Retreat Testimonials 2010

Busselton, WA – November 2010

 There is nothing like WA in the spring time! It is one of my favourite places in the world, and it was a joy to be in WA running a retreat again.  We had a great retreat, with a beautiful group of people, and the diversity of stories, histories and courage of the participants was amazing to behold.  I’ve said it before, but it is always a joy for me to experience each retreat and I learn something special from the guests every time.

This is my third Embracing Life Retreat, I obviously enjoy them. But it is the ongoing motivation and the learning journey that is inspiring and helping me grow and grow, a great bunch of people on a  common quest for better health. Then there is Leisa, a mentor to many, who lets you feel special, nurtured and safe, while learning about the health and journey of your body as it learns to heal. Everyone should do it at least once in a lifetime, although many come back again and again, I cannot imagine my life without this incredible journey.
Lyndsay W. Perth

I came on the retreat to learn about raw foods and how to detox correctly, I also hoped to lower my blood pressure. The retreat has been excellent and has met all my expectations, my blood pressure rose during the detox program, but had dropped about ten points by the end. I enjoyed the lectures, the instructors, the food and the company. Leisa is an inspiring person who ‘walks the talk.’ I highly recommend the retreat!
Richard L. Perth


Thank you Leisa, I came to this retreat knowing a little and wanting to know a lot more about health and wellness. I never could have guessed how much this time could change me . Through the teaching, the nurturing, the pampering and the space to reflect, REALLY reflect on myself and my life situation, I have now mapped out a way to vibrant health and a long and happier life. See you next year! Thank you so much to you and your team of angels.
Caryn W. Perth


It is a real and true gift to be pleasantly, if not wonderfully surprised. The Embracing Life retreat proved to be a showering of gifts in many terms. There were, firstly, the people – amazing, funny, inspiring and knowledgeable beyond all expectation. Leisa’s expansive awareness of food and nutrition combined with Jo’s edible delights, ensured a full and thorough appreciation of real health and the role of raw food in making it a truth. Then there were the activities and indulgences to further nourish our souls and limbs, including yoga, massage of all kinds, facials, and long walks with the sand under our feet. And lastly but by no means least, was the time, the time to rest, time to ponder and plan, and time to share with other like-minded people. This retreat started as a treat to self – but to my great surprise I find that it is a gift I can take back and share with my family for better health. I now consider it an investment and look forward to sharing this with others. I very much hope to come back.
Gail D. Perth


You’ve been a real catalyst in my journey Leisa!
Nina S. Perth

Well done Leisa and your team. It only gets better. Being my second time to attend your retreat I had an idea of what to expect. A lot of the lectures were really good refreshers as the first time you only absorb a certain amount with it all being so new to me. You have a fantastic retreat, the longer breaks were great and I felt they worked well, allowing time for other activities – ( Just as important: the massages etc.) socialising with other participants and having a swim, getting some vitamin D.
Michele K. Perth 

I needed a break, my body needed a clean out, I loved the venue, the detox and education. Leisa is living her passion and educating guests at her retreat to move forward into a healther lifestyle at their own pace. I am thinking I should come yearly.
Linda F. Perth

This is my second retreat and I will continue coming as it is absolutely fantastic, I feel so renewed and clean, and have loved learning abou the food and lifestyle to maintain it.
Renee H. Perth

A Life Turning Experience
Joy S. Hong Kong

I wanted to say thank you for a wonderful retreat experience. All the way through I felt in ‘safe’ hands and I feel this was because of your professionalism, competence and wholistic philosophy on health. It felt as though the place you came from has a solid foundation. You have been like a guiding light with your knowledge and wisdom, your openess and curiousity, your genoriosity and care and your authencity and passion – a joy to be around. I very much appreciated the warmth and approachability of all the staff – what an amazing team of people. This is a week I will take with me for the rest of my life – A heart felt thank you!
Deidre N. Perth

Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful opportunity to be nurtured and nourished. I quickly trusted you and appreciated your professional attitude to giving us sound and detailed information. I aslo felt supported by your beautiful, loving and joyful staff. For the first time I feel hopeful and optimistic that I can change my life, really take some major steps to be and example of health and happiness to my family and friends. With gratitude and love,
Margaret M. Perth

I am very impressed by and grateful for your depth of knowledge and the level of support you offered us all. As Jen said, you are the embodiment of all you teach which makes the retreat all the more inspiring. Thank you to you and your wonderful staff for making this such a significant week.
Carol B. Perth

Byron Bay, NSW - October 2010

This was an incredible retreat. I think we all went deeper into the detox that I have ever seen at a retreat, and that was due to a few special factors all coming together at this particular event. We had Darby Centra, an incredible Ka-Huna massage therapist who did some amazing healing work with each of our guests. His healing hands took everyone to another level – it was that transformative. We also experienced Kundalini Yoga with HarJiwan, a breathing and chanting yoga session that was a beautiful way to start the day – and with the colonic hydrotherapy on site, and the great Embracing Life! Team – we all created something very special.

I arrived at the retreat on Sunday afternoon feeling stressed and exhausted and left feeling lighter in body, mind and spirit, rested and refreshed. Leisa’s wisdom, caring, generosity, thoughtfulness and attention to detail have made this a memorable week, far beyond my expectations. The beautiful setting, delicious juices and raw gourmet food and opportunity to spend time with a great group of like-minded people interested in health, have made this a truly remarkable week.
Thank you so much Leisa,
Love Sharee D. Albury NSW

Highly recommend Leisa’s retreat. Food is superb, detox programme is excellent, programme lectures are so informative, Leisa and her staff are so welcoming and accommodating. Meeting like-minded people and making new friends that you can help each other and exchange information is so helpful! Thanks Leisa and your team!
Helen W. Brisbane QLD

Leisa, Have been to many, many seminars, conferences and retreats and have been an event co-ordinator of a 4 day 250 people conference myself, I have been so impressed with your organisation, thoroughness and no stress shown. You have an excellent programme and you keep sending the message out! We are grateful for allowing us to have Rory attend. Jo, Belinda and Dorothy are an asset to your programme and team. Thanks to you all.
Helen W. Brisbane QLD

Leisa is such a caring and enthusiastic health practitioner who made all of us feel comfortable and important. I learned so much at the Embracing Life! Retreat and it all made so much sense. At times I’ve wondered whether detoxing really is that important since our body does it naturally anyway, but I’ve learned how important it is – not just theoretically, but from experience – from every single one of us in the group. We all healed in so many different ways. What we learned was empowering, but what we felt after the different therapies was amazing. Personally, I think the masseur had “magic” hands. It was wonderful to be with so many different people from all walks of life who were all interested in their health and supporting one another. Going to the Embracing Life! Retreat has helped me to continue my journey to better health and get encouragement from the others there.
Evelyn V. Mt. Annan NSW

I’m not good at writing these sorts of things, but I want to say it was a fantastic week of healing, education and fun. It reinforced my desire to continue on my journey of improving my health. Leisa was terrific, down to earth and very, very knowledgeable and helpful and supportive. I highly recommend this retreat to anyone who is interested in improving their health!
Frank V. Mt. Annan, NSW

Everyone should do at least one Embracing Retreat, for me it is my 2nd and it just gets better. Leisa is a wealth of knowledge, sharing her own experiences. Retreat is very holistic in every aspect, support, love and compassion from all staff. Juices are superb, raw food so tasty and so well presented, right down to the food prep demonstrations and recipes provided. Then you receive ongoing naturopathic support from Leisa when you join the Embracing Health Membership Club on your return home. I will now be attending annually.
Barbara H. Tasmania

What an experience – absolutely amazing! Everyone should treat themselves to your retreat Leisa. I will certainly go away feeling more aware of healthy options with my diet and intend to make some changes. I’m sure attending your Embracing Life! Retreat will be a regular date on my calendar. Thank you goes to Leisa and her dedicated loyal team for an amazing retreat at Tallow Beach!
Alison D. Tasmania

I came here feeling exhausted to the bone and had been for many months previously. Today in only six days, I feel new again, alive and fresh with a whole new bag of goodies I can take with me into my world to keep me healthier. Leisa Rocks! Thank you from my very being!!
Tabitha F. Gold Coast QLD

It has been the best thing I have done. The workshops and education were fantastic also the raw food that we had was out of this world. I will definitely be incorporating raw foods into my daily life. As for Leisa –she is the most wonderful, passionate, knowledgeable person I have met. Her warmth, caring and compassion for health and wellbeing – words cannot describe. The whole experience was fantastic. I recommend everyone to experience this time with Leisa and her team
Jenny W. Sydney NSW 

I came to Leisa’s retreat to try to get myself ‘back on track’ both physically and emotionally – and that’s exactly what I did. The integrated program covered many different aspects of lifestyle and healing, so as well as detoxing the body, we learnt and practiced how to nurture it for optimal health. We all took practical strategies away that we can incorporate into our everyday lives to improve our well-being and general quality f life. We also discovered that we are all capable of healing ourselves of virtually any disease (including cancer). I now feel confident that II can take control of my own health ( with some help along the way from Leisa) All the staff participated in the retreat with us (detox an all!) They were extremely professional, knowledgeable and caring. Thank you all. I wouldn’t have missed it for anything!
Dorothy C. Darwin NT

Mornington Peninsula, VIC - September 2010

For the first time we headed to Victoria, to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula to run a smaller, more intimate retreat at the luxurious 5 star Peppers Moonah Links Resort.  It was cold, but beautiful as we looked over the magnificent golf course from our private executive villa.  It was a really lovely group of guests, and we connected very closely, being a small group. We look forward to heading back to this gorgeous part of Victoria next year! (P.S. the video camera with all your amazing testimonials died before I could save them – I’m still hoping there is a way, but unfortunately they may be gone… :-(

Wow! What a week. Amazing detox! – Beautiful food – lovely people – great place – so much useful information – well worth it! So glad I came. It has inspired me and given me direction. Recommend to anyone needing a detox and learn about Health issues and raw diet information.
Sandy S. Mornington Peninsula

This retreat was a fantastic experience came feeling tired and left feeling energized.

I have done a lot of cleansing and detox retreats over many years, however this one was the most relaxing, easy and nurturing one of all. A great one if you are new to detox or even for the experienced. The lectures Leisa gavewere informative and clear it took my understanding of health and raw food to a new level.

Jo’s Art class and food prep classes were very insightful and a joy to take part in. The food that was prepared was amazing in taste and presentation. Ange was a great support and made it all very real if you were having trouble integrating raw food into your diet once at home. All the participants in the group were amazing and beautiful people, each one has touched my soul deeply.

Thank you Leisa, Jo and Ange for a most wonderful, caring, nurturing and informative week. I highly recommend this retreat to beginners and experienced people looking for a more healthy lifestyle and time out.
Sue L. Mornington Peninsula 

A life changing experience. I feel lucky to have learnt from Leisa, Jo and Ang. And am excited and thankful that I have done this at a relatively young age so I can look after myself and try and influence others that I care for. Thank you xxx
Mark C. Melbourne 

Sunshine Coast, QLD - September 2010

 What a week this one was! The first retreat of the spring 2010 season, and we were chocka-block full for this one!  And what great people came along. We shared something so special this week – that there are no words to describe it. We had our resident angel Roz come along with her son Gary who has some physical challenges, which the group just embraced. I’m sure Gary was there to open our hearts wide, and having him as a part of the retreat was an experience that none of us would change, as he taught us all something.  Deb was our special guest yoga instructor and we enjoyed our Kundalini Beach Yoga immensley!

Learning to ‘Listen to our Bodies’ ‘Love Ourselves’ ‘Purify the mind and body’ ‘Accept Change’  
Liz Q. North Queensland

The retreat was a wonderful experience. It has totally opened my eyes to health. I thought I was pretty healthy and knew a lot about food but obviously not! Cannot believe how good raw food can taste. My body is already responding in such a short space of time. Really keen to continue on my health path. Wish I had started years ago. Thank you Leisa to your love, Knowledge and Patience. Looking forward to the 2011 retreat!
Rachael K. Sydney

A big thank you too Leisa and the girls. This has been an eye opening and life changing experience. I have had an interest in raw food for a few years now but this week as inspired me to learn more. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Sonja B. Adelaide


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