BEYOND T R A NSF O R M AT IO N Spa expert Susie Ellis reflects on her dramatic changes at Vana – and why a good internet connection plays an important role
tressed. Not sleeping well. Carrying a few extra pounds after the holidays and feeling bloated. I craved an experience that would change my health and life for the better. I’m not alone in this thinking. The growing popularity of ‘transformational travel’ has been highlighted by the Global Wellness Summit research team in its annual forecast. In its 2018 Global Wellness Trends Report, the authors describe transformational travel as connected experiences – rather than disconnected programming – that challenges people on a deeply personal level. While it’s wonderful to enjoy a massage, hike up a mountain, eat a healthy meal or make new friends at a retreat, today people are looking for more – including me.
To describe my experience at Vana as “astonishing” is not something I do casually Astonishing experience After working in the wellness industry for four decades, visiting more than 1,000 locations around the world designed to help people renew body, mind and spirit, this January, I experienced transformative wellness at Vana, the destination spa retreat created by visionary Veer Singh in north, India. To describe my experience as “astonishing” is not something I do casually. I’ve been to many places – destination retreats and spas in particular – where I had a transformative experience and was a different person when I left than when I came. But I think of my experience at Vana as ‘beyond transformation’ because the dramatic changes lasted. As I sit typing this article, it’s been two months since I returned and the unique inner feeling of stillness and confidence I discovered is still with me. I’m still drinking warm water before meals. I don’t have a desire for coffee or alcohol and I’m limiting my focused work to shorter time frames. I no longer go to bed with my iPhone next to my pillow, nor look at it first
Talks and cuisine lessons are some of the many elements included in a Vana programme
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