Plant Based Health Immersion Retreat

Registrations open soon for the next immersion: 13th to 20th March 2022 – express interest now

Join us at our Plant Based Healthy Lifestyle Immersion Retreat to kickstart your healthy lifestyle change. After four years in Anglesea, Victoria, our immersion will now be run at the Yarra Valley Living Centre in Yarra Junction, Victoria. The program is now expanded to run for a full week – Sunday to Sunday – and will include extra material covering the other 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 Julia Grueskin and others who will deliver cooking demonstrations, meditation, yoga and fitness activities.

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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 wellbeing 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

A typical day will look like this:

  • 6:30-7:30       Morning activity (optional): e.g. yoga, walking
  • 8:00-9:00       Breakfast
  • 9:15-11:15     Morning presentation
  • 11:30-12:30   Cooking demonstration
  • 12:30               Lunch
  • 2:00-4:00       Afternoon presentation/discussion
  • 4:00-6:00       Free time or activity (optional): e.g. meditation
  • 6:00               Dinner
  • 7:00               Movie night
  • NB The immersion begins 3pm Sunday and finishes after breakfast the following Sunday

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

 cost (2022 prices are still to be confirmed)

  • $2895 single occupancy (subject to availability)
  • $2395 per person twin share
  • $2150 per person in a multi-share room

Dates for 2022

  • 13th to 20th March
  • 8th to 15th May
  • 26th June to 3rd July
  • 4th to 11th September
  • 30th October to 6th November
  • Register interest now

Covid safety

  • We will comply with Victorian Government Covid-19 requirements which currently require all participants and staff to be fully vaccinated

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Brought to you by Dr Malcolm Mackay and Jenny Cameron from Plant Based Health Australia & Peter Johnston from Perfect Human Food


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