• #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} A Bronzite Stone is a protective and grounding mineral that helps to restore harmony in your life. It strengthens your self-confidence and self-esteem, especially in situations where you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or powerless. Bronzite healing properties help to alleviate any feelings of doubt or indecisiveness. This particular bronzite meaning makes this a very beneficial stone to use when considering plans for the future.

Bronzite stones help you to take responsibility for your actions, while balancing, grounding and stabilizing your energy body in the process. Bronzite healing properties not only repel, but send back the negative energies to the sender. They instill the inner strength and courage to follow through with your actions to pave way for your dreams to come true.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} A Selenite wand (pictured) is the ideal energy tool for all types of energy cleansing. Everyone needs one in their home. It is one of the the very few minerals that has the ability to quickly unblock stagnant energy and remove negative energy. Place one on each of your windowsills to protect your space and raise its vibration. Selenite crystals also greatly magnify the energy of anything that is placed upon them. Place your tumbled stones on top of them to clear their energy. 💎
Selenite is one of our must-have crystals—it’s one that we both wear each and everyday. It is a mineral that holds a very, very high vibration, working on many different energetic levels to cleanse, purify and clear your body of any negativity or energy blockages. Selenite crystals dispel all negative energy from the body and mind, bringing calming energies, deep peace and mental clarity.
Unknown to many, Selenite also promotes fertility as well as unlocks any creative blocks. It is excellent for healers, light workers and people in the public to wear, as they act as an energetic shield surrounding your aura. Some even believe that its' natural ability to cleanse, purify and create energy flow throughout the entire energy system will help to restructure and regenerate cells. It is often used in holistic medicine treatments for physical healing, including cancer treatment and tumor reduction. 💎
Wearing a selenite necklace also shields and protects you from lower energy frequencies, especially energy vampires, spirits or ghosts. Selenite is a form of liquid light that infuses your aura and spirit with white light when worn or held.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} An Andalusite stone is very powerful for psychic protection, grounding and motivation. Carry it with you when you are feeling anxious, stressed or fearful to help you feel more secure and protected.

Since ancient times, Andalusite stones have been used for protection. They believed that the Andalusite meaning as a sign from God, as it has a very unique, natural black cross within it. Andalusite stones carry a very highly protective vibration, especially for psychic protection. In ancient times, it was used to ward off the evil eye and any negativity directed at them. An Andalusite Stone is a powerful healing stone for focus and grounding, helping to strengthen all of your chakras so that you feel more balanced. It increases your motivation and willpower, so that you are fully focused on your task or goal. The andalusite metaphysical properties include having a deep connection with the Earth. When you hold these stones in your hands, you will feel a spiritually grounding and comforting energy. It helps you to change any negative energy into positive, fostering harmony and peace. Andalusite stones are also wonderful stones to carry when you are feeling fearful, depressed, anxious or stressed, as it helps to relieve stress and leaves you feeling more secure. 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Peacock Ore’s (also called Chalcopyrite) rainbow color surrounds you with light to inspire positivity. It is a stone of creativity, innovation and blessings that helps to increase creative energies and stimulate new ideas. Hold it in your hands and say: Negative energy will not enter my space. I am surrounded by light and peace. This will amplify its properties for peace and protection.

Chalcopyrite is a wonderful meditation stone because it breaks up energy blockages to open up the crown chakra. It is also believed to be one of the strongest healing stones in the mineral kingdom, as it has the ability to align every chakra when placed upon it. Using it in body layouts causes a transformative experience that removes negative energy and replaces it with strong, positive energy. Meditating with them on a regular basis increases your intuition and helps you to become more in tune with the universe. It is also said to help us overcome the idea of “perfection,” encouraging us to embrace who we are and accept ourselves. 💎 
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Black Tourmaline is one the ultimate protection crystals. If you are looking to clear, cleanse and unlock any energy blockages in your home, place a piece of Black Tourmaline in each of the 4 corners of the room or at the 4 corners of your property. This creates a protective shield of energy to ensure that no negative and harmful energy permeates your space. The human body is constantly bombarded with positive and negative energies. When you come in contact with people everyday, you often pick up some of their energy. To maintain a balanced mind, body and spirit, you want to make sure that your energy is 100% your own, so knowing how to remove negative energy from your energy field is key. 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} One of the oldest stones on the planet, Shungite is a must-have for any crystal collection. All gemstones have healing qualities, but in the case of this super stone, the unique purifying and cleansing properties of shungite make it unlike any of the other protection crystals. Found only in Russia, shungite has been a source of healing since long before the discovery of fullerenes within the stone. The natural fullerenes within this carbon dense stone have the ability to reduce the concentration of free radicals. That's why we always recommend setting shungite protection properties on your desk, to shield against the free radicals cast off by your tech devices. It's also great to place shungite in a glass of water to create a healing elixir. The high-carbon content within shungite acts as a filter. Modern water filtration systems use active charcoal carbon for the same reason. In Karelia, Russia, where shungite is found, they've been using shungite in their water for centuries! 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Black Onyx is one of the best crystals for protection because it facilitates better decision making. In connecting with a black onyx protection crystal, you can work to shield your energy from regressing into negative habits or patterns. It's ideal for releasing tension, and guides you to find grounding within. Use black onyx to find stability during times of turmoil in your relationships. The self-confidence this stone imbues you with comes from that sense of balance within. It will encourage you to pursue your dreams without fear. Wear it as protection crystal jewelry and always have a bodyguard to shield your inner spirit from unwanted intrusions. 💎 
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Energy is your most precious human resource. Your energy makes you, you. Your physical energy, emotional energy, mental energy and spiritual energy all contribute to how you feel and show up to your life on a day to day basis. 
Your mind, body and spirit are constantly bombarded with positive and negative energies. Even when you do your best to maintain a positive mindset, you are still susceptible to the energies of others and your surroundings. When your co-worker or loved one is stressed, you may pick up that energy and take it on as your own. If you walk into a room where an argument just occurred, your energy field picks up the energetic residue left in the space. This is why it’s of utmost importance to prioritize protecting your energy.

When you feel safe, secure and energized on all levels, you just feel good. You are grounded, calm and able to make better decisions. Your performance at work sky rockets. Your relationships become easier. And your home feels like a safe, harmonious haven.

So what can you do to protect your energy? That’s where crystal energy comes into play. Throughout this week on the @ecobeautyeditor feed, you’ll learn what crystals are best for protection of your space and your energy.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK This week’s @ecobeautyeditor feed will be guest edited by Heather and Timmi from (my all-time favourite) crystal house, @energymuse The women are going to be talking about crystals for energy protection — one of the most overlooked health and wellness subjects on the planet IMO. We are actually first and foremost energetic beings, so it makes complete sense that we would need to put certain protocols in place to protect (and nourish) our energy reserves. If you’re a crystal lover like me, stay tuned to find out what ones Heather and Timmi recommend, and why.
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Spas + Travel

Best Spa Sanctuaries Australia

September 4, 2014
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In the rush of life and the hustle of everyday, we’ve forgotten a basic human need that’s an important key to our wellbeing and longevity. What is the best spa to head to to truly unwind?

It’s our growing inability to consciously take time out for rest that has created a booming business trend: sanctuaries and retreats where simply being is paramount and rejuvenating is the only goal.

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The laidback person of yesterday is quickly becoming an adrenalin junkie, say some health experts, fuelled with caffeine, sugary snacks and alcohol in order to ward off energy slumps—the body’s signal that it’s time to rest and recover. Ignored for prolonged periods, and the body kicks into overdrive, depleting adrenals, damaging cells and using up important vitamins and minerals that are required for optimal functioning.

Rest and Recover

“In Western society our lives are so full and busy that many of us do not find enough hours in the day,” says naturopath and nutritionist Kate Reardon, who runs her Natural Instinct Healing retreats in Australia and Bali, where clients learn to rest and rejuvenate, while mastering calming techniques to use once they return home.

“When we are pushing ourselves to the limit mentally, emotionally and physically a biochemical reaction happens within our bodies that increases our level of cortisol, the stress hormone, which puts us in to a ‘fight or flight’ response.”

“This means that we are constantly in a state of stress no matter what we are doing and our minds and bodies never get the chance to rest and rejuvenate when this program is activated. When someone has been running on a ‘flight or fight’ nervous system response for too long their bodies will start to eventually break down in various ways… their minds will be overactive and they will eventually get to the point of complete exhaustion where they have no energy reserves left at all. This is called burnout.”

Kate says rest is just as important as a healthy diet and regular exercise, each keeping the body in harmony and keeping disease away.

“Disease doesn’t just happen overnight,” she says. “By the time we show signs and symptoms of a problem, it’s been quietly building for some time. Taking time out therefore becomes a preventive measure for optimal health care and wellness.”

Sue Hawkins, founder and director of Yoga Health Retreats, agrees: “When we allow the space and time to come into our lives on a more regular basis we find we become more productive in so many ways. As the mind becomes uncluttered and quiet, the body’s energy levels elevate again and we feel inspired, energized, happy and content.”

We live longer than our forefathers; but we suffer more from a thousand artificial anxieties and cares. They fatigued only the muscles. We exhaust the finer strength of the nerves.

~ Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Best Spa Retreats Down Under

Our ability to stress more and rest less has created a new tourism boom Down Under, according to Tourism Australia.

“While Asian and European destinations are well known for spa and wellness retreats, Australia also has its fair share of unique indulgence getaways,” a spokesperson says. “Many hotels and resorts along our coastline have spas and there are any number of special lifestyle retreats offering special holistic and natural therapies with all manner of (treatments), including Aboriginal herbs and lotions.”

“You can indulge in a beachside spa at a hotel or resort, a day spa in a beachside location, or an island spa at one of our Great Barrier Reef Islands. Or you may just want to escape to a peaceful beach retreat in a remote or secluded location where you can take long walks along the beach, or in the surrounding bush.”


Living Synergy, WA

Intimate with a focus on one-on-one sessions, Living Synergy is nestled in Dunsborough in the pristine South West of Western Australia. Owned and operated by Jenny Keenan, a former pilot who cured herself of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome through dedicated rest and a lifestyle focused on natural healing techniques, from meditation to juice and water fasting. “Out of all the things I tried to improve my health with, the ones that felt the most real to me, like they touched the depth of the dis-ease in me, were deep tissue massages, meditation, including some retreats, and a 7 day fresh juice cleanse,” Jenny says.

What to Expect: Be introduced to raw food, massage, meditation, yoga, juices, smoothies and walks in nature. Sink your toes into untouched beaches along Western Australia’s picturesque coast and be gently guided on how to let go and be in with the flow.

Best Spa Spotlight: Sign up for the Lifestyle Realignment Guidance and Support Package, a series of one-on-one sessions with Jenny, held in person, or via phone or Skype, over three months. For those wanting a little more, inquire about the Dig a Little Deeper Package.

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Harmony Hill Wellness & Organic Spa Retreat, Tasmania

A synergistic blend of East meets West, Harmony Hill Wellness and Organic Spa Retreat in Hobart is a haven for those who have become all too familiar with stress and its health implications. Founded by Japanese healer Ami Nakamura, she works with a talented team of Asian therapists to restore calm and wellbeing. In her signature treatments, Ami will energetically scan client’s body, then through Shiatsu Point Therapy, she removes energy blockages, and has healed such conditions as frosted shoulder, slipped disc, lower back pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and organ-related issues.

What to Expect: From Ayurvedic therapies and Tasmanian hot stone massage to organic facials and energy healing techniques, you can experience as little, or as much, as it takes for you to return to balance. Book in for an hourly treatment or stay for a weekend.

Best Spa Spotlight: If it’s alone time you seek, opt for the two-night retreat for singles, with meals included, where you can take part in daily classes of yoga, tai chi, belly dancing and breathing techniques. Unwind with an Ayurvedic massage and facial, reflexology, deep tissue massage, while making use of the infrared sauna, spa bath, herbal teas and bush walks in nature.

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Gaia Retreat and Spa, NSW

Byron Bay (and its hinterland) has become a magnet for tourists who are seeking time out, thanks to its reputation as a healing hub, with retreats and organic produce readily available. Yet none have acquired the notoriety of Gaia, a sanctuary founded 8 years ago by entertainer and holistic entrepreneur, Olivia Newton-John. Inspired by its surroundings, it’s a place where the work-weary come to let go of stresses, return to nature and learn to care for themselves. If the thought of complete rest doesn’t appeal, Gaia specialises in retreats-by-choice: active and energetic, tranquil and serene, or a “clever combination of both”.

What to Expect: With 25 acres of Byron Bay hinterland on your doorstep, this is a getaway perfect for those who long to get out of the concrete jungle, albeit just for a weekend. Stay in one of 19 bungalows, set amongst subtropical gardens, choose from myriad retreat activities or unwind in the award-winning spa and sauna with pool, gym and yoga room.

Best Spa Spotlight: Take a long weekend to release, relax and unwind. The three-night Renew Package comes with all gourmet meals and snacks, a complimentary half hour massage ($195 value), a half hour wellness consultation, spa gift pack on arrival, daily yoga, all retreat activities and full use of Gaia facilities. Return airport airfares from Ballina or Coolingatta are also included.

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Amid the rolling hills of the Hunter Valley, just over two hours from Sydney, sits The Golden Door Elysia, where people go not only to rest, but also learn about how to elevate their lifestyles once they arrive home. From celebrities to mums, and couples to businesspeople, Elysia has been the go-to sanctuary for anyone who is no longer willing to burn the candle at both ends, returning home refreshed, with new goals set and the knowledge needed to experience more health, happiness and motivation.

What to Expect: Caring, genuine staff has always been the hallmark of The Golden Door, with clients coming away with a sense they were part of something deeper than just a weekend getaway. Healthy, gourmet food awaits, as does an holistic blend of exercise, health education, relaxation and spa treatments—each helping you tap into your energy and vitality. Stay in one of 74 luxury villas and soak up the vineyard and Brokenback Mountain Range views.

Best Spa Spotlight: If it’s lasting change you’re seeking, the seven-day Health Enhancement Program will guide to embodying wellness, balance and vitality—spiritually and physically. Expect a tailored wellness consultation, exercise, relaxation, spa therapies, nutritious cuisine and health education. It also include use of all Elysia facilities, including a 25-metre indoor heated pool, outside pool, tennis courts, gym, activity studios and outdoor relaxation areas.

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Nourish at Sassafras, VIC

A favourite of Melbourne city dwellers who want to refresh, yet not travel great distances to do so, Nourish is just a 45 minute drive from the Victorian capital, in Sassafras, a township in the Mount Dandenong Ranges. Specialising in couples packages; Nourish is the place to go if you want to relax, replenish and heal with your partner. The day packages are great for day-trippers who want to relax during the day and return to the city for dinner at night.

What to expect: A stunning view of Miss Marples greets clients here, as do warm, friendly staff who make it their priority to listen to individual needs and offer treatments to suit. If you’d like to extend your pamper session, with an overnight stay, choose from one of many luxury B&Bs that are dotted around the township, many of which come recommended on the Nourish website. The spa is also a great spot for hens pamper parties and other special occasions.

Best Spa Spotlight: The Exclusive Indulgence package (for couples or single) is three hours of guided relaxation, with an aromatherapy footbath, followed by a coconut milk honey scrub pedicure, with massage. Then it’s off to a 1.5 hour full body massage before a one-hour facial that includes a shoulder, hand and foot massage. Take home a box of homemade truffles, complimentary scrub and a blossoming tea.

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Much more than a retreat or day spa, Adelaide Healing Energy Centre goes beyond treating the physical, with most treatments focused on the energetic. Their holistic approach to beauty and wellbeing means each therapist is trained in energy healing techniques, allowing them to facilitate healing and relaxation on a physical and spiritual level. All beauty treatment products are made from pure, natural ingredients.

What to expect: From meditation and yoga classes, to courses in energetic healing and self-love, this is a wonderland for relaxation and self-growth. Choose from therapies such as chakra clearing, life mapping, crystal and past life therapies and more.

Best Spa Spotlight: The De-stress Deluxe Body Package starts with an infrared sauna for deep cellular detoxification, followed by a chakra balancing massage, foot and hand treatment before slipping into a warm spa bath with fresh organic fruit juice.

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Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, QLD

Gwinganna is Australia’s only Eco Tourism certified health retreat, where staff teaches you how to better handle the stresses of modern living. Here, you can choose how much, or little, you’d like to do, from nature walks to luxurious spa indulgences. But regardless of schedule, the aim of this idyllic Queensland getaway is to nourish the body and nurture the spirit. From certified organic cuisine to upmarket accommodation, there’s many reasons why people return to what was recently named as The Best Spa Resort 2013 in Australian Gourmet Traveller’s annual awards.

What to expect: Sitting high on a plateau overlooking 500 acres of Tallenbudgera Valley, Gwinganna is surrounded by ocean and valley views. Expect stillness and silence, with longer stays gently coaching you back to balance, infusing you with a sense of calm and wellbeing. Choose from activities such as tennis and hiking and yoga, yet there’s also dedicated areas for ultimate relaxation. The Spa Sanctuary is home to 33 treatment rooms that overlook an elevated outdoor deck. Let it all go in the Whisper Lounge, crystal seam room and outdoor rain shower.

Best Spa Spotlight: Be introduced to the Gwinganna magic with their two night stay Wellness Weekend Package, which boasts organic spa treatments, movement classes and plenty of relaxation, as well as organic meals, all enjoyed in a low-tech environment.

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The Natural Beauty Retreat, QLD

The Sunshine Coast hinterland is home to this authentic retreat, founded by therapist Tina Rossiter, who uses her own range of natural and organic products, Ajala Natural Beauty, in all of her treatments. People come for tranquil, nature-filled surrounding, as well as the one-on-one attention that this retreat is renowned for. This is a place where one size fits all doesn’t apply, with spa pamper packages tailored to suit each client and their changing needs.

What to expect: Individual attention, handmade products infused with nature and loving intention. “We are on a very private 2.5 tropical acres where all you hear are the birds chirping merrily in the trees,” says Tina. Choose from massages, pedicures, facials, body treatments and more.

Best Spa Spotlight: Start with a full body massage and 1.5 hour pick-me-up facial, including a deep cleanse, exfoliation, serum facial with décolletage, neck, face and head massage. Finish off with a facial sauna mask.

Retreat to Rest originally appeared in Australia’s leading health, wellness and lifestyle publication, WellBeing.

  • Amy
    October 27, 2015 at 1:45 am

    Which retreat is best suited to someone with a chronic illness? Thanks, Amy

    • Shannon
      October 27, 2015 at 7:37 am

      Hi Amy, perhaps look into Tyler Tolman’s retreats. He has helped many overcome chronic conditions. You can find more information here: All the best, Shannon