Fresh Start Health  and Lifestyle Transformation Retreat and Spa  is a health and lifestyle transformation retreat where people come to start gradually, naturally improving their health using the Fresh Start Healing Structure™. You can choose one of 4 healing focuses: Relaxation, Physical Health, Emotional Wellness and Habits Repatterning™. Based on your health focus, goals and a thorough pre-program and upon arrival assessments, an Individual Healing Path™ will be created for you by professional staff.

Whether you just need a boost and are coming for a 7-day Relax, decided to Quit Smoking, or have been referred by a physician for 14 or 21-day health restoration program to work on an ailment, the Fresh Start has built for you an amazing healing place, a rejuvenation place where, surrounded by loving team of natural health professionals who work from the heart, you can choose the depth of healing you need.


CORE PROGRAM: As the base for individual healing process, we use unique semi-flexible Fresh Start Healing Structure™, including Whole Body Detox and Cellular Re-nourishment™ with organic vegetarian foods, carefully chosen supplements and digestion healing drinks. The day consists of balanced activities, such as yoga, meditation, fitness classes, guided excursions, art and body care classes, evening steam bath, as well as a comprehensive education on both physical and emotional well-being, and food preparation classes.

SPECIALTY GO-DEEPER™ PACKAGES: Physical, Emotional and Habits Repatterning™ Specialty Packages include professional assessments and guidance; one-on-one sessions (colonics, orthobionomy, Heart Healing sessions etc.) tailored to your health needs and may include Custom Healing Protocols™ (organ rebuilding, cleansing and rebalancing formulas).  Relaxation Package includes relaxation spa services.


Our guests enjoy a rich and satisfying organic vegetarian diet including raw foods, which include fresh vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts and sprouted grains, combined in appealing gourmet dishes. Fresh wheatgrass juice, cleansing drinks, teas and purified lemon water constitute an important part of our programs. The unique formulas and gentle cleansing drinks are specially chosen for their cleansing properties with focus on the GI tract, liver, blood and other organs.


Optional educational emotional wellness workshops are offered throughout the program. Additionally, a number of restorative emotional wellness services are available (Heart Healing™, Emotional Balancing, Integrative Health and Life Coaching, Topical Green Nourishment™ treatments, Psychosomatic Phytoessencing™ etc.).


Before you arrive at Fresh Start, you’ll participate in a Pre-Program Alignment Consultation with one of our Natural Health Consultants, a Pre-Program Health Assessment by Program Director, Assigning Individual Healing Path™ Specialist and Team, and a 1-2 Week Weight Loss Pre-Program (optional).

During your retreat, you’ll participate in the Core Program and your selected Specialty Package with guidance by our Program Director, and you’ll have access to a team of Multi-therapy Health Professionals. By exception of Relaxation program, you will receive initial and final in-depth assessment, using one or more assessment methods (biofeedback, live blood analysis, thermography, tongue reading, emotional wellness questionnaire) – as per need. Daily check-ins with the Program Director and twice a week check-ins with the Specialist assigning your Individual Healing Path will ensure that receive additional individual support and guidance.

After the retreat, you’ll benefit from a personalized 1 Month After-Program Plan (Optional) and receive more than 60 Delicious Time-Tested Fresh Start Recipes.


Our spa therapies are both pampering and highly therapeutic in nature. They greatly assist in healing and enhance the results of the programs. Some of the more than 40 spa treatments offered include Colon Hydrotherapy, Massage (Swedish, Sports/Deep Tissue, Acupressure, Relaxation, Shiatsu, Hot Stone), Cranio Sacral Therapy, Bowen Therapy, Reiki, Acupuncture, Phototherapy (Laser Light Therapy), Reflexology, Salt Glow, Kelp Wrap, Organic Facials, Hair and Scalp Treatments and many others.


Dr. Lidia Paice is a Doctor of Natural Medicine and has over 32 years experience in the holistic field. She has a Bachelor of Health Education from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON; a Bachelor of Education from University of Western Ontario, London, ON, and advanced training in counselling. Dr. Lidia is a Program Director at the Fresh Start.

Dr. Lise Maltais is a Naturopathic Doctor with over 20 years of experience, Accredited Bowen Therapy Instructor and Homeopathic Physician. Dr. Lise has been assisting individuals with modifications of the medication by request and provides medical advice, when needed.

Dr. Jeremy Unwin is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and practiced in England for over 15 years. Elton John and Cirque du Soleil were among his clients. Jeremy has been trained in a number of advanced health assessment techniques. Dr. Jeremy is has been designing and monitoring the Individual Healing Protocols.

Ania Kastashchuk is a co-founder of the Fresh Start Health Retreat and has a Bachelor in Education, Bachelor in Psychology, as well is a Natural Health Consultant. She has a deep understanding of the Fresh Start programs and is the Program Manager/Senior Program Director.

The integrative Fresh Start Team of therapists and emotional wellness specialists is very knowledgeable, experienced, intuitive and caring. Many unique therapies are offered at the retreat.


Fresh Start offers its health and wellness retreats at the oceanfront Eco-conscious Ocean Resort Hotel and Wellness Centre. Located on Vancouver Island, BC, just south of Campbell River, 30 minutes from Comox International Airport and 1.5 hrs. North of Nanaimo ferries, Fresh Start is uniquely positioned to host your health-and-wellness experience. The facilities are overlooking Desolation Sound and the Coastal Mountain range from beautiful Oyster Bay.

Fresh Start Health Retreat Centers


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