Need to lose weight and regain your health? Discover the tried and true methods to slim down in a supportive community surrounded by Victorian rainforests!
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Need to lose weight and regain your health? Discover the tried and true methods to slim down in a supportive community surrounded by Victorian rainforests!

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Do you feel as if you are on an endless diet and yet you never lose weight?

Have you spent thousands on gym memberships, diet regimes, detox plans, and even fat camps only to have none of it trim off those undesired kilos? Why is it that some people can eat whatever they like and gain no weight while others only need to think about a cheese burger and they have added a kilo to their waistline? Perhaps you have had some success in the past but in a short period of time, you start gaining that excessive weight back.

The desire of any diet is to lose the weight and keep it off! Offen all that is required is the knowledge and support that only a personal approach can give and this is where Abide Wellness Retreat can help.

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Almost everyone has struggled with weight at some point in their life. It’s a very normal issue that has too many solutions, and a lot of them just don’t work! So, let’s talk about the one that does: taking a comprehensive and holistic approach that creates weight loss as a natural byproduct of healthy living.

You see, we’re about more than weight loss at Abide. We’re the best health retreat in Victoria. Weight loss, in our opinion, should not be your primary goal. It’s better to seek overall health and balance. That’s when you lose weight and keep it off. Honestly, what’s the point of losing weight if you’re only going to find it again?

Get a New Start to Weight Loss

We employ many strategies to help you make the lifestyle changes that will accomplish long-term weight loss. Our program is based on the holistic healing principles of NEWSTART. Using scientific research and good common sense, NEWSTART offers sustainable methods for achieving good health naturally.

NEWSTART is an acronym representing eight fundamentals for achieving good health: Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunshine, Temperance, Air, Rest and Trust. With these basic elements in place, you can succeed! We make it easy for you to fully understand and integrate every aspect into your life.

Our Weight Loss Retreat in Victoria is Your Ticket to Better Health

Every major change should begin with the most basic elements. At Abide Wellness Retreat, we consider those to be nutrition, exercise and water. It seems simple because it is really that simple. Changing how you eat and how frequently you exercise will help you begin losing weight right away. If you stop there, however, you may not achieve the full results you’re looking for.

So, it’s an excellent place to start, but it is only the beginning. To help you out with this essential step, we offer nutritional courses and planning along with real cooking experience. Yes, you’re going to get in the kitchen during your stay with us! That way, we know you’re ready to bring the changes home. If you’re living the busy life in Melbourne, our weight loss retreat can be exactly what you need because we teach you how to sustain those changes once you leave.

You’ll Get Back to Good Health With Our Weight Loss Retreat In Melbourne

It’s easy to make a change at first, but it doesn’t stay that way. Until that change begins to feel like your normal routine, you’re at risk of slipping back into your old ways. Managing stress levels while you make changes is the key to sticking with them until they become your new normal. That’s why we suggest plenty of sunshine and fresh air. This keeps your vitamin D levels up and your stress levels down.

Temperance, however, is your best friend when it comes to long-term changes. Temperance is all about balance, and there’s nothing more powerful than a trust & faith in God! It’s about abstaining from the foods and activities that keep you unwell but doing so in a way that works for you.

A Health Retreat In Victoria That Focuses On Weight Loss

You can achieve the results you’re looking for when it comes to weight loss, but it isn’t going to happen overnight. That’s why temperance and balance are needed as you make healthy changes. Moving too quickly may work at first. Over time, it always falls apart. Trust yourself and know that you will get there. There’s no need to speed through the steps. Make sure you’re taking the time to rest as your body changes.

If you listen to your body and trust what it’s telling you, then you’ll be well on your way to better health and wellbeing. Losing weight is an excellent goal, but it shouldn’t be your only goal. At Abide Wellness Retreat, we’re here to help you set the right priorities and enjoy truly successful weight loss. Contact us today to inquire about our weight loss retreat in Victoria.

Come, Abide with us awhile.

Abide Wellness Retreat is retreat based in Narbethong that focuses on natural methods & treatments to help rejuvenate your body. We offer weight loss & detox 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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What goes in your mouth is only a small fraction of the problem!

Where most weight loss plans fail is they equate food with weight gain, and while what you eat does play a part in your weight gain, it is not the source of the weight gain.  Abide Wellness retreat offers you a scientifically-formulated powerful educational program designed to attack your weight issues at its very core. This is combined with great food, an exercise regime and a range of naturopathic therapies that will heal, soothe and cleanse your body.

Treatments such as Lymphatic Drainage, Massage, Hydrotherapy and other therapies are used in supporting your weight-loss program. In addition to this, you’ll learn dietary and lifestyle recommendation enabling you to maintain your weight-loss permanently.

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 weight loss 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, stress, anxiety and depression, heart and diabetes conditions and so much more.

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

You get access to 9 different experts on your stay – a naturopath, registered nurse, colonic irrigation therapist, nutrition expert, weight loss chef, personal trainer/gym instructor, massage therapists and a beautician. Everything you need to help you with your health and fitness journey to the new you.

“A case for whole body transformation and wellness success”

“Ellika came to us at Abide with Parkinson’s and early onset of Dementia seeking support for her debilitating symptoms. The senior clinical team and I planned out and implemented an intense multi-faceted treatment program to support her neurological degeneration. It was designed to elevate and improve her dopamine production which in turn aided in relieving tremors, minimising shuffling and improving overall mental function.

We also included a range of herbal medicines, dietary and new lifestyle modifications including intense targeted hydrothermal therapies and an intense rehabilitation protocol was employed.

After 7 days Ellika’s shuffling and tremors had stopped. At the end of 11 days her endurance had greatly improved to the point she could do a 2km return walk without resting, her gross and fine motor skills had increased dramatically and she had started to regain the ability to feed herself. Her memory is improving and her posture is gaining strength and uprightness each new day.

Both Ellika and her husband wish they had come here when she was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s 8 years ago, as the changes that have happened within the past 11 days have been transformative on many levels.

They are both overwhelmed for her remarkable progress so far and now feel more confident about their future.”

CANDICE BERGHAN / Abide Clinical Director | Naturopath

Your individually planned treatment is accompanied by constant monitoring carried out by our experienced therapists, clinicians and wellness staff so you can be rewarded with powerful changes and optimum results.

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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

The Kickstart Weight-loss & Wellness program is a short revival package to promote an end result of balanced weight loss and providing you with valuable knowledge and understanding for you to continue a healthier, sustainable lifestyle beyond your short and powerful stay at Abide Wellness Retreat.

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

5-night Kickstart Weight-loss & Wellness program starting from


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12-Night Retreat

Sunday to Friday

Each one of us has a personal and unique weight optimum and that is different for everyone. Through our Revive Weight-loss & Wellness program you will discover and experience your unique optimum weight balance paving a pathway for positive change. You will not only look and feel good but regain the optimum vitality of health you 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

12-night Revive Weight-loss & Wellness program starting from


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