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“I guess you could call me somewhat of a wellness retreat veteran – I can’t get enough of the chance to ‘check in’ on myself – and my week with Jack & Olive in Queenstown was most definitely up there with the best I’ve had. The tools for transformation, the possibilities for adventure and the camaraderie that a smaller group brings were amazing, and the chance to explore Queenstown was the icing on the cake. I came back feeling fitter, stronger and full of inspiration – as well as desperate to book in for my next one!”

Helene Ravlich, New Zealand

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“The Queenstown Retreat was a retreat in more ways than we ever expected. It became an actual turning point for both of us.  It enabled us to talk about our health and lifestyle in a way that can be difficult as a couple in everyday life.  We loved the group, the evenings, the food, the wine, the cycling, hiking, and jet boating.  Oh and the workouts were good too!  It was the rock ‘n roll of wellness retreats.  We felt healthier and more energetic than we had in a long time and continued that way for the rest of our New Zealand adventure, doing yoga when we woke up many mornings, on mountaintops, island shores and hotel balconies.  We continued onward vibrant and energized, as we swam with dolphins, paraglided over Queenstown, and hiked over 84 miles of gorgeous country.  We had our dream honeymoon two years after our wedding.”

Mira and Kevin Anselmi, USA

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“I can honestly say that going on the Jack and Olive Retreat is one of the best things I’ve ever done. Not only was it an incredible get-away in itself – spectacular food and wine, beautiful Queenstown scenery and loads of heart-pumping adventure activities – I’ve come away with many new tools to use in everyday life. Claire led the group and taught the yoga classes with compassion, calm and a great sense of humour. Sharing the experience with such a wonderful supportive group encouraged me to push through my doubts and go beyond what I thought I was capable of. Truly life-changing.”

Rebecca Barry Hill, New Zealand

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“I keep trying to describe my time in Queenstown with Jack & Olive Retreats without using the word “amazing” and find that I can’t. Which is difficult, because it certainly was, with the amazing views, amazing weather, the amazing group we had. I keep trying because “amazing” is a word that’s overused, and easily brushed aside as a common exaggeration, which I assure you it isn’t. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better way to experience Queenstown, waking to an invigorating workout before taking an always delicious breakfast overlooking the lake, then tackling the day’s activities whether it be mountain biking through the country or canoeing upriver through hidden canyons before winding down with evening classes. All this, of course, made truly memorable by the friends we made along the way. My only regret is seeing it end; I certainly hope to do it again some day.”

David Diaz, Los Angeles

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“What I loved about this retreat is that it struck a perfect balance between nurturing your yin (our calm feminine side) and yang (your energetic, fiery, masculine selves). In no small part we have our hosts to thank for creating this equilibrium – Claire, whose vinyasa and restorative yoga classes were strength building, mentally challenging, emotionally liberating and relaxing all at once…”

Anja Kussler, Fitness Life Magazine Editor

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