Lifestyle Medicine Immersion Retreat

**Register now for the September retreat**

Join us at our Lifestyle Medicine Immersion Retreat to kickstart your healthy lifestyle change. Our immersion is run at the Yarra Valley Living Centre in Yarra Junction, Victoria. The program goes for a full week – Sunday to Sunday – and includes all the domains of lifestyle medicine in addition to our focus on plant-based nutrition. We, Malcolm and Jenny, have teamed up with plant-based dietitian Peter Johnston to deliver the immersion with assistance from plant-based chef Julia Grueskin and others who will deliver cooking demonstrations, meditation, yoga and fitness activities.

Click here to register8th to 15th September 2024

Immersion dates:

  • 8th to 15th September 2024
  • 16th to 23rd March 2025

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Enjoy delicious whole food plant-based meals plus cooking demonstrations, yoga, meditation, films and benefit from the educational lectures by experts in plant-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine Dr Malcolm Mackay (General Practitioner), Jenny Cameron (Nutritionist & Wellness Coach) and Dr Peter Johnston (Dietitian).

This immersion is perfect for people who want to achieve optimal health and well-being through a healthy lifestyle. If you are suffering from a chronic disease you can make significant lifestyle changes with the reassurance of medical supervision at hand. If you are already living a healthy lifestyle we will help you tweak it to achieve optimal health and have the best chance of preventing heart disease, diabetes, cancer and autoimmune diseases. Wherever you are on the health spectrum this immersion is the best way to kick-start your health transformation in a community of like-minded people.

This will suit people who:

  • Want to improve their health and well-being – to look and feel better, have more energy and sleep better
  • Want to lose weight in a way that is sustainable
  • Have a chronic disease that can be improved with lifestyle changes, e.g. type 2 diabetes, heart disease or an autoimmune disease
  • Want to make significant lifestyle changes with medical supervision at hand
  • Want to learn how to have the best chance of preventing heart disease, diabetes, cancer and autoimmune diseases
  • Love to have someone else prepare delicious whole food plant-based meals
  • Enjoy spending time with like-minded people who are passionate about improving their health
  • Check out the feedback from previous participants

What you will learn

  • How to use nutrition to achieve optimal health
  • The role of lifestyle medicine in preventing and managing disease
  • A calorie density approach to weight management
  • Tips for shopping and label reading
  • How to prepare simple and delicious plant-based meals
  • How to overcome barriers to a healthy lifestyle
  • The best resources to use to help you with this lifestyle

NB If you are unsure whether the lifestyle changes we recommend are right for you – you can relax in the knowledge that we support you however far you want go in a healthier direction.

Book your place in 2024Next immersion 8th September 2024

2024 Prices ($AU)

  • $3300 single occupancy
  • $2730 per person twin share
  • $2500 per person in a single-sex multi-share room

What’s included?

  • 7 night’s accommodation at the Yarra Valley Living Centre, Yarra Junction, Victoria
  • Delicious whole food plant-based meals from Sunday night through to Sunday breakfast (special dietary needs can be catered for)
  • Medical supervision (for those who need it)
  • Plant-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine education sessions with a nutritionist, a dietitian and a medical doctor
  • Nutrition and lifestyle medicine consultations
  • Cooking demonstrations, a shopping tour
  • Meditation and yoga classes
  • Movies, walks and other activities
  • Supportive, small group interaction
  • Ongoing support for all participants via online meetings, webinars and an online support group

Not included:

  • Transport to and from the venue
  • Massage therapy (available for an additional fee)

A typical day will look like this:

  • 6:45-7:45       Morning activity (optional): e.g. exercise class, yoga, walking
  • 8:15-9:00       Breakfast
  • 9:15-11:15     Morning presentation
  • 11:30-12:30   Cooking demonstration
  • 1:00                Lunch
  • 2:00-4:00       Afternoon presentation/discussion
  • 5:30-6:00       Meditation
  • 6:15                Dinner
  • 7:00                Movie night
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Dates in 2024 

  • 10th to 17th March 2024
  • 8th to 15th September 2024

Dates in 2025

  • 16th to 23rd March 2025

Register for our upcoming Lifestyle Medicine Immersion8th to 15th September 2024

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Want to ‘try before you buy’? Join us at our next 4-part online webinar series so you can get to know us. The next series begins Sunday 5th May 2024. Cost $125 and we offer $50 off the immersion price to those who have done our webinar series. See Plant-Based Nutrition Webinar Series

The immersion is brought to you by Dr Malcolm Mackay and Jenny Cameron from Melbourne Lifestyle Medicine, Plant Based Health Australia with Peter Johnston from Perfect Human Food. Our team also includes vegan chef Julia Grueskin, personal trainer/functional fitness specialist Graham Elliss. and family therapist/trauma counsellor Larisa Freiverts.


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