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The rise of men’s wellness retreats: Supportive spaces for overall health and wellbeing

For Men’s Health Week Elysia Wellness Retreat highlights options to nurture men’s wellbeing

Men’s health is in the spotlight with International Men’s Health week taking place from Monday June 10 to Sunday June 16, and while there’s no doubt we need to prioritise talking about men’s physical and mental health, it can be difficult to know how to take meaningful action to support men’s wellbeing – or where to start.

In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, men’s wellness retreats have emerged as essential sanctuaries for holistic well-being. These retreats offer men a unique opportunity to step away from their daily routines and immerse themselves in environments designed to nurture their mental, physical, and emotional health. By providing a supportive space for stress relief, personal growth, and community building, men’s wellness retreats address critical aspects of well-being often overlooked in traditional settings.

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Recent data from the Australian Institute of Families Studies shows up to 25 percent of men experience a diagnosed mental health disorder in their lifetime, and 15 percent experienced a disorder in any 12-month period. Wellness Retreats encourage open discussions about mental health, and promote a balanced, healthy lifestyle. As the importance of self-care becomes increasingly recognised, men’s wellness retreats stand out as vital tools for fostering overall health and resilience, explore personal growth, find purpose and prioritise self-care.

Elysia Wellness Retreat nestled in the heart of the Hunter Valley offers a raft of escape options, seminars, activities and inspiring guest speakers dedicated to improving everything from anxiety and anger management to stress, sleep and physical health.

Elysia Hunter Valley

“Historically, wellness retreats have been seen as the domain of girls’ groups or mother and daughter weekends focused on spa treatments and yoga classes, but true wellness goes so much deeper,” said said Elysia Wellness Retreat’s Retreat Manager, Melissa Ingram. “It’s pleasing to see an increasing number of men prioritising their wellbeing – and recognising the need to take a break and focus on self-care – whether via a short-stay reset or an immersive full week retreat, and it’s a trend which I believe will, and should, continue.” 

Options include:

About men, for men, with men seminar – various dates

This seminar openly presents information on key topics surrounding men’s health and wellbeing. With open forum discussion about health-related issues confronting you and contemplating what lies ahead. You will leave this seminar more informed and aware of your body, as well as better equipped with practical strategies to take control of your health.

Your nervous system and emotions: the deeper link – July 27.

Join wellness chiropractor and health and mindset coach Dr Jimmy Fay to unlock your understanding of the nervous system to better recognise and manage your emotions. 

Talking enjoyment seriously: the key to sustainable active living – July 6.

Healthy ageing and performance psychologist Gordon Spence will shares his insights on reconnecting with physical activity in mid-life to promote healthier ageing.

Stress, Perfectionism, Imposter Syndrome and other anxiety conditions –  June 29

Author, clinical psychologist and mental health researcher, Dr Michael Player delves into a raft of common anxiety conditions and shares proven coping strategies.

Productivity Ninja –  June 15.

Professional facilitator and owner of Think Productive Australia will share practical tools to introduce positive lifestyle changes and make new habits sustainable in this inspiring session.

Elysia Hunter Valley

Beyond dates with specialist guest speakers, men are welcome to join any of Elysia Wellness Retreat’s diverse all-inclusive packages or personally tailored programs throughout the year, which range from two-night stays through to comprehensive week-long escapes, all designed to deliver a mind and body re-set, motivate change, and give participants the tools they need to achieve long-lasting results long beyond their stay. 

Guests will enjoy complimentary nutritious cuisine throughout the retreat, as well as the use of extensive facilities including tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, and a fully equipped gymnasium. Guests can choose to participate in high or low-impact physical activities, from boxing and volleyball to sunrise tai chi and bushwalks and access a raft of spa and wellness treatments (at an additional cost). These range from facials, massage, and reflexology through to one-on-one nutrition coaching, personal training, yoga classes, physiotherapy, meditation and sound healing, or resilience coaching.

About Elysia Wellness Retreat

Located in the Hunter Valley, the secluded retreat offers an immersive wellness experience for mind, body and spirit. Whether it’s a full week of rejuvenation or a weekend stay, Elysia’s vast array of experiences and spa treatments will suit anyone’s needs. Facilities include three indoor yoga and meditation studios, a wellness centre, meditation hill, vegetable garden, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, fully equipped gymnasium and indoor cycle room, tennis court, activity court and walking tracks. The Day Spa at Elysia offers over 50 therapies and treatment in-keeping with Elysia’s holistic and natural approach health and beauty.

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