This is a very small collection of thank you messages (and yes they are for real!)
Read what our clients say about Alive
We're very proud of our extremely high success rate and the changes our clients have made not just on retreat but for years to come.
We've been blessed as a team to embrace, support, love, encourage, inspire, nourish, educate & most importantly save lives since 2009. What better job can there be in the world? We look forward to meeting you and helping you transform your life on all levels, just like all of those before you....
'Enriching Lives One Day At A Time'
Liberating, educational, empowering. My heart brought me here and now I trust it again. I am incredibly grateful and have had the most important week of my life. The food; 100% perfection! The food was delicious, generous, clean and well presented. Yefta is a kind genius and Heidi’s lesson was music to my ears. Yoga was better than I could have ever imagined, I now have a guru and Emile is a genius. I can’t wait to continue with him. Pictures don’t do the villa justice. I have felt at home all week – 5 Star! I'm leaving with a new approach to life. Endless tools to get me where I want to be, a practical, educational tool. I will refer to everyone I know. Maya
This has been more than I ever expected, the whole experience has been mind blowing. I never knew that there was even such love and support out there for us. The ease of suffering can be healed with what we have been taught. The food has be incredible the structure & thoughtful process has been amazing. I won’t lie I have felt hungry many times, but I also know now why I was craving and how to make better choices AND the weight loss has been just another plus!! Also great to see what we can do with simple recipe’s. The villa is divine, I have felt very much at home and a little sad to leave. Ditte is bloody amazing um in awe of her – floorless with her grace. Peggy was incredible something I will never forget.
I will never forget my journey here at Alive. I am very blessed to have been part of the last Bali retreat. I will go home with a wealth of knowledge of how to better myself and help control my illness. I know I have such a better idea to what is happening to me and feel so much more comfortable in my own skin. I leave wiht new friends and knowing I have all the love and support to the Alive family. Now its up to me to take responsibility for my life and the life I want to live. I want to be easy but with time and love towards myself I can then serve my family and have time for me!
Thank you Heidi and the whole alive team for caring about our lives and sharing your knowledge and spreading the love about mental health. I would do this again in a heart beat. Bianca
The whole team were so kind and loving. So fantastic to take home a plan of action a new way to live your life and enjoy good health. The facilitators, all of them, were very pleasant and helpful. I enjoyed all of the therapies. The practical, achievable and informative workshops were brilliant! Delivered with easy knowledge and a relaxing tone. Lots of wonderful information, a great plan for my health and a new focus on retirement and a working part time. Thank you team!
Fantastic Experience – valuable workshops, fantastic food, stunning location.
Facilities were fantastic – private spaces, workshop location, loved the communal dining. As I write I’M VERY EMOTIONAL, THE LAST 12 MONTHS and last month in particular have been horrific. Alive has played a significant role in saving my life. The road ahead will still be hard but I feel I have re-discovered the true M and am newly armed with a plan to start the next phase of my better life. Michael
'Loved it! The program certainly delivered everything it promises. I feel so much more balanced, happy in mind, body and emotionally.
Nutrition - Wow! So surprised at how much I liked it, and I never knew a lot of things about nutrition and the effects of imbalance in our gut has on the rest of our body. Will definitely be continuing the plan when I get home. Delighted to have lost some weight.
Everyone was really lovely, even when I wasn’t feeling great there was someone to support me.
A great sense of wellness and balance and some good tools in mindfulness practices to keep my thoughts and emotions in check. To stay present in the moment. An acceptance of myself.
Loved my room and private bathroom, spent some relaxing time on a day bed and on the top floor sipping tea. Amazing pool.
The yoga teacher was the best! What a totally fabulous person. The yoga itself was challenging yet gentle at the same time. Got so much out of the kinesiology session and also from the sound healing.
'My ‘Awakening’ Retreat - Life changing skills that I have learnt at the retreat will guide me to my chosen path. My experience has been filled with love, compassion and respect.
A well thought out menu with well presented, highly nutritional yet detoxifying + purifying meals. Educated advice on health & nutrition. Informative clear, focused sessions on health and nutrition above my expectations.
The love, kindness and emotional support I have received from everyone at Alive will stay with me forever.
The hosts are focus on you completely. They are kind and aware of your emotional, physical and psychological needs at all times. They never miss a beat. With the help of this brilliant time, I’ve had a life changing experience.
All therapies & therapists were above and beyond my expectations. Yoga teachers were at a higher level of technique, skill & meditation than I experienced before. Kinesiology was totally enlightening.
The elements of nature, stone and wood make this villa a relaxing, peaceful and calming. Bedrooms divine, gardens, pool, yoga room and dining all is beautifully presented.
'I haven't had a panic attack in weeks, meditating every morning and being as mindful as I can. I'm probably the happiest and most relaxed I've ever been!
The experience is one of the best things I've ever done and so life changing, my whole family are blown away.
I really enjoyed my stay. I felt safe, well cared for and comfortable. This is a serious life changing experience and has opened my mind up to so much.
Food: This this was an amazing highlight of the retreat. It really has made me aware of future decisions that I will make in regards to what goes in my mouth.
Team: All amazing – so kind and caring.
Wow. Thank you.
'I so enjoyed my time here. Especially the yoga and the food. My private time with the hosts and coach was eye opening. The team are above professional and knowledgable. Learning how to distance myself from my thoughts has been an awakening experience. Thank you all for supporting me. Liana'
'Amazing people - thank you for the chance to heal. I will be forever grateful. Amber'
'I found retreat really challenging but in a good way of course. I always felt supported in facing what I needed to face to be able to move forward and be me again. Feel so good after of week of Sally's food! And already I am missing the staff taking care of me and not having to lift a finger :) I really loved yoga which was surprising and got so much out of Ditte's classes. I'm taking away more than I can describe in words from this experience. Thank you all.
What a wonderful week! Such a great balance between therapies and down time to just be. In just one week I've realised I have been living as 'me' for a very long time. It's nice to be back to my real self. To all the team thank you so much...therapists you are life savers, workshops were fantastic, kitchen staff, drivers, hosts etc thank you all for being so amazing. Shervin's sound healing will be remembered as the most unreal experience of my life. You've taught me that when life gets in the way of me being be to pull back and reconnect.
'Overall my experience was nothing less than amazing! The food was wonderful and I completely enjoyed every meal. The villa is a very calming and peaceful place to rest. Everyone at retreat was so kind and supportive. I felt understood by all the beautiful people who took care of me. I am taking home a new outlook on my life and I feel now I have the tools to help me move forward and overcome what seemed insurmountable before. Thank you again!
'It was the best decision I have ever made! Danielle my booking manager was very supportive and professional! I had no problems with pre-retreat booking process. Nutrition...This was one of the key learning experiences for me whilst on retreat. I understand food on a whole other level! I could not fault anything with the beautiful venue. The staff were so warm, friendly and attentive. The surroundings including the sounds of nature were just beautiful and really made the experience so much more. The facilitator...Very supportive, caring, warm, professional and FULL of knowledge. Heidi really knows her stuff!! Yoga was Great! loved it. It is apart of my daily routine now. Every single professional on the retreat was outstanding! Everyone approached my issues with such empathy, understanding, professionalism and determination to help me overcome them. Everything worked together so well, coaching/therapies, providing me with holistic tools to live a happy live. Such an amazing team!! After my experience, I would have gladly paid more. It has changed my life for ever! Cannot thank you all enough for what you have done for me and my family and friends. You have given me hope and answers that so many have failed to do in the past. I will never forget this experience. Thank you!!!xx - Liz'
'Dear Team, I had so many light bulb moments at your retreat. It was so great to focus on my health holistically and be able to integrate so much into one approach, the information has provided me with the missing link to my health issues. The facilitators were thorough, interesting, engaging, caring, skilled, warm, welcoming and outstanding communicators and not scared or tears! I was so impressed by the experience. i feel connected to my body for the first time in a long while. - Sara'
'Hi Heidi and the group at Alive wellness
I just want to say thank you. I came to your retreat feeling lost with my world of business and all the stresses that came with it.
I walked away from my time with you feeling like I had got back the person i had lost. I feel the week was in some ways a challenge but in that challenge you guys helped me see the person I am. So grateful, please keeping on doing what you are doing. It has a degree of magic and what you give is amazing. believing in your passion is what life is about.
thank you '
'I can't thank you guys enough for the amazing support, wealth of knowledge and genuine care that I received at the retreat. I have learnt so much and am inspired to continue learning and putting this all into practice for the long term and for me!!
Excited and feeling wonderful! Thankyouthankyouthankyou :) - MEG'
'My retreat was:
Thank you for a genuinely life changing experience.' - Shane
'This was exactly what I needed! The whole retreat was perfect. Heidi your personable way and knowledge across many levels and ability to interact and reach many different personalities and match them is outstanding. Your team are amazingly in tune with their passions which resonates in their work. They are REALLY THERE with you to help. I absolutely loved ACT therapy and your style of coaching. I've learned in a week to be one with my self just as I am. How wonderful is that?'
- A B
'Wow! Absolutely amazing experience! I feel I have just began an awesome journey (my new life)! I could not have done any of this without the loving support of the entire team. Thank you chef Sally, the food was amazing. It's incredible to learn so much about nutrition and cooking in such a short amount of time. The whole package has exceeded my expectations. Each of the therapists and therapies I was introduced to compliments the entire program and all worked seemlessly. I have a whole new outlook on life and a new bag of tools and knowledge to start living life instead of just going through the motions. Thank you all for enabling me to get my life back.' - Sammy
'Thankyou to you and your beautiful 'family' that you have created here at Alive. Ironic that you named it alive because for the first time in a very long time I feel alive!!! You and the beautiful people that have taken me on this journey have literally breathed new life into my soul. Heidi you are personally one of the most profound and intelligent people I have ever met. Your knowledge and passion is powerful and for which I will be eternally grateful. I feel like this is not the end but only the beginning.' - Sue
'Thank you, thank you , thank you!!
I'm so excited to be doing all this as I type I'm cooking my stock and veggies, I've emptied my pantry and replaced it with goodness!
I bought 2 yoga mats today for my daughter and I and we've been listening to nature sounds & connecting rather than watching TV!!
I've found yoga close by and plan to do the summer program and yoga and Aqua at my local gym in the meantime!
Vision boards we are making Friday night and I'm signing in to the 9 program in the morning for weeks of more from Alive, can't wait!
Thank you again gorgeous, clever lady & your team !!! I owe you so much for giving me my strength back to live the life I deserve! '- Mel
'Well I'm home, it's been a few weeks and I feel very centred and I still havent had any signs or feelings of anxiety which is great obviously after 15 years of anxiousness! The journey ahead is looking bright. Thank you all again.' - Steve
'Thankyou for all your wonderful support thus far. I have really appreciated your solid team advice and for helping me navigate through years of complicated health and emotional stuff. Thank you!!!!' - Rachel
'We are loving being back at home and incorporating all the tools we learnt whilst we were away. I have been told constantly that I look really well, refreshed and calmer - Thanks to you!! Our children are much calmer now that we have designated time to play and work and amazed at how different all my relationships are now I feel I can actually 'see' out of the fog.
We are so grateful from the bottom of our hearts. Huge life change has already begun for me.
Mindfulness is now an amazing part of my life!!!! Thank you all again.' - Christy
'Wow! What a difference being under your influence for a week! I'm back to me but a better version. You are fantastic.Thanks for being you and thank you to your team.' - Rachel
'I was so happy with my overall experience. Your coaching style and team are so friendly and supportive. I loved the broad varieties of therapies so I could decide what works for me. Location and accommodation were amazing! Thank you all for helping me turn down a new path in my life. I'm excited, no longer fearful and ready to get home and start living' - Carlie
'You and your team have opened my mind to start living a life today without fear of an anxious future and A chance to stop listening to past thought's and become the father /husband that my beautiful girls deserve. For this I am sooooooooo grateful and honestly loved every minute of retreat.' - Ben
'I have never felt so safe and taken care of like I have been here. The food was A1 quality and nourishing and gave me an indication of how I should be fuelling my body. The facilitators and therapists were so warm, loving and extremely knowledgable. Most of all they were empathetic to how we all feel when we first arrive at retreat. Yoga and meditation was physically very challenging for me and my weight and initially the early mornings made me unhappy! By the end I understood perfectly why it all had to be. Kinesiology with Jo was unbelievably liberating. Marnie my counsellor was incredibly gifted, helpful and a beautiful soul. Wayne my Ayurvedic Therapist; what an unbelievable guy! I know my body will reap the benefits of his work in the future. The venue has a wonderful ambience. The number one I will take away: i love me for me. Wow. Couldn't way that a week ago! Coming from having no will to live I am obviously wrapped with my journey and excited and ready to continue.... - Toni
I now deeply understand myself. Everything has exceeded my expectations. The entire team were so very supportive and in tune with my needs. I will continue what I have learnt. Kinesiology completely changed my life. I no longer feel weighed down. Venue was awesome and I always felt safe and comfortable.
I have a renewed joy in daily life and an excitement to continue my journey. - Anonymous
I feel enlightened! Subtle diet changes have already contributed to the change in my mind. Facilitators were excellent, inspirational and amazing!!!! Loved the variety of yoga and meditation techniques. All therapists are excellent at what they do. Initially it was all very strange and new to me but now I see essential to the overall process. Thanks for my awesome room and house! I came here to figure out what on earth was going on. I now have answers and direction. You are all an inspiration.
Thank you!!! I really wanted to express to you just how much this experience has meant to me. It's changed my life. And yes, I have tears in my eyes right now - and that's okay! - Jess
Thank you for a growing and healing experience in a safe and nurturing environment. I absolutely loved all the food and chef Nathan so kind and friendly. All the team so kind and supportive and caring and houses so spacious and luxurious! I believe yoga and meditation has and will continue to change my life. All the therapists so professional, knowledgable and caring and thank you for helping me heal. I was helpless and exhausted when I arrived and I now feel I have hope, new tools and a strengthened mind and body. Thank you so much for everything, you guys are awesome! - Sarah
My experience at Alive was brilliant! So encouraging and gave me the tools to cope with life and grief. I have certainly learned so much about myself. Facilitators; you are beautiful people! Facility was 1st rate and a perfect setting. Surprisingly i did quite well with yoga and meditation and wow does it change how you feel about everyday life. Quite frankly my therapists hit all my demons on the head and have given me the tools to life a full life. I take away with me...utter peace and contentment. I was suffering and at my wits end. I have loved being in your company and I will keep going strong because of your help. Thank you xoxoxoxoxoxo - S.J
Thank you for saving my life. - B Jenkins
Thank you for a wonderful week. Feel so blessed to have had such wonderful people in my life even if only for a few days.
Thank you - B & C
This experience was mind opening. It completely changed my way of thinking and I learnt so much about myself. I never thought eating organic vegetarian would taste so good! Facilitators were so kind and understanding, there when I needed you yet not intrusive. Towards the end I really started to grasp the whole experience of yoga and meditation and the real effects it had on me. Kinesiology was mind blowing. Location was beautiful and peaceful. I've learned how to take more time for me and to be more open to new things in life. Priceless. - Anon
Positive doesn't describe my experience. Exactly what I needed at this time in my life. You were all so nurturing and understanding. Kinesiology and yoga, amazing! Thank you all so much. - Anon
Thanks so much for a life changing retreat…I loved it!!!! You & your team are super & provide a wonderful much needed service. Thank you!! I am proud to say I am sticking to all I learnt & have had no alcohol or coffee & am eating well & doing yoga & meditation daily. Feeling fabulous!! Keep up, the great work! - K Atkinson
'The most amazing thing I have ever done. This experience changed my life. Heidi you are amazing.
Thank you so much. I have skills and the know how to move past my issues.
I feel alive (even if it sounds corny)!' - Miss Burrell
The retreat and you have made a huge impact on my life in such a short time, in a good way of course. People at work have notice how relaxed I am and I feel better. Its hard to describe but I'm letting things go easier and don't feel so wound up.
I have started to make little changes that will progress to bigger ones.
Thanks again for an amazing experience and I do hope to see you again sometime. - J Robinson
''On the subject of my wellness, please accept my thanks for what you and your team provided for me. I turned up full of scepticism and daily I was proved wrong.
There is nothing I can think of at the Retreat whereby there wasn’t a benefit.
Heidi in particular thank you for your spoken and written words
they were especially kind so thank you for that.'- S Gill
'I must say I was slightly sceptical when I read the 'customer testimonials' - they seemed to too good to be true!
After completing a 12 day retreat with Alive, I too, am singing their praises. I was weighing up a few different retreat options, as soon as I spoke with Heidi I felt as though we were on the same page. When you get a good feeling right away it is normally a good sign. My time with Heidi was a time of challenge, nurture, self-examination, empowerment and realisation. I cannot thank her enough for shedding light on issues I have struggled with for years. From the moment we arrived there was such a feeling of warmth, ease and goodwill. Heidi has the wonderful talent of being present, encouraging and available but not intrusive. She tailored the program to suit both Mum & I and the different stages of life we are facing. Every therapist was fantastic and we both learnt many new skills/ideas/techniques for maintaining good health in the years to come. I came away feeling empowered to tackle the next phase of my life.
All I can say is thank you, and that it is wonderful to know if I experience emotional struggles in the future I now have the perfect remedy! Alive Wellness.' - L White
'ALL I CAN SAY IS THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!!!
I am speechless at the difference I feel. Thank you!' - Mel
'Thank you so much for your help, support and guidance. You are an inspiration with an amazing spirit, courage and determination to help yourselves and others. I look forward to my journey ahead with hope and the willpower to keep going and now have ways and tools to mange my anxiety.
Keep doing what you are doing.' - Mel
'I wanted to thank you and all of the people who I worked with. They were all amazing. I have a photographic memory of my facilitators smile, the caterer made me feel like I had my Mum there looking after me and I learnt more about myself from your counsellor in 2 sessions then I did in 12 sessions with the psychologist here. I have recommended your services to friends and said my experience was a small price to pay when you've learnt to stop and listen to your body. A process I can do for the rest of my life!' - Danielle
'We wanted to thank you so much for our retreat!! The people we had an opportunity to meet and work with were amazing and we really feel very lucky that we were able to work with them. As you said the whole impact of our retreat has really been noticed since we have been home and we both feel great. Feels like a real load has been lifted and we both feel free and excited about a future together. We really cannot thank everyone enough!! Please pass on our thanks, we truly credit our therapists with the way we are feeling and certainly would not be in the place we are today without them (or you!!).
Thanks so so much again, - Aimee & Jaimie
'I arrived stressed beyond belief and really just needed to hand it all over and get some real support.
Within one day I felt like a different person.
I am back on track and loving life. Addictions have been kicked and it's great to be excited about every day.
Thanks again for your help on short notice and your full support.' - Ben
‘I came to the Alive Health Retreat in search of balance and simplicity in my life.
Through my specifically tailored program and personal treatments I was able to achieve exactly that. I also left with a quiet, confident strength and inspiration to return to my life and make the necessary changes without fear or confusion.
P.S. The gourmet meals were sensational and generous!' - Rebecca
'Can't thank you and your team enough. We now have a light at the end of our very dark tunnel.
Just so excited about our future.' - Meagan and Stu
'I am just so glad I chose you and your retreat. I arrived hoping to improve my speech and ability to walk without my frame. I certainly didn't expect that I would achieve both of those things (the frame is still in the car!) and in addition leave feeling utterly happy, confident and truly excited about life! I have an excellent understanding of my emotional state and how this affects my body. I also feel healthy and I am inspired to practice healthy eating and daily relaxation. I can't thank you enough.' - Jackqui
'The holiday was just what I needed and I have been raving about it since I got back .....so you may get some interest from friends and relatives! Jules really took weight off my shoulders from the start, and gave me the right perspective to get the most out of my time there (and beyond). In fact, yourself and all the therapists were truly great.
The food was delicious too, which to be honest I wasn't expecting - so I'm keen to stick with natural/whole foods going forward, which is not something I would ever have thought of doing (usually, I am more concerned with calories, and not so much what the food is made out of). But I get that I really need to look after what I put in my body to help keep the stress away.
Thanks for your attention, care and advice over the holiday, it was wonderful. ' - Emily