Your mental wellbeing booster - boutique one-day retreat

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About us

Now, more than ever, we need to empower ourselves with the resources that will support our mental wellbeing. Pandemic and a new order of life showed us how unexpected great change can be, and how unprepared we might be for it. Vital Means was formed to provide the means by which you can create a strong and stable inner-foundation to deal with life's challenges.With ample knowledge and regular events, Vital Means is here to create a community of likeminded people, where nature, personal growth and wellbeing are the key aspects of a fulfilling existence.

Our Purpose

At Vital Means we're all about real community and in-person events. We're social creatures and we need interactions, especially after a prolonged period of lockdown and social isolation. Here, in the NSW Central Coast rainforest, we've created an environment for you to connect to yourself, nature and others.Together, we're building a community rooted in wellbeing and committed to growth. An intentional community, where, even at a time when it is easy to feel disconnected, our gatherings will create and strengthen a network of authentic, emerging relationships.We host regular one-day experiences on a semi-rural property in Darkinjung Country, one hour away from Sydney or Newcastle. Designed for you to get out of the city, out of the ever repeating known, and experience the best nature and community have to offer. During that day, you'll cultivate social connections, personal growth, wellbeing, resilience and vitality. You'll feel rested and motivated. You'll be nourished mentally and physically, and inspired to live a fulfilled life. Let us take care of you, so you can take care of someone else.

For you

Living a busy life of high demands and great expectations in the world of overstimulation and vanishing attention span comes at cost.Stressed, burnt out, overwhelmed - these are the symptoms of modern life. If you experience any of these or just want to take a break from your everyday routine, we've prepared something special for you.Come immerse yourself in an incredibly nourishing environment! During our unique 1-day wellbeing booster you'll release accumulated stress, build mental resilience, strengthen inner-stability, tap into creativity and joy, create lifelong connections, participate in meaningful conversations, learn during knowledge session, equalise with nature, enjoy beautiful music and be fed a delicious plant-based lunch, while doing all of that in a rainforest surrounding.Ready to take time for yourself and spend it the most beneficial way for your mental wellbeing?

For your team

In the post-pandemic world, success has been redefined by many. Having spent more than three years working from home, individuals had time to think about their values and what matters most in their lives. We’re seeing a shift to a more sustainable, fulfilling and holistic definition of success, which includes inner-stability, resilience, and being able to tap into creativity and joy.What distinguishes a high-performing team? A vibrant unison where everyone performs at their best, inspiring and motivating each other. Wellbeing of each individual person within the team is a key element of success. Paramount is the wellbeing of the team as a whole.During our unique 1-day wellbeing booster, we'll be focusing on de-stressing, burnout extinguishing, dynamic rest, rejuvenation, bonding, recharging and empowerment. The outcomes of the day are teammates who are rested, motivated, inspired, productive, thriving and ready for the future.To learn more about how Vital Means can help your team de-stress in real time, transition to a more resilient mental state and improve productivity, fill out this form and we'll be in touch.

Our Commitment to nature & community

What we do has to be supported by how we do it. Taking care of nature and giving back to our community is imperative for us.We’re powered by 100% renewable energy. Treated water from our septic system is used for the garden. We’ve regenerated our front garden from 80% weeds to 100% native plants. Most of our interior consists of vintage or local pieces. Our toilet paper is sourced from sustainably conscious Who Gives A Crap that donates 50% of profits to help build toilets and ensure everyone has access to safe water.We encourage the retreat participants to book local accomodation over the weekend and explore the Central Coast, so other local businesses and individuals can also benefit from our event. Food we serve is sourced from local farmers and growers (i.e. organic vegetables, honey from our bush, local bread, etc.).And we’re not going to stop here. We constantly look for ways to improve, have zero impact on nature and maximum impact on our community.

vital community - testimonials

Vital Means wellbeing day is the perfect escape from the city. The day was planned beautifully, with activities that allowed us to bond with others, and also go inward and spend some time with ourselves. Katia the host was fantastic, going the extra mile to ensure everyone was comfortable and gave a really powerful knowledge session to the group which left everyone reflecting on their own experiences. We got to spend time in nature with a rainforest walk, and the sound healing was the perfect way to top off the day. If you want to take some time out for yourself and meet like-minded people while you're at it, I couldn't recommend this booster highly enough!

Lara, Business Owner

A truly incredible day of rejuvenation and reflection. As a busy professional, it's easy to lose sight of what truly matters, including our health, purpose, and relationships. Vital Means provides the space and guidance to reclaim these things and help us be our very best selves.

Soroush, Head of Engineering

After a day at Vital Means booster I came away feeling more connected to myself, and to others, than I had in some time. The day was a healing blend of introspection, time in nature and time getting to know some new people in a really calm environment. I'm an introvert and coming out of lockdown only recently I was worried I'd be overwhelmed with the group setting, but on the contrary everyone was so great and I left feeling energised. Katia is a natural host and keeps you laughing, thinking and full of delicious food and snacks all day. Highly recommend Vital Means if you're feeling a bit misaligned or burnt out - I came away feeling like I'd done something really good for myself.

Ella, Entrepreneur

Vital Means was the perfect circuit breaker from the often stressful routine of everyday life. It gave me the opportunity to slow down, connect to the moment, appreciate nature, meet some amazing people and learn some important life lessons. I came away feeling connected, inspired and rejuvenated. A heartfelt thanks to the Vital Means team for a perfect day! I'm looking forward to the next one!

Marcus, Manager

Friends of Vital Means

We encourage our booster participants to stay on the Coast over a weekend to explore its beautiful landscapes, as well as the welcoming, conscious and sustainable local community. Here are our favourite places to stay, eat and shop at:STAY

Escape to this humble one bedroom guest suite tucked away in the ‘Poet’s Corner’ pocket of east Bateau Bay, just minutes to the picturesque wilderness of the Wyrrabalong National Park coastal walk, one of the prettiest trails on the Central Coast.
Soak up the sun & surf at nearby beaches, immerse yourself in the laid back coast lifestyle at many great local cafes, restaurants and pubs, or a night out in nearby Terrigal.
Enjoy all the creature comforts in your home away from home.

This pet friendly hidden gem is definitely one of our favourites to stay at. Ocupying an elite position in the gateway to the stunning Yarramalong Valley, set on over 120acres with 18 acres cleared and landscaped park like gardens, sweeping lawns and your own native woodlands, this property has river frontage and bushland and is extraordinary in every way.
With gated entry and deciduous flowing ornamentals lining the sweeping driveway, first glances of this stunning Georgian Manor style property, you'll know you're somewhere special.

Burnt Honey is a small bakery on the Central Coast of NSW. They opened their first store on the beach at Copacabana in late 2019, now have two stores, supply a number of local cafes and store with fresh bread and pastries, as well as running local baking workshops, creating stunning wedding cakes and stocking a range of quality baking tools and books.

Small and dog friendly cafe has an unexpectedly delicious menu. The one where you really have to think about what to choose, because everything on the menu looks fantastic and tastes even better!
Plus it's only 10 meters from Wyrrabalong National Park and a hiking track. What not to love?!

Komuniti is an oasis nestled within the hustle and bustle of the iconic Long Jetty, Central Coast, NSW. Your home away from home, your space to unwind and be nourished.They offer world class yoga + pilates classes and workshops all year round, community co-working hubs and an amazing Café complete with a Balinese style Zen Garden.
Komuniti is the central coast's hub for nourishing and nurturing your mind, body and spirit through honest and delicious whole foods, yoga, meditation, workshops and community connections.

Buy your organic seasonal fresh produce at this small scale Market Garden located in Ourimbah.Growing on a small scale allows the farm to use biologically intensive and regenerative practices that over time improve the health of the soil. All of their inputs are natural and they grow without the use of chemicals, pesticides or synthetic fertilisers. This in turn helps Little Feet Gourmet to grow higher quality more nutrient dense vegetables full of flavour and freshness you will not find in a supermarket.

If you're into vintage and consider yourself a part of circular economy, then this shop will address all of your values and desires. It's a beautifully curated collection of all the things the owners love. They are finders, restorers, curators and pushers of iconic vintage design, unique fashion and select eclectic sounds.Their brick and mortar boutique is located in the laid-back seaside village of Long Jetty, NSW, and the digital locale is live! Now, even more than ever, vintage is future...

A greenhouse with the most amazing selection of indoor plants and disco balls (the latter is not for sale). Noraville Green stocks an extensive range of beautiful indoor and tropical garden plants to green up your space. Healthy, established plants are their specialty. In addition, they are stocked with all the accessories you’ll need for your plants to flourish, including pots, fertilisers and soil food, plus homewares.

We acknowledge Darkinjung people, the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live, create, gather and grow. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging, and remember that sovereignty was never ceded.

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