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Wellness Travel BC Podcast

A Podcast on Living & Travelling Well

Hi! I’m Cheryl MacKinnon, host of Great Wellness Getaways. Thanks for tuning in to our insider reviews on living and travelling well.

Think about it for a minute. Isn’t time away for romance, reconnecting with friends, or a holiday with the entire family (including Gram and Grandpa) actually about our overall wellness? And yes, we can also seek a wellness retreat, learning or resetting life skills to be the best version of ourselves.

Enjoy the shows; we’re all about sharing tips and tricks to be the best you at home and on the road. We feature a variety of wellness getaways, from mountain-top retreats to oceanfront luxury resorts. And some pretty cool urban hotels close to art galleries, music venues and gardens – because wellness is much more than a good yoga pose!

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Leading with Wellness at Oak Bay Beach Hotel with Madone Pelan

Such a pleasure to have this conversation about wellness and hospitality with Madone Pelan, General Manager of the exquisite Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia.

During our time together, Madone shares the history of this waterfront gem, highlighting its Indigenous cultural roots with Coast Salish Songhees, to its modest beginning in 1927 as a small seaside Inn. The hotel’s most recent incarnation saw a complete renovation from top to bottom, re-opening in 2012 to much fanfare and excitement as the emphasis was placed on what was then only a nascent trend – wellness travel.

Today, under the leadership of Madone, along with her fine team of talented hotel executives, Oak Bay Beach Hotel delivers exceptional, award-winning programs and guest services. Of particular note is the hotel’s distinguished waterfront spa and healing mineral pools, with adjacent beaches perfect for year-round cold water plunging in the Salish Sea!

Sleep, Like a Baby with Catherine Roscoe Barr

What do we all crave yet have so much trouble getting enough of it? Sleep. Yes, it’s right up there with moving our bodies, every single day! Listen to my conversation with one of our favourite guests, Catherine Roscoe Barr of The Life Delicious, as she shares effective and really easy to implement, recommendations to catch up on your ZZZZZ’s.

Together, we also share our respective difficulties with sleepless nights and how to give up FOMO when you’re travelling. Especially when you’re that person who leaves conference evening events because you can’t keep your eyes open and yet…what if you miss something? There’s laughter and great information in this uplifting episode.

Learn more about Catherine and her wellness coaching and workshops at The Life Delicious. And if you’d like to see Catherine in person, she will be giving workshops at our wellness travel partner Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s IGNITE Wellness Retreat taking place November 3-5, 2024 and with our wellness travel partner in Victoria, at The Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s four-day wellness retreat January 25-29, 2024.

Kickstart a Delicious Life with Catherine Roscoe Barr

The Life Delicious Founder, Catherine Roscoe Barr, knows what she coaches as she holds a deep-rooted desire, complemented by education and life experiences that emerged following a neuroscience degree, to pursue fulfilling work to promote health instead of treating diseases. She lives with authenticity and is so incredibly honest in her presentations.

Catherine is on a mission to help women and men (there were a few in the wellness retreat she led at Oak Bay Beach Hotel in January, and they loved the workshops!) lead a life filled with juicy moments of joy and happiness. She shares, be sure to start small. Be kind to yourself. And know that we all have days where we don’t do what we should or could, yet who can’t find six minutes to get the wiggles out, stretch and get our heart rates up?

Head over to Wellness Travel BC to learn more about Catherine’s Women’s Leadership Coaching Circle, and if there’s still space, confirm your attendance at her annual Wellness Retreat in Victoria, BC. It is a fabulous wellness experience, both with Catherine and the very special venue that is Oak Bay Beach Hotel.

Learn more about Catherine and her wellness coaching and workshops at The Life Delicious.

Women & Wellness with Nutricuetical Expert, Dionne Walach

Finally in the year, 2023, women’s reproductive health is no longer ‘in the closet’.

Kicking off the conversation around women, travel, and our sense of well-being, this week we talk about women’s health at all ages. From menstruation to menopause and how the myriad of symptoms are whispered over lunch, at happy hour over too much wine, yet rarely between a woman and her male spouse / partner. Plus, as the lack of public conversations has gone on for several decades now, it is time to address all of it.

Join me as I welcome Dionne Walach to help us understand what’s happening in the public realm of women’s reproductive health care. Dionne is a vocal women’s health advocate, with a strong background in joint health, specifically arthritis.

Being a feminist and happily married has opened her eyes as to how not just women, but men as well, are affected by women’s health issues. Some of Dionne’s observations include a more holistic, nutraceutical view of her own health care that delivers great results, and why she highly recommends women seek out female MDs to help us take care of your health.

For more information on the products Dionne and I discuss please see Wellness Lifestyle Product Line is Clean & Green! and click on the link for your country. We are very proud and excited to be showcasing this product lineup to our followers.