What if we were to tell you the answer has to do with feelings, all of them. The good, the bad, the happy, the painful. All feelings are needed. And actually you probably don’t have a choice anyway, they exist whether you want them to or not. They are you, a part of evolution and very important for the survival of our species. So ditch the cliche of “Letting go.” You can’t, you don’t want to.
We’ll explain why you want to keep your feelings and feel them even more to get healthy, and also how to let certain of them pass if you don’t want to keep them for the long haul. Here is where our Mind Detox Dialogue comes in handy, as well as all the amazing methods we learned from old and new sources. You’ll get to try many, and keep those that make sense to you.
We don't discard the impetus. We observe, supported by a deep body detox and informative dialogues and ways of thinking that empower you to bring your health home with you and everywhere else you go. The method is called Feel for Real (FfR) and you’ll learn to do it whenever you want.
Feel f’ Real
Feel for Real (FfR) is the method we use to get to know our needs, observe and understand them, make friends with them and ultimately love them and the Self they represent. It’s a method we use in all we do, a practice that has long been forgotten and oppressed in our society. Distress and eventually disease is the result of this oppression, and the reason FfR was created. It’s not about being mindful but about being mindless. It’s being observant and understanding in the feeling.
We use different techniques to understand the intricacies of our denial, but writing has proven to be the most successful, though other techniques are there for the choosing. What works best for you works best for us.
When the word is mightier, the healing is greater.
The Feel F' Real method builds awareness in you, by you. We focus on taking your health to the next creative level so you can discover and release your truth(s) through creative acts including writing. Whether it is a blog, a manifesto, a movie manuscript, a book, an angry mail to your boss or a love letter you never send, we support your creative act.
Writing will express what before you couldn't, and in doing so heal the deepest of wounds. In the end, however, you chose your creative process and where it will guide you.
mind detox. YOGA. Normal. Sunset. Nutrition. Your Path. EXERCISE. Creativity. KIND. AYURVEDA. RETREAT.
Feel f' Real is bringing it out and getting it down. Observing and understanding. Giving birth to the active and creative person we all have been but but sometimes need to rediscover. Nothing is secret or sacred, but all is hugely cared for and respected. Feel, don't try to forget, it simply doesn’t work or you would have forgotten by now. It's the only way to get to the other side.
Oh, and everything is optional but not expendable at our retreats.
We believe all feelings are great, so let them come. Chance are if you are still feeling them, or thinking about them you probably can't let them go anyway. Only the activity springing from those feelings exists to be framed in a historical context as good or bad, or appropriate or not. Think. Where did many of the great NGO's, mind blowing books and positive historic changes come from? Probably out of feelings of pain or suffering. So, don't let the feelings go, don't forget them. Rather bring them on and let them burst out through your creativity. If you wish we offer a 3-month Feel f' Real Program to coach you into action following the retreat.
Whether your reason to come is to write or not, all expression is good and healthy. If you have words inside, poking to be shared or not shared, release them at an O•live Retreat. Who knows where sleeping under the stars, stretching your Vagus nerve, eating ripe mangos and watching sunsets from on the mountain will take your creative activities and inspiring ideas. Who knows to where waves and jungle noises will lead you.
Hope is Indefatigable
"But it felt right, and yet I didn't know why. It looked right, but I didn't know why. In those moments I didn't know, I could only FEEL, and what I felt was a small, very slight tingle of hope."
This is an excerpt from the book Butterfly Man launched in 2018, and written by Ray as Emile Raymond. It's a mixed genre work in which John McInroy who came to Olive in 2016, captures his suffering and feelings of frustration and emptiness. It's a good example of how huge suffering and pain can be turned to even greater healing and ultimately action to deal with the source of the pain in the first place.
O•live has helped people to change the following areas:
Human & Social Entrepreneurship
Change towards a Helping Culture
Compassionate School Curriculum
Human & Animal Care & Rights
Creative Writing & Publishing
Caring & Helping teaching (kids and adults)
Equality of Gender, Race, Religion & Lifeforms
Cleaning beaches of plastic
"Old Ropes are best Yanked Free of"
'Creativity is the greatest act of rebellion.' We owe the world our miracles, our creativity, our unique take on experience and the crystalization of that into something beneficial for ourselves and others.
"In being creative we have a chance to imagine and craft something no one else can claim responsibility for, and this requires dismissing all the previous claims.
The courage in this, should there be any, is that we no longer have anyone to blame."
Daily Schedule at O•live
This is a retreat aimed to help you feel for real, frikkin' real, and convert that feeling and positive energy into change. How we each come to that point is very different, and therefore we have within our structured classes many different exercises, techniques, methods and movements to help each participant feel into action. This is how a day at our retreat could look like, but in the end your body sets the rules.
Activities are optional. If you come to relax and sleep, then that's what you need. If you want to write, that's what you should do too, or paint or sculpt or build - but we do offer these loose timings if you want to join us:
07:00 Yoga/stretching with Acupressure points, Pranayamas & FfR Meditation to relax and enhance your energy.
08:00 Breakfast - a protein boost for the hungry, a pleasure for the body and the mind.
10:00 Health classes to the Creative Level - Make friends with your body, get out of the box and into action.
13:00 Lunch - from nature to nurture with all the spectra of light from the source, to connect to your own nature (body).
14:00 – 17:00 Free writing time/massages/sleep/one-to-ones/walks & hikes/special activities/do what you want.
17:00 Class - O•8 Dialogue/Writing to figure things out, make friends with your mind, snap the rope and scribble it down.
18:00 Exercise/Yoga get your adrenalin out and dopamine in, over the mountains, into the forests or the sea, on beaches.
19:30 Dinner to calm our senses and prepare for the beauty(full) sleep under the stars to the lullaby of the jungle.
21.00 Evening activity - we hang out, see a movie or go for a guided tour into the subconscious.
Timing is loose and weather dependant.
"By MAGIC I mean a man pulls a rabbit out of the hat and everyone is amazed and no one knows how he did it, but one thing is clear. Where before they were silent, bored, sleepy, tired, lost, worried, frustrated and sick, they are now staring amazed at the scene before them, and the scene before them, is, quite simply.
The scene is, look around you."
The program Feel for Real starts with a 7-day Body, Mind & Chakra (cell-thought-energy) detox retreat using the FfR method, in Spain or at the O•SHRAM in Thailand, followed by an optional 3 months online dialogue. You will be taking an active part in your own life. The program is based on modern science and ancient - often forgotten but fantastic - methods to heal and transform your discomfort into tangible acts of hope. From that physical and mental healing comes creativity and action. If you want to capitalize of that newly found energy the 3 months program should be considered.
These are some basic components of the healthy lifestyle underlying great acts of creative energy.
Integrated feelings felt for a clear purpose
Meditation for Real Feeling
Mediation is the fast track to the unencumbered self, to an inside, tactile view of our own Karmentum. It's healthy, yes. It boosts our immune systems, sure. It raises our energy levels, of course. It helps alleviate or eliminate the fear and/or anxiety or depression that living in the old world brings. But better than all that, it leads us directly into our dreams.
We go into the creative self with a variety of pro-active focussed and creative meditations, all designed to help us see through the illusion of separation and the illusion of ancient form, and modern fear.
"The concept of Karmentum did it for me. How can I thank you enough?" - Mary
Yoga & Breathing for Real Connection
Think of it as stretching the inside and outside of you. Yoga brings your body into the creative realm in a natural and healthy way. It’s not a work-out, it’s a work-in. One soft touch of Cristina’s fingertip, merely noticeable, will spur the awakening of your cells and guide you to feel a body you were forced to leave at an early age. Her touch makes you realise what is you and what you need to exist, really exist.
A flexible body is our natural state of being. That’s what our bodies want to be, so it’s more likely to be a boundary-breaking body, an open body, an idea body full of energy and creativity. It's more than a physical exercise. It's one of the greatest acts of rebellion. Bringing your body back to you. Own your extension in time and space. Feel it, every second, every breath, and beat of the earth.
We start the days with sunrise Yoga. All levels of experience are welcome, from beginners to intermediate and even advanced.
All sessions are followed by breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation. Extra afternoon sessions are offered for those who want.
"Can you believe I do yoga, and I love it. I found a perfect group next to my home. None of that bullshit look good yoga, just regular yoga" — Daniel, 6 months after the retreat.
Real Food for Epic Energy
Food is the main ingredient to a pure expression of yourself, simply because you are made of its molecules. We serve a delicious, homemade, nutrient-packed, plant-based diet as nature produced it (non refined) without sugar, gluten, yeast, etc., because this is the best way to eat, and the best and most healthy detox you can get. You won't be hungry, tired or sluggish. You'll feel when and what makes you vibrant and you’ll be more alive than ever picking up on your environment like never before. You'll glow at the end of the week if not half way through. Clearly noticeable by others when you go back home.
We teach you to read your own nature, your body, to restore and maximise your health and creativity. You will be delighted by the food, we promise. Read what the media said.
Dialogue for Real Answers & Questions
You have questions and we have more questions. And that's what makes it so fab. We aren't afraid to question any convention, custom or habit and in that we find our best and most potent creative self.
Observe your fear.
Each day we choose a beautiful place and engage in stimulating dialogues about topics as varied as the science of nutrition to what thoughts hold us back from experiencing contentment and peace, energy and creativity, love, hate, literature, culture, the universe, you think of it, we done it.
Hectic and rad.
Old problems require new solutions and we believe in the importance of discussion for leading us to our own unique and deeper truths. One thing we can promise with all the self care over the week - you'll figure it out.
"Now suddenly it all makes so much more sense. For the first time in a long time I feel I can do things I always dreamed of." —Susan
Feel Real Exercise
We aren't after any medals. We don't compete. We feel our bodies as we exercise in amazing and natural ways. Our hearts and respiratory systems, hormones, our micro-biome, it all comes alive and not by breaking any records, but by feeling them.
We integrate exercise in all we do so that you won't even notice that you are doing it. We bike, we hike, we climb, we run, dig holes, walk, swim, whatever. Up the mountain, up a tree or two. We explore the temple on the hill, or the church in the village.
We walk around the lake to the evening market, run at the beach, or swim after morning yoga. Whatever you like is what you are going to do. We help you find out what you like and without even realising how you’ll feel strong and healthy one day.
Real Sleep Perfection
Sleep is detoxing, more so when the air is fresh from the sea, and the mountains. We don’t allow any pollution; air, light and sound. The lullaby of the jungle cicadas, ocean waves and the distant village life is uninterrupted.
Thailand is the prefect climate for living and sleeping outdoors. We have created Prana Pods for the perfect sleeping experience. Every night you feel a slight breeze, and every nuance of it cascades through our high strength, lightweight design. You won't miss a breath, a sound, a subtlety. This will bring you back to your own nature, your body. Nothing stands between you and nature but a few millimeters of sturdy screen.
The inner sleeping unit slides out for amazing moon and star gazing on the many strikingly clear nights, and when it rains, slides back in. You wake up by the song of the peacocks at sun rise. The functionality of the unit allows shaded space for naps, yoga, meditating, reading, hanging out, or surfing our high speed internet.
O•live has helped people in the following areas:
De-stress and relaxation
Self-care and kindness
Career and life choices
Nutrition and cooking
Fitness and exercise
Yoga and stretching
Anxiety, depression, loneliness, sadness, loss
Weight-loss and obesity
Food allergies and sensitivities
Inflammation, disease and disorders
Relationships; getting in and getting out
Living and seeking the 'truth'
Ask us anything
Sunset at the beautiful beach Sai Noi, just a skip through the forest from us. Here is where we sometimes do yoga, swim, meditate, walk, our just hang out. Climb the rocks and go through the temple and you get to the larger beach in Khao Tao. Both are amazingly free, never crowded and perfect for contemplation and creative silence (except the peacocks, wild roosters, monkeys and other creatures rights activists.
All is Included
It's just easier that way, for both you and us, so please consider that when you compare prices to find your retreat.
7 nights accommodation (150 meters to beaches in Thailand)
Round-trip transfers from and to the airport (bus) and to an additional cost we arrange a private car
In-depth health assessment (Health Questionnaire is sent once you are booked)
Daily Body health classes + Mind health classes
One-one sessions, as many as you want
Cooking, detoxing drinks and smoothie classes
Health booklets, Cookbook, Yoga book and more
Daily Yoga/streching classes + Meditation + Pranayamas
All detoxing meals: clean, real, vegan, no gluten, no sugar, no refined food (don't worry, you won't be hungry!)
Daily availability of detoxing snacks and drinks
All-liquid intermittent fasting day(s) and digestive flush, if suitable for you
Daily aerobic + anaerobic exercise in a beautiful nature
Daily meditations + techniques (guided and non-guided)
Daily pranayamas and meditation techniques
Time and space to relax and enjoy and laugh
Personal recommendations upon departure (how to continue your quest for better health based on your Ayurvedic Dosha and needs)
2 months back-home support
A little gift to remember your stay
Discounts on future retreats and events