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Pioneering Health Retreat Promises Optimal Wellbeing

Press Release from Aro Ha

27 November 2013

Pioneering Health Retreat Promises Optimal Wellbeing

For those seeking optimal health and wellbeing Aro Ha promises the ultimate elixir. The new Wellness Centre set to open in January 2014 exclusively offers fully-inclusive Wellness Adventures which are immersive detox retreats designed to encourage exceptional physical and emotional wellbeing. Unlike most health retreats, Aro Ha takes a holistic approach that requires consistent participation that will yield unparalleled results.

The blueprint has been refined over the last decade by Managing Partner Damian Chaparro. The retreats are based on the proven results from Damian’s experience at world-renowned health retreat, The Ashram California. These programs are legendary for exceptional results, celebrity clientele, and lengthy waitlists, according to Chaparro.

“We have developed Aro Ha as an innovative wellness concept to facilitate life changing and body morphing practices,” says Damian Chaparro, who created Aro Ha, a $30million purpose-built facility, with fellow American Chris Madison. “We searched the world for the best possible place to create this retreat and found it on the Wyuna Preserve near Queenstown.”

Aro Ha’s five and seven day all-inclusive Wellness Adventures are targeted at small groups working together to succeed as a team. A typical day at Aro Ha begins before 6am with sunrise Vinyasa Yoga followed by a 3-4 hour sub-alpine hike, dynamic strength training, meditation, therapeutic massage and other featured programming. Remaining time is spent with sessions in the contrast hydro spa, which includes infra-red or Finnish saunas and outdoor hot and cold pools. All elements of the wellness retreats are seamlessly integrated for a unified approach to overall wellbeing, and a team of leading international experts, both in-house and guest educators, will deliver all activities.

The daily program is supported by an organic vegetarian diet that has been specifically developed for Aro Ha. The cuisine has been created with detoxification in mind and limits guests to a maximum of 1200 calories daily. Examples of dishes served include sprouted avocado benedict with a cucumber lime juice cleanser for breakfast, and carrot tacos with living green corn chowder for dinner. Alcohol is off the menu.

“Guests will simply arrive, unplug, and experience the shift from the daily roller coaster of modern diet and lifestyle, towards the natural high that fully delivers the feeling of being ecstatically alive and centred,” says Chaparro.

The retreat complex is built to exacting standards combining leading-edge architecture and design, permaculture principles and sustainability.

Aro Ha opens on 12 January 2014 with a 7-day Delve Deep retreat. Pricing for a 5-day Enrich and Invigorate retreat starts at NZ$4550 per person and 7-day Delve Deep retreat at NZ$6250 pp, land-only, fully inclusive of all meals, and intensive programming.


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