Boranup Forest Retreat Services

Yoga

There are several options for yoga at the retreat

1) Boranup Forest Retreat is taking bookings from yoga schools and yoga instructors to run full weekend retreats for yoga. There is one booked for September and one in October.
2) Kirra, our local yoga teacher runs various yoga classes across the week so that if you are in the area you can simply attend a yoga session with her.
3)Anatole has been doing yoga for 25 years and as part of mental health optimisation does one to one yoga both at the retreat,in addition to travelling to nearby scenic destinations.

Sound Therapy

Lisa has had a keen interest in the Health and Wellness field for the last 30 years. Becoming certified as a Yoga Teacher in 2006, Stretch Therapy Teacher in 2017 and most recently gaining Certification in the Science of HeartMath (focuses on heart wave variability and coherence and use of biofeedback to teach you how to bring your brain, mind, body and emotions into balanced alignment).

Lisa also has a keen interest in Sound Therapy using resonant frequencies/vibrations of the Gongs and Tibetan bowls to bring about a state of deep relaxation within the body leaving you feeling deeply rejuvenated and in a heightened state of peace.

A passionate horse lover, Lisa is also hoping to one day integrate Equine Therapy as a modality being offered to help people with Mental Health issues.

Counselling

In the retreats second market Mental Health Optimsation, I am beginning the business starting out making it almost free for people to attend on weekdays, given if they can get a GP mental health care plan there will only be a small accommodation fee of 50$ pn. They will receive intensive assistance over a few days. This model, I believe is superior to normal counselling approaches where you might attend weekly sessions at best. The longer drawn out process can take months to get better compared with this more intensive approach which can deliver the same improvements in days. Based on health models that is significant sufference reduced!

Massage

Muscle tension is a major impact of stress and massage therapy is one of the best ways of treating stress through soothing muscle tension. Boranup Forest Retreat has several massage therapists, men and women that can attend the retreat for providing massage therapy. Prices range from 50$-85$ per hour for different therapists.

Muscle tension plays a significant role in psychological stress and in our opinion releasing muscle tension through massage compliments counselling and other services available at the retreat. We have our own dedicated room for massage therapy.   

Hiking and Bushwalking

Boranup Forest Retreat is surrounded by forest and national park with great walking trails throughout the surrounding forests. There is nothing more beneficial than the oxygen rich forest environment for walking or longer hikes in addition to the beach and coastal tracks nearby with beautiful scenic views. Guided walks are provided as part of anyone attending Mental Health Optimisation retreats and the opportunity for guided walks is available to anyone attending the retreat.

Heart Math Bio Feedback

Heartmath is a new technique being used to effectively treat Anxiety, Depression and Trauma. The heart’s input to the brain during stressful or negative emotions has a profound effect on the brain’s emotional processes.

Using HeartMath techniques and Hear Rate Variability biofeedback, learn to generate increased heart rhythm coherence which not only benefits the entire body, but also profoundly affects how we perceive, think, feel, and perform.

HeartMath technology trains people to reduce stress, gain greater self-control and increase resilience. Using either an ear sensor or finger sensor connected to a USB module running on Heartmath emWave software, it monitors and displays an individuals heart- rhythm patterns and shows coherence levels on a computer screen.

Coherence is defined as an optimal state in which the heart, mind and emotions operate in sync and are balanced, which has been proven to have numerous mental, emotional and physical benefits. http://www.heartmath.org/research/research-home/coherence.html. Learning how breathing exercises and other visualisation techniques can quickly alter our heart rhythms and understanding how this impacts upon our physical and mental health is what we teach people attending retreats at Boranup Forest Retreat.

About
Anatole Hudson, Psychologist facilitates Boranup Forest Retreat.Boranup Forest Retreat (BFR) is a 7 bedroom house on a blueberry farm 10 minutes south of Margaret River providing short term accommodation for attending retreats The house is ideally set out with peaceful bedrooms that are separate from the main living areas of the house to allow privacy and peace and quiet. The house overlooks a dam and is surrounded by forest.
He has over ten years of experience in private practice and additionally has worked for another 15 years in injury management and rehabilitation, disability and employment, chronic pain and general mental health. He has a special interest in regenerative medicine, gut health and ADD/ADHD and likes to encourage education and information sharing for mutual benefit. He has over ten years of experience in private practice and additionally has worked for another 15 years in injury management and rehabilitation, disability and employment, chronic pain and general mental health. He has a special interest in regenerative medicine, gut health and ADD/ADHD and likes to encourage education and information sharing for mutual benefit.

Boranup Forest Retreat has been created to promote health and wellness focusing on all major aspects of health: physical, psychological and spiritual. Services include Counselling, Outdoor Activities, Yoga, HeartMath, Sound Therapy, and Massage.

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