Natural Attitudes embody retreat was founded by Izabella Siodmak in 2003. Prior to the private 1 on 1 retreat format Natural Attitudes operated as a clinic in Brisbane, Australia from 1997 where Izabella initially utilised her main modalities and qualification as a naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist. Prior to this Izabella was employed as a scientist utilising her Biochemistry / Biological Sciences and Molecular Biology degree. With several more years in clinical practice she introduced various other modalities including life coaching. She also worked for Australia’s leading herbal medicine company Mediherb and Bioconcepts (Orthoplex & Dr Vera’s), where a deeper interest in neurochemistry and mental health emerged.
Seeking stronger solutions and more effective and long lasting improvements for her clients it became obvious to Izabella that clinic sessions and natural medicines alone were not enough. With this desire a new model of a retreat center in nature was birthed. Here her clients could get away from their normal routines and unhealthy mental, physical and emotional habits and be wholistically guided and supported to repattern to wholeness and return to their natural state.
Izabella’s self-recovery at the age of 15 from anorexia (by accidentally tapping into her higher self which directly and specifically saved her life) was both the ultimate catalyst and the real driver of her ongoing desire to support others to recover from disconnection, depression, trauma and intense self-loathing too. Consequently deep emotional healing work and mental deconditioning began to solidly shape the foundational offerings of all the retreat programmes.
Izabella works with care, empathy, presence and attunement to you to create a safe space for you to explore, voice and heal what has not had the safe space until now to be integrated. Your retreat sessions, drawing largely upon somatic psychotherapy, employ a combination of talk therapy and specific body movements that gently release the defensive armouring that has been a protective adaptation. Simultaneously Izabella supports you to complete and heal the trauma that may be lying hidden underneath the state of numbness or that may be flared up, obvious and overwhelming. Together, with the aid of the therapeutic space and relationship, we bring emotional regulation into your experience and healing into your body.
Izabella is also a certified Exceptional Marriage Mentor focusing on healing relational trauma (developmental trauma) by creating pathways to secure attachment where previous relationship ruptures have occurred and / or where you are currently struggling to be met in healthy, intimate relationship.
The Natural Attitudes Retreat Team
What RETREAT Guests Say
Energizing, uplifting, empowering. Marriage saving!
It's been just over a week since completing the programme and I feel like a different person. My family, friends and work colleagues have remarked on my positive and happy appearance... Words cannot express my gratitude for your dedication in helping me to reclaim my life and the joy I now feel waking up everyday knowing I am surrounded by my loved ones.
Beyond my expectation on multiple levels. Life saving and changing. Thank you.
Karli MoulstonYoga Teacher
In November 2009 I spent a week working with Izabella on issues relating to femininity, personal healing and relationships. Izabella taught me how to connect with and process my feelings as they arise. Learning this skill has had ongoing benefits for me with taking ownership of my feelings and listening to what they are telling me. Since my retreat I have experienced ongoing benefits in my relationships with my family and am now in a wonderful intimate relationship and am able to communicate my feelings as they arise. I have also been utilising strategies for embracing my femininity and have never felt more at one with myself. I highly recommend Izabella as a coach and facilitator of personal growth and healing.
I had an experience that went way beyond my imagination. It was a lifetime changing journey.
A tremendous experience for me with both physical and emotional breakthoughs, with a wealth of absolutely practical resources to take away. Thanks (heartfelt).
Natural Attitudes has provided me with the tools I can use to further enhance my holistic health and well being. The amazing moments of enlightenment that 'just happen' cannot be described until you participate in this experience. Izabella and Giya are too amazing for words as well. Forever grateful. Thank you!
Thank you to my dear 'healing pixies!' I am eternally grateful for your wisdom, knowledge, sharing, care, love, and generosity of spirit.
Thank you for your compassion, willingness and caring that has taught me so much in such a short time. It will act as a catalyst for life long positive change. I am now armed with knowledge and tools to effectively make long term positive changes in all aspects of my life. Izabella special thanks for your support and encouragement during my difficult time - it was greatly appreciated. In gratitude.
I have found myself again. Thank You...
I have felt such a positive change taking place the past few days. I'm ready to move forward with joy and love.
This retreat is not suitable for those with drug addictions or daily use of drugs/ alcohol or cigarettes. The nature of this work is deep and you must be ready to face the feelings that arise. Whilst drugs are being used to self-soothe we can’t get to the core feelings and process them adequately which defeats the purpose of attending this retreat. If you are depending on substances daily to self-soothe then we recommend doing a series of preliminary online sessions with Izabella first, before assessing the suitability of attending a retreat at a later stage. Click here to see session details.
Also, as this is a private 1 on 1 retreat with some time alone outside of the sessions to integrate, those who struggle to be alone may find this retreat a challenge. We can work through the fears and feelings regarding this together, however if you need lots of activity or distractions this is probably not the retreat for you. We strike a healthy balance of session time and alone time and our venues are designed, or chosen, based on privacy, peace and natural surrounds.