I wake up in a bed so plush – you never want to leave it. The pillows are just perfection – they comfort you like a lover. In the distance I can hear the birds chirping and the monkeys playing.
I shake off my morning haze and remember I am in Bali. No – I am in Bali heaven. Really. I ask myself, “What in the world could be better than this, Jess?” And then I think – if I have to work damn hard in my life to afford this paradise, I’ll do it. I’ll do anything to experience such goodness.
COMO Shambhala Estate is a health retreat embedded in the Bali jungle. My eyes have never seen such an intense green. I can see the monkeys playing everywhere, and they reminded me to be more playful in my own life.
There is a main pool with pure white day beds – I could lie there all day long while cleansing.
Dare I forget to tell you about the rock pools that are below the property, where you can enjoy a healthy picnic followed by a massage amongst the jungle scenery. These rock pools are straight out of a postcard. This is a place to put on your bucket list.
But what I loved most: the silence. The peace in the air. My body immediately relaxed just being there. This is a truly special spot.
I have never felt so present and so conscious of the beauty that surrounded me. “This is the beauty of life,” I felt.
I personally chose to do the 3-day cleansing program that includes 2 nutritious meals per day, 3 treatments, daily yoga, a consult with a health practitioner and a personal butler.
As many of you know I believe in cleansing with food, so I didn’t do any of juice fasts that they offer. Instead I drank lots of fresh, nutritious juices throughout the day alongside meals. I chose to follow my signature JSHealth Restart Plan.
COMO Shambhala offer many different programs to choose from to suit your needs.
Every day you wake up to a morning walk around the gorgeous property or rice fields at 7:30.
You can then enjoy breakfast. The breakfast room is absolutely stunning: you look into the green jungle and it’s incredibly meditative to just sit quietly, mindfully eating your nutritious meal while looking out into the beauty of the place. This is healthy living.
Yoga or meditation typically follow breakfast, and I then relaxed and worked by the pool.
Lunch time can be enjoyed in the glow restaurant or by the pool.
The afternoon is usually for spa treatments and some restorative yoga. Heaven?
Dinner and bed – early! Heaven for sure.
I really loved how there wasn’t too much on the schedule. So often health retreats jam-pack your day with activities. I really enjoy coming to these places and truly allowing my mind and body to rest – and enjoy doing a lot of NOTHING.
My room was so elegant. Pure luxury.
Every room is in a “residence,” which means there is a private pool that overlooks the rice fields to enjoy with the others who share the residence. You can choose to be in your residence all day (and you can order all meals to this spot) or you can choose to spend time in the common areas.
And the outdoor shower? So sexy. Some days I had a shower 3 or 4 times it was so good!
You are assigned a personal butler for your stay – the kindest people I have met. They ensure all of your needs are taken care of throughout your stay and your daily schedule runs smoothly. I know, right? Crazy amazing.
And I haven’t even gotten to the food. Just wait – it truly doesn’t get any better. I’ll tell you all about it later this week!
Hi Jessica, I believe in synchronicity so when I was guided to you .on FB I was intrigued and inspired. I turned 46 last week and my husband bought me your book. I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a beautifully presented way. My copy is now filled with tabs and post it notes with actual notes throughout. I am dairy intolerant since having my gallbladder removed 15+ years ago, I don't eat meat, very minimal gluten and was told 12 months ago my gut was not digesting my food properly so I wasn't receiving sufficient nutrients and taking supplements would be a waste of time. My weight fluctuates tending to gain rather than lose but now I believe I have a tool to help me bring my body back into balance that I need for my health and longevity of life - so again thank you. The first few steps to creating a stronger path forward for my health has found its foundation in your beautiful book, The Healthy Life.
With kindest regards Samantha
I'm writing this email because I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how you really helped me in my health journey. Thank you for sharing all your advices and experiences.
When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.
I bought your book and it's honestly the best book I have ever bought. I suffer from IBS and anxiety. I have paid so much money seeing naturopaths however after reading your book and all of your tips I'm noticing so much of a difference, so simple and easy to follow. And symptoms have dramatically decreased. Also you have helped me to relax. Currently drinking the protein health smoothie! Thankyou your amazing.
Hey Jessica! I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again
I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!
Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.
Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!
I am a yoga teacher in Johannesburg and am thrilled to have bought your book today. I love making healthy, nutritious food for my family, friends and fellow yogis! Thank you for this book and your inspiration (had to share a pic of my book on my recipe stand in the kitchen).
I bought your beautiful book during the week and told my bestie to go out and buy it also! I love love love it. It is the book I would give to my younger self if I could (I am 41 years old). Everything is just so sensible and informative and is definitely a book all teenagers should have. This should be a text book for girls becoming teens. I will love going back and re-reading it many many times and can't wait to make more of the recipes. Thank you Jess - you are an incredibly inspiring woman and you should feel so proud
My fiancé bought your book and we have cooked some of your meals. Amazing! I love your outlook on a healthy lifestyle and your hints and tips with preparing tasty meals are fantastic. Thanks for reviving us to live a healthier lifestyle and get our bodies wedding ready.
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