More about Vida Sana Retreats

Vida Sana was born through the desire to create immersive retreat experiences for guests hailing from around the world, to join together and experience the magic and beauty of Mexico.

Bringing together an experienced team of highly experienced facilitators to support our guests on their wellness journey, Vida Sana Retreats offers a selection of activities and practices, to elevate guests to a higher level of health and self-connection.

Our retreat experiences are designed for those seeking a change in their lives, whether it is to heal, to reset, to discover themselves or to experience breakthroughs which will lead them on a renewed life path.

About the founder Melanie Sands

Vida Sana retreats are led by our founder Melanie Sands, who has been leading and assisting at wellness retreats since 2010. With a background in naturopathic nutrition, outdoor leadership, holistic therapies and tourism management, as well as being the owner of a successful juice detox company, Melanie has led retreats in Australia, Bali, Europe and now Mexico, and she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her guests.


Clients words about us

I have recently returned from a retreat in Byron Bay with Mel, and wow what an experience! I arrived feeling stressed, bloated, lethargic and generally in need of some TLC. Mel and the team had put together such a well thought out program which although challenging at times, allowed me to break through some of my negative thought patterns and unhealthy behaviors and I came away feeling lighter, both in my body and my head. I am definitely keen to join on another of Mel’s retreats in the future - it was the perfect reset I needed.

Nicky, Sydney, AUS

I was skeptical of juice cleanses and was nervous as to whether I could do a detox program without caving from too much hunger. This all changed after attending Mel’s retreat and experiencing the effects myself. Mel is an absolute gem and a wealth of knowledge, and who also made my taste buds explode! Mel went above and beyond providing guidance and support, and by encouraging her guests to continue on their own path to health after the retreat was over. I left the retreat feeling so energised and revitalized! I’d recommend Mel’s retreats to anyone wanting to improve their health and wellbeing.

Alice, Australia

I attended a four day detox retreat with Mel and brought my daughter along with me. It not only turned out to be incredibly beneficial for my own health, but it also changed our mother daughter relationship for the better, as we bonded over the retreat experience. We loved all the fresh juices and rainbow cuisine, and enjoyed the many activities on offer including the hikes and the ice bath (and I usually can’t stand cold water!). As a bonus, I lost several pounds of weight that had crept on over the last year. I cannot wait to attend another of Mel’s retreats and bring more of my family members with me! Thank you Mel and your awesome team - we’ll be back!

Amanda, Brisbane, Aus