Stress Relief Retreat

Is stress and worry having adverse effects on your health? Experience the calming, powerful and lasting results of effective stress management.
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Stress Relief Retreat

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. Moreover, 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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Come To Our Stress Management Retreat

Our retreats for stress and anxiety management are designed not just to de-stress your life immediately and while you are staying with us, but also to equip you with the strategies and techniques to take home with you that will help every day.

At Abide, we want nothing more than to help our guests discover the secrets to having a well-balanced, powerful and healthy life. We believe that our transformative principles of natural healing provide the very foundation that you need so you can experience a lifestyle of healthiness, happiness and joy.

The Ultimate Stress Relief Retreat

We believe that we offer more than just a simple retreat and that our guests get something special every time they visit us. Here’s what you can expect from your stay:

  • Whole Person Health: Your wellness is not just dependent on your mind, body or spirit as silos; when one is great it doesn’t necessarily mean everything else is. In order to achieve true happiness and health, you have to ensure that everything is in sync. At Abide, we take an integrated approach that helps you get the best out of all facets of your being to live in harmony.
  • Integrative and Traditional Clinicians and Therapists: Getting your body healthy is a challenge, but not nearly as hard as getting your body, mind and soul in the right place all at the right time. We use traditional and integrative clinicians and therapists to ensure that you are getting your dose of spiritual healing, as well as healthy living.
  • Whole Foods and Plant-Based Diet (Vegan Whole Foods): The shops filled with processed, fast food that fits into our busy, schedule-based lives but that don’t give us the nurturing and nutrition that our bodies and minds need. Our organic garden farm is the perfect place to learn how to plant and grow your own organic garden (no matter how small) so that your healthy eating habits can be achieved anywhere.
  • Ownership of your own health: We use alternative and restorative health strategies so that ownership of your health can be back in your hands. We want you to invest in your own health through preventative strategies such as teaching, training and sound wellness strategies that you can take home from the retreat and apply to your lifestyle.

Come To Our Retreats For Stress & Anxiety

Come and rest a while at our Yarra Valley health stress relief retreat. The Retreat is found on the top of the breathtaking Yarra Ranges, just a short distance away from Black Spur and as a result, set amongst unbelievable gardens and lawns, forests, mountains streams and hiking trails that wind through ancient trees looking over the Great Dividing Range.

Abide is filled with quiet moments that become welcome companions; so take the time to recharge, reset and reconnect with us at our stress management retreat.

Come, Abide with us awhile.

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

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Is life getting too much? Do you need a break to recharge and get your life back in order?

In today’s busy world, it has become natural for people to feel run down and overwhelmed. Often, as a result, this is the first realisation that leads to a desire for lifestyle changes. It’s so easy to fall back into old habits and many soon abandon their new wellness goals. That’s because it’s very difficult to create a new routine when you’re still surrounded by the old one.

A temporary change in environment sets you up for success. In addition it creates an opening for new ideas and allows you to create a new routine free from the constraints of your usual daily life. Once you can focus entirely on the changes in front of you, you’ll be able to commit to them much more deeply.

Learn methods to deal with stress and anxiety

In todays world workaholism is worn as a badge of honour, yet it comes at a huge cost. For instance, you’re motivated to do it well in your job, you work overtime, take work home on weekends and are constantly connected to email and phone. But your health and relationships start to suffer—your emotional and physical aspects of life can become seriously drained with no energy left for your family, your partner, your friends or even yourself. You feel completely and utterly drained.

Where most stress management programs fail is they equate time off work being pampered as the solution, and while taking time off will help, within a few months you are back to the same stress levels requiring yet more time off and the cycle continues. However, Abide Wellness retreat offers you a scientifically-formulated powerful educational program designed to attack your mind and stress issues at its very core to find lasting solutions. This is combined with great food, an exercise regime and a range of naturopathic therapies that, as a result, will heal, soothe and cleanse your body.

Treatments such as Lymphatic Drainage, Massage, Hydrotherapy and other therapies are used to support reducing stress. But in addition to this, you’ll learn dietary and lifestyle practices that will enabling you to maintain a healthy state of mind permanently.

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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:


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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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 give you the knowledge and skills to make weight loss permanent.

We keep our numbers low with only 14 attendants at any one time. Because of this, you are able to receive a personal tailor-made solutions and support in your stress management journey. Our programs range from simple overnight breaks to intensive 12-night programs specially designed to intervene early-onset chronic conditions such as food and substance addiction, anxiety and depression, heart and diabetes conditions and so much more.

Abide Wellness Retreat provides the environment for total body recovery, therefore, resetting for your health and wellbeing.

During your stay you will get access to 9 different experts – a naturopath, registered nurse, colonic irrigation therapist, nutrition expert, weight loss chef, personal trainer/gym instructor, massage therapists and a beautician. In short, everything you need to help you with 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.

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 between 11:30am - 12.00pm and depart five days later, after Breakfast at 9:00am. The 12 night program: Guests arrive Sunday between 11:30am - 12.00pm 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 (those guests needing a carer on who are participating in the Abide program only)?
Yes. Carer's who are caring for a guest participating in the Abide program are eligible to receive a 30% discount on their stay at the retreat (tariffs do not include naturopathic consultations, treatments or supplements during your stay).  Please ring for details.
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 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?
The Age Pension Card and Full Time Student Cards are recognised and receive a 10% discount (proof of Age Pension Card and Full Time Student Cards are required). If the general discount is larger than the pensioner discount, no further discount is applied.  Please mention this discount to our Sales Consultant when booking in.

Choose the program that best suits your situation and budget


5-Night Retreat

Sunday to Friday

Experience the calming, powerful and lasting results of effective stress management in our Kickstart Stress & Mind Wellness program. During this 5-night program our team will show you how to manage stress and as a result, practice peace even in a busy, energetic setting. You will be set on a path for restored energy, optimum health and the wellness you deserve.

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
  • Tasty nutritious whole plant-based cuisine and micronutrient dense detox juicing program
  • Your choice of 3 individualised health treatments
  • Daily informative, recently researched health talks
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12-Night Retreat

Sunday to Friday

The Revive Stress & Mind Wellness program is designed to assist you to begin a holistic balanced reset program from various health related issues that are so often encountered. Most importantly our desire is for you to balance your mind, heart and soul from the harshness of anxiety, depression, stress management and even sadness, therefore taking hold of happiness, contentment and hope, which are positive attributes we all deserve.

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
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