Fresh Start Health Retreats offers its health and wellness retreats at the oceanfront and eco-luxurious Ocean Resort hotel and spa – Vancouver Island’s Wellness Retreat Centre & Spa. Located just south of Campbell River, 30 minutes from Comox International Airport and 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, BC. During your all-inclusive stay, you’ll have a private accommodation, with options of an ocean or courtyard-view.

Fresh Start is a health and lifestyle transformation retreat where people come to start gradually, naturally improving their health using the Fresh Start Healing Structure™, in which Whole Body Detox and Cellular Re-nourishment™ are core components. Whether you are a health seeker coming for a 7-day Relax Retreat with zero health conditions, or a client referred by a physician for 14 or 21-day Retreat to work on an ailment, 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.


The all-inclusive programs each include clean and comfortable eco-friendly lodging at the Ocean Resort, with ocean view or courtyard views, private bathrooms and Wi-Fi access. Guests enjoy access to a fitness center, health spa, meditation and sanctuary space, among other amenities of the resort.

The programs include all of the necessary components for the body cleanse and restoration, such as our specially designed cleansing drinks, beverages and smoothie formulas, plus organic fruits and vegetables (on eating days).

Health and Education Seminars are offered with our trained educators, as well as by video and participation workshops. Relaxation and Fun are part of the program, too — including guided meditation, art of massage classes, art classes, organic facial classes, organic hair care classes, natural cosmetic classes, communing around the bonfire, nature walks, and more.


Our guests enjoy a rich and satisfying diet of organic live foods, which include fresh vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts and sprouted grains, combined in appealing gourmet dishes. A variety of fresh-squeezed juices, cleansing drinks, teas and purified water constitute an important part of our programs. The unique formulas and drinks are specially chosen for their cleansing properties with focus on the GI tract, liver and blood. Our programs combine periods of eating, semi-fasting and juice fasting, for optimum results and a comfortable process.


Our spa therapies are both pampering and highly therapeutic in nature. They greatly assist in detoxification 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, and Hair and Scalp Treatments.

Evening steam baths with aromatherapy are among the favorite activities for our guests, and are designed to assist in the elimination of toxins, boost the immune system, strengthen the cardio-vascular system, clear the respiratory system and rejuvenate the skin.


Before you arrive at Fresh Start, you’ll participate in a Pre-Program Consultation with one of our Natural Health Consultants, a Pre-Program Health Assessment by Program Director and Team, learn about a 1-2 Week Weight Loss Pre-Program (optional), and learn about Individualized Health Programs by our Program Director.

During your retreat, you’ll participate in your selected All Inclusive Program with guidance by our Program Director, and you’ll have access to a team of Multi-therapy Health Professionals.

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


… and will I be able to keep up? Every guest is unique, and each guest has their own needs and concerns. Guests of all ages and fitness levels can participate in our program. We’ve welcomed young mothers, senior citizens, the physically challenged, and the athletically abled. Bear in mind, however, that our facilities are not ADA-accessible in that we do not have elevators or ramps for those requiring wheelchair access. Our integrative medical services and consultation assure you are guided to the best program for each guest, and our fitness, yoga, and activity options have benefits for almost every fitness level from “just starting out” to “slow but steady” to seasoned hiking and physical fitness enthusiasts.


Lidia Paice received a Bachelor of Health Education from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON and a Bachelor of Education from University of Western Ontario, London, ON in 1978, and received a Master’s and Doctorate in Natural Medicine Degrees from International Quantum University of Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Lise Maltais is a Naturopathic Doctor with over20 years of experience, Accredited Bowen Therapy Instructor and Homeopathic Physician.

The Fresh Start Team is enhanced with spa managers, estheticians, hydrotherapists, integrative body workers, massage therapists, acupuncturists, yoga instructors and more.


Fresh Start Health Centers offers its health restoration retreats overlooking Desolation Sound and the Coastal Mountain range. We are 30 minutes from Vancouver Island’s Comox International Airport (YQQ). Please talk to us about travel recommendations for arriving, including the best times to arrive to assure staff is available to assist you with settling in.

Fresh Start Health Retreat Centers


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