Despite having done a lot of research before arriving at Oneworld Ayurveda, if you have never done an authentic Panchakarma before, which very few of us have, it is almost impossible to really know what to expect. In the same way, I feel like I will not be in a position to fully understand what has taken place here until I am back home. What I can say is that the experience has had an unparalleled impact on the way I feel about my health and my own responsibility for maintaining it. It has connected me with a part of myself that intrinsically knows how to be healthy – in body, mind and spirit. My challenge now is to respect and nurture that connection, listen to it deeply and continuously, and reap all of the multi-layered benefits. Some days here were hard. There were tears and anger and frustration. Other days I felt elated. All part of the journey that Dr Aparna and Dr Ninnu guided me through. Their extraordinary knowledge and professionalism, and their passion for sharing what they know with everyone who passes through the gates here is profound and deeply moving. At a time in human history when the limitations and shortcomings of western medicine in dealing with longer lives, chronic illness, substance abuse, depression and anxiety, and all the other ugly consequences of our western lifestyle, are increasingly manifest, ONEWORLD Ayurveda shows guests another way. A way that is self-evidently more sensible. Some people might think a Panchakarma experience is only “authentic” if it happens in India, if the accommodation is basic, the food bland and repetitive, and if you are given every one of the treatments associated with this ancient cleanse. What I have learned at Oneworld Ayurveda is that authenticity comes from the practitioners’ depth of knowledge, their individualised approach to every guest and their dedication to ensure every guest leaves here with the tools and confidence to transform their own lives.