I have recently returned from an amazing weekend in Lochgoilhead. Carrick Castle Estate was the base for a wonderful wellness retreat run by Dynamique fitness and I cannot recommend this weekend highly enough.
I am your typical guilt ridden, frazzled working mum. Whilst my mindfulness teachings and techniques certainly make that bearable, the normal, human worries and stresses do pop in to my mind now and again. I also find myself falling off the wagon with my health and fitness when either Andrew (my husband) isn't around and when the childcare comes first, then the dog care comes second and by the time the house is a disaster zone I've forgotten about that class I signed up to do.
Enter Coach Cha and her wonderful Wellness Weekend. My friend sent this over to me, thought it would be right up my street and she was bang on. Having looked at the schedule I was sold. Although, I also had not sold enough of my time to fund it either. So it was a no. Lucky for me I managed to manifest some good fee paying work and I immediately booked my spot :-)
As you can see from the schedule, there was hiit workouts, yoga, sleep yoga, meditations, hill climbs, running and exploration. All available to you, if you wanted to or not. You had time to chill out in the hot tub, the sauna, or in bed, reading. You chose to partake in anything you wished. I have to admit, it's the most exercise I've ever done!! Feeling great for it though. Cha's hiit workouts don't leave you feeling that it was horrendous like most classes I attend. I was definitely sweaty though. If you wanted you could have a massage by the most lovely girls who work at Hampden Sports Clinic. Just what you need after a tough hill climb which was HARD but a great laugh.
I must mention the food. Cha's husband, brother and sister in law were a superb catering team who provided choice of chicken, fish or vegetarian dishes, well balanced and healthy. For every meal we had selection, delights and great recipes. They have started their own business and you should check them out Fuel Kitchen Scotland.
The most amazing thing about this weekend were the people I met. All normal and inspirational in their own way. We weren't all vegan loving yogis. We were real people, with real jobs, with real trauma and stress, babies, super careers, super athletes, jewellery designers, wives, mothers, cyclists, teachers, calligraphists, wedding planners, supply chain managers, physios, accountants, ski instructors, rugby players, lawyers...and little ol me. It was amazing. The people were amazing. Coach Cha was amazing and I'm now well signed up to her programme as I can fit it into my world.
INSPIRED, reset and renewed. One weekend, one great bunch of people with a cleverly thought out, well balanced programme of fitness and health. I highly recommend. Get in touch with Cha at Dynamique Fitness here for the retreat details for September.