It's safe to say that I didn't really prepare beyond buying some new yoga/fitness kit and asking Nikon if I could borrow a smaller, more transportable camera than my pro bodies. I took the Nikon 1 V3 with me and 2 lenses - the 10 - 30mm 3.5-5.6 and the 32mm 1.2. It's very small very powerful tool with a tilt screen touch monitor - 18.4 megapixels with an ISO range from 160 - 12,800.
I turned up late on the Sunday night and Katie showed me to our tent - it wasn't the quietest first night with a variety of sounds including donkeys, dogs and call to prayer. Turns out I slept well after this from pure exhaustion.
Juicy Mountain is not for the faint hearted - and Katie and I swopped many a 'look' between each other which said something along the lines of 'how did we get ourselves into this'. The daily scheduled began at 7am and involved about 7 hours of exercise on juice. It was proper hiking in the heat, a lot of yoga and then incredibly tough classes like circuits and 'insanity'.
I loved the juicing and can hand on heart say I never felt hungry once. I had a headache from hell for 24 hours as the detox kicked in.
We did get a break during the hottest hours of the day and most people would head to the pool and collapse.
On Wednesday you get an afternoon on a boat - very much needed and we all loved every second of it. The boat left from the port at Gocek which you can see below. I absolutely love the panorama feature on the camera.
Although the scenery was stunning probably the best part was actually getting to eat some fresh fruit! I put the Nikon 1 to the test by handing the camera to a complete non photographer and asking him to try and capture me diving off the boat - I was amazed by the option to shoot at 60 frames per second. When you flick back through the stills it's like watching a movie in slow mo...
The yoga and rebounding platform was built to make the most of the stunning mountain views and I desperately wanted to see an amazing sunset. Finally we got one and I ran back to the tent to get the camera. In all these images the camera was in touch screen function - you literally put your finger on what you want in focus!
Everyone is encouraged to take a shot at the end of the stay to capture the physical change in your body. I'm definitely slimmer, stronger and healthier and people cannot stop telling me how well I look. The truth is I feel even better.
On the last day after check out we had a few hours more in Gocek - where we ate our first meal. We all opted for yet another fresh juice despite people drinking cold wine and beer around us.
I ordered myself a juicer and blender from the retreat and continue to juice every day alongside a more normal but healthy diet. I can't recommend the retreat enough but it's no holiday... My batteries are completely recharged. Turns out I don't want to give the Nikon 1 back - it's a very clever little camera.