Spring Wellness Workshop

On St Kilda Rd, a short walk from the Westin hotel. Wearing The A.M tights and bomber jacket.

On St Kilda Rd, a short walk from the Westin hotel. Wearing The A.M tights and bomber jacket.

Recently, I was lucky enough to spend a weekend at the Westin hotel in Melbourne for the Spring Wellness Workshop, hosted by two of my gorgeous friends: Sarah Holloway (Co-Founder of Matcha Maiden) and Sally O'Neil (Founder of The Fit Foodie and Fit Mixes).

After a pretty crazy few months, I was in need of a bit of R&R. The weekend involved a full day of well-being wonderment followed by an overnight stay in the Westin's beautiful rooms. It was so nice to take a day (and night) away from the daily grind to recharge and make some new friends!

Yoga with Masha from Happy Melon Studios.

Yoga with Masha from Happy Melon Studios.

After arriving at the Westin and checking into my luxe room, we were treated to a selection of on-point protein balls, fresh juices (and a much needed coffee for me!). 

Then we headed off to our first fitness activity: a restorative yoga class with Masha from Happy Melon Studios. I'm such a big fan of yoga, particularly restorative yoga, because you get to hold the poses for a longer period of time so it really stretches you out. Our second fitness activity was an energetic HIIT class with Simon (also from Happy Melon Studios), incorporating body weight exercises, which got us fired up for lunch!

Lunch included a beautiful selection of healthy options - my top picks were the Vietnamese rice paper rolls, the baked sweet potatoes and the mini pink burgers!

Mini pink burgers on the lunch menu!

Mini pink burgers on the lunch menu!

Then we settled in for an afternoon of inspirational workshops with Sarah, Sally and special guest Rachael Finch (health coach and model - who is also so down to earth!). A theme that emerged from all three ladies was the importance of being kind to ourselves and finding balance. There's no need to be extreme when it comes to food and fitness. Listen to your body. Rest when you're tired. Have time away from technology daily. Enjoy being in the present moment.

Keep things simple, flexible and balanced.

We finished with a meditation guided by Sally, which I personally found really moving. She prompted us to imagine we were very old and think about what we would look back on and really appreciate. (Hint: it probably won't be the fact that you finally got abs). What is truly important to you in life? What do you value deep down? For me, it's happiness; experiences; memories with the people I love. It really put things into perspective. 

Listening to words of wisdom from beautiful speakers Rachael, Sally and Sarah.

Listening to words of wisdom from beautiful speakers Rachael, Sally and Sarah.

In the evening, we wrapped things up with a three-course superfoods dinner at the Westin restaurant and then a restful night in what I deem to be 'The Most Comfortable Bed in the World'. Soft yet supportive. Enormous. Fresh white sheets. Variety of pillows. Heaven. (I actually wanted to buy the mattress for home, but after finding out how much they cost, I might have to save up a bit).

What a weekend. I left feeling refreshed, relaxed, inspired and focused.

Huge thanks to Sarah, Sally and the team at the Westin for having me!