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Live. Love. The Life Lab

Let us take care of your body, so it can take care of you

The Life Lab Retreat is a residential retreat which has been specifically designed to focus your mind and body, enabling you to take charge and see you in your healthiest self yet.

  • Nutrition

  • Mind Set

  • Exercise

  • Yoga

  • Meditation

Our aim is to educate our guests about how to live a life of optimum health, energy and vitality. We believe the greatest wealth is health and we rail against any form of restrictive fad dieting, calorie or macro counting, weight loss shakes, pills, injections, surgical solutions or any other chemically based food replacement which will ruin your health in the long term.

We will bust every diet myth you have been fed and instead, we will teach you exactly how to work with your body, not against it, to look the best you ever could and begin to thrive not just survive.

Not only will we teach you how eat right for optimum health and wellness through our nutrition seminars and cooking lessons, but we empower individuals by guiding them through goal-setting and mind-set training.

The Life Lab Retreat is a far cry from a military boot camp or a restrictive weight loss camp, instead we offer long term solutions and strategies rather than a short-term fix.  While you’re with us, you will enjoy luxury accommodation and open spaces which lift the spirits and inspire you to reach your full potential.

Whether you want to kick-start a new lifestyle or need an extra boost in your personal fitness and weight loss goals, we will start you on your path to well-being.

Experience a difference at The Life Lab Retreat and let us unlock your potential within. It’s your future. Be there happy and healthy.

OUR PEOPLE

We have specialist in all areas to make your experience the complete optimum you can get from a great detox break.

Elissa Corrigan
Elissa CorriganFounder & Managing Director
Elissa breathes the ‘life’ into The Life Lab and is the linchpin of the whole team.

You will often find her managing the retreat, providing the fun, laughter and some northern charm.

Her good vibes and positive energy is always noted around the residence, as she provides motivation and some epic track lists for the workouts.

Elissa has had first hand experience of a weight loss transformation and knows exactly what it feels like to be a young woman facing the pressures of today’s society.

With this in mind, she decided to create The Life Lab, to help others along their journey’s and dispel any modern myths about fad diets and weight loss.

In 2019 it was her determination, strong attitude and ‘never quit’ mentality which made her apply and successfully complete for the most arduous reality show in existence – Treasure Island with Bear Grylls. Before taking on a brutal barefoot run and The Great Wall of China, where she met business partner Paul.
All her painful self development has been to help and inspire other people by assisting them achieve their goals, transforming their mindsets, get them believing in themselves and continue to support their lives for the better.
You’ll admire her dedicated, no non-sense approach to health, fitness and beauty. She’s also the go-to woman for a killer skincare routine.

English Literature and History Degree B.A. (Hons)- PG Dip Journalism – NCTJ Qualified

Favourite Food: Spinach, like Popeye
Favourite Exercise: Crunches
Favourite Place: Bali
Most inspiring person: The Rock
Favourite Quote: “Just Do It”
Party Trick: Her Scouse impressions

Paul Rooker
Paul RookerManaging Director
Managing Director and all-round great guy Paul Rooker is a character no one will forget.

Whether it’s his accent, his cheery nature, his catchphrase ‘alright my lover’ or the way he supports the clients, he’s an undeniable asset to the team.

From an early age Paul was destined for great things as he became a company director at the age of 27 and has been successful in all pursuits ever since.

Paul has taken part in some of the best marathons all over the globe, namely, London, Paris, Amsterdam, New York, and even Tokyo. But he wasn’t always the lean, athletic, marathon man we see today.

In fact by his own admission he had never been inside a gym until he was 40 and as for running…he could barely run a bath.

“This is why I know it’s not too late for anyone to transform their lives. I’m living proof it can be done and I want to support anyone who wants to do the same” says Paul.

Paul enjoys nothing more than taking on new challenges for various charities, with his main focus being Children in Need headed up by Virgin DJ Chris Evans.

Another fun fact about our fabulous MD – he was hand picked out of hundreds of thousands to go on Celebrity First Dates hotel, where he dated Celebrity Ulrika Jonsson. What a laugh 😊

Fav Food; Steak
Fav Exercise; Running
Fav Place; Portugal where he gets away as much as possible
Most Inspiring; Richard Branson (screw it, lets do it)
Fav Quote; If you don’t risk anything, you risk more
Party Trick; Make a small Tissue disappear

Marco D’Andrea
Marco D’Andrea Fitness Coach
Our resident fitness coach, Marco D’Andrea has always had a keen interested in health, nutrition and sport.

It was his passion for fitness which led him to enrolling in the most arduous military training regime in the world – Royal Marine commando training.

Not only did Marco rise to the challenge by succeeding to earn his green beret but he also served in the military for six years.

Straight out of the forces, Marco decided to embark on a life changing experience and signed up to Treasure Island Bear Grylls, where he met Life Lab founder Elissa.

Realising they both had the same interests and ethos about fitness, food, health and mindset. Marco has now joined Elissa on her quest to change people’s lives for the better though health and wellness.

Marco is The Life Lab retreat’s peak performance coach who has the unique ability to engage with people from every walk of life. He is able to find out what motivates them, harness their potential, discover their determination and push them to the best of their ability.

· Level 2 Award in Instructing Circuits
Level 3 diploma in Personal Training
· BSC (Hons) first class degree in Graphic Design
6 Years Royal Marine Commando
Profressional Photographer

Favourite Food: Pasta
Favourite Exercise: Thrusters
Favourite Place: Picinisco, Italy
Most inspiring people: Joe Rogan and Christopher Hitchens
Favourite Quote: Let food be thy medicine
Party Trick: leaving sober

Francesca Blechner
Francesca Blechner Yoga Instructor
Francesca is a Holistic Lifestyle Coach, certified Transformational Breath® Facilitator and yoga teacher in London.

Founder of Wholistic Body Life, she is passionate about helping others thrive physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually in a fast paced world, having experienced the edge of burnout many times in the past.

Her yoga approach is light hearted mixed with modern day spirituality. Adding in mobility & natural movement to aid restoration of the nervous system and improve movement.

She has just written her first book ‘Self Care for Life in the City’ due out in January 2020.

Favourite Food: Dark Chocolate
Favourite Exercise: Reformer Pilates
Favourite Place: Bahia, Brazil and Lisbon
Most inspiring people: Jay Shetty, Oprah Winfrey and my sister
Favourite Quote: “We sacrifice our health in order to make wealth, then we sacrifice our wealth in order to get back our health.” – Dalai Lama
Party Trick: shaking my fro

“What a fantastic week I’ve just had! My goal was to reignite my motivation and nourish my body and this did exactly that. Passionate coaches with a great zest for life. The food was unbelievably awesome! Venue was lovely, great facilities, even had down time to relax! Now to put it all into action!”

Natasha James
“This was my first retreat and all I can say is that it won’t be my last. It was Life Changing for me. I have returned home with different outlook on nutrition, training and mind set. THANKYOU so much for this incredible programme that enabled me to learn so much and at the same time meet group of amazing people where I feel lasting friendships will be formed. Congratulations to this amazing dream team xx”
Maria Mollonor
“One of the best experiences I’ve had. Never thought I’d like a retreat… how wrong was I. The food was 5*. Education was key for me and boy did we get it in bundles. Amazing team and a perfect programme. Loved it.”
Chris Grimes
“Where do I start! Cannot believe the advice, knowledge, support and energy that has come from the amazing team. I attended a retreat back in November and it has changed by life – sounds like a cliché I know! But it truly has. Having spent years ‘yoyo’ dieting and trying to find quick fixes, I now know and believe what is best for me. I have never felt fitter, healthier, more energetic and most importantly my lifetime of severe eczema has disappeared. Years of soreness and bleeding dry skin! I will NEVER look back…what an AMAZING lifestyle change. Thank you soooooo much guys xxxxx”
Danielle Savine
“Justin and Elissa have changed my life. I attended a retreat in May recovering from a severe bout of depression. I was overweight, I didn’t love myself and was quite shy and insular. I came away after 5 days feeling re-energised, more confident and no doubt a little lighter. The experience was uplifting and inspiring, so much so I went to another retreat in Marrakesh in August.

My mind set has completely changed, I am predominately ‘’plant based’, with so much more energy and I have taken away from both retreats so much information. After attending a number of bootcamps over the last 10+ years I can honestly say this retreat works…. consistency and mind set are all you need when you go home.

I have continued to reduce fat, I don’t know how much as I don’t weigh but from a size 18 to a small 14 in 6 months. Cellulite has significantly reduced and my skin looks amazing. I really can’t recommend The Life Lab Enough and I will be back again in January 2018.”

Debs Hurst
“What an amazing week. Made so many new friends, we are all on the same journey looking to better our inner self health and minds. Learnt so much in the 5 days I was there.

I have not seen the inside of a gym for over 20 years!! I never thought I would be able to do what I did that week and this is all thanks to Justin and Elissa for believing in me.”

Shaun Angus
“If you are looking to make changes in your life then this program will give you a kick start and help boost your journey.

This retreat will ensure a holistic mind, body and nutrition guidance. So if you think you’re worthy of Living the life you were meant to, give yourself a chance, and see where it takes you. No more diets or calorie counting just healthy life choices with a group of friends who understand your journey.”

Vaneshrie Moodley
“What an epic week! I started saying ” I can’t ” and now there is no limit to what I can do. I’ve taken my first step by ditching the scale, I will trust!

I have shared, made friends, had an amazing time and now have a support group to help me reach my goal and more.

I recommend Life Lab Retreat to anyone who want to take charge of their life and make a change. Weight loss or health benefits, this is the place for you. Thank you Justin & Elissa, you have my eternal gratitude!”

Veno Govendor

“Quite possibly the best thing I have ever done for health and fitness.”

Tracie Bates
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