For the uninitiated, health retreats can give off an air of the exclusive. Like clothes in an expensive shop, the price tags are often hidden from view.
There’s also an expectation that you need to be a certain ‘kind’ of person to go on one: toned, sipping juice and softly spoken.
Or, as TV and film representations like the UK’s Fleabag lead us to believe, it is those running the retreats that are like this. Supremely calm but poised to snatch your phone from your hand if it so much as vibrates.
No doubt some places fit this depiction. But, looking from the outside in, it’s hard to know until you’ve tried.
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