Platinum Healing Inner Child Healing retreat review | detox retreats, Sussex, UK
Emotional healing retreat with a juice fast in the countryside
Platinum Healing host a number of different retreats in Sussex and Lincolnshire which all centre around a juice detox programme. We tried an Inner Child Healing Retreat at a comfortable self catering property in Sussex. All the retreats are created by talented clinical hypnotherapist, yoga teacher, NLP practitioner and life coach Kate Tyler, who hand picks naturopaths, nutritionists and medical herbalists to run a range of retreats throughout the year. Each features a juice detox, and there are additional therapies and workshops according to a theme. Retreats are date-specific, so check ahead.
Who it’s best for: Health conscious individuals who want to clear the system and resolve issues such as addiction, anxiety, depression or self-doubt. The retreats take 8-14 guests of all ages and backgrounds, and include stressed-out professionals, people recovering from illness, addictions or emotional problems, or just people looking for a break from everyday stresses or to try something new. There are more women than men, but men are made to feel welcome.
What you can do: Like all Platinum Healing retreats, this one has a comprehensive juice detox programme at its heart, with most supplements, herbs, cleansing formulas, daily yoga, meditation, workshops and educational talks included. You then get extra therapies and sessions depending on the retreat – our Inner Child Healing retreat included two private sessions which aim to unearth and resolve childhood wounds that might show up in many negative ways such addiction, anxiety, depression or self-doubt. On each retreat lots of therapies are available, from naturopathy and acupuncture to Thai yoga massage and Indian head.
How was it for us: – read our reviewer’s personal experience of an Inner Child Healing Retreat.
Where you stay: The base is three converted barns in the countryside near the old castle town of Arundel and a short drive from the beach. Three large attractive barns house a lounge, open plan kitchen and dining area, a quiet contemplation lounge and 10 bedrooms. Communal spaces are furnished with fabric sofas, a huge original open fireplace and inoffensive furniture.
The yoga studio is small but lovely with views onto a large courtyard and invigorating lime green yoga mats. There’s a small, warm treatment room and a heated indoor swimming pool too – clean and functional, it’s a decent size for a proper swim.
Bedrooms range from standard twin sharing, deluxe twin sharing (with two king beds), a single room with a shared bathroom, a single en suite and a super deluxe king en suite. On our visit rooms were modern, clean, light and airy, decorated in inoffensive neutrals, greys, beiges and browns with comfy beds – peaceful and relaxing, although not particularly inspiring. Most of the bathrooms are modern, although one was bit more ‘gold taps’ than the others. Be sure to book well ahead to secure a single room if you’re alone.
People watch: Kate hand-picks naturopaths, nutritionists and medical herbalists to run the retreats, who are then supported by a friendly team which includes members of Kate’s family (such as her Mum, who looked more like Kate’s sister and was a walking advert for the power of health) as well as yoga teachers and visiting therapists. On our visit, Sasha was a very good massage therapist who helped us through our detox.
Food watch: Each retreat pivots around a detox programme, on which you’ll be served three fresh mainly organic, juices each day using green, root and other alkalizing fruits and vegetables with a spoonful of psyllium husk to keep your system moving. You’ll also get a shot of milk thistle to help support the liver, a shot of wheatgrass or aloe vera, a cup of hot water and cider vinegar to help with cleansing, and as much water and herbal tea as you can drink. In the evening a mug of vegetable broth serves as supper. On the last evening you’ll break the fast with a plate of fresh vegetables. At the end of the retreat you’ll be given probiotics to help your gut cope with the changes.
What’s queenly: The retreat centres on a detox, so you’re clearing body, mind and emotions all at once. There is wifi for retreat-goers who need to keep in touch, although it’s really not encouraged and there is the option to give loved ones the retreat emergency phone number, freeing you to turn off all phones and ipads and enjoy the calm that comes with a digital detox too.
What’s lowly: Kate no longer works on her retreats, but she does hand-pick her team. Our detox retreat could have done with a bit more supportive group activity, though since our visit they’ve introduced an Emotional Wellbeing Manager who offers emotional wellbeing check ins if required during the retreat to ensure you’re doing ok.
Insider tip: Be sure to spend time outside, where you’ll find acres of well-tended gardens and a meditation maze. Ramble through woodlands and fields, or head towards the huge castle you can see in the distance (be warned though, if you’re on a detox many will find Arundel’s many cafés too much temptation and prefer to stay close to base).
Getting there: The nearest station is Arundel, a 5 minute taxi ride from the venue, with direct links from London, Portsmouth and Gatwick Airport (which is just 20 minutes away).
Sister retreats: Platinum Healing run a range of wellbeing retreats on rolling dates in both Sussex and Lincolnshire which all have a comprehensive juice detox programme at their heart. We have also tried the Platinum Healing Yoga Detox retreat in Lincolnshire. Other retreats include: Self Healing Retreat; Weight Loss and Fitness Retreat; Stop Smoking Retreat; Fertility Retreat; Menopause Retreat; Men’s Health Retreat; Couples Retreat; Bridal Detox Retreat.
Reviewed by Louisa Carter
© Queen of Retreats