A few days ago I was lucky enough to be invited to test out the new Life Retreat and Healing Hub at Lourensford in Somerset West. I’m no stranger to the area, as my in-laws live very close by to this exquisite estate, so we’ve often been there for wine tasting or to buy coffee beans or to have a meal. But the new addition (it opened in November) of this unique wellness centre has definitely taken Lourensford up a notch in my opinion. It was always a special place but now it’s a VERY special place indeed. You just enter through the gates and your spirit is lifted and you feel happy and at peace. Let me explain.
The Healing Hub takes a very holistic approach to wellness and health. They are made up of the Spiral Aloe Spa, where my business partner Cath said she enjoyed the most incredible back, neck and shoulder massage on the media day. Besides offering customised facials, they also do body scrubs, manicures and pedicures and the basics like waxing and tinting.
Then there is the studio itself where you can do yoga classes, tai chi, Pilates, Zumba, meditation and even Barre. At the media day we did an hour’s yoga class on the lawns, with the feel of the grass beneath our fingertips, a soft breeze on our skin, sun on our backs and a mountain view filling our eyes. It was blissful.
So blissful in fact that I took Gareth back there today for a 90 minute class in the studio with instructor Ryan, who has a wonderful energy about him and really helps you get the most from your time on the mat. There are also family yoga classes on the weekends, so the kids can come too! We’re going to try those out next time.
After yoga you can stroll over to the coffee roastery which has been expanded significantly from its previous incarnation. Sit amidst the beautiful gardens and sip on your coffee while you soak up the serenity (there are butterflies! the tweet of birds!). Side note: Lourensford uses all of its own water and does not rely on municipal water at all. It’s a very family-friendly vibe and when we visited this morning there were kiddies playing on blankets with their toys and special tables with colouring in for little ones. Ben had a blueberry milkshake with baby marshmallows in it and he was in heaven.
But it’s not just yoga and massage – there are all SORTS of healers available at the Healing Hub, from an iridologist to an addiction counsellor, a functional medicine practitioner to a specialist dealing with wellness related particularly to mothers (but more on that later!). Most importantly, I just got a warm, happy and healing VIBE from everyone I met at Life Retreat, if that makes any sense at all?
Healing Hub was starting by two very dynamic (and lovely) mother & daughter teams: Patricia and Samantha Taylor, and Dr Mothomong Diaho and Nthabiseng Shongwe. I love that this is a female powered initiative and I really warmed to these strong, bold and beautiful women.
We were also treated to lunch at The Millhouse which was absolutely delicious, followed by chocolate and wine tasting too. There is an amazing market which is open on weekends, plus a lifestyle shop to have a browse in, and an art gallery – so really you’re spoilt for choice as to what to do. Life Retreat even offers luxury yoga retreats so you can spend a few days in incredible villas in beautiful destinations around the world, experiencing healing journeys which include skin detox treatments, relaxing massages and sound treatments.
The Healing Hub is situated in the most beautiful part of the world, so if you’re in need of a bit of healing, or just a space to breathe and pause and regather yourself (before you stride out into the world again), please pay Life Retreat at Lourensford a visit. It’s a special and sacred space.
P.S. We were invited to experience these services for free, in order to review them.