Getting everything ready for an incredible wellness retreat
Wellness retreat preparation should (technically) not be a last minute grab of packing clothes the night before! In this post I’ll share some of the things that might pop up as you plan your trip. It’s packed with important travel arrangements and logistics to prepare.
As you’re probably reading this because you’ve already registered, fill out the registration form listed on Step 2 and then move to payment on Step 3. Forward payment details to your bank directly, requesting them to wire the amount in your invoice within 7 days if you choose special pricing. If you choose regular pricing you have a bit more flexibility and time to pay. Details in the doc (found in the registration room below). Special pricing is definitely worth it!
Your Mile Time
On the first day at West Coast Fitness Vacations, we’ll time you in your fastest mile as part of your fitness test. This is done on a flat treadmill at whatever pace you can do, while still being able to talk. There’s nothing to stress. It’s simply a grading system that will allow you to goal set in a sensible, accurate way.
This goal setting platform is used for our guided hiking tours and biking cardio adventures. It helps us for accurate route planning and pace setting. We want you to work to a level where you feel like you’ve achieved everything you could each day, safely and successfully.
Please ensure that you meet our base arrival fitness requirements.
Base fitness requirements for our wellness retreats
- Complete fastest mile (power walking or jogging at highest pace) in under 25 minutes
- Complete fastest mile (at highest pace possible, 85% +) in a slower time than 13 minutes
- Do not have an injury that restricts from reaching the aerobic zone on hiking trails, and can keep in that pace without pain for 30 minutes or more.
- Can ride a bike on gentle, flat terrain. You can walk with it up the not-so-flat terrain if you need to!
- Can walk in a pool with your head above water (aqua fit class)
- Waist measurement between 32 and 70 inches (no weight restrictions)
Get ready to be coached towards powerful lifestyle change!
Confidential disclosure (as part of your wellness retreat preparation)
Guests joining our weight loss camp program will be taken on a coaching experience towards their goals. For this reason, it’s important to disclose to me, Cat Smiley, if you’ve been treated for anorexia, bulimia, alcoholism, addiction or transgender hormone therapy in the past 2 years. Together, we’ll coordinate the best course-of-action for your weight loss coaching as modification may be required.
It’s helpful to share with your family doctor or mental health provider your plans to join our health retreat. They may be able to provide valuable suggestions or recommendations to ensure that your stay is not triggering in any way.
All weight loss camp guests need to be able to commit to no alcohol and no smoking while here.
Part-time digital detox retreats
Our wellness retreat is only offline during program hours. However you can take text breaks in the bathroom, at lunch, or quickly glancing here and there while driving to trails etc. Plus if there’s an emergency you need to deal with, we’ll understand. So don’t think you’re going off into the Canadian wilderness or something – we want these to be the best wellness retreats for each individual. And that means being flexible as things pop up!
Many of our guests need to work during their health retreat, whether it be conference calls, sales or emails. Guaranteed hours at your lodging are before 8 am and after 4 pm, evenings and weekends free.
Bathroom breaks are also text breaks so if something important is happening, there will be opportunity to get in touch. As part of your wellness retreat preparation, advise people that you are busy ‘with a project’ for a couple of weeks and might not be quick on the replies as usual.
You’ll likely love the break from constant connectivity. We find it much easier to work together with those who can contribute to this vibe.
Essential Travel Insurance
West Coast Fitness Vacations is a destination weight loss program with outdoor activities and elements. Make sure you’re covered for all your adventures and can go to the hospital if there’s need. One trip to the doctor can cost non-locals $500-$700 before they even do anything, so you definitely need to look into this carefully if you’re out of province or out of country.
Depending on the trip style of your wellness retreat, coverage should include hiking, scrambling, hillwalking and cycling. It should be noted that your weight loss camp is an organized tour, with independent touring incidental to the trip that includes fitness training and gym training.
The EXPLORER PLAN on World Nomads is the policy I recommend, and it covers you for all of these above mentioned.
Camera & phone usage
We provide cell phones to the fitness guides for the purpose of taking pics of your stay. They take terrific photos of our day from the best viewpoints on the trails. Nearly all images on this site are taken by myself and team. We give them to you at the end of each day (imessage or airdrop).
West Coast Fitness Vacations as a general rule, doesn’t permit guests to take photos, film or have conversations on their phone during scheduled hours. This is so we don’t lose you on the trails…so we can keep the pace moving, improve camaraderie, stay focused and avoid unwanted photos being posted in various social channels. Of course if you see a great shot you’d like to take just let us know (it’s totally ok on occasion).
Our structured system makes it easy to stay in touch with work and family, with guaranteed hours that you are available.
The ‘no plan’ plan
Assigned workouts are designed with you in mind, based on your ability and comfort level. You’re going to get uncomfortable here. And you’ll need to dig deep some days to keep pushing!
Perhaps trekking the last hills will be the most challenging. Or maybe facing yourself in stretch class, when we work together to adapt your hamstring stretch. Either way, everyone has a weakness just like everyone has their strengths.
We treat you like an athlete in training.
Workouts at our wellness retreat are developed not only based on your physiological, but also your emotional response to each previous workout. Factoring in the emotional response is an often neglected – but crucial – part of working with beginner exercisers.
These strategies tap into the principals of fitness programming, progression overload and accelerated building. This customized approach is what sets us apart from other wellness retreats – in Canada and worldwide.
Together we’ll coordinate your goals, using both personal trainer and life coaching strategies.
Weather changes in the mountains, just like our body does as beginner exercisers. West Coast Fitness Vacations will unfold an amazing day and help you take ownership of your health. We do this by providing learning opportunities throughout the week of your wellness retreat with us.
Being coachable is a skill that is learnt with time. If you’ve never been an athlete, this can be new and sometimes quite scary especially if you’ve always had to be ‘in control’. You might feel out of control at first with our system and that might make you panic. But after a few days in the fitness retreat, you’ll find it incredibly relaxing.
Health retreat staff take the care to get to know your perfect pace, trail style, route, and more. We find the perfect balance of pushing you as hard as possible – while still guarding your safety. Sometimes that takes trying different workouts until we find the right one. Our ‘no plan plan’ allows us to do that.
Wellness retreats in B.C. can be rainy!
You’ve got to love the west coast! Rainy days are common.
West Coast Fitness Vacations is a wellness retreat in B.C. that ‘keeps calm and carry on’ when it rains. We dress appropriately and try to find more sheltered trails. There’s also the option of using our beautiful partnership health club facility – very practical for cross training.
If you can empower yourself to workout in the West Coast weather, you can empower yourself to do anything!
For the most part however, please come to our weight loss retreat in Canada prepared to be outside all day. There might be bugs, wildlife sightings and sitting in the dirt for lunch. Dogs might say hello. There are washrooms on most trails but sometimes you might have to use the woods. Sometimes it’s torrential rain or snowing and although we play it safe with lightning and slippery trails essentially, you’re out there!
That’s the beauty of adventure, and one of the reasons why we love it.