When the significant other recently set off for another three months at sea I was feeling a little down in the dumps. In this situation I usually wallow in self-pity for a few days before I get on with it and re-establish a semblance of routine. Luckily this time round I had the foresight to plan ahead for my melancholy, and booked in to treat myself to the E-Oil Alchemy Essential Glow one-day retreat. It was to be a day of ultimate self care, and my spirits were lifted just thinking about it.
The retreat was set in the countryside at a beautiful stone, blue-shuttered finca in Sencelles. Twenty or so ladies arrived in dribs and drabs, greeted with fresh juice shots and goodie bags. A chance to mingle with our fellow retreat-goers, we lounged around the finca’s outdoor space with the Mallorcan landscape and bright blue skies as our backdrop. I could already feel my stress levels subsiding.
First thing on the agenda was a yoga class led by Sarah Elfvin. Having experienced her classes before I knew we were in for a treat. We were ushered upstairs to the finca’s expansive loft space, where Sarah took us through a lovely sequence that wasn’t too strenuous for those non yogis among us, yet left everyone feeling deliciously stretched. During the class any tension I was holding further dissipated through the use of various essential oils diffused in the space, and applied topically to our hands.
An induction to ‘booch’
In a cloud of contentment we wandered back downstairs to munch on tasty cacao, coconut and mint balls while we listened to gut health expert Olivia Figueiredo explain the merits of fermented foods. New knowledge related to health and wellbeing is great of course, but when it’s accompanied by a tasting session it’s even better! As the founder of locally produced brand Conscious Kombucha, Olivia let us try her range of delicious kombucha’s (flavoured fermented teas). The flavour infusions incorprated doTERRA essential oils such as turmeric, wild orange, cinnamon and ginger, and had us all fronting back for top ups.
Oils with the experts
Now was time to migrate to the back yard for an informal workshop with Natasha of E-Oil Alchemy and her team of doTERRA oil experts. We were shown simple ways to create a self-care routine at home using essential oils, including a body scrub, a body ‘dressing’, and a bath soak with Epsom salts. We learned how to use essential oils correctly for different purposes, and how one can utilise different oils to enliven and stimulate, or relax the body. A fair bit of sniffing went on and it was all good I can assure you!
Throughout the day we were individually called upon to partake in an iTovi body scanner session. This nifty little device measures the changes in the electrical conductivity of the skin to stimuli. From this it deduces which essential oils and supplements your body could most benefit from at that point in time. A full report of results is emailed to you almost instantly. My report concluded I could do with some assistance when it came to my cycle, immunity, and inflammatory response, with recommendations to use Clary Calm oil blend, sandalwood, petitgrain, and Yarrow Pom blend. It was quite fascinating stuff, and any excuse to purchase some exquisitely fragranced oils’ is fine by me!
Just as my tummy started to signal its afternoon request for sustenance, a divine vegan spread materialised. We all ate until our bellies were well and truly full, and then ate some more when a gorgeous fruit platter appeared accompanied by a decadent vegan strawberry cheesecake from the queen of healthy desserts – Mrs Sweet.
Dress-ups with Sunvibes
Happy and satiated we sat down to enjoy a preview of local sustainable clothing brand Sunvibes new collection ‘Earth Song’. The cuts, colours, patterns, and slightly heavier viscose fabric of the boho style garments are perfect for the changing seasons and cooler weather. Founder Eli Bozzolini talked about her inspiration for the collection, and we had the chance to try on her uniformly flattering dresses which I’m sure were added to many a Christmas wish list.
If we weren’t feeling serene enough already, a meditation class with meditation coach Julie Waller was sure to correct this. Laying down to the dulcet tone of her voice taking us through a ‘body scan’ meditation, one could easily drift off to sleep. Truth be told I did enter the land of snooze a couple of times, and the gentle snores coming from the mat of my neighbouring retreat goer told me I wasn’t alone. None the less I did manage some mindful moments and by the end of the session I felt blissfully reconnected.
…and a good ol’ cuppa
To finish off our absolutely lush day we congregated around Katja who had prepared her unique Dosalquemistas olive leaf tea blends for us to try. Made from what would otherwise be the discarded leaves of the organically grown Son Moragues olive trees after pruning, the teas have unique health giving properties due to the olive leaf being abundant oleuropein. This phenol is brilliant for your immune system and blood pressure, and combats viruses and harmful unwelcome bacteria. Subtle flavours are infused by blending in ingredients from local organic farmers along with essential oils. The result is a delightful warming brew.
A cuppa and a chat with a lovely group of women rounded off the perfect girly day out and was the ideal antidote to the slightly sombre mood I had woken up with that morning. I highly recommend joining the next retreat day hosted by E-Oil Alchemy if you want to nourish and pamper your soul.
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Written by Ché Miller
About the author
Ché has always had a passion for hospitality having completed a conjoint Bachelors Degree in International Business and Hospitality Management. She has spent the last 15 years working in the hospitality industry. This passion led her to working in a premier health retreat in Australia in her twenties. There she found the knowledge she gained there inspired her to start living a healthier life.
Now Ché loves to combine her two favourite things, hospitality and wellbeing. She scours the island for the best nourishing restaurants, products and services. Ché has been living in Mallorca since early 2017, having moved from her home in New Zealand. She absolutely loves the energy of the island and everything it has to offer.
Ché’s other interests include ashtanga yoga, boxing, reading, writing, and really good coffee.