About High Country Haven

The wellness industry is booming, with an estimated value of $6 trillion (AUD) worldwide. In the developed world, we are focusing on personal wellbeing more than ever before. From wellness coaches, nutritionists, yoga and new age therapies and everything in between, we have a lot of different avenues to choose from.

But it’s difficult to know where to turn with so many options, to know who to trust and to know that the information you are getting is actually going to work for you and work for the long-term. And it can be all too tempting to opt for the quick-fix promises of influencers.

At High Country Haven, we put the focus on a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. We believe it is important to look after all aspects of your health – the physical, mental and emotional – to achieve a balanced lifestyle. This approach is backed by our professional team who have worked in their fields for years.

On all our retreats we have at least one accredited nutritionist, yoga and exercise instructor as well as psychologists in specialist fields such as art and music therapy, to give you access to this expertise. Our focus is on improving your life and preventing health and lifestyle issues before they arise. Many people think that because they are relatively healthy right now, that they don’t think they need this specialist help and only turn to these therapies when they already have an issue. But through High Country Haven’s retreats, you can build healthy lifestyle habits, mental resilience and grow a toolkit of techniques to help maintain your physical and mental wellbeing. This helps you get through the rough times and can help to avoid stress and burnout.

This is what we are all about at High Country Haven. Read more below about our founder, our retreats and how we can help you achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle – and a happier life!

About the Founder

Rachel Meadows High Country Haven Founder
Rachel Meadows is a Psychologist and is the founder of High Country Haven. In her private practice M-Ocean Psychology in Victoria’s Mansfield, she uses Emotion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness as her mains modes of treatment. Rachel has a particular interest in wellbeing and holistic approaches to prevent mental illness and maintain good health.

The impact she has seen psychology have on her clients drives her to bring this knowledge to a wider audience through wellbeing retreats. She started High Country Haven retreats in answer to a need she saw in the community for expert, sound advice on wellness and to enable Australians to take control of their physical and emotional well being in a proactive way.

Rachel works with her golden labrador, Caramello who also joins High Country Haven retreats. Caramello is a trained and accredited therapy dog with experience working in GP clinics, hospitals, private practice and with youth mental health foundation, Headspace.

About Our Retreats and How They Can Help You

A Holistic view to wellness

Our wellness retreats run for 2-3 days and are based in a variety of picturesque locations around Victoria, Australia. We focus on personal development through a holistic approach to physical, mental and emotional health, rather than focusing on one specific aspect of wellbeing. The result of this is to give you ways to look after yourself in an achievable and sustainable way, not as a quick-fix that you may only be able to sustain for a few weeks or months. We like to say that the retreat itself may only last a few days, but they’ll give you the tools to wellbeing for months and years to come!

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What you’ll get out of it
Our retreats are all about three things: Reflect, Refresh and Rejuvenate.

  • Reflect: Take time out of our busy lives to reflect on our lives, get some fresh perspective and focus on some goals you want to achieve
  • Refresh: Breathe in the refreshing mountain air, have a relaxing massage, learn new skills to help improve your wellbeing
  • Rejuvenate: Arm yourself with the tools and practices to bring back to your daily life, kick-start your lifestyle and feel ready to tackle anything it throws your way!

With these three guiding objectives, we teach you practical tools and techniques that you can take home and implement in your daily life that will help you cope with stress and the regular ups and downs of life. At the beginning of the retreat, you will set goals that you will focus on across the retreat and you will leave with a personal lifestyle plan to take what you have learnt and implement it in your daily life.

After our retreats, you will hopefully feel relaxed, reinvigorated and ready to tackle any challenges head-on. You will be re-energised and have a fresh perspective to help you enact the lifestyle changes.

Our workshops

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The workshops and activities are all focused on helping you to conquer some of the most common health and wellbeing challenges that people face. They’re intended to help improve your mood and build resilience. Workshops on offer include yoga, exercise, nutrition, how to get better sleep, mindfulness, connecting with others, art therapy, music therapy and more!

We offer massages on our retreats and you can also opt-in to one-to-one psychology sessions with Rachel Meadows for an additional cost. Our workshops may vary slightly on each retreat we run, so check the schedule of the retreat for the list of workshops on offer.

The ones you choose are up to you and you don’t have to attend every workshop. Feel free to opt out of ones that aren’t of interest and take some time for yourself (just make sure that when you sign up you let us know which ones you are interested in so we can accommodate your selection as best as possible).

How to get the most out of it
If you attend one of our retreats you will have access to experts in their field that can help you with the core areas of physical and mental wellbeing that can help you improve your life and your lifestyle.

But it’s not all yoga and relaxation massages (though there is a bit of that too!). You need to put in the work. Our retreats require an open mind, willingness to learn and sometimes to confront the difficult parts of yourself and your current lifestyle and behaviours in order to get the most out of the workshops. The more you commit to the process, the more you will gain from the retreat.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to our retreat pages to find out more about our next retreat and how to sign up. We look forward to meeting you on a retreat soon!

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