A few of our awesome guest's words, first hand


A - U - T - E - N - T - I - C - O!!! 

~ Paqui,  Andalusia, Spain

Bonjour Cristina, and Rae I hope you are all well... What a year... I am finally decided I will do an advance diploma In Ayurveda next year’s. I found a school in Adelaide. Ayurveda is recognize in Australia too. I wanted to do it for so long. Now it’s the perfect time. New beginning :-). I finally follow my instincts and my heart :-). I wanted to let you know. You are the one who introduced me to ayurveda ,and Rae meditation. It’s the best experience I had.You made me discovers an other world. Coming at Olive Retreat was on my path to make me found myself again 🙂 part of my journey. Your guys are amazing, never give up, what you are doing it’s fantastic.I can't wait to comeback again and see you both again. Until then take care .i send you big hug and 😘

~ Martine, from la France

My pain is gone.... I'm half down my meds... I don't think I have ever felt as good and I have even had nice conversations to my ex...hahaha. Next time I'll be up for yoga... See you next year and then I'll sleep in a Prana-Pod

~ Bo, Denmark 

Ni har funderat ut det... this is it!

~ Liza., Sverige

Dire a mi jefe que haga venir toda la empresa.... vamos a ser los invencibles

~ Jose, Spain 

You have given and taught me so much whilst filling me with confidence to take on the world and be healthy. I feel absolutely blessed to have met you and spent almost three weeks in your company.

~ Tony, the UK

As I’ve already said the most awesome thing about Olive is you two and the fact you’re intelligent and compassionate beings that live and breathe everything you believe in and teach. I find it so inspiring that you have had a vision and created this haven, every day working to realise it further, and choose to share your journey with so many people. Your kindness is unrivaled and I’m so grateful that I could stay longer. I still can’t believe what amazing luck it was that the student scholarship was a limited time March offer only! You guys are crazy nuts, in the most beautiful and best way. THANK YOU.

~ Lo, (second time she came)

Dear Ray and Cristina,

What can I really say other than thank you so much for an incredible three weeks. I have been so incredibly well taken care of, nurtured in fact, and I feel blessed to have met you both and at the perfect time too - I wouldn’t have wanted to start my trip any other way.

~ Sir S., the United Kingdom

I can’t even begin to explain to you both how much that week meant to me.

~ K, Polen

I’m so excited and grateful for you both for the role you have played in my journey.

~ Bodhi, SA

The team has come back with the lovely O·live aura 😉

Thanks you guys, see you next year

~ Nathan., the USA

The best was the moon meditation and Ray's prompts.

~ Neung, Thailand

Feeling super grateful & full in my heart to have spent some amazing times & special moments with you each and everyone...

~ Natalia, Spain 

“I can never thank you enough, you have changed my life. Thank you, thank you all. I’ll be back.”

~ Jane, from Ireland

The week was so different to all my expectations... the best thing I have ever done.

~ Anna, Germany 

~ K, Polen

This was more than just a yoga retreat with fab food, it was a retreat for the whole mind body spirit. The teachers were so inspiring, caring and knowledgeable. Came away feeling I’ve entered a new stage in my life. Fantastic.

~ Sandy, from Australia

No se como daros las gracias en inglés, ni en ningún idioma. Solo se que mi vida ha vuelto, o yo a ella. ¿Como se da las gracias a alguien que le ha salvado la vida?  No tengo palabras, solo una gratitud inmensa y sentimientos, esos sentimientos como amigos de una vida distante que poco a poco han vuelto durante la semana. Solo gracias no sirve.

~ Diego, from Spain

Time I spent at Olive Retreat has had a lasting effect in many ways, my renewed enthusiasm for cooking being the one I very much owe to you. and the tumor has shrunk 😘

~ Sladja, London 

The week was different to my expectations: more space, more peace. It will be strange going back to reality.

~ , Germany 

Our first video made in Spain 2012. Since then we have changed venue and taken our teaching further into bodies and minds. You find updated pictures and videos on social media 🌿 start with Instagram, Twitter and facebook. Our Youtube channel is for who-to-do videos to answer our guest's questions.

Gracias for everything Cristina! I had such an amazing week and I have learnt loads. You and Ray have inspired me so much and you are both wonderful humans so thank you 💚🥑🥝🥦🥒💚

~ Lina, Spain 

Thank you for such an amazing week. It was the perfect mix of yoga, lessons and food. 

We learnt so much from you and were truly inspired...

~ Kathrine, from Australia

 ...arrived tired and a bit burnt out and have left feeling ready to take on the world. Getting in touch with nature has really healed me and I’m so thankful for all your teaching and guidance. Both of you really, really care and every single day has been like the most amazing growt

~ LS, the UK

I dont think i will ever forget the conversations i had with you both as i really don’t get the chance to speak to anybody about what is going on with me and my struggles in life. The time you gave me is really appreciated and i thank you from the bottom of my heart.... I haven't laughed as much in years....

~ AT, from Singapore

Hi Cristina and Ray,


I’ve been home almost a week now and I can’t believe how quickly it has gone. I just wanted to say the most massive thank you from every fibre of my being. My circumstances at home haven’t changed, my job hasn’t changed, the people I come into contact with every day haven’t changed but somehow it’s all very different

~ Alison, from the UK

You would love to see my healthy breckies and dinners ive been producing over here. Lots of red rice and brown rice combo consumed with fruit or veggies and peanuts. Just need to get onto lentils and beans and a few more different recipes. So included with more exercise my weight is reducing and mental health is improving... Don't know what you did with me but it works, my kids can't believe it....only a week 🤗😘

~ MM, New Zeeland

Feel like I’m 21 again with wisdom, youth really is wasted on the young (lol) I still feel blessed to have met you….even though i wanted to go home the first night!!!!!!!!!!! I am a your surprise success Christina

~ Jane, who since came back many times, Ireland

Thank you for the most amazing time this week. It has been wonderful, revelatory and just the most perfect end to 205 days of travelling. It has also been the best camping experience ever! Stars, comfy sleeps and cold showers next to the jungle!! All amazing. Thank you both so much. We will meet again, I know it.

~ Amy, the USA

I’m back home safe and sound and thought I would let you know I weighed myself this morning and I have lost 4 lbs which is a positive start!

~ Cathrine, Morocco

The best management course I've done (they have sent me to many :)) ...about health and understanding the human and obviously it would work. You are simply brilliant, health is everything....

10/10 have change and I hear them supporting each other.... it worth every penny....definitely shows on the numbers...

~ Peter, manager of a sales team, from Sweden

Cristina and Ray are beautiful people.

~ Tim, from the UK

Thanks for an endless adventure and your unconditional kindness, love and support. Hanging in the shala, testing coffee recipes and coming up with monkey strategies will be sorely missed. Lots of love! Enjoy the stars for me ✨✨✨

~ Kim, UK

It was incredible meeting and getting to know you both. Thank you for your kindness. Massive learning curve. Ray you inspired me to find the future and remembering it from the past 😉 

~ Rob, from Italia

An extract from an email from from London:

Cristina - your knowledge about nutrition and health is incredible and I've learned so much from you.   I felt quite frustrated during the week by the medical profession that no-one had told me how beneficial changes like this could be in preventing disease and getting better, and angry at myself that I didn't put my diet into action sooner - we put our trust in these people!  But I also realise now, I can make these changes myself with relative ease now.  I wish everyone could come and spend a week with you, the world would be a better place! 

Ray - thank you for introducing me to meditation. I have only practiced it once on a buddhist yoga weekend in Wales several years ago, in a room of about 200 practising buddhists‎ whereby we were only guided to clear our minds and make them empty! I couldn't do this as so many things were buzzing around in my head so presumed meditation wasn't for me!   But I really enjoyed the experience this time. I'm not particularly good at dealing with my emotions at times, and I know I keep things bottled up. The night we meditated under the gazebo, I felt overwhelmed with emotion, like the past 9 months was bubbling up inside me.   You asked us to look at where we might be in the future, and for the very first time in a long time, I really felt positive about it and I could observe myself as being free and happy again.  So thank you for that 🙂

This is the best I have ever felt. Considering it's only been a week it's quiet astonishing. In fact, I’m not even sure I ever felt this good. 

Thanks so much!!!

~ Oscar, from Austria who later came back several times and each time he looks better. To his doctor's surprise he doesn't need any of his three medication anymore.

I’ve had a complete epiphany.

~ A

I cannot find the words to thank you both enough, 🙏 I am absorbing all my knowledge and putting a lot in practice, not in an overwhelming way.

It is great to be so wonderful to be growing, learning evolving and chillaxing everyday

~ Jane, Ireland

The week was different to my expectations: more space, more peace. It will be strange going back to reality.

~ , Germany 

The accommodation, food, nutrition lectures and mediation sessions have far exceeded my expectations. This past week has been life changing for me. This from a person who thought they were already leading a so-called “healthy lifestyle”. I am leaving Olive Retreat with the science-based knowledge and the skills to look after my body, soul, and mind! Thank you so much for showing me the light.

~ Gillian, Scotland

- I think you saved my life.

- You saved it yourself, we only supported you. You got your thinking re-oriented.

- Honestly, you guys are amazing, thanks so much...

~ Louise.

The amount of information we got on the retreat was amazing. And to get more information post retreat is the icing on the cake (so to speak!)

~Debbie, the UK.

- Louise: I think you saved my life.

- Cristina: You saved it yourself, we only do what we always do, we support. You got your thinking re-oriented and it was time for you to stop... and start something else. It's you that are amazing, you are the hero here. Thanks for sharing with us.

- Lousie: Honestly, you guys are amazing, thanks so much...

~ Louise.

All I can say is a miracle has happened! I haven't had a single drop of wine since the retreat. My kids are amazed and I do feel that that part of my life is over. Words can not express my gratitude....overwhelmed about what I learnt and gained.

~ Maggie, the UK

The week was different to my expectations: more space, more peace. It will be strange going back to reality.

~ Claire, Ireland 

I truly was able to detox and have come back home with renewed energy, ideas, positivity and I feel great. MUCH better than before.

So, indeed, you changed my life.

I am hoping that with this renewed peace and strength, life will fall into place and I will find new solutions for my life. I hope our paths cross again soon.

~ Denize, UK 

Wow we have had great days with you! It was inspiring enriching and motivating to rethink about some habits in our lives. “Do you feel like that” will be a major question in my daily life now. I feel great !

~ Jason and Carrie, Germany 

I truly was able to detox and have come back home with renewed energy, ideas, positivity and I feel great. MUCH better than before.

So, indeed, you changed my life.

I am hoping that with this renewed peace and strength, life will fall into place and I will find new solutions for my life. I hope our paths cross again soon.

~ Roby, Germany 

The work you are all doing is just wonderful & inspiring! Thank you for caring and looking after us all and helping us to reflect on ourselves and our choices in life.

~ Cary and Jason, South Africa 

Thank you so much for all your help this week in understanding how to be healthy, and happy. Thanks for all the amazing food! I will continue at home! The lovely walks and amazing scenery and for making me feel so welcome! Xx

~ Gillian, Scotland 

I cannot put into words how much I enjoyed, your company, your knowledge, your beautiful food, your passion and your love in what you all work so hard in doing.I give great thanks for finding your retreat and rest assured I have taken a great deal away with me which I know will help me as I move forward on my journey.

Much love to you all 💜💜💜.

Margaret and I "Butt Sat" this morning Ray 😁

~ Kim, USA 

Let me also say thank you again and again, it's been an incredible adventure and a life changing experience. I've learned so much and am now slowly starting to process everything I saw and heard and tasted and felt. You are both amazing people and you are so generous with your knowledge and the fact that you also show and share your weaknesses, makes you true gurus 🙂 I think of you every time I do my morning yoga and every time I meditate and I give thanks to the universe for bringing us together. I will keep in touch and I will see you soon!!!

~ Nina, Slovenia 

All good stuff! The beginning of a journey. We'll be back next year!

~ James, CEO who came with his managers, UK 

Thank you for the most amazing time. I feel my life has been enriched with your vast amount of knowledge and dedication. The food was amazing and still I have lost a couple of pounds which I didn’t really expect! I am still trying to locate the yesses and no’s of your anti candida diet can you please help

~ Sally, company owner, the UK 

The week was different to my expectations: more space, more peace. It will be strange going back to reality. I'll stay in the peace as Ray taught us. Thanks so much for everything to everyone... If you ever come to Berlin pls let me know.

~ Ben, Germany 

A revelation! Thank you so much for your amazing instincts and amazing food. Lots to change when we get home!

~ Amanda, Marathon runner  

I'm a certified yoga teacher and always wanted to learn more about ayurveda and I feel blessed to have learnt from Cristina. She makes it so simple and I finally understand many parts of my yoga training too - we are energy 

~ Clara, Germany 

Jaa, kära du. Livet ett drama, spelat av en dåre, som Shakespeare säger. Men min “dåre” kommer till nya plattformar och insikter. Att backa tillbaka till lägre plattformar går inte. Tack och lov. Trots att det oskrivna bladet på den nya plattformen kan skrämma. Men insikt eller upplysning känns alltid befriande. Lugnande för integriteten. Hollywood eller Bolly har gått igenom mina relationer till män. Nu går den igenom min relation till mig själv, min integritet, mina älskade och kloka kära och nära. Mina barn por supuesto! Största och den fullständigt konfliktbefriade kärleken.Den andra formen av “kärlek”, den konfliktdrabbade som jag ägnade mina första 45 år åt, den är jag såå färdig med.Tack!

~ Eva, Sweden