Relax, Reflect and Reset

Relax, Reflect and Reset

by Intan Abu Daniel

For many of us, life gets in the way of a healthy lifestyle. Long days at the office, multiple errands, duties and tasks in a day take our focus away from more important matters, like our health. While many of us tend to see weekend getaways as a chance to rest and relax, it’s also a time to hit pause on our hectic lives and press the reset button. And what better way to reset the body and mind than by surrounding yourself with the peaceful sounds of a tropical rainforest and meditating to the view of the rising sun?

During the last weekend of March, a group of ladies and one gentleman boarded a boat and travelled down the winding mangrove-lined waterways to Temburong district, and hopped onto longboats that took them to the rainforest of Temburong to take part in “Reflections in the Rainforest” – the first yoga retreat ever held in Brunei.

Organised by Hip and Healthy, the two-day retreat held at the Sumbiling Eco Village which is nestled in the heart of Temburong’s virgin rainforest, comprised a programme designed to detoxify, rejuvenate and heal the connection between body, mind and soul amidst nature’s green surroundings. Besides meditation and yoga sessions by renowned yogi instructors Nora (Danura Yoga) and Amani (Yoga with Amani) in the open air, there was also a walk to forage for wild vegetables, river tubing, river rafting, a swim in the river and a workshop making nature mandalas (the making of patterns using real flowers). Delicious and nutritious meals specially prepared by the Hip and Healthy team were also served throughout the weekend.

Founder of Hip and Healthy, Anna Aziz commented, “I have been wanting to host a yoga retreat for a while and promote Brunei as a wellness destination. Rather than jetting off to Bali or India or anywhere else, Brunei is an ideal location.” The first retreat was a success, and now Anna plans to organise more wellness retreats in Brunei before the end of the year, and she hopes to highlight other places in the country, such as the Tutong district, as a wellness destination in the future.

Interested in joining the next wellness retreat? Follow Hip and Healthy on Facebook (Hip and Healthy), Instagram (@hip_and_healthy) or check out their website for more details.

Images by Hip and Healthy

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