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You know that your brain controls your body, but did you know that your body also controls your brain? The activity in your brain changes every second based on what your body is doing in a process called biofeedback.

People tend to unknowingly generate all types of negative biofeedback, especially in the case of depression. For example, studies have shown that people with depression have more muscle tension, which increases anxiety reinforcing the depression.

We all want to be happy, productive and relaxed, yet there is often something missing when we simply try to make changes to things like diet and exercise. What if you could change the way your brain thinks, and break the negative biofeedback loop and create new ways of thinking and feeling?

Neuroplasticity is a term for the ability of your brain to reorganize itself, creating new neural connections throughout your life, as a result of your environment, behavior, thinking, and emotions.

Catherine Roscoe Barr, BSc Neuroscience, explains, “With practice we can use our minds to physically change our brains. We begin to crave healthy habits, and notice a massive decrease in our struggle with willpower.”  

In her years as a full-time fitness professional, she found there was something missing from the conversation on exercise and nutrition. She finally discovered what that was: stress management.

She calls this holistic approach the Trifecta of Wellness: stress management, exercise and nutrition.

Catherine struggled with depression for years. Having moved many times as a child, including every year during high school, she lacked the tools to be resilient, self-nurture, and cultivate a sense of personal power.

It was only when she left her full-time work as a fitness professional and spent time researching and sharing wellness, that she finally came to understand the importance of stress management, and the power we have to use our minds to change our brains, and better our lives.

“I’d built and was able to maintain a positive mindset, and it completely changed my life.” Catherine decided to share these skills with others, creating The Life Delicious holistic wellness curriculum. She has since helped hundreds of people transform their lives with this simple, sensible, science-based approach.

“Implementation is what really sets The Life Delicious curriculum apart. We tap into the power of neuroplasticity to hardwire these life-changing, transformative strategies.”

The Fairmont Empress will be hosting a special weekend retreat with Catherine in order to bring these skills to Victoria. The Luxury Wellness Retreat at the Fairmont Empress will provide the space and time to completely focus on creating your best life.

Everything will be taken care of, so you can focus on recreating you! Nourishing meals, guided physical activities, luxurious rooms for rejuvenating slumbers, and The Life Delicious curriculum to strategize and implement actions for the life you dream of living.

If our home or vehicle needs repairs, we don’t balk at a thousand-dollar price tag. So why do we hesitate to invest in improving our body and mind? It’s hard to imagine the return on investment on a weekend devoted to self-care, but close your eyes and picture a life with more energy, greater mental-physical strength, wellsprings of resilience, greater willpower, and more joy.

As Catherine explains, “If you learn how to live better, it’s priceless.”

The Luxury Wellness Retreat Itinerary

Friday, September 30, 2016
6:00pm to 8:30pm: Welcome reception & healthy canapes

Saturday, October 1, 2016
8:00am: Strength workout
8:45am: Breakfast
MODULE 1: Body basics and fitness basics
MODULE 2: Trifecta of Wellness, Mood, Food & Fitness Journal and neuroplasticity
11:30am: Flexibility workout
12:15pm: Lunch
1:00pm: MODULE 3: Rituals for mind-body-spirit nutrition
2:00pm: Free time / optional activities (The Pedaler, habour boat cruise, hike)
6:30pm: Dinner

Sunday, October 2, 2016
8:00am: Cardio workout (outdoor walk/run, rain or shine)
8:45am: Breakfast
MODULE 4: The science of negative thinking and emodiversity
MODULE 5: Positive psychology, gratitude, and happiness
11:30am: Movement break
12:00pm: Lunch
12:45pm: MODULE 6: Brain hygiene, meditation and sleep
1:45pm: Closing ceremony with canapes & bubbles!
2:45pm: Finish

Starting at $999 per person. There is also a locals special (without rooms) for $799.00. This includes all six modules, activities and food for the weekend.

Package Includes:

  • Two night stay in luxury accommodations
  • 12 hours of instruction including six wellness modules and guided fitness activities
  • Healthy meals each day

When: Friday, September 30, 2016 – Sunday, October 02, 2016

Catherine Roscoe Barr photo by Aaron J. Barr
Catherine Roscoe Barr photo by Aaron J. Barr

Catherine Roscoe Barr:
Recognized for her enthusiastic expertise on wellness, food, travel and sustainability, she’s been published and featured in numerous national media outlets in Canada and USA. For more information on Catherine Roscoe Barr visit

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