Our Sober Waters Retreat is unique in the fact that it was born out of a desire to give those of us in abstinence or those who simply want an alcohol free break in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
It is well documented that Yoga & Meditation have many physical & mental benefits and include – but not limited to the following:
Lowering blood pressure.
Increased muscle strength and tone.
Improved respiration, energy and vitality.
Maintaining a balanced metabolism.
Cardio and circulatory health.
Improves athletic performance.
Protection from injury.
Induces mental clarity and calmness.
Increases body awareness.
Relieves chronic stress patterns.
Relaxes the mind and sharpens concentration.
However for some and particularly for those who are in recovery this may not be enough. On our Sober Waters Retreats we create an atmosphere that is both welcoming & friendly.
Firstly, we base our retreats around running water, whereby we harness the power of the ocean. We call this Ocean Therapy, which is in fact, based on scientifically proven research carried out over a number of years.
Researchers have found one of the major producers of negative ions is in fact splashing water. Therefore our retreat already has its your very own negative ion generator – the bow wave on our yacht.
Research has found that the ocean typically has 2000 negative ions and 1000 positive. The energy generated by the splashing water causes splitting of neutral particles of air, which frees electrons that attach to other air molecules causing a negative charge.
Interestingly, the normal ion count for fresh air in the country is 2,000-4,000 negative ions per cubic centimetre. Whereby at a large water fall one may find over 100,000 negative ions. On the other hand, polluted air such as in our large cities may have as few as 100 ions or even less in some cases.
These negative ions are tasteless, odourless and invisible and studies have indeed shown that they can affect how we feel. On the other hand positive ions are really the bad guys (which may sound strange) as they cause you to feel drowsy, unmotivated, and often left feeling depressed.
According to ion researchers at Columbia University negative ions reverse these feelings. They produce a biochemical reaction in the body that increases the levels of a person’s mood chemical called – Serotonin. This chemical has long been associated with inducing a reduction in depression,regulating anxiety and making a person feel much happier. Never mind the clinical trials. How much better do you feel when sailing on a boat, when its breezy, the sun is bright and the spray is flying.
Secondly, all our retreats are sober based and therefore whatever your reason for joining us, all our guests have one thing in common – a sober adventure with like minded and friendly people. From my own personal experience, having to now live in an alcohol free world or for those who simply choose to, sometimes life can be hard. Have you ever been in a room full of people, whereby you are the only person not drinking an alcoholic drink? Naturally, should you choose not to drink, then it is far easier for you. However the fact remains that as a general rule, as the evening wears on the atmosphere can change and so can the people around you. That is why our retreat is different. Can you imagine yourself being in the same room and nobody is drinking and the friendly atmosphere always stays the same!