Abide is a shelter, a sanctuary and a retreat. It is a place of true tranquillity where our visitors have the much-needed space and freedom to repair and recuperate. This is an Eden where guests can reconnect with their souls and tap into the place that makes them the best version of themselves.

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Nestled in amongst 100 acres of gardens, mountain streams and fern forests, you can find Abide’s Victoria Retreat. The Yarra Mountains provide a breathtaking and soul building backdrop for a truly transformative experience at our retreat.

Abide’s environment has been tailor-made to ensure that is has a hugely transformative impact on all our guests while they are here and their lifestyles once they leave. We are a haven for wellness that is perpetuated through the use of natural treatments, coaching, guiding, detoxing and a reconnection with the natural world.

Why Abide® Detox Retreat?

At Abide®, we want nothing more than to see our individual guests (who often arrive frazzled out from stressful lifestyles that we now live) discover the secrets on how to live a well-balanced, fulfilled life. We can’t wait for them to learn the powerful transformative principles of natural healing that can heal and nurture their body, mind and soul.

At our retreat in Melbourne, we are helping to relieve people of chronic symptoms of addiction, fatigue, depression, gastric disorders and so much more. We help the hopeless regain hope through the joy and vitality that are found in respecting and reconnecting with the natural order.

In order to be truly happy, we should put others first, but we can only do this once our bodies, minds and spirits are brimming with health, love and life.

At Abide®, we treat, guide, mentor, teach and coach our guests to rediscover the beauty in life that we can only access when their whole wellbeing is in sync.

The Abide® Detox Experience

We offer a range of different treatment options to suit the needs of all our guests, and you can choose anything from an intensive one day workshop such as the Pamper Package or Vegan Foodie Package, to weekend stays like the Wellness Retreat or if you are really invested in getting your body and mind fully rebalanced then we have five and twelve night stays.

The longer stays will always start with detox to remove toxins, restore your cell vitality and strengthen your immune system. Detoxing will help give you the energy, health and wellness that your body deserves and will reset your body and mind into a perfect holistic balance.

At the beginning of the program, we have a consultation and set your goals with regards to weight, wellness and anything else specific you want to work on and our therapists will then help to coach and mentor you to reach your individual goals.

Find Your Balance at our Detox Retreat in Victoria

At Abide®, we believe that to be completely healthy then it’s about more than just a few weeks away detoxing; it’s about making holistic and wholesome changes that stick in your lifestyle back home too. Our combination of natural remedies, mentoring and coaching is complemented by learning in our organic farm garden. We teach you how to plant and grow your own organic vegetables that allow you to learn how to live a healthy, vegan lifestyle even when you leave us.

One of the Best Detox Retreats in Australia

The modern world isn’t geared to see us flourish; it’s full of noise, pollution and stress. Today, we are always running on a tight schedule and we don’t have the time we’d like to look after our minds and bodies in the ways that are absolutely necessary. At Abide®, we believe we can change this; our detox and retreats are more than a time away to unwind, but also a place to learn the techniques to live a life of wellness.

Here are just some of the features that make Abide® the perfect place to rest and recharge:

  • Reconnect with nature: The modern environment is never still; it’s constantly needing to be somewhere and to do something. Everyday life for the average person is incredibly stressful, and the lack of access to nature is a big part of the ever-climbing stress levels in our workforce. Abide®  is situated in Victoria’s Yarra Ranges and is set on 100 acres of unbelievable gardens, lawns, fern forests, eucalyptus trees, babbling mountain streams and long hiking trails. This is truly a place to get away from the rat race and reset the clock on your wellness.
  • Integrative approach: It’s one thing having the treatments and a couple of weeks rest and then going back to your life as normal; it’s a completely different thing do the treatments, learn how to look after your mind and body and then use this to change your lifestyle for your ultimate wellness. This is our goal at Abide®; we use an integrated approach of lifestyle adjustments, natural remedies and highly skilled health professionals to teach you how to take ownership of your body, mind and soul.
  • Our organic garden farm: One of the most important parts of good health is what you feed yourself and finding nutritious food in a hectic lifestyle can be tough. At Abide®, we have a magnificent organic farm garden full of delicious, organic vegetable fruit and even a range of kitchen and healing herbs. We run workshops to teach you how to grow and harvest your own food to ensure you are putting in the good stuff that your body needs.

If you’d like to know more about our treatments, accommodation or sugar detox retreat in Victoria, Australia, then simply head on over to our Contact Us page and fill out the online form.

Come, Abide with us awhile.

Abide Wellness & Health Retreat is retreat based in Narbethong that focuses on natural methods & treatments to help rejuvenate your body. We offer weight loss & stress relief retreats, but we have a variety of treatments that fit what your body needs. Browse our website further or contact us to learn more.

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Allow your body to be cleansed and experience a powerful wellness boost

Are you feeling run down, exhausted and drained? Are you lacking the energy you once had? Perhaps you have started a health program in the past but lost the motivation to continue.  The purpose of any detox plan is to take the load off the organs that detoxify the body—the liver, kidneys and bowel.

Abide Wellness Retreat offers you a scientifically-formulated and powerful educational program designed for healthy living and a positive mindset. In addition, we combine a personalised exercise program and a range of naturopathic therapies that will manage the balancing of macro and micronutrients. These herbal and nutritional supplements will soothe and cleanse your body jumpstarting a holistically healthy new you.

Treatments such as lymphatic drainage, massage, and hydrotherapy, are used in supporting your detox program. Also you’ll learn dietary recommendations to improve your digestive and metabolic systems enabling optimal health.

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Personal Premium Attention

We’ve purposely limited the amount of guests we can take to a maximum of 14 at any one time. This means you are guaranteed personal attention from our professional clinicians, instructors and wellness staff. Abide Wellness Retreat's programs have each been developed to uplift and motivate you for positive change, renewed life and lasting results. Included in the program is a choice of up to six individualised therapeutic treatments to promote healing and assist in the detox process. Treatments include:

Massages

Massage works on your soft tissue and muscles using gentle strokes to improve circulation. This helps relieve aches and pains in your neck, shoulders, back, legs and arms. You will also find relief from stress and anxiety, improving your mental outlook for maximum health recovery. Your therapist will pay special attention to problem areas as requested.

Styles to choose from include, Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish style, Foot Massage, Upper Body or Ice Massage.

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HYDROTHERAPY

For thousands of years, people have been using the power of water to promote relaxation, muscle stimulation, the relief of physical burdens and to brighten the spirits. Nestled amongst the beautiful mix of Victorian woodlands and rainforests, Abide Wellness retreat is the perfect location to experience this healing effect of hydrotherapy to improve circulation, decrease joint pain, and accelerate your body’s natural healing processes.

Forms of Hydrotherapy offered with your program includes a Spa Bath, FIR Sauna with cold mitten friction, Contrast Baths or a Hot Foot Bath.

Body Wraps

Your skin is a major detoxifying organ. It is through your skin pores that toxins are released, but often this process needs a little assistance to get things moving. Body wraps entice toxins to come out through your skin and can restore minerals, reduces joint pain and soften your skin. There are many different types of body wrap treatments you can choose from based on your needs.

The body wraps offered as part of your program include Wet sheet Pack, Clay Body Wrap, a Facial or an invigorating salt and coconut oil rub.

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Our extensive experience will ensure your detoxification is safe and effective.

Our detox programs range from simple overnight breaks to intensive 12-night programs specially designed to intervene in early-onset chronic conditions such as auto-immune diseases, food and substance addiction, stress, anxiety and depression, heart conditions, diabetes, and so much more.

Above all, Abide Wellness Retreat provides the environment for total body recovery and a reset for your health and wellbeing.

You get access to 8 different experts on your stay – a naturopath, exercise rehabilitation specialist, colonic irrigation therapist, nutrition expert, weight-loss chef, personal trainer / gym instructor, massage therapists and a beautician—everyone you need to help you on your health and fitness journey to the new you.

Let the Beauty of Nature Soothe Your Soul, Come, abide with us awhile.

If you’re looking for a wellness retreat in Melbourne with accommodation, we invite you to look a little further towards the refreshing mountain air. We’re located in the breathtaking forests of Victoria’s Yarra mountain range, only a short distance away from the picturesque Black Spur. Consequently, you'll find ample walking paths, streams and natural wonders to explore as we work together to create a holistic approach to a healthier lifestyle. Being in a new environment always helps to jumpstart change, but a natural environment is especially beneficial.

Scientific studies have shown that simply being in nature causes stress levels to decrease and therefore happiness to rise. For thousands of years, we lived in direct harmony with the world around us. Subsequently, there’s something within us that is still soothed by this experience. However, there’s a little more to it than that.

Accommodation at Abide Wellness Retreat is presented with beautiful furniture similar to that of a relaxing holiday home. Each room comes with a private ensuite so only the dining and living areas are shared.

We are here to help

Looking for answers to your questions about the Abide Wellness Retreat and what we offer? Here is a selection of a few of the more common questions we receive. If you can't find the answer to your queries here just contact us and we will endeavor to help you.

All about our rooms, facilities, the usage of them and any special needs you may have.

My husband and I both work, what can we do about our children?

The nature of this program is not appropriate for young children, so we recommend that you take this opportunity to get much-needed rest and decide for the care of your children by others while you are here with us.

I get so homesick! Can my spouse/ family come to visit me sometime?

Of course! We would welcome your spouse/ family. Weekend visits or day visits are best. The best plan is for your spouse/ family to come with you to the entire program, so that, together, you can learn the joy of a healthful lifestyle. We do offer day and overnight packages to give you to taste test of the program and to help your spouse or family member to settle in.

Someone said you don’t offer TVs. Is that true?

Yes, it is true. We realise that watching TV does not promote health. Rather than watching TV shows, we encourage you to enjoy the beautiful campus and revitalise your health by walking and benefiting from the sunshine. Evening programs provide an opportunity for socialising. We do offer an extensive library with DVDs and books to watch and need at any time.

Is Abide Wellness Retreat mobility accessible?

Yes, all rooms in the main lodge are accessible by wheelchair or walking frame however much of the property outside contains rough traian and will be difficult to get around. Please let us know of any mobility issues when you book so we can cater correctly for your needs.

Can I get mobile coverage and internet at Abide?

Yes, there is Mobile 4G internet signal is available but variable for Optus / Telstra and does not always work in the rooms. There is always Optus / Telstra signal in the car park.

Is there transport available from the airport or train station?

Yes, Abide® Wellness Retreat has a private bus that can collect you from either Lilydale train station of Tullamarine Airport. Transport fees can be shared among multiple passengers.
Tullamarine Airport: up to $94 or Lilydale Station: up to $48. From Southern Cross Station, take the train to Lilydale.

What do I need to bring and how should I dress?

The program is informal, including meal times, so dress comfortably so that you can enjoy walking and exercising. For the treatments you will need a dressing gown, slippers, and swimmers for the steam room. You may wish to bring suitable attire for weekend activities. Don’t forget to bring both warm and cool weather clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and possibly gumboots as the walking tracks are damp during wet weather.

Medicare card and, if applicable, pension or health care card may also be required.

All about the Abide Wellness Retreats health programs, philosophy and policies.

What is the difference between the 5-night and the 12-night program?

The 5-night program simply provides less of everything! This is an alternative for those who cannot attend for 12 Nights. The 12-night program is called the “Revive Program” because it is designed to offer more benefits than the 5-night program. Medically speaking most major benefits are seen after guests have been present for seven days. This is because during the first week, there is a detox effect that helps your body adjust to a healthier routine. The longer program provides a more complete series of lectures, more thorough health counselling and assistance in turning your life around.

When do the programs start and end?

The 5 night program: Guests arrive Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm and depart five days later, after Breakfast at 9:00am.

The 12 night program: Guests arrive Sunday at 2:30pm and depart Friday morning after Breakfast at 9:00am.

What are the treatments like, and how do they help me?

We offer a range of hydrotherapy treatments which can lead to benefits including improved blood circulation and immune function. We also offer treatments to help you relax, rejuvenate and revive. Our Naturopath will target suit specific treatments to help you with your individual health needs.

What are some of the health challenges your program participant’s experience?

We offer a range of hydrotherapy treatments that include many benefits including improved blood circulation and immune function. We also offer treatments to help you relax, rejuvenate and revive. Our Naturopath will target suit specific treatments to help you with your individual health needs.

What happens on the weekends?

Our weekends are a time to relax from the more structured weekday schedule. More free time is available, and outings are planned for both Saturday and Sunday afternoons to nearby national parks and historic sites.

What is the average age of your guests?

We have had guests between the ages of 18 and 95, but most of our guests are between 45 and 70. Most of them feel younger when they go home!

May I bring a carer?

Yes. Your Carer will receive a 30% discount on a 12-night stay. Please ring for details.

I am Jewish or Muslim. Will I be accepted into your program?

Persons from all religious persuasions are welcome and have participated. Abide’s program is presented from a Christian perspective, but unique religious beliefs are not taught as a part of the program. God is acknowledged as the Great Physician and Creator.

How will I spend my evenings?

Evening programs are not part of the lifestyle instruction but are a time for social interaction and relaxation. Programs you may enjoy include live presentations by various staff and students from their overseas travels, musical programs, slide presentations and nature videos.

Will I like cholesterol-free food?

This is an excellent question and one we love to answer, YES! Although our dietary regimen is a new experience for many people, it is one of the highlights of the program. Our guests find our wholesome, plant-based cuisine quite appealing and delicious, and they enjoy learning to prepare quick, tasty recipes in our “Practical Nutrition” class.

My friend says tea (the evening meal) is different at Abide. Is that true?

We understand the importance of a light evening meal, to ensure that you won’t be going to bed with a full stomach. Therefore, the evening meal is light, usually consisting of a mineral-rich broth. Certain medical conditions may require a special diet and any dietary decisions are made jointly with the participant.

What is the philosophy of Abide Wellness Retreat?

Abide uses a scientifically validated approach without neglecting the whole person including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life. Abide uses natural methods to relieve stress and disease caused by faulty lifestyle. Our team will do all they can to assist you in recovering your health for a longer, happier life. You will be equipped with the strongest possible reasons, tools and motivation for change.

Abide is a Christian-based program run by Seventh-day Adventists. They are known as some of the healthiest people in the world. Five “blue zones” in the world have so far been identified by researchers. In each of these “zones”, people are living to over 100 years which is 10 times more than anywhere else on earth. Loma Linda in California appears to be the only place in the United States where a Blue Zone exists. Loma Linda is a city with the highest concentration of Adventists who practice the principles of diet and lifestyle, and which may become yours to follow for life!

Seventh-Day Adventist have one of the largest privately owned networks of hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and health centres around the world, committed to creating a healing environment focused on providing whole-person care to achieve the fullness of health. Abide is one of these wellness retreats that would like to provide you with whole-person care and share with you incredible, life-changing principles, tools and strategies. We’re here to help you recover your health. We will be with you and guide you in understanding and applying these longevity principles of health. Once you understand and commit to following them, you will be on your journey to living a healthy, happier and fulfilling life. So, come and abide with us awhile.

All about payments, discounts and health insurance rebates.

Can I claim back any money from my private health insurance fund for my stay at Abide?

Rebates from a naturopath are no longer in action due to the new government regulations.

What happens if I change my mind about coming through the program?

We expend significant effort in planning and preparing for your participation, so we require a $500.00 deposit with the application. Once we have received your application and deposit, we begin the scheduling process. Should you choose not to participate, we will hold your deposit for up to one year towards a future program. Alternatively, you can nominate another person to take your place.

Do you offer discounts?

From time to time we offer discounts to our program. Plus pensioners, students and returning guests receive a 10% discount (proof of pensioner and student cards required). If the general discount is larger than the pensioner discount, no further discount is applied.

Choose the program that best suits your situation and budget

Kickstart

5-Night Retreat

Sunday to Friday

The Kickstart Body Detox & Wellness program is designed to motivate the cleansing process of your body from harmful toxin build up within the body. To achieve this the Kickstart program provides the environment to start your journey for total body recovery and reset your health and wellbeing.

Course includes:

  • 5 nights in luxury 4-star accommodation
  • 2 Naturopathic consultations with recommended specific hydrotherapy, poultice and physical therapies according to your personal needs
  • Pre and post-weight and vitals measured
  • Tailor made Naturopathic protocol that is implemented and supervised during your stay
  • TGA Practitioner only supplements included during your entire stay
  • Individualized Naturopathic take-home care plan and protocol
  • Naturopathic designed gourmet plant-based meals focused on restoring your gut microbiome
  • Plant-based cooking demonstrations and take-home recipes
  • Micronutrient dense organic vegetable juices
  • Mineral rich broth for dinner
  • Organic herbal teas
  • Daily detoxifying steam baths (5 per week)
  • Daily informative, recently researched health lectures
  • Juicing demonstration and hands-on workshop
  • Guided walks and stretches
  • Goal setting and learning how to focus to deal with problems
  • Your choice of 3 individualised health treatments (from our *included treatments list)
  • Motivational through for the day
  • Essential oil lecture and workshop
  • Good-for-your-gut lectures and workshops as well as take-home recipes (make your own yoghurt at home)
  • Emotional baggage release workshop (leave a little lighter than you arrived, and learn life tactics, tools and strategies to cope when you return home)

5-night Kickstart Body Detox & Wellness program starting from

$1,999

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Revive

12-Night Retreat

Sunday to Friday

Revive Body Detox & Wellness program is specially designed to intervene early-onset chronic conditions such as auto-immune, food and substance addiction, stress, anxiety and depression, heart and diabetes conditions and so much more. Most importantly, this is an intensive program, individually tailored to give you optimum results.

Course includes:

  • 12 nights in luxury 4-star accommodation
  • 3 Naturopathic consultations with recommended specific hydrotherapy, poultice and physical therapies according to your personal needs
  • 4 Good-for-your-gut lectures and workshops
  • Tasty nutritious whole plant-based cuisine and micronutrient dense detox juicing program
  • Your choice of 6 individualised health treatments
  • Daily informative, recently researched health talks
  • Emotional baggage release healing workshop
  • Life coach lecture and counselling session
  • Essential oil lecture and workshop

12-night Revive Body Detox & Wellness program starting from

$4,399

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