Newsletter October 2023

Nurtured by Nature: Wellness Wonders at The Farm at San Benito

With a host of natural therapies and treatments, The Farm at San Benito stands as a sanctuary of health and tranquillity amidst nature. Read on about my rejuvenating experience at this eco-luxury resort.

Picture this: a haven nestled amidst nature, where the rustle of leaves and the symphony of birds accompany your journey towards rejuvenation. The Farm at San Benito is all that and more, tucked away in a lush enclave in Lipa City, a serene escape from the bustle of Manila.

At the heart of The Farm at San Benito lies the Holistic Sanctuary, a medical centre that offers everything from general consultations to nutritional advice and digestive cleanses supervised by a team of onsite doctors. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The sanctuary also provides physiotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, reiki, psychology, and psycho emotional healing. There are specialised programs and packages designed to address a wide range of health issues, including long Covid recovery, sleep induction, stress reduction, and hormonal balance.

The options may seem overwhelming at first, but the essence of each package is a personalised, medically supervised treatment plan. The helpful team at The Farm will guide you through the options and help you craft your ideal retreat.

Here’s a summary of my experience: The property is a haven for nature lovers, with resident peacocks, geese, ducks, and a magnificent 300-year-old mango tree that serves as the majestic home to peacocks. The entire property radiates a mystical energy that enhances the expertise of its medical practitioners, creating an environment where the healing process is deeply invigorating.

Wellness journeys here begin with a Live Blood Analysis, where a finger prick blood droplet is examined under a microscope. Though not diagnostic, it provides intriguing insights for health discussions. This is typically followed by a Voice Analysis, an interesting process where one speaks into a microphone for about a minute, and the experts offer an interpretation of your  personality, mental state, and physical health on the basis of this.

Dr Marian Alonzo, the medical director, and her dedicated team craft comprehensive strategies addressing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of well-being. Each day brought a unique colonic treatment targeting various parts of the colon, offering a comprehensive detox experience, concluding with a soothing aloe vera treatment on the fourth day.

The Farm’s Healing Sanctuary and Aqua Sanctuary offered rejuvenation through spa experiences that were nothing short of divine. My days started with yoga sessions overlooking a picturesque lake, setting the perfect tone for what lay ahead. The retreat also offered guided nature walks, fitness classes, and meditation sessions at various times throughout the day. The property’s culinary offerings didn’t disappoint either.

Whether you’re looking for a complete lifestyle overhaul or simply a serene holiday retreat focused on healthy food, relaxation, mindfulness, and fitness, The Farm at San Benito has something to offer. It’s not just a beautiful tropical resort (though it’s undeniably that) but a holistic lifestyle destination.

Every moment here is a step towards feeling better and living healthier. The lasting impact of this retreat has been profound. Now, I’ve kicked my sugar habit, lost some weight, and think clearer. Each day is a step towards better health and understanding myself more, making The Farm at San Benito a starting point to a longer, healthier life journey. So, would I return to The Farm at San Benito? Without a doubt.

What I discovered

Kintsugi. It’s a friendly AI companion that encourages you to open up about your thoughts and feelings

When it comes to mental health, talking about it is often the first step towards healing. That’s why I just loved this app that I read about in this Forbes article. Named after the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, Kintsugi, as I mentioned above,  is like a friendly AI companion that encourages you to open up about your thoughts and feelings. What makes it truly special is its groundbreaking tech, Kintsugi Voice.

But here’s the real game-changer: Kintsugi doesn’t just listen; it tracks your mental well-being and offers real-time insights. This isn’t just a leap forward for personal mental health; it could revolutionise how we approach well-being in the workplace too. It seamlessly integrates with telehealth platforms and care management call centres, making mental health care more personal and accessible.

As Grace Chang, co-founder of Kintsugi, pointed out, this could turn mental health screenings from an annual event into a routine check, shifting our perspective on mental well-being.

This exploration into the world of AI-backed mental wellness with Kintsugi shows the incredible potential of technology in self-care routines. It’s a perfect example of how intuitive yet innovative tools can transform mental health care, giving it a fresh and empowering voice.

As you know, through my podcast, I aim to share various tools and insights from global experts to help people on their journey to a happier, healthier life. Whether or not many of us are quick to turn to Kintsugi, it’s inspiring to see apps like this one making mental health care more personal, accessible, and less intimidating.