Lifestyle Medicine Retreat

Join Dr Raya Grishina-Gunn (FRACGP, MBBS) and other health professionals for a weekend to explore conventional, lifestyle, nutritional and environmental medicine practices to promote health and prevent disease.


Next retreat dates:  2022 due to COVID

Health is not just about the absence of illness but a life full of vitality, energy, confidence and beauty on the inside and out…

Lifestyle Medicine focuses on educating and motivating patients to change personal habits and behaviours around the use of a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connections.

About the retreat

Take some time out for you.  You will gain insight into nutrition and good health, learn tools to unwind from your busy lifestyle, use relaxation techniques and feel the value in connecting with nature.   Our health professionals will share their knowledge about how they have used a combination of conventional and lifestyle, nutritional and environmental medicine to achieve health outcomes and to treat and reverse disease for their patients. 

The retreats are usually run over 2-3 day weekend at a secluded retreat location.  What is included: 

  • 2 or 3 nights’ accommodation in a luxury cabin/villa
  • All gourmet whole plant-based meals & snacks
  • Informative workshops on how to lead a healthy lifestyle by Dr Raya Grishina-Gunn (GP), Nicole Saliba (Dietician & Nutritionist) and Rhiannon Walton (Psychologist)
  • Mindfulness, yoga, pilates, cooking and other classes
  • Massage or meditation
  • Music and dancing
  • Horse riding, golf, Segway and many other fun activities

Expressions of interest

We have limited spaces, as each Retreat is intimate and normally sells out quite fast.

If you would like to register your interest for the next Retreat, please email:

What is lifestyle medicine?

Lifestyle Medicine is transforming the way we manage, treat and prevent chronic conditions by addressing behavioural, social and environmental drivers; the modifiable aspects of the whole person (physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual), health behaviours, environment, and other circumstances. This is underpinned by an enhancement of self-empowerment and self-efficacy to manage and improve our own health.

Lifestyle Medicine is also often described in terms of its ‘6 Pillars’: diet/nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation/alcohol harm reduction, sleep, stress, and of course social connection. 

In practical terms, Lifestyle Medicine bridges the gap between health promotion and clinical practice. It involves clinicians, public health professionals, healthcare executives, researchers, scientists and educators working together to prevent, manage and treat conditions that result from:

  • Poor diet or nutrition
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol overconsumption
  • Chronic stress and anxiety
  • Poor or inadequate sleep
  • Lack of connection to family, friends, community
  • Social isolation
  • Loss of culture and identity
  • Health inequity
  • Social injustice
  • And many more influences of society and environment
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