Australia’s Finest Health and Detox Retreat

Set amongst 145 acres of lush green hills, valleys and pristine countryside in the UNESCO listed Noosa Biosphere Reserve, Living Valley Health Retreat Queensland is only 30 minutes from Noosa, but a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life.

The natural beauty, the feeling of safety, the flora, the views, the kangaroos and other wildlife at Living Valley makes this a truly unique Australian health retreat experience.

How do I get to Living Valley Health Retreat Queensland?

History and Purpose

The Living Valley team includes therapists, naturopaths, carers and administrators all dedicated to providing you with a high level of genuine care and the best opportunity to heal, using the most effective therapies, information and clinical advice available. Living Valley Health Retreat Queensland is more than just a relaxation retreat; it is an “experience” created by a  team of professional carers who exist to improve your life. 

The basis of the Living Valley Health Retreat Queensland Program  was developed by Master Herbalist, Dr Al Wolfsen in the 1940s in the USA. In 1986 Dr Wolfsen conducted a training course in Australia for selected therapists who had demonstrated an interest in establishing genuine health retreats in this country. After learning the Wolfsen program in 1988, naturopaths  Gary Martin and Les Shaw, with their families, established a small health retreat in Northern NSW, known as the Border Ranges Centre for Health and Lifestyle.

For two years they tried and tested the Dr Wolfsen cleanse protocol, achieving remarkable results for patients who shared their stories far and wide. During the late 1980’s, Gary and Les were  invited to conduct lifestyle seminars throughout Australia, then in 1990 they moved the retreat to Kin Kin, establishing Living Valley Health Retreat Queensland. Les retired in 1993. By 2007, staff numbers had increased to over 50 personnel while guest numbers soared to over 5000 guest nights per year.  By January 2020, the Living Valley team had accommodated and attended to the needs of over 15,000 guests.

Gary’s daughter, Giselle, was appointed Managing Director and CEO in November 2016. Gary works alongside Giselle to ensure that all guests receive optimum care. With over 25 years’ experience in natural health and healing, Giselle now directs the entire operation. She was head cook from 1995 to 2000. Since then she has worked in every department. Backed by her team of over 40 dedicated personnel, Giselle is an enthusiastic health reformer and educator. She has 3 children and strives to apply all her experience and skills for the benefit of our guests. Giselle developed a number of unique natural therapy techniques including the life changing “Aroma Transformation” treatment, using 35 quality essential oils, now the most popular extra in our portfolio.

Retreat founders, Gary & Debbie Martin and Les & Kaye Shaw


During your first day (Sunday) you will have the opportunity to unwind and get acquainted with the program. After a delicious lunch, you will enjoy a traditional Russian steam bath and maybe a swim in the pool. In the afternoon you will receive your own personal treatment roster, and all your treatments and activities will be explained in detail.

Your Personal Consultation

On Monday you will advance your personal journey to optimal health with a naturopathic consultation designed to ensure that your time at Living Valley Health Retreat Queensland is tailored to your specific needs. This will involve an assessment of your current lifestyle and state of health – including Live Blood Screening, and a Vitality, Longevity and Healthy Ageing assessment of body fat and muscle mass ratios and cellular fluid balance. Our naturopaths have a combined experience of over 50 years.

The Detox Process

Your body is designed to win, if you provide the right conditions. During the first two days you will enjoy amazing organic* meals. Then you will be coached through an effective three day cleanse and detox process using protein drinks, vegetable juices and broths. Body toxins will be mobilised, then eliminated during daily steam baths and treatments. Every organ of your body will be refreshed and the results that follow will surprise you!

Each Day Gets Better

Every morning you will awake feeling more energised and revived. Nightly health lectures will provide invaluable, practical information, helping you to focus on self-care, lifestyle and longevity. You will discover what “quality of life” really means.

Guests staying 14 days and longer will  attend a mid-program review with one of our naturopaths. You will have an opportunity to adjust your detox program and learn all about your own cellular health.

The Food – Organic*, Tasty and Nutritious

After the three day cleanse you will enjoy eating at its best. If you are doing the Pure DetoxTotal Transformation or Absolute you will repeat many of the aspects of the first week, with delicate variations that may be recommended by your personal on-site naturopath. Whichever program you decide to do, you will mobilise and eliminate deep fat-soluble toxins. You will also attend a cooking class, and learn some great recipes, hints and tips from our kitchen team of chefs.

Specific dietary needs and preferences are cheerfully catered for including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, keto, paleo and any particular food intolerances.

*We’re passionate about organic food and source it from our network of suppliers and growers. If unavailable, we do our best to source chemical and pesticide free produce.

The Ultimate Detox

Like cars our bodies fail to give optimum performance when they are not properly tuned. At Living Valley Health Retreat Queensland, an effective and personal tune-up is accomplished for many people in seven days. A longer and more intense program may be best for you. The Pure DetoxTotal Transformation and Absolute are very popular and powerfully healing. Every day you may enjoy multiple steam baths, bush-walks, the fully equipped gym, the pool, personal treatments, stretching classes, naturopathy, lectures, fitness training (optional), psychology (optional), laughing, socialising, growing, etc. You will be invited to participate in an optional climb up nearby Mount Cooroora or a Sunrise walk at Noosa National Park (we generally alternate every other week) on Saturday mornings. Most of all, you will experience real healing, while learning how to enjoy life to the full!

Personal Extras

A full treatment regime is included in your detox program. However, extra treatments can be added. Life Coaching with one of our qualified Clinical Psychologists and Personal Fitness Training are also available and strongly recommended to complement your transformation process.

The Graduation from Living Valley Health Retreat Queensland

During your final consultation a lifestyle plan will be created just for you, tailored to your everyday life. Along with your personalised lifestyle plan guide, you will be given important health information to support you for the rest of your journey.

Your time at Living Valley Health Retreat Queensland is your opportunity to take a break, regain control of your health and make a fresh start. You will experience an amazing level of care from a team with a total combined service at this retreat of over 300 years.

“What a treat! The cleanse that I did is a genuine value for money break that changed my life. Nothing was too much trouble and all aspects of life were addressed – physical, emotional and spiritual, in a holistic way by professional and caring staff. I would recommend this to anyone.” – Kerrie Turon

Take the first steps today and contact us now!

Call Living Valley Health Retreat Queensland now on 1800 644 733

International enquires please call +61 7 5485 4344