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Get well online with Gwinganna

Queensland hinterland health retreat Gwinganna has released a new series of online seminars and information guides. The Wellness at Home package provides access to key wellness experts from the retreat in addition to special guest contributors such as preventative cardiologist Dr Jason Kaplan. Users will be able to access videos of popular classes, audio meditation sessions, and seminars and interviews on topics such as detox, sleep, nutrition and heart health. The six-month package is priced at A$89.95 and is available for purchase from Gwinganna’s online store.


Run Milan with Nike

Guests at the Four Seasons Hotel Milano can now combine their daily workout with a sightseeing tour of the city led by a professional Nike coach. The run itinerary will be based on guests’ fitness levels and objectives, and will take in popular landmarks such as the Milan Cathedral, Castello Sforzesco and some of the city’s gardens and green spaces. The session finishes back at the hotel, with a guided stretching session at the fitness centre. Prices for a one-hour session start from €90 (about A$132).


Aqua expeditions’ wellness itinerary

River cruise line Aqua Expeditions is partnering with fitness specialist Alex Salihin to launch an exclusive wellness itinerary. Salihin, ambassador for premium sportswear brand Lululemon and founder of LEVEL fitness, will host a range of health and wellness activities on the four-night cruise as it travels through Cambodia along the Mekong River. Activities include morning yoga classes on the outdoor sundeck, meditation classes, one-on-one training sessions with Salihin, spa treatments, and daily biking and kayaking. Rates start from US$5,140 (around A$6,444) per person, twin share.


Grow and heal in Bhutan

Where better to nurture wellbeing and promote healing than in a country that measures its success in terms of Gross National Happiness? Amankora in Bhutan is offering guests a special program designed to release negative emotions and reduce stress. Tim Stoneman, a renowned energy healer and hypnotherapist, will run the Energetic Emotional Pain Release experience, helping guests to recover from past traumas and let go of negative attachments through focused meditation. Stoneman will also offer hypnotherapy sessions to allow guests to replace negative beliefs and habits with positive alternatives. While Stoneman specialises in helping patients reduce stress, improve sleep quality and increase overall happiness, the hypnotherapy sessions are also effective in treating addictions, phobias and depression. The experience will be available from 16 October to 30 November 2017. Prices start from US$200 (about A$249) for a 60-minute session.


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For a relatively small country, the weather differs significantly between northern and southern Italy. The north of Italy is flanked by the Alps and the Apennines, generating a harsh climate with brutally cold winters and hot, humid, summers.  The middle part of the country has a mild climate with little change seen between winters and summers, while the south of Italy and the islands winters are hardly noticeable.  Due to these differences the best time to visit depends on what region you are visiting, but the high seasons are May through early July and September & October.


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