Because It Works

I couldn’t help the tears streaming down my face as I pulled away from the driveway. I’m not sure why, because I am sad to leave or I am speechless from what this joyful and enlightening experience has given me. Probably both!
Now I finally U N D E R S T S A N D it all 😃
Thank you so much for everything 🙏 I will remember this forever and stay in touch without a doubt that you will be sick of me! Haha love you both so much!
— K

Detox your cells and detox your mind

If change is what you’re seeking, then please come. Let's just say it's in our karmentum.

Probably the best definition of O·live is that we don’t quite have one, at least in the traditional sense. We are therefore unique in at least the acknowledgement of our capability to learn and adapt and grow. This, let us say, “expansiveness” derives from our increasing knowledge base as well as our experiences in life, combined with the fact that everything is always changing, and every individual is unique. We know of no other organization in this business that can claim an equivalent intellectual and practical resource pool. Apart from our Feel f’ Real method, the main reason we have and do what we do is because we really do walk the talk, and that’s not the case with most retreats or with most holistic and medical professionals. For us everything we teach is just the basic stuff of a healthy life and we merely have to live to teach and learn. We do this because only it works, and because we really do want to become and stay as healthy as we can at any given time, under any given set of conditions and regardless of the innovation and madness it introduces into our lives. It’s a very aware and mindful choice to eat as we do, live outdoors as we do year round, ditch the chemically and mentally toxic, meditate creatively, keep our bodies flexible, be kind to ourselves and others, learn and try, and integrate it all into our given and precious lives.

And constantly create.

We are based in Thailand but we maintain our roots in Spain. We focus on getting creativity and the innovative spirit active and alive in order to take the quest for personal health beyond the body and into the lives of others and the Earth. Remember, we are never separate from our environment, local and global. We are dedicated to teaching individuals how to become and remain healthy as living beings on a living planet, something most of our guests manage to do.

When you notice the small you see for real. When you see yourself in them there is hope. We believe in  Zoecracy

When you notice the small you see for real. When you see yourself in them there is hope. We believe in Zoecracy

Ongoing Suport

One of our strengths is in supporting guests as they discover what health means to them, and how to experience it in their lives. Another of our strengths is that we as much as possible avoid the cliches that get in the way discovering lasting health. We acknowledge and celebrate individual diversity, both on the cellular and vibrational (energetic) levels, and thus encourage authentic, enjoyable and informed lifestyle changes made by individuals. This is one reason so many of our guests go on to lead new and healthier lives after our retreats. 96% of our guests continue their newly chosen lifestyle for up to 6 months after a retreat, and 82% thereafter. Do you know any better results? We honestly don’t.

There is no right or wrong in our methods, only different perspectives, actors, “realities” and observers. The only thing that ultimately matters is how you feel now, and how you want to feel. This doesn’t mean that you won’t consider the feelings of others or the Earth and its variety of life forms. Rather, it is most likely to mean that you get healthy in a new, energized caring and honest and way.

We know. This is a part of what we do for a living. Read about us here.

Cristina, the lessons have been truly amazing and opened my eyes to a whole other way of thinking and being in this world of ours.
— Sir S.

What does healthy mean to you?

The first and most important part of the process is to define what health(y) means to you, even if at this very moment you have no idea what that is. All the healthy changes start at acknowledging and legitimizing the question itself and then marveling at how intriguing the path becomes when you can respect what makes you feel healthy and minimize what makes you feel unhealthy.

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 and how to avoid the toxicity that compromises your health (as in the < 100,000 petroleum derived chemicals introduced in the name of progress) (as in, don’t be normal.)

Ultimately, only you know what's right for you. We support you all the way with our “back home support" after your retreat. In this way we can help you better implement your new knowledge by turning any challenging environment into an opportunity you may have previously been unable to imagine. So, if change is what you seek, really, book your space now.

I am so lucky to have found you at a time of my greatest need. You have a gift for making people feel welcome.
— Inge, our oldest client, 92 years old!
Just about everything here was unforgettable. Thank you for putting us on the right track and changing our lives.
— Nick & Margaret
I could wax lyrical for hours about the Olive Retreat but suffice it to say I have returned home relaxed, refreshed, and full of ideas of how to stay that way.
— Sandra
Would any other Retreat so gently nurture us towards the absolute certainty that had we found another door in life that - if we chose to walk through it - things would certainly have every chance of getting better?
— Alan
I can never thank you enough, you have changed my life. Thank you , thank you all. I’ll be back.
— Jane

When you're ready to get healthy for real, we're here for you

And if you don’t, that’s perfect too. We don't believe in accidents or mistakes, largely because if any one of our lives is either, that would mean all those 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. There is nothing random in evolution. We are particles exhaled from the Big Bang, that probably wasn’t either very big or very bangy. All we know for now is that when we really meditate on it, it gets harder and harder to distinguish between what random and non random would even mean, if anything, as if there’s some mistakes to be picked out of 13.8 billion years of evolution.

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. If you book, or if you don’t, you were meant to, or not.

And brother Raymond, what a masterful innovator and meditator you are!
— L

I feel like above all else I gained two very special friends in Ray and Cristina.
— John
Event in Barcelona 2012

Event in Barcelona 2012

As ever your passion and desire to help goes beyond the call of duty.
— Ken

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 to something new?

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.

In any case, this is what we include in our Olive stay:

  • Accommodation (different options for Spain or Thailand).

  • In Thailand you get a "premium" jungle setting 5 minutes form the village, (at least the we, the monkeys, the peacocks, the deer, the butterflies and many other crazy creatures think it is the premium place.)

  • Airport transfer/round trip (1 bag)*

  • Body Detox Guide + O8 Mind Detox + Yoga Manual + Cookbook, etc,

  • Pre-health Questionnaire & Personal assessment upon arrival (Dosha)*

  • All detoxing food (3 meals), snacks, smoothie and drinks (vegan, whole, clean, gluten free, yeast free, sugar free, and individualized)

  • Daily individualized yoga/stretching + meditation + breathe work (Pranayamas)

  • Daily body health classes/dialogues + exercises (the best of the latest science + evidence based ancient stuff)

  • Daily mind health classes/dialogues + meditation techniques + creative meditations + exercises to get the neurons to fire up

  • Cooking/baking/smoothie classes

  • Daily "natural" and sustainable anaerobic and aerobic exercise in pristine nature

  • 1 massage (more can be provided and paid in cash)*

  • A facial with all natural products that will make you sparkle (< 10 days stay only)

  • 24h staff at venue and lots of time to talk and figure it out

  • Personal recommendations upon departure

  • Two months “back-home-support”, longer if you want (actually we usually end up becoming good friends :)

  • Last but not least, actually it's the reason would you get much healthier

*Included at 7 nights stay, can be arranged for shorter stays