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find time to exercise. Local chef Jed Sneddon prepares a delicious fusion of organic seafood and produce throughout our stay and we experience a private sushi-making class in which the girls enjoy choosing their own ingredients, and eating their creations for lunch. The one-on-one focus is undoubtedly a customised retreat’s biggest drawcard. We appreciate the opportunity to pepper Liam with questions, such as: What’s the best sort of bread to eat? How much sugar should we be consuming? And we discuss the benefits of consuming full-fat milk over fat-free, then organic versus non-organic. Mealtimes are a chance to expand on this and we watch Jed prepare each course and listen

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TRY IT HERE VICTORIA The Samadhi Spa and Wellness Retreat offers bespoke one-on-one wellness programs near Daylesford in Victoria. samadhiretreat.com.au

TASMANIA Split Apple Retreat offers exclusive (individual and group) wellness packages in luxurious surrounds in the Abel Tasman National Park. splitapple.com

QUEENSLAND The Beach Health Retreat offers customised retreats on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. beachhealthretreat. com.au as he outlines what he’s making, what ingredients he uses, and why. It’s not all sitting around talking about health concepts, however. After breakfast each day Liam puts

us through our paces with an energetic fitness session. These are conducted by the pool and the girls yell encouragement as they splash about in the water. Fitness sessions are broken up with beach walks, massages delivered to the calming soundtrack of the rainforest, swims in the Mossman River and outings to Mossman Gorge and Port Douglas. On our last day we all join in a relaxing yoga class. Apart from leaving with individual fitness programs (mine focusing on yoga and using the body’s own resistance; my friend’s on weights and running), we also depart confident we can incorporate what

we’ve learned into our busy lives. The fact my child now loves coconut yoghurt with berries and chia seeds for breakfast is a definite bonus. Sheridan Rhodes was a guest of The Cassowary. Kudos Escapes is running a six-night wellness retreat from 4 to 10 September (with other participants) at The Cassowary. Customised retreats are available yearround and are suitable for the whole family, but BYO nanny, carer or grandparent if bringing younger children. thecassowary.com kudosescapes.com

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