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Men’s health is in the spotlight with International Men’s Health week taking place from Monday 10 June to Sunday 16 June, and while there’s no doubt we need to prioritise talking about men’s physical and mental health, it can be difficult to know how to take meaningful action to support men’s wellbeing – or where to start.

In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, men’s wellness retreats have emerged as essential sanctuaries for holistic well-being. These retreats offer men a unique opportunity to step away from their daily routines and immerse themselves in environments designed to nurture their mental, physical, and emotional health. By providing a supportive space for stress relief, personal growth, and community building, men’s wellness retreats address critical aspects of well-being often overlooked in traditional settings.

Recent data from the Australian Institute of Families Studies shows up to 25% of men experience a diagnosed mental health disorder in their lifetime, and 15% experienced a disorder in any 12-month period. Wellness Retreats encourage open discussions about mental health, and promote a balanced, healthy lifestyle. As the importance of self-care becomes increasingly recognised, men’s wellness retreats stand out as vital tools for fostering overall health and resilience, explore personal growth, find purpose and prioritise self-care.

Elysia Wellness Retreat nestled in the heart of the Hunter Valley offers a raft of escape options, seminars, activities and inspiring guest speakers dedicated to improving everything from anxiety and anger management to stress, sleep and physical health.

“Historically, wellness retreats have been seen as the domain of girls’ groups or mother and daughter weekends focused on spa treatments and yoga classes, but true wellness goes so much deeper,” said said Elysia Wellness Retreat’s Retreat Manager, Melissa Ingram. “It’s pleasing to see an increasing number of men prioritising their wellbeing – and recognising the need to take a break and focus on self-care – whether via a short-stay reset or an immersive full week retreat, and it’s a trend which I believe will, and should, continue.”

Options include:

About men, for men, with men seminar – various dates

This seminar openly presents information on key topics surrounding men’s health and wellbeing. With open forum discussion about health-related issues confronting you and contemplating what lies ahead. You will leave this seminar more informed and aware of your body, as well as better equipped with practical strategies to take control of your health.

Your nervous system and emotions: the deeper link – 27 July

Join wellness chiropractor and health and mindset coach Dr Jimmy Fay to unlock your understanding of the nervous system to better recognise and manage your emotions.

Talking enjoyment seriously: the key to sustainable active living – 6 July

Healthy ageing and performance psychologist Gordon Spence will shares his insights on reconnecting with physical activity in mid-life to promote healthier ageing.

Stress, Perfectionism, Imposter Syndrome and other anxiety conditions – 29 June

Author, clinical psychologist and mental health researcher, Dr Michael Player delves into a raft of common anxiety conditions and shares proven coping strategies.

Productivity Ninja – 15 June

Professional facilitator and owner of Think Productive Australia will share practical tools to introduce positive lifestyle changes and make new habits sustainable in this inspiring session.

Beyond dates with specialist guest speakers, men are welcome to join any of Elysia Wellness Retreat’s diverse all-inclusive packages or personally tailored programs throughout the year, which range from two-night stays through to comprehensive week-long escapes, all designed to deliver a mind and body re-set, motivate change, and give participants the tools they need to achieve long-lasting results long beyond their stay.

Guests will enjoy complimentary nutritious cuisine throughout the retreat, as well as the use of extensive facilities including tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, and a fully equipped gymnasium. Guests can choose to participate in high or low-impact physical activities, from boxing and volleyball to sunrise tai chi and bushwalks and access a raft of spa and wellness treatments (at an additional cost). These range from facials, massage, and reflexology through to one-on-one nutrition coaching, personal training, yoga classes, physiotherapy, meditation and sound healing, or resilience coaching.