriant green drive.  There are two cafés on the side of the road. The kitchen at Gwinganna has a great reputation but I make a mental note that if I need to escape for some rubbish food, they are not far.  There's the most beautiful mown picnic spot o...

June 9, 2016

It’s a glorious morning again.  Overnight rain, clearing up at dawn. At Gwinganna they call today terrible Tuesday. Some guests get headaches from the new diet of no sugar, refined foods, alcohol or caffeine.  You could call it a symptom of withdrawing from life! So far so good for me. I feel fine. 

Wallabies feed here and there. Outside the dining room, grapes this morning, a nice sugar...

June 9, 2016

 

It's pouring when I wake this morning.  The equine experience is cancelled. The horse doesn't want to get out of bed. It’s rescheduled for 6am tomorrow.  Half an hour earlier than today for some reason. I really can't say I'm terribly upset because I'm feeling quite sluggish this morning.  Maybe it's Woeful Wednesday.

 

 

The rain stops on cue at dawn and the wallabies are out feeding. The chal...

June 9, 2016

 

When the wakeup knock comes at 5.30am, I'm awake, showered and dressed with my name tag pinned to my t-shirt like a grade-oner about to start school.  Except I have my mobile in my pocket to take a photo of the dawn. I open my bedroom door to say good morning and the volunteer jumps with fright. Out on the escarpment dawn is psychedelic. Strange shapes under the big central gum tree look eerily like misshapen wild pigs. They'...

June 9, 2016

 

Totally recovered this morning thank goodness.  Must have been something I ate. Or didn't eat. Don't you love borage flowers?  They're in the herb garden and and they're using lots of other darling little flowers in our salads as well.

 

When I was booking this stay, I thought the equine experience sounded just a bit corny.  Then my hairdresser said that he wished he had done it. And since I've been here, I'm hearing it’s...

June 9, 2016

 

Our last dawn at Gwinganna.  There’s mist curling upwards from the valley floor. The sun is colouring the fluffy clouds pink. This is a truly beautiful setting.

 

The manager of the retreat, Sharon, takes us for qi gong. When the retreat first started, although the manager she wore many other hats too. One of them involved helping guests to welcome the day. So to celebrate the 10th birthday today, she's out here again.

 

Her appr...

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