Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Growing Green at Gwinganna

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Growing Green at Gwinganna

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IT'S not often a health retreat can take the credit for a crop of lush lettuce leaves and other delicious home grown vegies, but in this case the Gold Coast's Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is entirely responsible, writes Adrienne Costin.

RESIDENT gardener Shelley Pryor's expansive knowledge of gardening is the reason my lettuces keep on producing leaves and the carrots grow rather than just produce mountains of green foliage and no actual orange vegetable.

Shelley shares her knowledge with guests at Gwinganna's Organic Living Weekends, one of the many and varied workshops available at this stunning mountain top retreat.

Gwinganna is one of those places which needs to be experienced to really understand how special it is.

The drive in is through picturesque Tallebudgera Valley, a right turn off the busy motorway, but the experience truly begins when the car rolls to a stop at the locked gate. Press the intercom and the gate swings open to reveal a steep driveway leading to another world!

Old and new buildings combine in this sprawling property - from the stately old cricket stand which once stood at 'The Gabba' in Brisbane to the state-of-the-art Spa Sanctuary where the healing hands of therapists await and the accommodation, available in two heritage houses, superior suites contained within buildings constructed from reclaimed timbers and the new Gwinganna Villas.

And while the spa is the hub for pampering, the building which houses the dining room is the heart of Gwinganna, the place you gather before workshops, for morning and afternoon tea and meals.

Mornings at Gwinganna start early with half an hour of Qi Gong (a type of tai chi) followed by a walking or water activity until breakfast where you confirm your 'Dreamtime' activities - the afternoon session during which guests enjoy their wellness therapies, rest with a book or relax in the sauna and steam room. …

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