Highwood Health Retreat

Victoria, Australia

Highwood Health Retreat is dedicated to restoring and maintaining your health through natural treatments in the Warburton Sanitarium tradition

Testimonials 9

  • Pablo Australia

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    Highwood Health Retreat was an eye-opening experience for me. I was feeling low and down. I felt tired and needed a break. I thought “juicing” meant snacks between meals, not a detox. But I really needed a detox. I feel so good now.

    I appreciated the treatments very much. My arthritis in my knees is much better now. The staff taught me how to use poultices to get the toxins out of my joints. I learned many other things I can do at home to stay healthy. It was a very practical program. I learned a lot at the cooking classes. That’s the first thing I will introduce at home. And the food was so colorful and tasty. It is mouth-watering. At Highwood, I could disconnect from my normal life. I appreciated that. Highwood Health Retreat is down to earth, helpful, and you’ll make good friends.

  • Cassie Australia

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    A beautiful place to heal, relax and get close to nature. Amazing caring genuine staff. Amazing super healthy healing foods. If you get a chance you should go. You won’t regret it!

  • Kerryn Australia

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    I was in a really dark place when I arrived for my week at Highwood and I honestly didn’t think there was a way out for me. I felt as though I was going to be drowning in my negativity for the rest of my life! But after spending time in such beautiful surroundings, with amazingly caring people I started to see some light and hope.

    I learnt so much at Highwood and the information I take with me every day from my time there is invaluable. When I went to Highwood I thought I needed mental healing but I left with so much more. I gained not only mental, but physical and spiritual as well. I didn’t want to leave by the end of my stay!

    Thank you to everyone who made my stay what it was and for helping me to get my life back on track!

  • Bronwyn Australia

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    Bronwyn came to Highwood after a long and difficult family problem with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), chronic fatigue and adrenal burnout. “I lived on sugar and tea,” she said. “I was depressed, not motivated, fatigued, and I had no energy.”

    Bronwyn’s son Daniel, who came to Highwood with her, was also dealing with physical problems and pain, partly from eating a junk food diet. He had difficulty walking without pain. Daniel had been to all manner of pedios and specialists, but still no progress. He couldn’t cope.

    “It was hard the first few mornings,” Bronwyn said. “But Highwood has been life transforming. It’s like a dream come true!” Bronwyn and Daniel loved the food and treatments. Daniel is without pain and can walk easily like any boy should. Bronwyn now has hope. “My heart was touched,” she says, by the care of the staff for us. It gave her a new start.

  • Pauline Australia

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    Pauline came to Highwood to quit smoking. The detox program helped her get over her cravings quickly. “The first five days, I had cravings,” she said, “but not since then.” Pauline really enjoyed the personable staff. “The staff make this place very caring and accepting,” she said.

    “It’s never going to work,” I thought to myself when I arrived at Highwood,” Pauline said. “But now I know it works. I hope I can get it to work for me at home in Adelaide.” Pauline’s assessment of Highwood: “They don’t know it, but they’ve got it right!”

  • Carol Australia

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    I wanted to lose weight,” said Carol, “but I got so much more than that.” Carol especially liked the group learning. The health lectures, the depression recovery videos, the plant-based meals, and therapies reminded Carol to reflect on all areas of her lifestyle and check how she was operating in each of them.

    “The walks have been the best for me,” she said. “I lost four kilos in 10 days.” Carol has a new glow to her countenance. “Go to Highwood with an open mind,” she says. “Let your mind be ready to learn a lot!

  • Jason Australia

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    Jason struggled with auto-immune bowel and liver diseases. When he came to Highwood Jason’s condition was not pleasant at all. But the change in lifestyle helped him greatly to minimize and manage his health problems. The hydrotherapy and massage helped to restore circulation and strengthened his immune defenses. He had saunas too. Walking around the beautiful campus of Highwood gently helped to rebuild his system. “I loved the walks, the food and the therapies,” he said. “Highwood is so relaxing and tranquil. It’s just what I needed.” Making the important changes in his life gave Jason hope that he can recover his health. “I just need to practice these things at home,” he says. “I never realized how good vegan food can taste. It was very good!” he added.

  • John Australia

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    I have been depressed for 10 months and I needed some sort of kick start to healing. I found it at Highwood Health Retreat at Narbethong, 87km north east of Melbourne. I am not sure what did it, the vegan diet, the massages, the bush walks, the mud-pack, the steam sauna, the staff who were truly interested in me, or the tranquility, whatever it was, it worked! I wonder if it is to do with Socrates “The examined life.

  • Wendy Hill Australia

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    I attended Highwood Health Retreat in April 2011 after sinking to an all-time low in my life – rheumatoid arthritis for 30 years, many bouts of depression, psychiatrist visits, marriage issues, family issues. My GP suggested I go on antidepressants and go back to the psychiatrist. My rheumatologist wanted me to start a third drug. Given those three choices I decided to take a fourth option and do something I had wanted to do for 25 years – attend a health retreat. A friend recommended Highwood. I stayed at Highwood for some of the best days of my life – 19 in all. I look back on them as a major turning point for the better.”

    “My experience was complete – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The environment was restful and peaceful. The atmosphere was very warm and friendly – comfortable sleeping rooms, mountain fresh air, sunshine, exercise, delicious vegan food (I had eaten everything and anything beforehand), water therapies, medical support, lectures and cooking classes. The staff were incredibly kind and supportive with great listening ears. They were accepting of me for who I was. I found the spiritual teachings were sensitive, not pushy, respecting my viewpoint. I loved this opportunity to totally relax and have absolutely everything done for me. All I had to do was allow the healing process to begin.”

    “Two years on I have continued their health teachings, am 14 kilos lighter, have stopped one of the R.A. drugs and started phasing out the second one. Just a couple of weeks ago I fitted into my wedding dress of 38 years ago! And I’ve got photos to prove it. Highwood changed my life and I’m a new person. I find every excuse I can to come back and visit or stay at Highwood.

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