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“Wonderful life changing experience”
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Primal Retreat
London, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful life changing experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

My husband and I signed up without having ever done anything like this before. it turned out to be the best thing we have done since getting married. I was already Paleo but hubby need a bit more gentle persuasion and Stuart and Lorraine did just that in a very friendly and persuasive manner. it was hard work but always enjoyable and the food was amazing so we got lots of cooking tips as well. Being part of a small group also means you make lasting friendships and close tailored supervision. We had a fab time and are going to make it a regular thing! highly recommended!! :-)

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Lorraine B, Owner at Primal Retreat, responded to this review, 17 November 2014
Thank you for your review. We always enjoy having you both here. You always bring a lot of nice energy and fun to the group.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

My week at Primal Retreat was so much better, in every way, than the commercial boot camp I went on the year before. Whereas at the end of that week I came up with about 25 suggestions for improvement, at Primal Retreat I could not think of a single one.

Stuart and Lorraine are a very genuine couple, clearly passionate and knowledgeable about what they're doing. They educate participants with an approach to healthy living (and weight loss if that's what you need) that is sustainable in the long term (many boot camps instead offer a quick fix of calorie restriction that will only produce short term results).

The week ran seamlessly with a good variety of exercise (walking, boxing, natural movement, circuit training and yoga), as well as plenty of time to relax. Less is more: it isn’t necessary to work out every minute of the day in order to achieve great results. Eating real food that was healthy, plentiful and delicious was a definite improvement on feeling constantly hungry as I did on the other boot camp.

The small group size created an intimate feel, where the participants could forge strong supportive bonds, and the group was an inspiration. I am planning to attend another retreat later this year, in order to re-experience an immensely, enjoyable week.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Lorraine B, Owner at Primal Retreat, responded to this review, 20 November 2014
Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time here at Primal Retreat. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Property: Primal Retreat
Address: Eyke Road, Woodbridge IP12 2PN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Woodbridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Woodbridge
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Primal Retreat is a residential fitness retreat in the UK. We run Weekend Fitness Primal Retreats, 5 Night Residential Primal Retreats, and 7 Night Residential Primal Retreats throughout the year in Woodbridge, Suffolk. We limit group size to six people per retreat. We find this gives a more personal and quality experience. You will benefit by having much more individual attention while exercising, and we find that this fosters a relaxed, friendly, and informal environment. There is also plenty of downtime where it's possible to mix with other participants, or just spend time on your own to recharge. Paleo Diet Our menu is based on the Paleo diet (should be called the Paleo Lifestyle). We don't calorie count or restrict, and we don't starve our clients. Foods are extremely nutritious, healthy and tasty. It's simple wholesome food that should leave you full with a feeling of satisfaction & well being On all our residential retreats you can expect a variety of low and high intensity exercise. You will have up to 5 hours of exercise per day which will include a long walk in the morning, an afternoon circuit, boxing fitness or natural movement class, and then we finish with a late afternoon yoga session to wind down before dinner. No experience is necessary and all fitness levels are welcome. You train within your own ability and fitness level. Natural Movement has grown in popularity over recent years with the growing realisation that humans need to reconnect with nature, and rediscover how our bodies are designed to move. We practice techniques such as balancing, crawling, jumping, lifting, throwing, and climbing. These drills are fun, exhilarating, and will leave you feeling stronger, fitter, with improved mobility & agility. We look forward to welcoming you at a Primal Retreat. Lorraine & Stuart ... more   less 
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