CHANGE. LIFE. MEANING. NURTURING. HEALTH.
Are you ready to feel healthy?
Olive Retreat is a top-ranked wellness destination and health retreat dedicated to helping individuals discover what health means to them and applying their newly- discovered health knowledge into the rest of their lives. We guide you to a healthier, more enhanced lifestyle as you dream and define it.
What does healthy mean to you?
The first and most important part of the detox process is to define what health means to you. All the healthy changes start here. Whether it’s the detoxing food, environments, thoughts and exercises, it all starts by discovering and then minimizing what makes you unhealthy and finding substitutes to make you healthy.
You'll learn how the body and mind work, or don’t work, in our hyperactive and toxic society, and how to read your body and mind signals. Ultimately, only you know what's right for you. We support you all the way, including when you return home with our “back home support.” In this way, we can help you better implement your new knowledge in the challenging environment you return to.
Enjoy a week of detoxing your body and mind.
Life is short, and in this ever-fading opportunity we have as living, breathing, feeling creatures, nothing is more important in our Olive minds than health, however you wish to define it, and however you wish to pursue it.
For us, health is what we live for, and yet - it's not something we hope to achieve in the future after a short-term and painful sacrifice of pleasure - but an incredible and fulfilling individual life quest that begins now, right here with this personal question: “what does health mean to me?”
The Olive Retreat Team
Olive Retreat was founded many years ago by a small group of very diverse people who have lived and worked in many industries and places around the world. As most people do, we all had our fair share of pain and suffering, and as we each pursued our own healing journeys and passion for life in various corners of the globe, we eventually ended up together with the same dream of sharing what we had learned along the way. Because life happens without notice, the staff at any particular retreat week might vary from the standard team.
After earning an MBA in Economics from the University of Stockholm, Cristina navigated her way upward through the corporate ranks in some of Sweden's highest earning and most recognizable companies, until – as with many leaders in the wellness industry – a personal experience lead her to leave her management position and change careers.
For Cristina, it was the paradox of a loved one being diagnosed with cancer on the same day her first child was born, and the recognition of the impermanence this entailed. The only thing we can be sure of, she realized, is that everything changes, on all levels.
She poured herself into medical and health literature; realizing that the existing forms of healing weren't effective — that there is too much power and revenue leading the established medical and pharmaceutical industries. She turned towards holistic avenues and methods.
Her teachings and practices are based on her 25+ years of prolific study, combined with personal trial and error. She became a devoted disciple to famous holistic leaders, many of whom she worked with personally, including Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Bo M. Nielsen, Sri Pattabhi Jois, Sri Ravi Shankar, and Dr. Simo. Her healing focus became Ayurvedic and Orthomolecular Medicine, Ashtanga Yoga, Pranayamas and meditation.
Since the cure of her family member, many others would also come to learn self-healing from Cristina. Her teachings took form when working clinically and at retreats. They are all derived from her huge gratitude and humility for what she was given, and for being able to share and help others to heal. The only mystery about healing is that it is so easy to be healthy, once you learn!
She loves natural exercise such as hiking and running, and natural, clean vegan food as promoted by such notable figures as Dr. A. Wigmore, Dr. H. Clark, Dr. Gerson, Dr. Vant. Boutenko, and Dr. Saupe. Her devotion has since helped parents, children, corporations, athletes, models, physiotherapists, businesspeople, housewives, and even doctors, with issues big or small, that prevent them from being happy, healthy and at peace. She has published books and articles, making her work available to everyone who is interested in learning.
Ray got only half way through a fully funded PhD fellowship in Anthropology at Brandeis University, while working as a research associate at MIT, before he started dying, slowly, and with much consternation. All the best doctors and most expensive medications later did nothing to help him and yet, reluctant to give up to his fate – slow and tedious death from the inside out – he did what all sensible people do in these cases. He started meditating.
The activity of meditating, for Ray listening to the voices of nature – wind, water, insects, etc., – would lead him on a journey that began with his being diagnosed and healed from Celiac Sprue disease by a naturopath in Oregon, through over forty countries until today, where he gives part of his time to the mission and vision of Olive Retreat.
During that time Ray has lived and taught in universities in the USA, China, Lesotho, Saudi Arabia and Thailand, and during the most recent decade served as a communications advisor at the highest corporate level. He has met and worked with Fortune 50 Chairmen and CEOs, Kings, Prime Ministers, Ministers, orphans, slaves, abandoned and lost, and learned from them all. Shinzo Abe once said to him, "you're the innovator," Glenn Lowry, "you're the idea man," Dr. Dieter Zetsche, "you're fast," Arnold Schwarzeneggar, "get some sleep," Michael Phelps, "thanks!" and Pra Tawat, "meditate like this, Ajarn Ray."
Ray's journey has flown him in private jets (often reluctantly) and down dusty streets in bare feet and loose hanging lungis. He's eaten with Kings and dined with monks and untouchables, but can't tell which is which and who is who. He has studied meditation in China, Tibet, Nepal, India, the US and Thailand.
Some times you need a full-on guy, and ours is Chris. His health journey started at a young age, as a professional track athlete who went on to a nationally subsidized Track & Field high school where diet, physiology, mental training and massage were taught at night as a complement to a heavy training schedule during the day. He set records in distance for the Swedish national junior team and the University NCAA, in the USA, and has since continued training his mind and body toward achieving optimum holistic health. He now brings two decades of hands-on experience and education in the holistic health field through which he guides willing clients, both in the public and private sectors, to their optimum and most radiant health.
He has assisted people from a wide array of backgrounds to achieve the health results they seek, and in a number of settings, including Peru, the USA, and Europe. He is currently earning a Masters in Spiritual Nutrition at Cousens School of Holistic Wellness through the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, a world leading organization in holistic health through healing live foods and green juice fasting. He has an MA in Vegan and Live Food Nutrition through University of Integrated Sciences California, and is a certified Raw Food Chef I, II, III and Holistic Health Coach from CHI, an Ann Wigmore institute in MI, USA. During the 3 month internship at CHI he studied tirelessly in the kitchen, and in the green house, growing sprouts, microgreens, and wheatgrass.
The only places Daniel hasn't been are those that don't exist, otherwise he's been there, learned from it, been there again, re-done it, and continues to push the creative edge in his profession and his search for innovation. Educated in the US, and in over 30 countries, Daniel opens the door to a place where fiction and reality encounter and mold each other into something we understand the minute he enters any room and opens his mouth, or his laptop, whichever comes first. Wired - literally - he's connected to any signal he can get, some for managing the entirety of the branding, design, and online communication from Olive Retreat to you, and the rest for helping clients understand where their creative limitations are preventing them from the next, unpredictable step.
Bottom line is, nothing larger than an atom can pass through Daniel without his knowing, and nothing escapes out the other side without his having added his unique, irrevocable, indeterminate and uplifting spin.
When you're ready, we're here for you
We don't believe in accidents or mistakes, largely because if any one of our lives is either, that would mean all those who we touch and are touched by, and all those touched and touched by them, and on and on ad infinitum, would also be a mistake, and that's just too improbable to be true.
So, you've gotten this far in your search. Consider taking the next step and honoring us with your presence, with who you are now and who you are becoming, and open a door you'll never wish to go back on.
What does retreat mean to you?
Is Retreat a noun or a verb? Do you read the word as a physical place, or a frantic departure?
In the former case you'd be correct to see Retreat as a restorative destination, and in the latter, a process of saving yourself.
Sometimes flight is our only hope, and when that flight brings us to a group of welcoming souls, whose journeys have been proven to be helpful to those from nearly all walks of life, and all manner of stressors, you'd be right to see Retreat - Olive Retreat - as a reprieve in motion and arrival.