Because It Works

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 your mind

If change is what you’re seeking, then just come. If you don’t want change in your life that’s OK, too, but please come anyway, either way you’ll find out. If you come it’s obviously in our karmentum to meet. If not, that, too.

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 the acknowledgement of our capability to learn and adapt and change. You see, we also started out with yoga and vegan food and exercise and bla bla bla…but after a few years working “clinically” we had to acknowledge that we are all more different than we are similar and when you work with 50 trillion cells in context it can amount to a lot of different. One really just doesn’t fit all. That’s why expertise and science can only go so far, because the gap is the individual expression of life, and this applies as much if not more to mental health. It’s at this point that we knew we had to explore new forms, away from the status quo. We therefore expanded into recognition of subjective bodies in subjective contexts.

This, let us say, “expansivity” into the subtle, derives from our always-increasing knowledge base (we love to study) as well as our increased experience of life (we love to talk about “deep” stuff), combined with the fact that the world is always changing (that includes us). We stopped asking “out” and started asking “in”, but to teach that to someone who since having started the educational and socialization process to stop feeling and - sit still, don’t do that, buy this, like that, and love that one, not this one - we needed a method that is easy and rocket fast, to pick ourselves up to know, yes know, what is healthy and what is not, what is me, and what is not (and who, too). And we found it, our Feel f’ Real method.

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!

Do you really want to become more healthy?

The main reason we love doing what we do 365.4 days of the year is that we live it. We really do walk the talk, and that’s not the case with most retreats or health professionals. For us everything we teach is just the basic stuff, the rest is created in dialogue. It’s like having people over for dinner, figuring things out together. Every person who enters our world brings new learning and we merely have to live to teach and learn, and learn to live. Is this not what evolution is?

We do this because we really do want to become and stay as healthy as we possibly can, 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 chemical and mental toxic waste, meditate creatively, keep our bodies flexible, be kind to ourselves and others, believe and have faith, learn and try and make mistakes and learn and try again, and integrate it all into our given and precious lives. If that is not spiritual, you tell me what is? For us life is God, in gravitational, calibrational, vibrational ways, and it can appear as a form, at least to us humans.

Life constantly creates, evolves, adapts.

“the meaning of life, is life.”

This is where health and Prana come in. We are committed to spreading it, and we see ourselves in everything.

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 (as your cells do), we are never separate from our environment, local and global. We are dedicated to teaching individuals how to become and remain healthy, and protect those who already do (nature). 96% of our guests manage to do so*. Do you know any better results? We honestly don’t.

Ongoing Support

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 of discovering lasting health. Some come back, and come back again. Others go on finding new friends, a yoga studio, a lover or a new job. Remember, if change is what you seek, seek no more, just book your space.

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 because of those other life forms, in a new, fun, energized caring and honest way.

We know. This is a part of what we do for a living. Want more, read about us here.

*96% answered that they have changed one or more things to enhance their health 6 months after their retreat. 82% answered yes after a year.

Cristina, the lessons have been truly amazing and opened my eyes to a whole other way of thinking and being in this crazy 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 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, even with 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, just book, 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