This Is Our Story
Are you looking to escape the hustle and bustle of life and immerse yourself in nature? Are you ready to explore and discover new experiences while feeling thoroughly relaxed yet rejuvenated?
Revitalise Escapes operates Wellness Nature Tours along the Great Ocean Road and The Bellarine in Victoria, Australia.
Every aspect of the tour is curated to nourish your mind, invigorate your body and rejuvenate your soul. Whether you enjoy yoga, love massages, appreciate nature hikes and forest bathing or bike riding, fancy thermal hot springs or a meditation session or enjoy some quiet time outdoors to recharge your batteries, this is the tour for you. There are also adventure activities thrown in for those wanting to be a bit more adventurous.
Revel in mindful movement, relaxation, immerse yourself in nature and enjoy indulging in delicious meals, while taking in the awe-inspiring scenery of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and the Bellarine Peninsula.
Taking part in one of these tours will be a transformative experience, enabling you to immerse yourself in the region’s natural beauty, whilst engaging in exciting and innovative wellness activities. Designed to restore your mind and body through relaxation programs, you will finally have time to recalibrate and relax.
Your ‘reconnection to self’ will feel truly wonderful. As your energy shifts and awakens, new or long-lost parts of yourself will be revealed. Get ready to explore and discover new experiences, while feeling refreshed, relaxed and energised.
Revitalise Escapes - remember what it means to be well.
A wellness holiday can make a difference. You not only have the chance to escape from the stresses of daily life, but can stimulate your mind in a beautiful location and learn healthier habits. It's a great chance to not just relax, but also to improve your physical and emotional wellbeing. A wellness holiday is the chance to embrace the opportunity where self-care and exercise is not a chore, but a fun experience where you can make the most of the beautiful surroundings.
What is Transformation Travel?
Transformational Travel Council Co-Founder and Chairman, Jake Haupert, defines it as: 'Any travel experience that empowers people to make meaningful, lasting changes in their life. Ultimately, it’s a new philosophy on travel that connects travellers to their truest self and to others, cultivating a sense of purpose and belonging.’
About the creator – Jo Surkitt
Jo Surkitt has worked in the wellness and tourism sector her whole life. She specialises in Creating Positive Change in the lives of people of all walks of life.
She is passionate about sharing her wisdom and experience in wellness tourism. Jo’s journey into wellness began in the 90’s when she working in the travel & tourism industry and was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue, Bilharzia, Bell’s Palsy and Fibromyalgia, all around the same time and no western medicine or techniques were improving her illnesses.
Through alternative medicine, lifestyle, food changes and continuing to travel to places that nourished her mind and body she was able to eliminate and reduce the majority of my symptoms and live a life of happiness, fun, exploration and adventure.
She is a passionate traveller, having worked in tourism and health and wellness retreats for many years. Jo definitely has the Wanderlust gene that drives her to continually explore the world. She has travelled to many countries (56 and counting) learning new cultures
and discovering different ways people create a healthy lifestyle; from tribes in Africa to Shaman healers in Peru through to innovative European approaches to natural medicine and wellness, working closely with the Bach Institute in England.
Jo has carefully curated these getaway tours where you will immerse yourself in nature and indulge in a range of activities and experiences that will nourish and nurture your mind, body and soul while discovering the natural wonders of Victoria, Australia.
Our Sustainability practices
Revitalise Escapes highly values and appreciates the beauty of the regions that our business runs on and within. With great respect to this environment, we are committed to running a sustainable business covering the three main areas of business sustainability: Environmental, Economic and Social Responsibility. Our actions as a local business reflect our sustainable business principles.
About our Sustainability practices
We have always assessed how sustainable our business practices are, and changed things along the way to constantly improve with any new initiatives or better practices. We see this as a vital part of our business’s growth and responsibility. We have many existing processes in place as a sustainable business.
Our tours encourage the principles ‘Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’.
Low Carbon footprint – Our bottom-line environmental practice is our company’s low carbon footprint with regard to transport. On most occasions we use leg power instead of vehicles to explore our beautiful region. On our nature walks, daily activities and sessions we talk about the indigenous culture, flora and fauna and the land is left untouched - all that is taken are photos of their experiences.
Reusable water bottles – our staff and guests are provided with reusable water bottles to reduce the amount of plastic waste on our tours.
Small Print Runs – We are conservative with regard to printed material. Where possible, we make online brochures and when needed we print small runs of marketing material in order to reduce wastage and we use local printers to reduce our/their carbon footprint.
Sustainable inks and papers – all of our marketing materials use sustainable ink and paper.
Recycling –Our tours and offices all have recyclable bins and options available.
Social and Economic Responsibility
As a small local business, believe it is highly important to collaborate and support each other. At present we utilise the products and services of 22 local businesses in our tours and retreats. We also focus on sharing our sustainability values with our clients and fellow business operators. We also run programs and initiatives with local businesses to help promote and support each other. We also offer volunteer positions in our business that provide the opportunity for people interested in the wellness and tourism sectors to experience it first hand.
Acknowledgement of Country
We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our tours run on, the Wadawurrung People of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, to Elders present and to emerging leaders, recognising their continuing connection to land, water, culture and community.
“Not all those who wander are lost.”