Taylor Sansom creates the Ziara Wellness Retreat for working women in the Hunter

BUSINESS BREAK: Taylor Sansom will run the Ziara Wellness Retreat for women in a luxe ocean-front home. Picture: Marina Neil.
BUSINESS BREAK: Taylor Sansom will run the Ziara Wellness Retreat for women in a luxe ocean-front home. Picture: Marina Neil.

WHEN Taylor Sansom made a last minute decision to attend a women’s wellness retreat in Bali in August, her focus was on “personal development, to re-discover self-love, set intentions and rejuvenate.”

Surrounded by 12 other women from around the globe “of all ages, sizes and life experiences”, Ms Sansom, 22, drew strength from the wellness program. And when she returned to her executive assistant role in Newcastle and spoke to other working women she saw the need to create a similar retreat in the city.

 “When I told women about the Bali retreat the response was ‘I wish we could have something here’,” she says. “Many expressed that they didn’t have the time or money to go overseas and wished there was something closer to home for the convenience and affordability.”

Inspired, Ms Sansom founded Žiara Wellness Retreat which will be held at a luxury property in Merewether and supported by a string of health-focused Newcastle businesses.

The three day program includes two fundamental activities - yoga and fitness classes with trainers from women's gym Lissome - as well as several optional treatments and activities including surfing and a one-one-one life coaching. An on-site caterer will devise a menu based on whole food and wellness." 

Ms Sansom says her own retreat experience reinforced her belief that women are neglecting to prioritise their own well-being. 

Time out: Yoga is one of the wellness activities that forms part of the retreat organised by Taylor Sansom.

Time out: Yoga is one of the wellness activities that forms part of the retreat organised by Taylor Sansom.

“We work so hard, whether it’s at home or school orientated events or our job or just making time for our friends, families and to see 1000 people in a week –  we always go out of our way every day for others but not ourselves,” she says.

 Ms Sansom plans to hold monthly retreats – which cater to eight people and run from Friday to Sunday – with the aim that they become locally recognised as something special for Hunter women.

 “I want women to talk to one another and encourage one another to go because they deserve it, and I want them to walk away from it feeling lighter and knowing they are worth it and knowing they must look after themselves first and foremost.”

Žiara Wellness Retreat is on Facebook and Instagram.