Self-Care: Habits for Wellbeing

Self-Care: Habits for Wellbeing

Self-care is a fundamental pillar of the Wild Wellness Travel philosophy, and an essential component of health & wellness. Without care for one’s self, there is nothing left to offer others.

What is self-care exactly? If you’re new to the practice, you might think self-care is the lesser-known Care Bear from the popular 80s cartoon. We’d tune in for that! However, self-care is actually a learned, purposeful and continuous practice - with the goal of preventing stress and ailments, while nurturing your spirit.

Every self-care practice is unique to the individual. That’s the beautiful thing! You can design your own version according to what fills your cup.

Meditation, mindful eating, adequate rest, positive thoughts & affirmations, physical movement (yoga! yoga! yoga!), personal grooming, interaction & integration with nature, and an element of play – these are some of the self-care components that we strive for.

While we recognize the importance of everyday practice, we wholeheartedly believe that taking time to fully envelope yourself in wellness is critical to reboot and rebalance. This complete immersion is what inspires us when designing each and every retreat.

We carefully select celebrated instructors and practitioners to guide you on your journey of care and cultivation of self in a comprehensive sense – with exclusive opportunities to work one-on-one.

Our unique five pillar formula is unparalleled in the luxury wellness community, providing our guests with exclusive insights that will support your everyday practice.

We invite you to join us on a journey to greatness.

Other people will sacrifice health for material goals. But it all catches up to you one day and health is the priceless commodity that cannot be begged, borrowed, bought or traded. Your life and health are a statement of your self-worth.

~ Kino MacGregor

Let's celebrate Global Wellness Day Everyday

I bet that if you’re like me when you think of wellness and what you need to do to be “well” you think, “I need to eat better” followed by “I need to go the gym” followed by massive feelings of guilt because you are doing neither of those things.


As the 3rd Annual Global Wellness Day (June 11) approaches I started to think what does wellness really mean?

I think when we think wellness, our mind immediately goes to the physical, and I mean the superficial physical. It’s all about being thin if you’re a woman, or buff if you’re a man. Sure we want to be healthy and free of disease, but most of us are more concerned about how we’re going to look at the beach this summer. If we look great in our suit, we must be well. Right?



Wellness is about so much more than how we look. In fact, wellness is so much more than the physical. I can be a size four and able to run a 10K and to the outside world, I am the poster child for wellness, but if I’m a stress ball, sleep four hours a night, rely on coffee to power through my day and am dealing with a turbulent marriage, am I really well?

Hmmm, maybe I’m not as healthy as I think.

I realized that there is a difference between looking good and being well, and also a difference between fitness and wellness.

Looking good, being fit, eating well and feeling centeredand balanced are all components that make up wellness. To be well, you need to have them all. Ugh, now it’s about even more than just getting my butt to the gym and choosing a salad with light dressing for lunch!

Because wellness is composed of so many things, it’s hard to find only at a gym, or only at a spa, that is why a wellness retreat is so beneficial.


At a wellness retreat, like those offered by my company Wild Wellness Travel and our partner Retreats Unlimited, programming is offered to address all the different aspects of wellness. There are yoga classes that work the body while calming the mind, fitness classes and hiking to get your heart rate up and torch calories, meditations to bring balance, spa treatments to soothe sore muscles and healthy food to fuel your body and your moods. While Wild Wellness Travel retreats are usually focused on a theme, they all offer elements for every component of wellness. And most importantly, they provide tools for you to take home so you can continue the wellness journey.


As we celebrate Global Wellness Day, I invite you to think about what wellness really is and if you’re as well as you want to be. And if you want to use Global Wellness Day as the day you commit to becoming well, I invite you to check out the special early booking discounts Wild Wellness Travel and Retreats Unlimited has on all of their retreats.

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Canyon Ranch injects fun and innovation into your health

Personalised life-changing health journeys

Canyon Ranch needs no introduction; the health and wellness brand has been lorded over in films and TV for many years. What many people don’t know though, is the brand’s whole-hearted commitment to offering guests a truly meaningful, effective and life-changing health journey. Choose from individual spa treatments or fabulous customized spa packages that include sublime massages, body treatments and facials. Jumpstart your fitness program, fortify your spirituality, try the high ropes course, take a healthy cooking class, hike a woodland trail, go mountain biking, or just sit back and relax.

The Canyon Ranch Story

You can expect genuine authenticity from this world famous brand. Founder Mel Zuckerman was frustrated with constant weight struggles, so in 1978 he checked himself into an overweight camp, and after just 10 days of physical training and healthy eating, he was overwhelmed by how much better, happier and healthier he felt. The very next year, he and his wife Enid opened the first Canyon Ranch destination resort spa in Tucson, Arizona. Whatever your story, Canyon Ranch has a program to fit your needs, just as Mel found a program to suit his.

Tucson Canyon Ranch

Healthy lifestyle and weight management

Expert chefs create sumptuous healthy dishes to inspire you as you embark on your wellness journey. It’s not just about eating though, Canyon Ranch helps guests understand the power of food, and its ability to optimise your energy. Consultations with open-minded nutritionists help you understand how you eat, and give you effective, useful strategies to help you eat to optimise health.

Canyon Ranch SPA means Special Personalised Adventure

Far from a traditional spa adventure, Canyon Ranch is known as the world leaders in spa wellness thanks to their ability to offer customised spa treatments. Expert Program Advisors help you enjoy your very own personal experience suited to your interests, pleasures and wellness goals. They’ll help you plan you luxurious SPA adventure, whether you’re at the breathtaking 100,000 square foot spa complex, at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub aboard a cruise liner, or planning on heading to the new Kaplankaya spa in Turkey that opens in 2016.

A truly holistic world of health and wellness

Holistic wellness is an understatement when it comes to Canyon Ranch’s health offerings. At these inspiring wellness destinations, you’ll find the support you’ve always needed; respectful, collaborative and integrative medical professionals who utilise knowledge of both Western science and effective alternative therapies. Canyon Ranch offers you a rare opportunity to enjoy 50 uninterrupted minutes with a physician to help you achieve your health goals. Whether you need to lose weight or you need help with other concerns such as bone density, functional medicine, menopause, sexuality, health heart or ways to optimise your aging, Canyon Ranch goes above and beyond wellness to provide effective, respectful health services. 

A truly inspiring, effective and innovative brand for health and wellness, Canyon Ranch bring fun, freshness and vitality into your life with their programs. With clever partnerships including the linen Canyon Ranch Collection by Frontgate, Canyon Ranch wants you to experience lasting, meaningful change in your life long after you’ve left their stunning spas. 

To experience Canyon Ranch, you can indulge in a spa treatment, a weekend or week away, or experience one of their upcoming, life changing events listed below.

Renew Your Spirit: Nov 1-8th 2015
Nourish your spirit with this inspiring week. Let Canyon Ranch experts take you on a spiritual journey perfect for people of all faiths eager to optimise their wellbeing. This eye opening experience takes place in our beautiful, retreat-like Life Enhancement Center® and is never to be missed.

Living with Joy: The Science and Skill of Happiness
November 11, 2015 to November 14, 2015

What does it mean to live a truly joyful life? How do we find and embrace happiness during our personal and professional journeys? Gary Frost, PhD, and author Doug Smith, lead an exploration of Positive Psychology, which offers intriguing ways to consider these important questions, with particular focus on the aging process and the impact of happiness on longevity and quality of life

Gotta Dance Week!
November 29, 2015 to December 3, 2015

One of the most popular events at Canyon Ranch, Gotta Dance Week is a fun, joyful way to rejuvenate your body and mind. No experience is necessary as fitness staff and visiting professionals inspire you with classes of hip hop, ballet, jazz, Bollywood, Broadway routines and much more. You can even get onstage for the grand finale – a guest performance that knocks the socks off the audience every time.

If you’ve never been to Canyon Ranch before, you’ve been invited to enjoy a special offer of 20% off for a minimum 4-night stay. 

Now through December 23, 2015
January 1 - February 29, 2016
April 1 - December 23, 2016

Now through December 23, 2015
January 1 - December 23, 2016

One-day Wellness Retreat to enhance your energy for Fall - October 3rd

Come and join us for a fun day of pure relaxation where you'll learn handy skills to help you become your happiest, healthiest self.

On October 3rd, we’re hosting an empowering one-day retreat full of yoga, nourishing foods and enlightening workshops at Sleeping Dog Farm on Vancouver Island. The perfect way to get your wellness fix, this special day is a journey into your mind and body where you’ll have the opportunity to learn handy skills to help you feel lighter, brighter and ready to take on the world.

Entrance to the Sanctuary  

Entrance to the Sanctuary  

Throughout the day you’ll learn detox and yoga tips from leading wellness experts. Whether you’re brand new to yoga or it’s your favourite way to unwind, you’ll love learning from passionate yoga instructor Maria Fillipone. She’ll teach you how to slow your breath and still your mind during calming flow Asanas, plus engage your core thanks to her impressive Pilates background.

Maria Filippone Yoga

Maria Filippone Yoga

After a healthy, cleansing lunch, you’ll learn life-changing tips about detoxing your body to optimise your energy levels. Cait Fraser’s Nourish, Balance, Thrive workshop will empower you to make smarter food choices to enhance your energy levels and help you absorb more nutrients from your food. After the workshop, you’ll enjoy a 30 minute individual consultation with Cait where all your nutritional and detox questions will be answered.


Starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm, your day is filled with exciting and enlightening experiences:

  • Juice upon arrival
  • 90 minute flow class
  • Cleansing lunch
  • Detox workshop - Nourish, Balance, Thrive
  • Yoga workshop - Posture mechanics of basic foundational flow asanas

What you also receive:

  • 11 day step-by-step guide on How to Detox for Energy valued at ($120)
  • Unlimited email access to Cait during your detox
  • 30 minute free coaching session after completion of your detox valued at ($50)

October 3rd doesn’t have to be just another day - it can be the day you make the choice to live a healthier, energised life. Come with us and learn how to optimise your mind & body with a fun group of people in a stunning location. Spots are selling out fast, so contact Wild Wellness Travel today to secure your place.

Plus! You'll love sipping on a 100% organic cold-pressed juice by Jusu Juice Bar when you arrive at 10am. These yummy juices are the perfect way to kick-start your detox.