Heather Cox set out to make eating well simple, satisfying, and sustainable with her now popular food blog Eat. Real. Food. Now, she’s applying the same concept to providing the more stressed out among us with wellness retreats.
Cox, originally from Australia, is hosting the first weekend escape at her new Amagansett retreat center, Treehouse Retreats, this May—and she hopes to attract New York City women who need to unwind and recharge, without going to extremes.
“There are a lot of raw food and juice weekends, and I don’t believe that’s a sustainable way to do things. I don’t believe that’s the way people will carry things back to their lives,” she explains. “At our retreats, if someone wants a glass of wine at night, it’ll be a local wine. They can eat bread if they want to, as long as it’s a really good, artisanal bread.”
Which it will be, since Cox will be applying her fresh, whole, local food philosophy to the menu. In addition to delicious, healthy meals, each weekend will be hosted by a different yoga teacher, fitness instructor, or wellness guru. So far, Brooklyn-based yogi Amelia Coffaro is leading the May retreat and Chicago-based yoga teacher Kat Pummill will be there in June.
And when you’re not taking yoga classes or eating delicious meals, you can do as little or as much as you want (when was the last time you did that?!), with pastimes like surfing, tennis, cooking lessons, taking a short stroll to the beach or town, or just relaxing with a book on the grounds.
Speaking of the grounds, the property has lush, gorgeous greenery to spare, and Cox and her husband renovated a big, sun-soaked, white-washed house (with the help of architect and designer Amee Allsop) to create the space that accommodates just six women at a time, with shared bathrooms.
Cox hopes the intimacy of the experience will foster warmth and connection. “The retreats are really directed at stressed-out New Yorkers who need to just get out,” she says. In that case, we imagine they could get pretty popular. —Lisa Elaine Held
For more information, visit www.thetreehouseretreats.com
(Photos: Treehouse Retreats)