MY STORY: Michelle Nipperess
Michelle Nipperess discusses her reasons for visiting Sukhavati, her prior health concerns and what she got out of our rejuvenation program. Follow the link for the full interview.
“Heavenly, life-changing, magic. I feel very blessed to have discovered such a place and to have had the opportunity to do a program at Sukhavati and meet the people that I have met along the way.”
– Michelle Nipperess
Michelle Nipperess, a Melbourne-born business owner and mother, currently living in Albury visited Sukhavati in May, 2017 (for a 7 Day Program) and September, 2018 (for an 11 Day Program). We caught up with Michelle to find out about her experience at Sukhavati!
1. What was your reason for choosing Sukhavati for your program and holiday?
Michelle: I was diagnosed with MS, very unexpectedly, three years ago, which was quite a shock! I was told to go home and take my pick of drugs. It didn’t make sense to me to simply take western drugs that all had horrible side effects and such low success rates. Than I began to look into alternative options on dealing with the diagnosis.
I started reading about MS and diet, mediatation, exercise, yoga etc. and then decided that I needed to detox and learn more about meditation. I looked at retreats within Australia and then decided that Bali might have more options, and I found Sukhavati, after doing a lot of researching. I had no idea about Ayurveda at the time and only knew a little about meditation.
2. What did you enjoy the most or a highlight from your time at Sukhavati?
Michelle: Both visits, I really love the talking to and meeting other guests. Sukhvati seems to attract interesting and like minded people, which makes everyone’s stay really great. I feel truly nurtured and so well looked after by all the staff. They are so genuinely caring and feel like new friends by the end of the stay. The greatest impact, is the way I feel inside myself, when I leave. I feel the healthiest I have ever been; I feel strong, relaxed and at peace.
3. Please describe the service of our retreat staff.
Michelle: Beyond exceptional. The staff begin to feel like family after a while.
4. How would you rate Sukhavati’s ability to provide a relaxing environment for guests? (Out of 10)
5. Can you comment on any noticeable results or changes you have experienced from your time at Sukhavati?
Michelle: My whole outlook on life and health has changed!
6. Did you know anything about Ayurveda before coming on this program?
Michelle: No, but since my time at Sukhavati, I have read books, starting cooking Ayurveda and even I am considering doing a course.
7. Before this program, did you practise Yoga? Had you been to a health retreat or Ayurvedic retreat prior to this?
Michelle: I did practise Yoga, however I had not been to a retreat like this at all before visiting Sukhavati.
8. Did anything surprise you about your Sukhavati, Bali program?
Michelle: At the beginning of my first stay, I was a little nervous about what was install for me. But I am always willing to give everything a go and I was surprised at just how amazing I felt after just 1 week at Sukhavati.
It was life changing and I have incorporated Ayurveda into me everyday life, gone on to learn TM meditation and have returned to Sukhavati for a second time, so it has been life changing.
Sukhavati and Bali hold a special place in my heart and I will always return.
Thank you Michelle, for sharing your story with us. We can’t wait to see you next time!
If you are looking to book a rejuvenation program with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us and chat with one of our reservations officers, today.