Byron Bay

Byron Bay Detox Retreats

Byron Bay Detox Retreats offers one of the most holistic and comprehensive naturopathic detox programs available today and is celebrating its 11th anniversary. Experience a life-changing transformation on exclusive group retreats, or personalised one-on-one retreats where you will rejuvenate mind, body and soul.

Byron Bay Detox Retreats is set among 30 acres of native bushland fronting the turquoise waters of Tallow Beach, just south of Australia’s most easterly point, Cape Byron, on the NSW north coast. Wildlife wander around the tea tree-strewn property and kookaburras delight at breaking waves as retreaters unwind in the tranquillity and solitude of their private cottages’ timber-floor decks
and hammocks.

The experience

The rustic and more luxurious cottages, as well as studios, are all equipped with reverse-cycle air conditioning, living areas, kitchenette and adjoining bathroom. Many group retreats are held during the year and have an intimate atmosphere that offers support while detoxifying the mind, body and soul.

Gatherings held in the pyramid-like yoga shala include morning meditation and yoga classes; workshops on mindfulness, sleep therapy, nutrition and stress management; and the retreat’s signature sound healing that offers a gentle yet powerful blend of didgeridoo, chimes, crystal bowls and sacred voice in harmonious vibration.

The healing

Retreaters fast on cold-pressed organic juices as well as an evening mineral broth and an unlimited variety of herbal teas and alkalised water. This detoxification process is accelerated by sessions of colonic hydrotherapy and use of our infrared saunas, which work on a cellular level, and ideally, an ocean plunge too.

Also included in the retreat’s package are supplements for heavy metal, bowel, liver and parasite cleanses. Clients have a choice of additional treatments, which are a range of traditional and ancient healing techniques such as bodywork, massage, spiritual counselling, medical intuitive, energy healings, breathwork, ice baths and much more, all tailored to suit individual needs.

Therapists at Byron Bay Detox Retreats are hand-picked from the Northern Rivers region to ensure the delivery of treatment is world-class. Head facilitator Natalie Purcell has had over 20 years of personal experience and training in detoxification and spiritual healing. She also offers the Taoist abdominal organ massage, Chi Nei Tsang, which clears blocked internal pathways to alleviate negative emotions and sickness.

The fast and the food

After being nurtured through the five days of fasting, retreaters are served a fast-breaking breakfast of fresh papaya with a hint of alkalising fresh lime and mint. They are then rewarded with a raw-food cooking class from the retreat centre’s expert chef that culminates in their first lunch in many days. Retreaters not only learn how to make superfood smoothies as well as raw sauerkrauts, pastas and desserts but enjoy them with the group. Raw-food cuisine is served throughout the last 24 hours of the retreat. This culinary knowledge, as well as knowledge and inspiration attained from seminars and consultations, is then taken away by retreaters to continue their fresh start.

Things to remember

Prior to attending the retreat, clients are requested to fill out a health questionnaire to assist the qualified team of naturopaths in supporting their needs. Clients are advised to follow pre-fast procedures in the days leading up to attending the retreat centre to aid their transition to detoxification. Also, just as important as fasting is breaking a fast, and clients are given information on how to slowly ease their reset internal organs and purified mind, body and soul back into their lifestyles after their enlightening time at the seaside sanctuary.

All retreaters are reminded that any impurities such as alcohol, caffeine and nicotine are not allowed during the retreat, while food of any kind is to be abstained from during their stay to allow the healing process to occur.

Booking early avoids disappointment and not only ensures the first choice of cottages in the retreats that are typically fully booked, but also helps to keep airline costs down.

Included in the package are accommodation; colonic hydrotherapy; infrared sauna; all organic juices, broths, teas and meals as well as on-site supplements; group yoga and meditation and sound-healing sessions; educational seminars; naturopathic consultations; raw-food cooking classes and fast-breaking cuisine.

Prices begin at $3975 and can increase according to accommodation choices. The additional treatments delivered by expert therapists incur extra charges starting from $150 per 60-minute session.

Retreaters can also opt for their own cottage rather than sharing a bathroom with one other, or a luxury studio suite for extra costs. Also available all year round is the option of a private and exclusive personalised retreat that can be tailored to the individual guest.
At Byron Bay Detox Retreats, you may experience health benefits such as renewed energy and vitality, natural weight loss, breaking of addictions, relief from disease, improved digestion, reduced effects of ageing, spiritual growth, healthier and clearer complexion, improved immunity and clarity of mind.

Getting there

The closest airport to Byron Bay Detox Retreats is Ballina-Byron, about a 30-minute drive away, while Coolangatta Airport is about a one-hour drive away. Shuttle buses from both airports ($20 to $40) take clients directly to the retreat centre, or a personalised pick-up can be arranged.

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