When the word is mightier, the healing is greater.
A 7-day health retreat that includes all the great stuff we do and eat at all our retreats but is not the focus of this retreat. The program is designed to take your health to the next creative level, to help you discover and release your truth through writing. Whether it is a blog, a manifesto, a movie manuscript, a book or a love letter. Writing will express what you before couldn't, and in doing so heal the deepest of wounds.
Every day our program will help you Feel f' Real, bring it out and get it down, giving birth to the active and creative person we all are but sometimes need to find. Nothing is secret or sacred, but all is hugely cared for and respected. Feel, don't try to forget. It's the only way to get to the other side. Oh, and everything is optional but not expendable.
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 months Feel f' Real Program to coach you into action following the retreat.
Whether your reason to come is to write or not, all writing is good and healthy. If you have words inside, poking to be shared or not shared, release them at on Olive Retreat. Who knows where sleeping under the stars, eating ripe mangos and watching sunsets from on the mountain will take your creative writing and inspiring ideas on what good can be done. 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 edited by Ray. 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 taken 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
- Responsible Consumerism
- Creative Arts
- Sustainable Architecture
- Change towards a Helping Culture
- Compassionate School Curriculum
- Human & Animal Care & Rights
- Creative Writing & Publishing
- Caring & Helping teaching (kids and adults)
- Health Democracy
- Peaceful Activism
- Equality of Gender, Race, Religion & Lifeforms
"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 crystallization 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."
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, technics, methods and movements to help each participant feel into action. This is how a day at the Oshram could look like.
Activities are optional. You don't have to do anything. If you come to relax and sleep only, then that's what you need. If you want to write, that's what you should do too, but we do offer these lose timings if you want to join us:
07:00 Yoga/stretching with Acupressure points, Pranayamas & 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 Take Your Health to the Creative Level - Make friends with your body, get out of the box and into the pen and paper.
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 - Writing w O•8 Dialogue to figure things out, make friends with your mind, snap the rope and scribble it down.
18:00 Exercise get your adrenalin out and dopamin 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."
Essential Actions in the Creative-Active Transformation
The program Feel for Real starts with a 7-day Body, Mind & Chakra (cell-thought-energy) detox retreat at the OSHRAM in Thailand, followed by an optional 3 month online group and 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. From that physical and mental healing comes creativity and action.
These are some basic components of the healthy lifestyle underlying great acts of creative energy.
Meditation for Real Feeling
Mediation is the fast track to the unencumbered self, to an inside, tactile view of our own Karma. 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. A flexible body is 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. 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 more alive than ever. You'll glow at the end of the week if not half way through.
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 - 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.
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 in Thailand, or the church on the hill in Spain. We shop at the evening market, the afternoon one, 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.
Real Sleep Perfection
Sleep is detoxing, more so when the air is fresh, and the lullaby of the jungle cicadas, ocean waves and 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 there is 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. 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 on those occasions when it rains, slides back in in a matter of seconds. The functionality of the unit also allows greater floor space for naps, yoga, meditating, reading, hanging out, or just surfing the web. Up to you. Enjoy
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
- Breathing correctly
- Living and seeking the 'truth'
- Life planning
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 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
- 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
- Staff 24/7
- 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