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Changing The Wellness Industry


24th April 2024

In partnership with Maxime Willems Therapy & Training we are excited to pave the way to specialised Equine Focused retreats. See the latest write up by ZOII and join us on our journey!

Love horses or know someone who does?

Embark on a journey of rewilding and connection at the exclusive Sugar Beach Ranch in Ballina, NSW, and its newly launched Sweet Retreats. Kicking off on May 24th, the three-day, women’s-only retreats will see guests immerse themselves in the sprawling natural playground that surrounds the fully equipped horse ranch – not to mention getting up close and personal with the friendly equine residents!

Once owned by music industry legend Chris ‘CM’ Murphy OAM, the late manager of INXS, Sugar Beach Ranch is now lovingly helmed by his eldest daughter, Stevey Arena, alongside her husband and two children. Backed by more than 20 years’ experience as a special and corporate events planner, Arena has opened the gates of Sugar Beach Ranch to carry on her father’s legacy.

“After years of living in the fast lane, my father moved to Sugar Beach Ranch to indulge his love of agriculture and horse training,” says Arena. “The times we spent riding along the beach and exploring the lush hinterland are some of my fondest memories. With our new Sweet Retreats, we’re allowing others to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the digital age and rediscover their authentic self, alongside our beautiful horses.”

Curated by women, for women, Sweet Retreats provides guests with an opportunity to unwind, relax, and cultivate inner peace – but not just with yoga and green juices. Drawing on the principles of equine therapy, Arena, alongside equine psychotherapist Maxime Willems, will take guests on a journey of self-discovery. “As creatures of prey, horses are master observers and hypersensitive to movement and emotions,” Willems explains. “They offer instant feedback on our own personal presence and relational dynamics, but they do so without judgement. Handling and interacting with horses can teach you how to be more present, which is something we could all use a little more help with.”

Attendees will also be treated to five-star cuisine and given the chance to participate in grounding activities such as yoga, meditation and breathwork, alfresco equine painting, sound bowl healing, regenerative planting, dove releases, and nature therapy and ceremonies. Guests will glamp under the stars in a private or shared tent and have access to a resort-sized magnesium swimming pool, plus the 60 stunning acres of the ranch’s estate.

Sweet Retreats Women’s Wellness Retreats will be held on May 24th -26th, June 28th-30th , and September 20th-22nd with pricing starting from $2,599.

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