We're often led to believe that degeneration and degradation is our lot as we grow older, but the tools and tips gleaned from the retreat turn that thinking completely on its head... 10 days after the retreat, the excess weight I lost has stayed off and the giddy-high I left with has remained with me.
I so enjoyed the whole experience! I am very happy to share that some of my 24 health complaints disappeared over the week: 1) I had no dizzy spells at all. (I normally get these daily). 2) Sores at sides of mouth cleared up (I have had these for years) 3) No night sweats. 4) Rosacea has cleared up. 5) No painkillers were needed for my Fibromyalgia. 6) I didn’t need any diazapam. (I normally take it daily for anxiety). 7) No panic attacks. 8) Fibromyalgia pain in feet is much better – I walk without thinking about it now. 9) I am now using magnesium oil on knees, elbows, etc., instead of Ketaprofen cream, and it takes away the pain. I was expecting to be a bit stressed, being out of my comfort zone, but I wasn’t at all. I have no doubt whatsoever that this was all down to you, you have an amazing gift. I have also lost 9lbs, which is a great bonus to all of the above.
I can't begin to tell you what a difference the retreat has made to me - I have had the best time ever, made lots of new friends, lost 8lbs and I feel great. Everything about the retreat is awesome and inspiring. How could you fail to benefit from spending time here? You are the most compassionate, patient, kind and knowledgeable teacher and an inspiration to us all! Thank you again for making it all such a wonderful experience. Ps My husband is well impressed with the Goddess who has returned in place of the old me!
Thank you, Katrina, for a truly life changing week. You've been a TOTAL INSPIRATION. I absolutely LOVE what you're doing here and it has been 10,000,000% exactly what I needed this week. Thanks for giving me the 'tools' to get back to being me - I feel like I'm finally on the way out of a very dark place and on a shiny, golden path to somewhere new and amazing.
Thank you Katrina, I feel great after a week of juicing in the Highlands and I'm inspired to live a healthier life. A week of juicing, rest and spending time in the Highlands is a recipe for fitting into your favourite shorts again, feeling full of energy and still feeling the benefit (and keeping the weight off) three months down the line. (Read Louise Gray's review of the retreat in the Sunday Herald, here)
I went to my weekly pilates session after the retreat and without knowing where I had been, everyone commented on how good I looked! I’ve lost 8lbs and I really noticed a difference with my joints and energy level during the class. My son is home for the weekend - I’ve got him juicing– and he says I look fantastic too! I want to thank Katrina very much for her patience, kindness and for the incredible range of 'tools' I now have. A million thanks.
I feel amazing - so good in fact, I wish I could bump into my ex's today!! What a fantastic experience and I have lost half a stone. Two weeks since returning home, I still feel amazing. It's completely blown away the cobwebs, I feel like a new woman.
You’ve created something very special at The Body Toolkit, Katrina, and it’s been a joy to be part of this week’s retreat. You have a gentleness and calmness about you that made me feel relaxed and at ease from the minute I arrived, and your passion for nutrition and a healthy lifestyle is infectious! I can’t wait to put into practice all that I’ve learned during our wonderful walks and our talks around the kitchen table. I’m returning home inspired, informed and in tune with my body. Sincere thanks for all your support this week and best wishes for the continued success of your retreats. Love, Lynne
Dear Katrina, what can we say?! 'Thank you' seems not enough. You treated all of us like royalty - with such incredible kindness and care, and it was a fabulously restful, enjoyable and informative week. We so needed it. You epitomise all that you teach, and that makes it even more powerful and inspiring. Donald lost a stone and I lost 6lbs during our time with you and we are determined and inspired to keep going pursuing our best health. Thank you again for all your kind and generous outpouring of loving service and teaching.
Dear Katrina, THANK YOU so much for such an incredible week! I arrived wanting to ‘be healthy’ and ‘shift a few pounds’ and I feel like I have left with a degree in nutrition! The past week has absolutely transformed me and I am so excited about my new way of living :-). You are an absolute inspiration and you instantly make everyone feel at ease and welcome. I have never felt so good... my cells are very happy with me right now! And if I can do a week of juicing, who knows what else I can achieve... Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Dear Katrina, Thank you for a wonderful week. I’m leaving a different person to the one who arrived and I’ll be adjusting not only my nutrition, but also the way I view myself and my life. You are inspirational because of your passion towards a healthy life, both physically and mentally. Good luck with The Body Toolkit and its evolution. I’m glad I have met you.
Dear Katrina, What can I possibly say that hasn't been said before by everyone else? I feel so much better in both body and mind, after the magical week in Ardnamurchan. On the 4th night at the retreat I slept from 11pm until 5am - I haven’t slept that long in over a year! I hope you do not mind but I have just canonised you and hereafter you will be known as 'Saint Katrina'. And my husband is now completely won over to juicing, which has now replaced our breakfast!
Katrina, you are a joy to know and be around. The Body Toolkit is an amazing idea and I love all the facets of it. Thank you for looking after us so well. A quote that comes to mind when I think of you is ‘it’s a wonderful thing when a career and passion come together’. Another... ‘success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it’. You’ve got so much talent and a delightful manner. You are amazing, what you are doing is amazing and how you are doing it, amazing. Love, Olivia.
I really loved my time at the retreat, and thoroughly benefited from my week there. A great mix of lovely surroundings, good company, support, fun and advice - not to mention the juices! Now back home refreshed, positive and seven pounds lighter. Despite considerable efforts, I have not managed to be this weight for four years; so the retreat has been just what I needed and more. I plan to return next year, and will set it as an intention!
My skin is clearer, I feel lighter, more energised and somehow I've managed to lose half a stone. The gentle approach during the Body Toolkit retreat felt like a holiday for my body and mind.
Thank you for a wonderful week - it was much easier than I thought it would be! I loved everything about it, the walks, the chats, the juices, the magnesium baths and the resting. Looking forward to my next retreat with you already.
After 6 days of juicing, fresh air and superb company - I have lost a stone. But even better than that, I feel myself again, I feel relaxed, I feel healthy, I feel amazing.
What a week - thank you, thank you, thank you. You are knowledgeable and wise beyond your years and I have learnt so much from you. The atmosphere that you create here is calming, nurturing, supporting and inspiring. You have nourished us with delicious juices and tasty soups, and I thoroughly enjoyed the mindfulness and EFT techniques you taught us. You have helped me start to clear blockages both mentally and physically. Keep following your dream and getting the message out there. You are kind, gentle and a great teacher.
You have taught me so much about juicing and looking after myself both body and mind. I have loved looking out at the beautiful scenery every morning and have enjoyed the walks and wildlife. You're a fabulous teacher and an inspiration - thank you so much for a wonderful week.
A new start and a new beginning – just what I needed. Thank you so much for all your encouragement and wisdom. I do hope your Body Toolkit goes on to great success and I will keep in touch. I am feeling great in body and mind, and I’m very happy to recommend to anyone. Love and blessings.
I can honestly say that this retreat was the best gift I could have given myself - it has been a lot easier than I expected, thanks to your support and encouragement. I can truly say I never felt deprived or hungry, no cravings for my usual weaknesses and my taste buds have been re-educated. How easy it is now to get my 5+ a day! Your passion for what you do shines through - thank you for starting me on the path to continued good health.
Having lost 9lbs, I had no idea it would be this easy. I feel amazing and I can't thank you enough. Three weeks home: I’m juicing regularly, I have lost 11lbs (5kg), I sleep better than I have for years... and it’s making a huge difference to my health. (Read Ashley Davies' review of the retreat in The Scotsman, here)
Dear Katrina, I haven’t weighed myself on purpose, but my body feels lighter and my pH is at 8 – whoop whoop! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us, for your patience, kindness and understanding, and for being who, and the way, you are – you really are a “force for good”! A big thank you also to the group I was there with, it was such a great dynamic and a real tonic. With heartfelt thanks again - I am looking forward to coming back next year.
The Body Toolkit retreat has shown me the power of the body to heal, if given half the chance. I've seen such a huge change in my body and my relationship with food after just 6 days that now I'm sharing all I've learnt with everyone I care about, and my sister has already signed up for the next retreat. (Read Mhairi's blog post here.)
I came to the retreat for my need to address health issues as well as weight issues. The experience has been both informative and inspirational. This is the start of the rest of my life and I want to thank you for your vision, style and passion to see people become free from damaging habits. Katrina is attempting to change the health of a nation, one person at a time!! And she is the witness of what she teaches - it’s been a privilege for my wife and I to have done this together. (Donald lost 15lbs during the retreat)
I can honestly say I haven't been hungry once or craved any of my demons (coffee and wine). Your holistic approach and wealth of knowledge has made this week comfortable and empowering. I feel like I have a life in front of me and I am so glad I came. Thank you, thank you, thank you - I will be back!
The Body Toolkit retreat was the best thing I have ever done. After the week, not only had I lost 7 pounds, my skin was brighter and I felt absolutely amazing. Katrina, you were so supportive, thank you so much, and thank you so much for providing such a wonderful experience. See you next year!!
Your passion is inspirational, the set-up sublime and the experience extraordinary. Juicing, sleep, walks, good company and quiet reflection in the Highlands is a magical experience. Now being 4.5lbs lighter I am delighted that I will not have to replace the contents of my wardrobe, thanks to your sterling efforts!
Dear Katrina, Thank you so much for making last week such a wonderful and uplifting experience. Your patience and kindness is overwhelming. You have certainly given us the ‘tools’ to live a healthier, happier life... invaluable. Gillian & David
Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement this week, Katrina. The safe bubble you create here really helped me get through some difficult days. Now at the end of the week I can really feel the benefit and it was definitely worth persevering! I have loved my time here and the retreat exceeded my expectations by far. I am leaving with a much clearer understanding about nutrition and a ‘be kind to yourself’ and ‘can do’ attitude!
What can I say that hasn’t been said before? What an uplifting, soul searching experience I have had. Both you and the group have been a fantastic support... what a team! You have given me food for the soul and lots of new things to look forward to, thank you.
After five days of detoxing, I am hooked on the benefits of fresh, raw juices and food. What a thoroughly enjoyable time I have had in the company of some amazing people and in charge of us all a very talented and compassionate lady, Katrina Mather. Thank you so much for giving us such an enjoyable retreat, and with incredible results. If you're interested in giving your body a healthy shake-up, then give The Body Toolkit retreat a try.
It was a wonderful week, where having the chance to walk in the Scottish hills and relax in beautiful surroundings made an all juice cleanse even more enjoyable. Thank you, Katrina, for a wonderful week, you're incredibly kind and made this week so easy - I feel happy and revitalised.
Katrina, This has been an amazing journey for me and has opened up a new world of nutrition for me. I feel optimistic about food for the first time in my 65 years – thank you. You are a beautiful person inside and out, and I will recommend you to everyone! Many thanks for the start of my journey.