Mental Health Retreat

A unique mental health retreat and wellness resort with packages concentrating on therapeutic activities that can make a huge difference. The retreat program is designed to get to the core, to deal with the blockages and to set you free to focus on the things that really matter. Under the direction of our Psychologists and a team of experienced naturopathic doctors and multi-skilled therapists, you will start to see life in a new light.

Mental Wellness Retreat Inclusions:
  • Personal counselling sessions with our psychologist**
    • 7-day retreat – 3 sessions
    • 14-day retreat – 5 sessions
    • 21-day retreat – 7 sessions
  • Mind resilience group sessions
  • Activities to promote mental wellness:
    • Group Psychoeducation and training sessions
    • Mindfulness training
    • Food for thought (an interactive workshop with one of our naturopaths targeting nutrition for the mind)
    • Aroma Transformation Technique
  • Personal mental health plan to take home
  • 2 personal wellness workout sessions each week with our qualified fitness trainer
  • Personal naturopathic consultations & professional care
  • Accommodation
  • Includes one colonic hydrotherapy treatment plus two other remedial treatments each week. Choose your preferred two treatments from this list:
    • Remedial massages
    • Reflexology
    • Hot stone massages
    • Gentle lymphatic drainage massages
    • Therapeutic clay wraps
    • Extra colonic hydrotherapy
    • Therapeutic facial pampers (ideal for men and women)
      Treatment choices must be advised at time of booking. Extra treatments may be booked on site subject to availability.
  • Body composition assessment using ‘Direct Segmental Multi-frequency Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis’
  • Quality meals
    • Breakfast & Lunch
    • Broths or protein shakes at night (promotes better sleep and healing)
  • Structured cleansing using detox shakes, juices and broths
  • Personal transforming lifestyle & meal plan to take home
  • Breath & Relaxation classes
  • Evening Educational Health & Lifestyle Lectures
  • Healthy Cooking Demonstrations
  • Essential Oils Workshop
  • Pilates
  • Daily Steam Baths
  • Mindful Movement Classes
  • Rise & Tone Classes
  • Stretch Classes
  • Daily steam baths
  • Group fitness classes
  • Sunrise Beach Walk Adventure*
  • Access to gym, swimming pool & kilometres of superb natural bush-walks
  • Complimentary transfers from the Brisbane & Sunshine Coast airports every Sunday

*Every Saturday morning we invite our guests to participate in an optional sunrise adventure (numbers permitting).  We return to the retreat for an 8:30 am breakfast.

**You may be eligible to receive a Medicare Rebate if you visit your GP prior to arriving at the retreat to obtain a Mental Health Care Plan (contact us for more information). A further rebate may be available for those with private health insurance ‘extras’ cover.

Our Psychology Team

Our Mental Health Practitioners have years of experience looking beyond labels of mental illness to focus on lifting each person out of the psychological barriers that may be keeping them stuck. We will work towards rediscovering what brings meaning and fulfilment to your life.

Didier Appave

Didier Appave heads up the Living Valley Psychology Department. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and Postgraduate Diploma of Psychological Studies at Western Sydney University, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Didier has experience, and a history of success, working with various presentations including anxiety and depression, adjustment difficulties, grief, relationship issues, stress management and trauma. Didier is well known for his expertise in the delivery of viable solutions.

Shannan Thomas

Shannan Thomas holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work. She has a long history of success working in the mental health sector at hospitals and in the community. Shannan has experience and expertise in providing optimal support for individuals presenting with a variety of psychological and emotional challenges such as phobias, fears and anxiety. Her specialties include mindfulness, stress management and trauma recovery. Shannan has a passion for people, to help them realize optimal mental health and happiness, in a wholistic way.

We’re only a phone call away:
1800 644 733

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Ongoing Support Options

Availability is limited. If you do wish to enroll in our full  Mental Health program, it may be possible for you to book casual mental wellness sessions during whatever program you choose, depending on availability. Casual mental wellness sessions are priced as follows:-

  • 2 Sessions  – $380
  • 3 Sessions  – $555
  • 4 Sessions – $720
  • Individual Sessions – $220

After your program, our Mental Health Practitioners may also provide ongoing support using Skype or phone consulting sessions.

Living Valley now offers

a new way to pay for programs:

From 2020, Living Valley will be affiliated with Payright to aid individuals and families who would benefit from our programs but may not have the finances immediately available to do so.
This service will allow you to break down payments for your selected retreat program into easier-to-manage fortnightly or monthly blocks with no interest over a 9 or 12 month period.

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Individual Mental Wellness Retreat Rates

Starting Every Sunday.

Room Type7 Days14 Days
Basic Plus$6,510$12,320
Double $7,140$13,580
Queen $7,980$15,260
Superior $8,330$15,960
Luxe Suite $8,820$17,220
Luxe Villa $10,360$19,880

Please Note: Living Valley Health Retreat is a Registered Public Benevolent Institution (not for profit). Rates are calculated to cover costs and are subject to change without notice.