The Regeneration Retreat

 Time to rest and reenergise.

Have you felt your energy drop these past few years? Are you left wondering what’s happened to your mojo? Or do you just really crave a fresh start in your life, physically, mentally and geographically? Here you have found a completely natural way to return to the vibrancy you've been missing, or to give that vitality you already have an extra boost.

Read the article that was published in The Times by John Simpson about our Regeneration Retreat.


Voted in the Independent as one of the best health and wellness retreats of 2023 by Madeleine Spencer.

"During the seven days of this Regeneration Retreat you’ll be welcomed into a familial atmosphere, sharing the nutritionist-overseen meals designed to mimic a fasting protocol at a communal table."

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The house and how it was prepared for us, the food, the treatments, the peace & silence and the amazing chats, plus all the extra activities were all perfectly chosen and paced. We were cared for with love, intuition, and perceptive emotional intelligence, as...
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What a week! Thank you for bringing us into such a special place with such care and love. Everything, the food, discussions, and treatments have been exceptional. Taking a week to focus on rest and restoration is not easy, so to have it be so transformative...
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This week has been one of the best weeks of my life. The care and atmosphere, friendliness and knowledge, that you have shared with all of us has been of the highest quality - beyond all expectations imaginable. It's mind blowing. I feel refreshed, rebooted,...
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Dear Regeneration Team, Thank you for all the care, friendship, laughs and amazing treatments and advice. I have felt truly “held” for a week of wonderful company and amazing food. The diet was not as difficult as I thought as it was so delicious....
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Thank you for the most wonderful week in beautiful Siliano Alto. I'm so deeply grateful to have been a part of this group. Such lovely people, with interesting stories and journeys in life. You have created such an exceptional experience. The most delicious...
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Wow! I had high expectations of this week; they have been surpassed beyond all imagination. The food, the quality of treatments were superb, BUT the level of compassion, love and empathy were far beyond the call of duty. Much love and hope to this again. John.
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Dear Shiny people, What a beautiful, peaceful place and a team of such kind, caring and authentic people. Truly special and I feel so grateful to have met you all. Thank you for taking such good care of us. So much of this experience has been about the way you...
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Thank you for the 7 really wonderful days I spent with you. From the first moment till the end, I was given a lot of love, beautiful food, great chats, and magnificent outings. The whole experience has been incredible and I’ll never forget it. It was so...

The Regeneration Retreat is perfect for general health and well being and preventative medicine, as well as supporting those dealing with long covid, inflammation, chronic health issues and much much more.

Shine has been offering Holistic Health Care in London since 2003. We bring decades of experience to these residential retreats. We can help you find the answers of how to get back to yourself. Our team of dedicated health professionals will be working to improve your health alongside the power of the Regeneration Diet, created by Michelle McKenzie (BSc, ANutr). This 5 day wholefood diet gives you all the health benefits of fasting whilst being fed 3 precise nutrient rich and balanced meals a day.

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Everything included on your retreat.

An onsite consultation with Michelle on retreat.
5 day Regeneration Diet Protocol.
All food at home including days that you are not fasting and a packed lunch to fly home with.
Qi Gong
Initial Cranial Osteopathy treatment
Initial Massage treatment
Follow-up treatments 

A beautiful Tuscan home to live in with everything that you could need.
The estates swimming pool (open June - August) 200m from the house.
Countryside walks
Fresh water swimming in Lake Trasimeno
Transport to and from the Hot Springs to celebrate breaking your fast.
Chances to explore the surrounding towns architecture and artwork.
Transfers to and from Perugia airport on the designated days.

Imagine basking in the beautiful sunshine,
or taking shade under the many tress in our garden,
having a healthy breakfast,
receiving an energetic or bodywork treatment,
choosing whether you'd like to take a stroll,
read a book, have a swim or take a nap.

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25th June - 2nd of July


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September 9th - 16th


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How we will support you.

We do all the work and planning, so you don't have to. Your biggest decision will be where to eat lunch or what to carry to the pool. We will even help you with this if needed. 

To help you gain the most from this week, we will have two amazing bodyworkers onsite treating you:
Rehana Kapadia and Becky Clarke have over 30 years of experience between them, offering Cranial Osteopathy and multiple forms of Massage respectively. Their skills and knowledge will work holistically to help you create a state that encourages healing.

Our practitioners will build a programme around your needs, so that you can sit back, relax, read, wander our woods or take a dip in the pool. So whether it is lethargy, pain, brain fog, inflammation, weight gain or other “unusual for you”, symptoms, we are here for you.

During this retreat, you will be be given Bodywork and Energetic treatments, designed to aid the healing process, and help to restore or build your immune system. This is a full body reboot, we will check in daily with you and adjust our plans to meet your body's needs.

You can pick and choose activities to join in with or equally step back from. Rest is a key element to healing and actively encouraged.

We will cater to your every need as you partake in this powerfully healing week.

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A Typical day on retreat.
Breakfast at 10am
 Walking /  Swimming / Free time
Lunch at 2pm
Holistic Treatments
Dinner at 6pm
Qi Gong session
Talk / Read / Watch something together

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Price List

We have a few options to tailor to all of your needs. Whether you need your own space, want to come along with a few friends or share with a partner, we have you covered. This retreat is ideal for 5 - 8 guests only. Everything included on retreat is reflected in your choice of investment below.

Deluxe Ground Floor Room, Private Bathroom, Single Occupancy = £3400.
Deluxe Ground Floor Room, Private Bathroom, Double Occupancy = £2400 (pp) based on two people sharing a King bed or Twin beds.
Deluxe Ground Floor Room, Private Bathroom, Triple Occupancy =£1700 (pp) based on three people sharing with a single bed each.
1st Floor Room with a Shared Bathroom, Single Occupancy = £2800
1st Floor Room with a Shared Bathroom, Double Occupancy = £2000 (pp) based on two people sharing a King bed or Twin beds.

Request a call about this retreat.

Not included in the price: Flights, Transfers if not flying into Perugia, Meals out when the protocol is finished, Admission to the Hot Springs.

Payment plans are available upon request.



Travel Details

We are set in the beautiful countryside on the border of Tuscany and Umbria.
Our nearest train station is Chiusi-Chianciano Terme.
Our nearest local airport is Sant'Egidio Airport (PEG - Perugia)
Our nearest major airports are Fiumicino Airport (FCO - Rome), Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA - Pisa)

Each retreat will have suggested flight times from London with a transfer included from Perugia.
Other times, flights and arrangements can be discussed and costed as required.
Train transfer from all other airports is quite easy, and we can help you with tickets and directions.
We will always be happy to pick you up from Chiusi train station.

Meet your Retreat Leader, Michelle:

Michelle option 4You will be guided on the retreat by Michelle McKenzie (BSc, ANutr) a registered Associate Nutritionist and author. Michelle studied Human Nutrition at the London Metropolitan University and graduated with a first class honours degree. She was also awarded the Dietetics, Food and Nutrition prize by the university in recognition of her academic achievements. In 2016 an abstract of her research on low carbohydrate diets and diabetes was published by Cambridge Journals and she was invited to present her findings at the Royal Society of Medicine as part of the Nutrition Society’s Annual Winter Conference. 

Michelle loves working with a wide variety of clients to support them on their personal health journeys some of which have included an Oscar winning actor and a BAFTA winning musician. 

‘I love my job, I get to spend time with people and witness their health and vitality transform. It’s a beautiful thing’. 



Support from home.

Need help sooner? Or cant afford to get away?
Contact Michelle to get on the protocol at home with her support. Also you can come and see Rehana and Becky at Shine N16.

The Regeneration Diet

"The 5 day diet regenerates and rejuvenates the whole body. It reduces inflammation, increases energy levels and targets damaged cells. I love feeling the effects of this diet and I now happily repeat it a few times a year to reap all the wonderful health benefits that it provides." Michelle McKenzie (BSc, ANutr) 

Fasting is the greatest remedy, it is the physician within us all.

The five day regenerative diet awakens a highly coordinated response that is already built into the body by taking advantage of billions of years of evolution to activate a self-healing programme.  When your body isn’t constantly engaged in processing foods, it has a chance to revitalise itself so you can discover the natural energy that is already inside you. The five day fast will have a deeply restorative effect on your health.




"Back in spring I decided to cleanse my body, I’d been feeling bloated, lacking in energy with poor sleep and menopausal symptoms and I was lacking focus, with a fussy head.  I contacted Michelle and embarked on her 5-day regeneration diet. Michelle’s expert knowledge of how to prepare prior to the fast and what to expect during was invaluable.  She prepared all my food which was fresh (some grown herself), organic, and she was super supportive throughout, all questions answered, I really felt handheld. The food was so fresh and tasty that you really didn’t feel like you were fasting (perhaps a bit hungry on day 4!).  After the fast, I felt more alert & focussed, my energy levels increased, and my bloating disappeared.

I whole heartedly recommend taking the journey with Michelle if you’re wanting to improve your overall function, physically & psychologically through fasting and I’ll be back soon to repeat."


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The incredible reality of the ever changing hot springs. ...

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A few miles from our hilltop home, we have what the locals call “The Millennials” Olive trees dating back 2000 years.

We often take a wee detour on our way out to our morning coffee and enjoy a walk among these 4 majestic trees.

It’s impossible not to take a moment and wonder about the history these trees have been witness to.

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The joy of getting back to retreats in May is so close!!! We are so excited. Sunshine, country walks, epic views, creative pursuits, wonderful people, delicious food and the best holistic treatments.
La dolce vita!
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Carla’s latest blog is in the bio. Why she fasts, what it does and then how she loves to indulge. That to her is balance. That is joy. That is la Dulce vita 🍦


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Hear about the last day’s adventure on the writers retreat.
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The joys of being on the Creative Writing Retreat. Learning, writing, eating, exploring, playing, giggling, writing some more, forging fun connections with like minded people in the joyous lands of Umbria and Tuscany. Join us in May!! @aga_lesiewicz
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