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Bali health RetreatMy first health, wellness, fitness and yoga retreat... Nusa Dua, Bali, July 19-26, 2014
 
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One of the hardest things to do was to leave my wife and son at home while I jet over to Bali to pursue my latest 
business venture, and also leave wife and son at home to run my other new business venture, my 
first PT studio. I felt guilty, and still to the exact moment while I type this, I still do, for leaving them 
at home. 
 
Without such a supportive, loving wife at home, who is constantly my voice of reason, I knew this would be a hard
week, emotionally for me. With everything that I dream of doing, she still allows me to pursue such ventures and 
no words can explain all the stuff she puts up with when my mind flicks into business mode. 
This new venture is definitely one that I want so badly to succeed, not just to create an additional element to my
business but to also help people learn and live a healthier way of life, create happiness, but also to introduce
our family into a better lifestyle, where we can travel the globe to offer this unique program to people from all 
over the world. 
 
As I sit on the plane and write this, I am both excited and nervous at the same time. The excitement comes from 
traveling to a new destination, but then I'm nervous at the same time because I need to ensure I exceed people's 
expectations and provide a positive experience that they are happy to tell their friends and family about. 
 
This retreat that I am about to embark on, is located in the stunning 7 bedroom, 180 degree ocean view, 
Villa Bidadari, on the cliff tops of Nusa Dua, Bali. Spanning 7 nights, and filled with yoga, group training, 
healthy eating, nutrition seminars, massages and meditation, this retreat, I'm sure will satisfy the demands of 
everyone attending and provide some education that they can take home with them to implement into their daily lives.
 
With goals for the future to run 6 of these per year, at a minimum, in places like the remote islands of Thailand, 
some beautiful tropical spots in Fiji, and also plans to head back to Bali, this pilot program has big 
expectations to fill for my own personal achievements as well as propelling my business forward to new 
exciting places. 

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Day 1:
The day started off with an early trip to the airport, following a terrible night sleep in the bed with my 3 year 
old as one last night, before I was away from him and my wife Mira for 9 days, the longest time apart in our 5 
years together. 

Upon arrival, we retrieved our bags and began our journey to the hotel where I would spend the first night before
the retreat begins at our villa tomorrow.
 
Myself and another retreat guest went for a quick swim, then out for dinner, before returning to our rooms.
 
The majority of participants will arrive tomorrow and then all the fun will begin!
 
Good night, I have a feeling this will be an amazing week!


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Day 2: 
 
After breakfast, a swim and check-out, we were greeted in the lobby by our driver who will take us to our home for
the next 8 days!

We arrived at the villa around 12:00pm, after a quick stop along the way for a fresh coconut...YUM!! 
 
Upon arriving at the villa, you are greeted at the front gate by the friendly staff, then escorted into the main 
entrance where the first impression goes well beyond expectations. The sweeping 180 degree views of the ocean and 
manicured grounds are breathtaking. You walk into an open foyer, which sits roughly 5m above the lower level where 
sits the large main pool. To either side there is lounge areas. To the right is Villa C, a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom 
villa, of which the lower bathroom is unbelievably large, with its open plan layout and natural outdoor shower. 
To the left is Villas B and A. Each villa boasts an amazing layout and user friendly design with complete privacy 
and a real sense of comfort without sacrificing the natural, tropical feel. 
 
After a quick tour we took no time in introducing ourselves to the pool. And after only a few minutes we were 
kindly offered some lunch to refuel. All of this was prepared without even needing to ask and was in perfect timing 
after our refreshing dip. 
 
After lunch we then retired back to the pool where most of us proceeded to read and relax, when we heard a car door 
close and were then greeted by the remainder of the retreat participants, all of which had their mouths wide open in
amazement of this amazing location that they will spend the next week at. 
 
Each person was shown to their room and allowed to settle in. After a quick catch up and chat about their 
journey that led them to arrive at the villa, it was time for dinner. 
 
With quite the spread put on, we were all quite ready to eat, and eat we did. With quality, fresh, Balinese 
food on offer, not many words were spoken at dinner until almost all of the dishes were finished. 
 
A good conversation around the dinner table followed our banquet and it was off for a quick few minutes to rest 
and change before meditation. 
 
Our layout was set, candles were lit, calming music was on, and the scene was ready for the first meditation 
class of the week. And did it deliver! Everyone was almost asleep at the end and were all happy to retire back 
to their rooms for an early bed time!
 
What an incredible day, and what a tone has been set for an amazing week. 

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Day 3: 
 
With the sound of roosters crowing, birds chirping, cows mooing, and the crickets singing, it was a little bit 
hard to sleep in so I got out of bed, dressed and head down for my own morning workout at 5:30am. My workout 
finished just in time to catch a beautiful sunrise with a fellow retreat guest. 
 
I followed this up with a quick swim in the pool to cool off and let my muscles recover before yoga began at 7:30. 
 
Everyone began to make their way down to yoga looking well rested and ready for the first "real day" of the retreat.
 
The class kicked off with a blast of sunshine, giving everyone a nice warm awakening. The yoga class ran for 
around 1 hour and helped to ease people into some basic movements and also to challenge each person with certain 
poses, focusing on a theme for the session set out by Brodie, our yoga teacher.
 
With a relaxing end to the class, breakfast was ready and sitting on the table ready for people to enjoy. 
Everyone's appetite was clearly ready for some food after working up a bit of a sweat during yoga. 
 
After breakfast and a quick chat it was off for some rest and relaxation for around an hour before we all met 
up again and went through the first 2 topics of our nutrition series of discussions. People asked a few questions 
with regards to the topics and also contributed some of their own knowledge, which was great to have everyone 
involved. And with all of that talk about food, it was lunch time! 
 
A delicious lunch and some more discussions and getting to know each other, everyone then got a chance to relax 
and enjoy some sun, read a book or have a lay down. After their quick break it was time to round them up and dive 
into our first group training workout. A good solid few circuits and the sweat was pouring, with the pool becoming 
more and more appealing after each squat and lunge. 
 
The group did a fantastic job and completed the workout with great effort and energy, and just in time, as the 
masseuses arrived to provide the massage treatments for most people. The massage and beauty treatments left 
everyone in a perfect state of relaxation to enjoy a couple of hours off and take some time out to refresh and 
rejuvenate. 
 
Not long after everyone was finished relaxing, it was time for dinner. With the smells coming out of the kitchen, 
I thought that even if it tasted half as good as it smelt, we were going to be in for a treat! And it sure did 
not disappoint. Marinated grilled prawns, grilled calamari, fresh salads and some traditional Balinese side 
dishes, everyone was sure satisfied.
 
Once we had finished our talk around the table, we then separated and got organised and changed for meditation. 
With the refreshing sea breeze and some candlelight, the perfect meditation scene was set for another night. 
 
Quite a relaxed session with a strong emphasis on letting go and reconnecting with yourself, it left everyone 
well rested and in the perfect frame of mind for a long peaceful sleep. 
 
What an amazing day of health, wellbeing, self appreciation and love. 

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Day 4: 
 
Free Day
 
The day started off just like any other with an early morning sunrise yoga session with Brodie.
 
As the retreat guests took part in that, I popped into the kitchen to help out the staff with some fresh coconut 
milk to serve with breakfast, organising lots of fresh vegetables to serve with our eggs and lots of fresh, 
local fruit.
 
Straight after yoga, breakfast was ready to go on the table. Lots of bright colours and local fresh produce. 
With nothing officially organised, it was completely left up to each person what they wished to do with their day. 
The majority of the group went off to explore Bingin Beach, some stayed at the villa to enjoy some quiet time with 
the sun and a book, and myself and Brodie head off to Ayana Resort.
 
After our activities we all met up at Buddha Soul organic restaurant for lunch, and boy was the food amazing, and 
lots us suffering from food envy...
 
After lunch we head back to the villa where I whipped up some banana smoothies and mango smoothies using fresh 
coconut water and local fruits. 
 
The group, once again, split up for dinner, some went to explore Jimbaran Bay seafood restaurants, myself and a 
few others head to El Kabron for some tapas. I actually don't think it is possible to describe El Kabron... 
So I won't try, but the view, the food and the people were incredible again, and did not disappoint! 
 
A very soulful, enriching day of proper relaxation and rest to prepare us for the second half of our trip.

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Day 5:
 
This morning, after a long day of rest and relaxation yesterday, kicked off with an early morning yoga session 
with Brodie. While the group were focused on yoga, I ducked into the kitchen and prepared some fresh smoothies 
with local fruit. I whipped up some frozen banana smoothies with coconut water and a mango smoothie using coconut 
water and local grown mangoes. They were quite the delight after yoga and were very well received by everyone! 
 
With the rumours of a nice, sunny day, we decided to follow yoga with breakfast as usual, then straight into our 
next few topics in our nutritional seminars, then straight into some group training, a quick refresher, then lunch. 
 
By placing all the planned activities back-to-back before lunch, it gave everyone the chance to really relax before 
dinner with 5 hours of free time. Some read books, some soaked up the sunshine, several booked massages, but as a 
whole, they all relaxed and really switched off. There was a strong feeling of bliss around the villa grounds this 
afternoon, with the sounds of crashing waves in the distant background to provide some soothing, tropical vibes. 
 
After massage treatments, it was time for dinner, then into some meditation just after the picturesque sunset yet 
again. Another beautiful day in paradise and I still have to pinch myself that this is happening for myself, my 
family and my passion (or work, if you can call it that)...
 
Good night and see you in the morning for some yoga!

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Day 6:
 
This morning seemed to start a bit slower and more relaxed with everyone coming down to yoga a bit later after 
all having some long, needed sleep. 
 
As I have done the other days, I allowed everyone to complete their daily yoga while I assisted in the kitchen, 
and whipped up some more smoothies, ready for everyone once they finished yoga. Frozen banana and mango again... 
Crowd favourites!
 
With another delicious breakfast down, we moved onto the sun beds and couches and went through the next block of 
our nutrition talks. With some more great involvement and participation, everyone took something away from it. 
 
The group got the chance to take a quick break before we hopped into another group training session. We mixed in 
some fun activities this time to keep them enjoyable and sustainable in the warm Bali sun. 
 
Once we were finished training, lunch was prepared on the table, and safe to say, everyone was ready to 
eat! 
 
We finished lunch, and I allowed everyone to have the afternoon off again to relax, sleep, swim, read or do 
whatever else they felt they needed, until it was time for dinner. 
 
With another dinner, filled with traditional Balinese dishes, the group sat around the table and laughed and 
talked for hours. 
 
Another meditation class at night helped everybody switch off and have a deep, relaxing sleep. 

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Day 7:
 
Our second last day on the retreat was a bit sad for me. Coming to grips with the fact that this incredible 
experience is all going to be over soon made me a bit upset. Once everyone was up and ready to get into our 
activities, you would have never guessed they were sad about it all ending soon. The atmosphere was the happiest 
it has been all week (and boy was that a hard task to beat!)
 
Around the breakfast table, after the daily yoga class was filled with laughter, smiles, loud conversations and 
funny stories. Everyone always says that laughter is the best medicine. If that truly is the case, then everyone 
here is as healthy as they can be!
 
Straight after our extended breakfast and conversations, we got stuck into our final nutrition talks and finished 
off all the topics we had planned for discussion. Immediately following the talks, we had another group workout, 
then lunch. Filled with salads, fresh vegetables and colourful, local fruits, the lunch was a real crowd favourite, 
yet again. 
 
An afternoon off for everyone to enjoy, helped clear their minds, relax their body and replenish their soul. A few 
of us organised a trip down to Pandawa Beach (about a 5 minute drive), for a quick dip in the ocean, and body 
cleanse with some salt water. 
 
We arrived back at the villa and had just enough time to shower, change and get ready for dinner. 
 
As per usual, we sat around the table after dinner and talked, laughed and joked around before we head off to change
and get ready for meditation, our final one for the trip... :(
 
Everyone into bed again by around 8:30 for one last sleep in our little paradise. 
 
Good night!

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Day 8: 
 
Our Final Day
 
Even though this was the last day of our incredible experience on this health retreat, you would never guess it, 
with the high spirits and positive attitudes first thing in the morning. 
 
At 6:15 a few of us went on a beautiful walk down to Padawa Beach and enjoyed an early morning sunrise over the 
water and sandy beach. A quick dip in the ocean and we began our trek back to the villa just in time for our final 
yoga practice. 
 
The amount that people had improved over the week has been incredible, with a few people even successfully 
completing a head stand, much to Brodie's delight! After yoga was our normal group breakfast, and delicious as 
always. It was then into some more sunshine to soak up those final rays of happiness. 
 
After around an hour of relaxation, it was time for our final group training workout before lunch. I had 
incorporated some fun into this session, and a soundtrack to match! Everyone said they really enjoyed the workout 
and the entire group was only expressing positivity and gratitude towards themselves and everyone around them.
 
It was really nice to see everyone adapt into a more slow paced lifestyle and embrace each and every day, admit 
how lucky they are even just to be there enjoying an entire week devoted to themselves and their physical and 
mental health. 
 
Overall, the week has gone well over my own expectations of what I thought people would get out of it, and how 
much they would all enjoy it. The location, the villa, the staff, the food, the course, the participants and of 
course the weather all went perfectly to plan! 
 
I am ecstatic right now and am so motivated to quickly organise the next one to help more and more people take 
time out of their busy lives to relax and rejuvenate, and come back into society with a more positive outlook on 
life and more gratitude for each and every aspect of their lives, no matter how big or small. 
 
Now, home I go. I am having quite mixed emotions about leaving as I don't want it to end. The week has been great 
for everyone, including myself who got some time out to better appreciate the things I do have in my life, but 
couldn't be happier about leaving because in a few hours I will get to hold my beautiful family back in Melbourne. 
My gorgeous wife, who is my inspiration, and our beautiful son, who is a perfect representation of our perfect 
love for each other. 
 
Until next time everyone! 
 
Liam Crivelli
 
Inspired Owner of Revive Health & Wellbeing