Retreat Testimonials 2009

Busselton, WA - November 2009

What a wonderful time we had at the magical Busselton WA Retreat! It was such a highlight to be able to explore a little piece of the southwest of Australia and enjoy the amazing people that we were absolutely privileged to spend time with during this awesome retreat. We loved this area of WA so much we’ve decided to definitely come back again every year and stay for longer! Thank you to all the beautiful souls who shared such touching comments below. You are SO appreciated :-)

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I am definitely on my way to achieving the goal I set out for – more energy and feeling so much clearer in myself. The three day juice fast wasn’t difficult – I actually enjoyed it!! This was then followed by the most amazing raw food I could imagine. I totally admire Leisa’s energy and passion and also she is so practical and down to earth in the way she imparts so much knowledge. Throughout the whole retreat, caring support was abundant from Leisa and her team. Jo is such an amazing “all-rounder” – exquisite chef, yoga teacher, art therapist (can I take her home please?!). It has all been fantastic, amazing and truly worthwhile.
Michele K. Bunbury, WA


Leisa Wheeler’s Retreat at Busselton provided so much more than I expected. Leisa is a wonderful and talented educator who’s understanding and passion for health is immediately apparent, so not only does she teach you about the way our health is impacted by the lives we lead, she explains & demonstrates how we can take charge of our own health in very practical ways. The week long retreat provided access to other professionals, including massage therapists, yoga instructor & chef (Raw Food).

I left the retreat rested, pampered & along with great raw food meals to remember & copy, Leisa provides a blueprint for health, including the baby steps required to “embrace health”.
Louann H, Perth, WA

I had a truly wonderful time and was literally blown away by the depth of knowledge Leisa has on so many issues – there was never a question asked that Leisa could not address. From the guidance and support, the beautiful healthy food, to the organisation of lectures and treatments, and the information to take home – not a single stone is left unturned in the organisation and execution of these retreats. I felt safe, nurtured, educated, enlightened and revitalised. The people attending the retreat and the organisers have become close and many new friendships have formed. A truly worthwhile… no, essential, experience! Thank you Leisa!!! And thanks too, to William, Georgie, Margret and Jo!
Maree E. Parkerville, WA


This was the second Embracing Life! Retreat I have attended in W.A. After a fairly emotional year which has included (just to mention a few!) the health decline and subsequent death of my father and having to place my frail Mum in a nursing home as a result, the loss of our two beautiful and much loved family dogs – aged twelve and fourteen, and major surgery for me. So I was so grateful to have had another opportunity to again detox, de-stress, relax and be nurtured in such a supportive and conducive environment. Once again it allowed me to heal myself and put my life back into perspective.

I truly believe that everyone should experience this Embracing Life! Retreat! It is such a holistic approach to health and healing. It is a chance to get in touch with your true inner being and to be able to come away lighter in weight, cleansed in body and clearer in both mind and spirit. I was feeling bloated, sluggish, depressed and totally ill at ease with myself after such an awful year – where unfortunately I let slip all the greatness I had learned from participating last year.

Just as the previous time, the structure to each day had the right balance of valuable activities, informative group sessions and free time – in fact I enjoyed the beach even more this time! Leisa’s attention to detail – from the retreat “show bags” – loaded with lots of goodies on arrival – to the invaluable hand-outs and resources lists, and the colour co-ordination on the tables – complete with flowers; coupled with her gentle and caring disposition ensured an empowering, inspiring and stimulating experience. Leisa is indeed an Angel in disguise!

Leisa also created a wonderful relaxed, informal atmosphere and assembled some amazing therapists and a brilliant support team; including the amazing Jo with her experience in such a vast array of modalities; and thanks to Margret & Georgie for their expertise; Elle’s amazing massage and to the wonderful William!

If indeed you want to heal you body, mind and soul, you won’t be disappointed with what you will learn and experience with Leisa and her team whilst you embark on a wonderful and fulfilling journey towards health and in turn a more productive lifestyle. The Embracing Life! Retreat is a truly wonderful experience, a chance to learn, heal and detox with a group of like-minded and inspired people all wanting to change.

Hopefully, in the near future an even greater number of people will be more enlightened towards the principles of the Embracing Life! Retreat and can take charge of their own destiny, instead of giving it over to members of the medical fraternity who do no always deal with all matters of health in the most holistic manner.

I have re-affirmed all the skills and knowledge from last year to again take with me to enhance not only my life – but also that of family and friends from here on in. Congratulations to you Leisa, for following your dream and being such an inspiration, thereby helping others on their path towards achieving optimal health, vitality and wellness! It is now thanks to Leisa and her wonderful team that I have a new “Leis-a-life”!
Carolyn C. Perth, WA

The Embracing Life! Retreat was a great experience. Not only do you get to do a detox, you are also provided with a lot of invaluable information to assist with your journey going forward. The retreat has introduced me to a whole new world of raw food. Who would know you could create so many interesting and varied recipes! A big thank you to Leisa and the team for a fantastic week.
Donna B, Mount Lawley, WA


Thanks Leisa for a wonderful experience, I met such lovely like-minded people just when I felt alone in wanting to eat raw food and detoxing. I fell that I have direction in my life again and I know what I want to do. I can’t thank you enough for that Leisa, I will definitely be back at the next retreat in WA.
Renee H, Henley Brook, WA

My first detox was in a supportive group environment. This helped overcome the cravings for food, and any feelings of being unwell. Leisa advised how to overcome these and gave remedies where necessary. All lectures had informative notes, but if your detox had you resting, you weren’t pressured to attend. Food preparation classes were practical and had recipe ideas. Meditation and Yoga sessions made for a good balance between lecture sessions. The retreat has helped to make lifelong plans for health and well being for self and family.
Trevor W. Busselton, WA

Uki, NSW - November 2009

In November I held a joint retreat with Sandy Forster, author of “Wildly Wealthy Fast” and we had a healthy, wealthy time in the beautiful Uki rainforest.

Thank you for a fantastic retreat. I learnt so much about raw food and the way it can be easily embraced in my life. I feel fantastic and healthy through and through – Leisa is so very knowledgeable and nurturing as we took our detox journey. It was so relaxing with the free time given. An inspiring 6 days that I will encourage everyone to give this gift of health and wealth to themselves.
Louanne S. Melbourne, VIC

I truly enjoyed my experience at the Embracing Life! Retreat. It was wonderful to be pampered and nurtured and have someone else prepare the food! What a gift to myself. I feel invigorated and ready to lead a more healthful lifestyle.
Rosemary J. Brisbane, QLD

Thank you Leisa for a wonderful week. You have given me an insight to a whole new world. I think you are an amazing person. I have had a great week and met some truly awesome people.
Tracey B. New Zealand

Byron Bay, NSW - October 2009

Byron Bay is a perfect place for a detox retreat, with stunning beaches, nature, and a healing energy that goes beyond what is easily explained. A lively, fun and motivated group joined us for the first Byron Bay Retreat we’ve held. 

It is awesome! I had a wonderful time. It is great to feel so healthy! Leisa is a great person to be around and her energy is very supportive and nurturing. I would recommend the retreat to anyone looking to improve their health and have time out to relax and rejuvenate!
Jodee A. Brisbane, QLD

Leisa’s knowledge, passion and dedication make this retreat a wonderful, life changing experience!
Vanessa M. Sydney, NSW

Thank you Leisa for sharing your knowledge and healing me – in the form of sending me on the path of Raw Food eating for health, happiness and love. The personal experiences you shared with us was so comforting, just knowing your path wasn’t easy and similar to many, many others, was liberating. Thank you for being YOU – you are a beautiful person who has touched the lives of many and helped and healed in many ways.
Jacque H. Byron Bay, NSW

I thought that I was living healthy when I came to Leisa’s retreat, but… After learning about raw food, juicing and lifestyle changes that I needed to make in order to live in optimal health, I found out that everything I thought was healthy living wasn’t conducive to a long, disease free life.

I’ve always loved cheese, milk & yoghurt and through information gained from the Embracing Life! Retreat, I have found raw alternatives to enhance my life without losing taste and the “yummy factor”. I’ve studied Naturopathy in the past and I’m also a Beauty Therapist and Masseuse, so I plan to take the knowledge I’ve gained and with further research and fine tuning, hopefully share with others and help enrich their lives as this retreat has done with mine.
Nicolette B. Melbourne

Sunshine Coast, QLD - September 2009

We kicked off Spring with a fantastic retreat at Nirvana at Coolum Beach in QLD. We had a very fun group of people share a fantastic week together and it was life changing for many involved. Thanks for your wonderful comments!

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This six days has taught and inspired me so much. I am amazed at the information and knowledge that Leisa has passed on. She is an amazing role model and exposes her own journey in life also, which tells me that is why she is so understanding of other people’s ailments. I will be returning in 12 months as this is truly inspirational, releasing, and to be with like minded people is fabulous. Thank you Leisa from the bottom of my heart – continue to shine!
Barb H. Tasmania

Leisa, thank you very much for offering your retreats. You have shown perfectionism at its best – your detailed planning, experience, knowledge and organisational talents have made the retreat a pleasure.

The selection of your team was excellent – Jo, Belinda and Trish were all very well trained, friendly and more than capable for all the tasks at hand.

It is easy to imagine that the logistics behind the scenes included hard work, but this was hidden to us participants, allowing us a really carefree time. I am very grateful for your additional attention and help, when it turned out that I wasn’t coping so well with the juice fasting. Thank you for having reacted quickly and efficiently to getting me through the issues.

Your teachings were very enjoyable, covered many topics and were very well prepared and explained. The food you and your team prepared for us was excellent. Thank you for all the recipes, they’re a great addition to my collection!

The amount of ‘busy’ time compared to ‘free’ time was just right. Also it is really good that you’re offering walks, yoga, sauna visits, massage and the Art therapy class. I especially enjoyed the personal touch you have been able to give to the event, shown in ‘little’ things – the colour coding from binders to serviettes, the gift bag at the beginning and at the end, flowers, music, DVD’s…

Your love of what you are doing, and your dedication to the retreat and all of your clients is very visible and highly appreciated. Thank you for an unforgettable time, Leisa!
Heide H. New Zealand

Thank you Leisa, Jo, Belinda & Trish. I believe I now have the information I need to take control of my own life.

Thank you Leisa for your passion, determination and quest for knowledge in this important part of our lives, & to create the retreats. They are such an important part of the process for people to learn how they can live healthier lifestyles.

The retreat created an almost ‘family’ type environment where everyone felt at ease to ask a question or share an experience.

Thank you for the time, effort & devotion you have put in to put the retreats together, in particular the bringing together of your knowledge and the important information you have learned from others that you have soopenly shared with us at the lectures – great notes. Well done Leisa & the ‘Team’
Alister S. New Zealand

Dear Leisa. You are a warm and gracious leader, a skilled educator and a beautiful, beautiful person. Thank you so much for an amazing retreat,. It far exceeded all my expectations in every way. Many thanks also to the wonderful Jo, bubbly Belinda and your lovely mum Trish. I am so inspired by all of you, and so pleased I came to the “Embracing Life! Retreat”.
Annie D. Brisbane

Following you “for years” through crossing paths at Hippocrates, this September 2009 retreat was a highlight
The spirit, the charisma, the attention to detail, the amount of various things which were “put in”, the team with Leisa’s great leadership, the ambiance and the fellow guests made it what it was. I definitely plan to come back to the next retreat at Nirvana in six months.
Hans H. Melbourne

Something good to do for your life. Leisa and her team are wonderful. It does get you thinking!
Tim W. New Zealand

Well, what an action paced week! It has been both relaxing and exhilarating, from the yoga, the walks to the beach, to the meditation, the lectures and the massages. I came feeling very drained and tired and will return home feeling much different.

Leisa really knows her subject and has made a difference to the lives of everyone here this week. We are now armed with a huge amount of information to take back home and continue the journey to great health. I am looking forward to sharing the information with my family and friends. Thanks so much Leisa you are changing people’s lives!
Sue S. Sydney

Wow! This really took my awareness to a whole new level. The mix and the level of information that I received daily was inspiring and fortifying. This has helped me get to the next level in reversing Type 2 Diabetes and healing myself physically, emotionally and spiritually, with food and the awesome body that I was born into. Thank you for the inspiration, the hope and the many doors you helped me find & open!
Kellie B. Sydney

Uki, NSW - May 2009

Every time I run a retreat I am humbled by the beautiful, genuine and caring people that find their way to the retreat – and the groups below were no exception! We had a remarkable time together and shared a very special journey over the weeks, that I know we will all remember for a very long time. Thanks everyone for the awesome testimonials:

A big eye-opener! I’ll never see food in the same way again. The information is invaluable and Leisa is an amazingly gifted teacher. It’s hard to find someone who is as accepting, non-judgmental, willing to answer any question, and above all give you her time, knowledge and help in implementing new practices that work with your individual lifestyle wherever along the food journey you may be. Thanks Leisa and the Team!!!
Belinda C. Sydney

Even though this is my second time around (how fortunate, I know!) what I have learnt there completely opens my eyes to the way everything around me and inside me works and should work. The lectures are phenomenal and contain a level of dense education that I really struggle to obtain elsewhere. These retreats held by Leisa and her amazing team, instill a sense of passion for what life should be like and show you how you can make that difference. Don’t be surprised if you see my face again Leisa!

The food, the juice, the accommodation, the team! Amazing! RAW talent! Thanks so much ladies!
Vanessa C. Sydney

I am so relaxed, calm and content and present it is almost challenging to focus on the details of the past week!

Wow…. It’s about time people had the opportunity to access a “lifestyle” health retreat of the next “evolutionary” level. Leisa truly has a passion for imparting her broad and extensive knowledge to people and by has successfully created a retreat program that allows one to directly experience the wisdom of her teachings.

I recommend Leisa’s Embracing Life! retreats to anyone and everyone who wishes to experience life as it was meant to be: full of vitality, joy, well-being and live! Keep ‘em coming Leis!
Rebecca K. Gold Coast

We only live once so to be open to new ways, is I believe, a priority in life. Life is for living – and eating live food allows you to live in luxury and abundance. Leisa in her very caring and loving way shows us a new way – a new direction. I am amazing how our body is open to be cured of any disease if we give it the best food.

If you are looking at nurturing yourself and living a life of real joy and quality them come to a retreat with Leisa.
Ron M. Gold Coast

This was my first raw food retreat with Leisa. I had an amazing week, met fabulous people and learnt so much regarding healthy lifestyle, detox and raw food. Leisa covered a broad range of topics, providing practical information to assist us to integrate this as a way of life. I am really looking forward to participating in another retreat soon!
Carolyn J. Gold Coast

Everyone should do this raw food retreat! If you want to heal your body, mind and soul form the ground up, you won’t be disappointed with what you will learn and experience with raw food. Leisa is a fountain of knowledge and a benevolent soul who is sharing this essential information with the world. What you will learn at her retreat is invaluable – you’d be crazy to miss it!
Natalie K. Brisbane

Leisa’s depth of knowledge blew my mind – I was glued to the lectures. The food was awesome and the staff were fantastic. Anyone who has the slightest interest in their health must come to one of Leisa’s retreats. And make sure you bring your loved one along too – we must get this information out!
Toni M. Brisbane


Uki, NSW - April 2009

From our vodka drinking, meat eating girl, to our resident comedians, this was a retreat to remember!


I arrived at the Embracing Life Retreat in a mess. I have always enjoyed a great life full of joy and happiness. Then 6 months ago – I fell ill with several viruses. After several blood and urine tests – I was put on a series of antibiotics – which cleared up the first issue but left me with side effects which then required further medication.

Needless to say – when I arrived at the retreat in a desperate state, I had been feeling sick, lethargic and exhausted for over six months – which felt more like a lifetime.

I came to the Retreat in desperation to try and sort out my continuous health issues.

What a great decision that was. One of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.

After six short days of detox and health education, I am cured of all my side effects from the prescription drugs, I feel like a teenager again – full of energy and inspiration. I am sleeping well. It is truly hard to try and explain the difference it has made to my life.

As happy as my friends and family are – they are finding it hard to keep up with the new me.

Although I am only 49 years old – I am going to make sure the Queen has my correct mailing address so she can send the birthday card for my 100th birthday.

Thank you to Leisa, Sally, Jo and Trish for the most wonderful week. And for giving me back the joy of being alive. All my friends and family would also like to thank you.
Shirley B. Brisbane, QLD

Coming here was an awakening for me on many levels, firstly the importance of nutrition and body balance – emotionally, spiritually and physically.

The retreat has been a wonderful gift that has taught me to take time out to care and nurture myself on all these levels, so I can move on in a more empowered and healthy way.

I have met and shared stories and learned from Leisa and a whole bunch of wonderful, interesting and caring people. I am forever grateful for the tools you have provided and the direction of my first steps to embracing health on my journey.
Sharyn M. Gold Coast, QLD

I am a 21 year old, meat-eating, vodka-drinking girl. I have never even considered going raw – until going to Leisa’s retreat. I didn’t realise how much flavour, variety of dishes and amazing health benefits there are to eating raw food! Leisa and Jo’s food preparation classes were really interesting and I am surprised by how easy it all is! Plus the food prepared tastes AMAZING! After 6 days of massages, detoxing, great information, a fantastic group of people and unbelievably delicious food, I have no doubt that from now on the way I eat and my lifestyle will be different. Thank you Leisa for helping me to be a healthier, better me!!
Danielle F. Sunshine Coast, QLD

The Embracing Life! Retreat is a truly wonderful experience, a chance to learn, heal and detox with a great like-minded group. Leisa is a marvelous host, who is incredibly knowledgeable in a holistic way. The gourmet raw food is amazing, and the recipes and (un)cooking demonstrations have given me some truly healthy and very simple, yet very tasty ideas for meals to make at home, even though I’ve been experimenting with raw for a while now.

Leisa manages to blend some of the best aspects of a luxury spa, with real healing and the result is wonderful. I will be back.
Katrina P. Gold Coast, QLD

I procrastinated for ages before finally coming along – I’m so glad I did. The retreat reminded me of the power of good living and lifestyle and taught me a lot new things too. The juices were varied and interesting and the raw food absolutely delicious!
Jean P. Sydney, NSW

The Embracing Life! Retreat is the perfect place to learn how to heal and nurture yourself and put yourself first for a change. Here, nestled in the mountains of Uki, I was a million miles away from things that stressed me and filled my day, and small miracles started shining through.

The fasting experience was gentle on my body (to my surprise) as I have never done It before and it leaves you feeling clean and light and quite proud of yourself!! The raw food was delicious and time spent chatting over dinner, lunch & brekky was lots of fun. Most importantly for me was learning how to take better care of myself and my family – Leisa and her staff showed us how to prepare delicious, easy, healthy meals and provided lots of information to take home and digest. Thank you Leisa, Trish, Sally and Jo – I will definitely be back!
Beth M. Brisbane, QLD

I am so grateful to have had an opportunity to relax and detox in such a supportive and beautiful environment. The structure to each day had the right balance of free time and informative group sessions. Leisa assembled a brilliant support team who looked after us all so amazingly. Leisa created such a wonderful informal atmosphere that after six days, life-long friendships have been made. I now feel equipped to begin a new phase of health. I am excited by the prospect of optimum health and energy which has come out of six days of re-education about good food – and sampling it!
Abi C. Melbourne, VIC

The best detox I have had! It was wonderful, the people were great and Leisa, Sally, Jo and Trish are fantastic hosts. Thanks for my great time!
Jodee A. Brisbane, QLD

I am on my way to finding my life again, I have been very lost since I truly found out how my now ex-husband treated me. Unfortunately for me I believed it all. This retreat has given me the tools for a better way to live, my physical may not change too much, it is the spirituality, my being and soul which I need to transform myself, so by eating well, looking after one individual, I can accomplish this.

The retreat has got me back on track and given me direction in how I want to live my life, that is – MY LIFE. By being physically healthy I am looking forward to improved energy. They are small changes for big steps. Thank you Leisa. xxxx
Rachael C. Brisbane, QLD

Leisa creates a week-long cocoon where you can detox, heal, relax and absorb an abundance of vital information – and even more vital food! – away from the busy-ness of the outside world. A perfectly healthy way to pamper yourself.
Ghita L. Melbourne, VIC

The six day detox retreat is a wonderful personal adventure and one receives a great sense of achievement after detoxing with juice fasting and moving into the experience of eating raw live food. A feeling of clarity and purpose unfolds, on so many levels, with an eagerness to implement lasting change into one’s nutrition. It is somehow no longer in the too hard basket and is exciting and uplifting.

Thanks to Leisa and her great enthusiasm for putting together this unique opportunity.
Marlene L. Northern NSW

Sunshine Coast, QLD - February 2009

Another retreat at the beautiful Nirvana on the Sunshine Coast of QLD! It was a group of wonderful people who were mainly new to detoxing and the raw food lifestyle, and the way they embraced the knowledge and the process of detoxing was amazing to witness. We had a fabulous week, and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Thanks everyone for the great testimonials below:

The first day of the detox was hard and I was not sure if I could do another two days – but the following 2 days got a lot easier and I could feel the benefits to my body. I lost the bloated feeling in my stomach and by the end of the third day I was actually wanting to go another one!

With the introduction of beautiful fresh Raw Food on the fourth day – WOW! It was like I could actually taste the individual flavours of each mouthful. It was like an explosion to my taste buds. I didn’t realise just how dead mine had been for so long! And the “Green Smoothie” – Yum!

My hair shines again and feels so soft, without any products! My skin has never felt or looked so fresh. I feel like a new woman!

I recommend a “Retreat” to EVERYONE!!!!
Marion D. Sunshine Coast, QLD

I was impressed by the tremendous amount of knowledge Leisa possesses, her passion about raw lifestyle, her spiritual and human background. She is a gentle, kind little angel who enlightens people around and shares her endless energy, making us better and healthier human beings on this planet. Thank you Leisa, Jo, Sally & Trish
Tatiana M. Cairns, QLD

Thanks to Leisa and her passion for life, I have found a new life for myself and my family. To learn that I have been poisoning my family was a real eye opener for me. I will be going home to change our eating habits and look forward to many years of healthy, vitality life!
Susan E. Brisbane, QLD

I was very impressed with the professional conduct of Leisa and the Staff. Leisa’s educational material was informative and interesting and very up to date!

Personally I have valued the time away to recover, repair on all levels. I loved the introduction to Yoga stretches. The venue is superb, and a great lot of people. Thanks a million.
Barb M. Brisbane, QLD

There is an old saying – nothing good comes cheap, there is another saying – you pay for quality. Embracing Life is not cheap BUT boy the quality is excellent. What is learnt is for a life time, so with saying that, it really boils down to very affordable.
Veronica S. Sunshine Coast, QLD

The experience isn’t for the faint-hearted. You have to want to make the change to improve your health. The Embracing Life! Retreat was such a relaxing and restorative environment, and the support of the Embracing Health Team was priceless – I wouldn’t detox any other way.
Imogen R. Melbourne, VIC


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