Yarra Valley
Health Retreat

Renew your energy to face life’s challenges.

Do you often think “Why am I always tired and have no energy?” The accumulation of stress and exhaustion in everyday life can drain you of energy both physically and mentally. Burnout has become a common occurrence in our achievement-oriented society, but there is a solution. By combining effective plant-based cooking with personal naturopathic advice and natural remedies this Reboot Wellness Boost Overnight Escape will help you identify areas that is zapping you of energy and offer solutions you can put in place for healthier and more balanced you.

Abide Wellness Retreat is the perfect place for you if you are feeling run down and need a wellness boost.

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The modern day lifestyle is a busy one, fraught with stress and schedules; at some stage, everyone needs to take the time to take stock of the mental and physical wellbeing. Sometimes it may mean a weekend away, a quick spa day or holiday to a distant beach but at Abide, we provide the quintessential opportunity for our guests to relax, recharge and change their lifestyles for the better.

Escape at our Yarra Valley Health Retreat

Our wellness retreat is a tranquil sanctuary where you can come aside and rest. If you are feeling overworked, overstressed, emotionally volatile, failing to cope or are suffering from an illness of some sort, then we are a haven of serenity where you can recharge and reset yourself.

This is the one place where you won’t be rushed, where the silent moments that you seldom get will become your favourite companion and you can revel in the freedom to do what your body and mind have been craving.

Restore and Maintain Your Health At Our Yarra Valley Retreat

Our Yarra Valley health retreat is nestled on top of the Yarra Ranges, close to the picturesque Black Spur. At Abide, you are surrounded by forests that abound with eucalyptus and fern, over 100 acres of breathtaking gardens, lawns, soft whispers of the wild winds, babbling mountain streams and hiking trails through the beautiful peaks that have stood the test of time through the sweeping views of the Great Dividing Range.

What Sets Abide Wellness Retreat Apart?

Our Yarra Valley Retreat is made particularly special by the kind and caring staff that call Abide home; they will lead, mentor and guide you towards a life filled with laughter, love and kindness that is only truly accessible to those who discover the balance between their mental, physical and spiritual being.

Abide can help you in the following ways:

  • Whole Person Health: We are true believers that living your life to the fullest is a holistic process; it’s about syncing your physical, mental and spiritual well-being to ensure a lifestyle that you don’t just settle in, but thrive in
  • Integrative and Traditional Clinicians and Therapists: We use natural recipes and techniques to cure ailments and help your body detox, but we also know that modern methods have a place in the world for a reason and that’s why we offer the best combination of integrative and traditional clinicians and therapists to get our guests the best of both worlds
  • Whole Foods and Plant-Based Diet (Vegan Whole Foods): In today’s world, getting the right sustenance has become a bit of a nightmare; processed and fast foods are the order of the day, and even ‘healthy’ foods are filled with unnatural chemicals. At Abide, we teach you how to have a vegan whole food diet that is an absolute blessing for your health
  • Giving you ownership of your own health: Through alternative and restorative health strategies we teach you to invest in your own health and give you the training to take your body, mind and soul confidently into your own hands – knowing that you are going to practice sound wellness strategies that change your lifestyle

If you want to change your lifestyle and live the best life you possibly can, then come – Abide with us, and you will flourish.

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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Give Yourself the Gift of Wellness

People often tend to care for others better than they care for themselves. However, this is a truly unsustainable way to live. You cannot draw water from an empty well, and sometimes you have to put your personal wellbeing first. It’s the only way to continue caring for others without running out of steam along the way.

At Abide® Wellness Retreat in Victoria, you come first. Our staff is carefully chosen for their kindness, compassion and knowledge. We work with you to create a personalised wellness experience based on your needs. Whether you choose to stay with us for one of our 12-day retreats, or even just a single day of caring and relaxation, we know you’ll return home renewed: body, mind and soul.

Contact us today and give yourself the gift of wellness.

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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, 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 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 akin to that of a relaxing holiday home. Each room comes with a private ensuite with only the dining and living areas 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?

Abide is not a hospital but it is worth checking if your fund covers you for any preventative health or green prescription. However, you will be able to receive a health fund rebate for your initial and discharge consultation with our Naturopath.

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 needs and available time

Reboot

1-Night Retreat—Wellness Boost One

9:30am Wednesday to 10am Thursday

Healthy food starts with healthy soil, Wellness Boost Overnight Escape—Program One, will help you gain the skills needed to cultivate food that will not only taste amazing but with also truly nourish your body for a healthier and more balanced you.

Course includes:

  • Overnight stay in luxury 4-star accommodation
  • Personal consultation with our head Naturopath
  • Guided tour of Abide Wellness Retreat
  • Probiotic-rich yoghurt making workshop
  • Tasty nutritious whole plant-based meals and juices
  • Soil preparation and natural remedies from the garden workshop
  • Private massage
  • Session in our sauna
  • Garden tour and gift hamper to take home.
Overnight Reboot Wellness Boost—Package Two, valued at $470, now for the special price of

$359

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Reboot

1-Night Retreat—Wellness Boost Two

9:30am Thursday to 10am Friday

Combining effective plant-based cooking with personal naturopathic advice and natural remedies this Wellness Boost Overnight Escape—Program Two, will help you identify areas creating discomfort or pain and the solutions you can put in place for healthier and more balanced you.

Course includes:

  • Overnight stay in luxury 4-star accommodation
  • Personal consultation with our head Naturopath
  • Guided tour of Abide Wellness Retreat
  • Plant-based cooking demonstration
  • Tasty nutritious whole plant-based meals and juice
  • Private massage
  • Session in our sauna
  • Informative, recently researched health talk
  • Garden tour and gift hamper to take home.
Overnight Reboot Wellness Boost—Package Two, valued at $470, now for the special price of

$359

Register Your interest Now

Contact us to plan your Reboot Over-night Retreat today.

Book a call back with our event manager to plan your visit to Abide Wellness Retreat.