Balance Retreat with Rachel Grunwell in India – February 2025

The Balance Retreat in India is not just about finding another country to experience. This is also about finding yourself and helping you to live more “vibrantly alive” …

Set off on a transformative mind, body, and soul adventure to India with wellness expert, yogi, and author Rachel Grunwell. Over 12 days in India (across some awe-inspiring locations), you’ll experience a beginner’s journey of yoga and mindfulness, taste exquisite food, see temples and other sights of wonder, while you start your own personal wellness journey to uplift your life.

 

This thoughtfully crafted wellness and culinary tour combines the practices of yoga, mindfulness, and wellbeing learnings in tranquil Rishikesh along with the rich culture and incredible culinary experiences in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Rachel and the Good Food Journeys team are passionate about delivering exquisite travel experiences that you will dream about returning to.

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About Rachel:

Welcome to Inspired Health

Wellness expert and award-winning writer Rachel Grunwell is a wellness coach and yoga and mindfulness teacher based in New Zealand. Her mission is to inspire people to live life more in “balance” – which is the title of her book. She loves sharing wellbeing tools that help clients to live a healthier and happier life that they love. The mum (of three teenage sons) helps people with research-backed advice on how to eat, move, sleep, and manage stress better. Her advice is easy to incorporate into your everyday life.

 

Rachel also has an extensive background as an author, wellbeing magazine columnist, and award-winning journalist. Rachel’s book is titled “Balance: Food, Health & Happiness” which includes 30 global experts (nutritionists, neurologists, psychologists, professors etc.) sharing research-backed advice on how to live life healthier, happier and more mindfully. The book also contains 30 nourishing recipes including juices and smoothies. The name of Rachel’s book is the theme of this retreat, and all participants will receive a signed copy of this book to enjoy and continue learning from. She has curated an amazing wellness coaching experience while you are on tour where she will share her wellness knowledge in the tranquility of Rishikesh which is renowned as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World.’

 

This incredible 12-day wellness and culinary journey begins in Delhi where ancient history meets contemporary charm. The bustling markets, narrow lanes, and aroma of the delicious street food of Old Delhi is a sensory awakening, and a perfect welcome to India. Our next stop is Rishikesh, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. This is where the magic unfolds, and we begin the transformation to a more uplifted, mindful life. Daily wellness coaching, yoga and meditation on the banks of the Holy River Ganga is included, while you can also seek out recommended spa treatments and nature trails in the reserved forest of our hotel. There will be some recommended activities to help you rejuvenate your spirit, or you can just nourish your soul with your choice of self-care or another experience.

 

After 6 days of nature and mindfulness we head to the hustle and bustle of the Pink City of Jaipur, the gateway to Rajasthan’s regal splendor. We will explore the majestic forts and palaces of the Rajput era that are adorned with intricate architecture and opulent interiors. We will experience 5-star luxury and enjoy authentic cuisine in the grandeur of a palace. Our last stop is in Agra, home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a symbol of eternal love and an architectural masterpiece. We will enjoy the ethereal beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site at sunrise, as its pristine white marble radiates in the soft morning light.

 

The ‘Good’ in our name stands for the Good we want to do for the community. In keeping with the Wellness theme of this tour, for every person who joins us, we will gift $100 towards paying for therapy tools and resources to help with patient recovery at Te Whetu Tawera, the Acute Mental Health Unit at Auckland Hospital.

 

Join Rachel and the team at Good Food Journeys on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery and culinary delights on this unique Wellness and Culinary Tour to India. It is a small group, and spaces are limited. Sign up HERE

 

Tour Plan

 
 
Day 01 Saturday, February 8: Arrive in Delhi
 
 

On arrival at Delhi airport, we will be met by our local representative for transfer to our hotel. After checking in, take a few hours to rest and unwind from the long flight. That evening we will go to Akshardham which is arguably one of the best temples in India.

The start of our culinary journey is at an are internationally acclaimed Indian restaurant in our hotel. Bukhara, famous for the Mughlai cuisine, is frequented by A-list celebrities and dignitaries from all over the world.

 
 
Day 02 February 9: Delhi
 
 
 
 
Day 03 Delhi – Haridwar by train
 
 
 
 
Day 04 February 11: Rishikesh
 
 
 
 
Day 05 February 12: Rishikesh
 
 
 
 
Day 06 February 13: Rishikesh
 
 
 
 
Day 07 February 14: Rishikesh
 
 
 
 
Day 08 February 15: Rishikesh
 
 
 
 
Day 09 March 20: February 16: Rishikesh – Jaipur
 
 
 
 
Day 10 February 17: Jaipur
 
 
 
 
Day 11 February 18: Jaipur – Agra
 
 
 
 
Day 12 March 22: Wednesday, February 19: Agra – Delhi airport
 
 

Includes

  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • All dinners, 7 lunches
  • 5 exclusive culinary experiences
  • Air-Conditioned coach for sightseeing and transfers at all locations
  • English speaking guide at all locations while sightseeing
  • All requisite airport transfers with personal assistance
  • Air-Conditioned Chair Car train fare from Delhi to Haridwar
  • Entrance fees to the monuments as mentioned in the itinerary

Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Domestic flights from Dehradun to Jaipur (approx. USD $150 at current airfares but will be charged at actual cost at time of booking).
  • Alcoholic beverages consumed with hosted dinners.
  • Tips and any personal expenses
  • Anything which is not mentioned under Inclusions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate Wellness Coaching package

When you are healthier and happier you have more energy, productivity, vitality and you feel more vibrantlyalive. Elevating your wellbeing is the key to higher performance at work, home and in life.

Rachel’s mission is to help you to live with more inspired health. She wants you to thrive, not just survive. She shares research-backed ideas to help you to adopt self-care rituals that are relatable and sustainable. She decodes the jargon to make your wellbeing journey easier.

Rachel’s offerings:

  1. Individual tailor-made one-on-one wellness coaching for 12-week blocks. You’ll meet weekly for one hour (either in person in Auckland or via zoom). Rachel shares research-backed ways to help you to achieve the goals you care about. Goals can be around nutrition, fitness, sleep, or stress management (or all of the above). Research shows if you work with a coach then you can achieve your goals smarter and faster. Email Rachel for costs [email protected] Cost includes a copy of Rachel’s book Balance)
  2. Corporate Wellness Coaching package. 3-hour delivery (i.e. move, learn and transform components explained below). Email Rachel for costs [email protected] Cost includes 12 copies of the book Balance). Extra copies of the book can be purchased for $40 each. This book includes advice from 30 global experts on how to live a healthier and happier life. If an event is held off your work site then an extra fee will be added for the hirage of a Ponsonby event venue.
  • Note Rachel’s speaking fee for larger audiences is a different price structure as she tailor-makes/designs these deliveries for specific audiences.

The deliverables:

Move: 60-mins of yoga movement + mindfulness. Rachel teaches this mindful movement at a beginners level, but also offers options in each movement for the those who are more advanced. The mindfulness meditation de-stress technique at the end is 5-10 minutes.

Learn: 60-mins power-point presentation on how to live life in “balance”. Rachel shares research-backed ideas on how to elevate your wellbeing in different ways for more sustainable energy, higher performance and to transform. Topics covered include neuroscience, psychology, nutrition, emotional intelligence, happiness research etc.

Transform: 60-mins wellness coaching session. Everyone in the room is guided through Rachel’s specific questions to help each individual on how to pinpoint their goals and importantly how to progress towards an inspired health goal.

About Rachel:

 

Rachel is an author, award-winning journalist, and respected wellness expert , qualified coach and yoga teacher. She is regularly in the media sharing wellness advice. She is a multi-marathoner who guides disabled athletes through marathons around the world as well as a masters CrossFit athlete (9th woman in NZ for her age and category).

She has worked with the likes of Microsoft, Walker and Hall, banks and insurance companies, the Dairy Women’s Network, Spark, Foodies, just to name some.

 

She has 8 years’ experience running high-end wellness retreats in the North and South Islands with top reviews. A Herald review last year called one of her retreats “a game changer”. She has been a judge for the Keep NZ Beautiful Awards and a judge for Good Magazine’s annual Natural Awards. She has been a key note speaker for one of M2 magazine’s Journey to Excellence events. She has a keen eye on sustainability, more “conscious living” and cares about actively breaking down barriers with diversity and inclusion.

 

She is a board member for Disability Sport Auckland. which provides sport, recreation and play opportunities for people living with a disability. She is an ambassador too for the global charity Achilles, which helps athletes with disabilities to participate in marathons.

 

Rachel comes from a background of 30-years’ experience in the media industry as a writer and columnist for a string of NZ’s biggest media organisations. She won New Zealand’s best social issues journalist of the year award during her journalism career. She still writes for magazines in the niche of wellness writing.

 

However, these days, Rachel is more often the one being interviewed on TV, radio and in magazines as a wellness expert, who runs her own company Inspired Health.

 

A published author, Beatnik Publishing released Rachel’s book Balance: Food, Health + Happiness, which includes 30 global experts sharing research-backed advice on how to live life healthier, happier, and more mindfully. The book includes advice from nutritionists, psychologists, professors, neuroscientists, emotional intelligence experts to happiness researchers, as well as hacks on more sustainable living. There are also 30 wholefoods recipes in her book.

 

Rachel is a 48-year-old mum to three boys (aged 18,16 and 12). They teach her daily about striving to live life more in balance with progression, never perfectionism.

 

Testimonials

 

“Such an overwhelming concept for many being made simple and easy to implement! Thank you for breaking things down and making it achievable for us all!” –

Conference attendee, Dairy Women’s Network Conference

 

“All activity is complete and everyone is very happy with how the partnership went – so thank you so much for all your help and to Rachel for her professionalism.  She was an excellent spokesperson for the brand with a lovely demeanour. And a bonus she has a genuine connection with lactose-free.”  –
Leanne Wilkins, Duo PR – Lewis Road Creamery Lactose Free campaign

 

Corporate Wellness Coaching package

When you are healthier and happier you have more energy, productivity, vitality and you feel more vibrantlyalive. Elevating your wellbeing is the key to higher performance at work, home and in life.

Rachel’s mission is to help you to live with more inspired health. She wants you to thrive, not just survive. She shares research-backed ideas to help you to adopt self-care rituals that are relatable and sustainable. She decodes the jargon to make your wellbeing journey easier.

Rachel’s offerings:

  1. Individual tailor-made one-on-one wellness coaching for 12-week blocks. You’ll meet weekly for one hour (either in person in Auckland or via zoom). Rachel shares research-backed ways to help you to achieve the goals you care about. Goals can be around nutrition, fitness, sleep, or stress management (or all of the above). Research shows if you work with a coach then you can achieve your goals smarter and faster. Email Rachel for costs [email protected] Cost includes a copy of Rachel’s book Balance)
  2. Corporate Wellness Coaching package. 3-hour delivery (i.e. move, learn and transform components explained below). Email Rachel for costs [email protected] Cost includes 12 copies of the book Balance). Extra copies of the book can be purchased for $40 each. This book includes advice from 30 global experts on how to live a healthier and happier life. If an event is held off your work site then an extra fee will be added for the hirage of a Ponsonby event venue.
  • Note Rachel’s speaking fee for larger audiences is a different price structure as she tailor-makes/designs these deliveries for specific audiences.

The deliverables:

Move: 60-mins of yoga movement + mindfulness. Rachel teaches this mindful movement at a beginners level, but also offers options in each movement for the those who are more advanced. The mindfulness meditation de-stress technique at the end is 5-10 minutes.

Learn: 60-mins power-point presentation on how to live life in “balance”. Rachel shares research-backed ideas on how to elevate your wellbeing in different ways for more sustainable energy, higher performance and to transform. Topics covered include neuroscience, psychology, nutrition, emotional intelligence, happiness research etc.

Transform: 60-mins wellness coaching session. Everyone in the room is guided through Rachel’s specific questions to help each individual on how to pinpoint their goals and importantly how to progress towards an inspired health goal.

About Rachel:

 

Rachel is an author, award-winning journalist, and respected wellness expert , qualified coach and yoga teacher. She is regularly in the media sharing wellness advice. She is a multi-marathoner who guides disabled athletes through marathons around the world as well as a masters CrossFit athlete (9th woman in NZ for her age and category).

She has worked with the likes of Microsoft, Walker and Hall, banks and insurance companies, the Dairy Women’s Network, Spark, Foodies, just to name some.

 

She has 8 years’ experience running high-end wellness retreats in the North and South Islands with top reviews. A Herald review last year called one of her retreats “a game changer”. She has been a judge for the Keep NZ Beautiful Awards and a judge for Good Magazine’s annual Natural Awards. She has been a key note speaker for one of M2 magazine’s Journey to Excellence events. She has a keen eye on sustainability, more “conscious living” and cares about actively breaking down barriers with diversity and inclusion.

 

She is a board member for Disability Sport Auckland. which provides sport, recreation and play opportunities for people living with a disability. She is an ambassador too for the global charity Achilles, which helps athletes with disabilities to participate in marathons.

 

Rachel comes from a background of 30-years’ experience in the media industry as a writer and columnist for a string of NZ’s biggest media organisations. She won New Zealand’s best social issues journalist of the year award during her journalism career. She still writes for magazines in the niche of wellness writing.

 

However, these days, Rachel is more often the one being interviewed on TV, radio and in magazines as a wellness expert, who runs her own company Inspired Health.

 

A published author, Beatnik Publishing released Rachel’s book Balance: Food, Health + Happiness, which includes 30 global experts sharing research-backed advice on how to live life healthier, happier, and more mindfully. The book includes advice from nutritionists, psychologists, professors, neuroscientists, emotional intelligence experts to happiness researchers, as well as hacks on more sustainable living. There are also 30 wholefoods recipes in her book.

 

Rachel is a 48-year-old mum to three boys (aged 18,16 and 12). They teach her daily about striving to live life more in balance with progression, never perfectionism.

 

Testimonials

 

“Such an overwhelming concept for many being made simple and easy to implement! Thank you for breaking things down and making it achievable for us all!” –

Conference attendee, Dairy Women’s Network Conference

 

“All activity is complete and everyone is very happy with how the partnership went – so thank you so much for all your help and to Rachel for her professionalism.  She was an excellent spokesperson for the brand with a lovely demeanour. And a bonus she has a genuine connection with lactose-free.”  –
Leanne Wilkins, Duo PR – Lewis Road Creamery Lactose Free campaign

 

Balance Haven Retreat – in Auckland

This half day retreat was held on Feb 18, 2024, at at a stunning villa in Ponsonby, Auckland city. If you’d like to run a retreat for your staff at this location (or in your office) then Contact Rachel 027 4064984

Click on the ‘Learn More’ button to find out about some of the background on what the retreat was all about . Tickets cost $199 each or $350 for two. A generous goodie bag was also gifted to each attendee including a book and skincare by Trilogy and Weleda.

This is a half-day retreat that’s nourishing for your body, mind & soul.

Come along to relax, unwind & experience some research-backed tools like mindfulness, yoga & other wellness strategies. You’ll learn how to switch off from your busy life & go from surviving to thriving. The goal is to live life more vibrantly alive & in balance.

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