Dorothy S – (Bodmin)
Retreating with Sam and Dawn at their “Oasis of Excellence” surpassed all of my expectations. Every day was special, from what I experienced, to the knowledge I gained. I can’t thank you enough for looking after us so well, it was such fun, but most importantly is, what it did for us both health wise. The painful splits I had in my tongue (before our stay), have not returned. They had been an ongoing, irritating problem for some time, but not anymore, thank you! “Eating the right type of food really can heal”. Last week I went for my 6 monthly check-up, heart, blood pressure, and cholesterol. They are all perfect and my GP was really impressed with the results (she now has your details as well). Sam, the mobility in my knee, with those stretching exercise, continues to improve. We are trying to stick to what we both learnt about a healthy lifestyle and have maintained the weight loss since arriving back home, we are both delighted about that. You’ll be pleased to hear I’m getting quite good at preparing juices now, lots of healthy yummy veg & fruit. I had an amazing week at Bodhi Retreat and 7.1lbs less of me returned back to the UK, feeling happier, healthier and fitter. We can’t wait to go back.
Mark – (Bucks)
I had a fabulous time at Bodhi Retreat. A week there left me feeling lighter, fitter, relaxed and more in control of my health. Both Dawn and Sam are very knowledgeable about the powerful combination of diet, nutrition, exercise and mindset. They display a friendly and professional approach to the daily sessions. I was surprised at how relaxed I felt as a result of the guided meditation. Dawn is always smiling. She keeps you well fed, by making the tastiest juices, soups, salads and healthy dinners. The vegetable bake was delicious and not something that I’d normally eat (got the recipe now!) Sam has a progressive approach with exercise, starting gently and then gradually building up the tempo and difficulty, whilst tailoring the level for each individual. Rebounding was the class I was least looking forward to, but ended up being the one I enjoyed the most. Music motivates! You are fantastic hosts and I’ve learnt so much! At the end of the week I found that I had lost 3.8 kg and 2% total body fat. I thoroughly recommend Bodhi Retreat Spain and look forward to my next visit.
John – (Cornwall)
To start off with, I’d like to say a huge thank you for the excellent week I spent with you in May 2014. As an 84 year old that has had major cancer surgery three times and 70% of my left lung removed, I was a little apprehensive about the level of fitness expected from me. But Sam and Dawn put me at ease and all classes were adapted for different levels of fitness and made fun and enjoyable. The juices were delicious and what was surprising, I didn’t feel hungry at all. All of the varied fresh meals were prepared with an understanding of what our bodies need and require, they not only looked but tasted fantastic as well. The whole experience was wonderful and even at my age, so educational. My wife was interested in losing some weight, but I lost more than her, 11lbs in one week’s stay and my blood pressure went from being quite high to normal in just 6 days. Since our return home we have taken up some of the healthy living advice and the weight has stayed off. Everyone is commenting on how well and also how young we look. Well done Bodhi retreat, you did exactly what you said you could and more. Dawn and Sam are such great hosts, so knowledgeable and caring. We would recommend the retreat to anyone. We have really felt the benefits from our stay and are going back again in the autumn.
Nikki – (UK)
I had the good fortune to be able to stay at Dawn and Sam’s Retreat for one glorious week.
I was not quite sure what to expect initially, but I can honestly say that right from the word go, that’s from being met at the airport during the journey to their wonderful retreat and the warm welcome on arriving there, you’ll immediately feel at ease and made comfortable.
The retreat is just simply lovely, as is the setting and beautiful scenery, of which you get to walk amongst every morning. What a fantastic way to begin the day. Starting off with three days juicing, well.. you may think that you’re going to feel starving, but no.. the fresh scrumptious, gorgeous tasting juices that Dawn brings out of the kitchen are fit for a King and are incredibly filling.
I was terrified of the exercise side of things, having a dodgy knee and back and with Sam being an ex Royal Marine PTI, I really didn’t know what to expect and I thought we might get a tough grilling, but from the morning walk, which is adapted for everyone’s fitness levels, to the Core and Stretch exercises, Stability Ball and Rebounding, not only does Sam train according to your specific needs, he is an incredible instructor who not only leads you through the exercises, but educates you at the same time. It was the first time I’d tried Qi Gong and what a gentle and thoroughly energising class it was.
You have plenty free time to enjoy your surroundings, putting your feet up by pool, a stroll into the village, or if you feel like spoiling yourself by going for one of the many treatments that are available. Ending the day off with a delicious meal prepared by Chef Dawn and the food literally comes alive in your mouth as your taste buds have returned to normal working order (as they should after the 3 days of juicing). You then have the opportunity to either, watch an informative DVD, partake of guided meditation or listen to one of the educational talks, so very interesting and informative. I have come away discovering that, the more I learn, the more I realise how little I do indeed know and I feel positively liberated, as Sam and Dawn share so openly and happily with everyone.
It was a truly amazing week and I cannot wait for the next one. A holiday that literally recharges your batteries, invigorates and motivates you in such a way that you feel ready to take on the world when you arrive back home. They are an awesome couple and I would recommend to anyone to book a stay, be looked after, be pampered and treated with undivided attention, on both a professional and friendship level. I didn’t want to leave. You are indulging yourself with the love and respect you deserve by visiting them, so do yourselves a favour, sign up and go and give your Mind and Body the love and attention it ought to have. You could not be in better hands.”
Penny – (Brighton)
Wow! Full of energy, glowing skin, shiny hair and sparkling eyes. I’m a Bodhi convert
Elaine – (Devon)
The week was just what I needed to improve my self esteem, re-focus and get on with my life
Anne – (London)
I am genuinely attempting to live in the present. The true revelation of my stay