Off the back of a stellar year for Pete Murray, the widely adored singer-songwriter and Australian music icon has announced an exclusive boutique music, fitness and health retreat at Elements of Byron Resort & Spa from February 12 – 16 next year.

Murray and his good mate Benny Owen, a former musician and now fitness guru, first envisioned the exclusive Music & Movements Escape a few years ago before finally making their idea a reality this year. Murray cites Owen – who in former years was the drummer for Ash Grunwald – as the driving force behind the fitness aspect, while he himself lobbied for the idea to focus the retreat around music as well.

“What we’re trying to do is give people an experience they wouldn’t normally get with their favourite artist – an acoustic show on the beach, a couple of training sessions with me and Benny – but also a retreat. We’ll be going to nice restaurants, surfing, doing yoga. It’s a very tailored, unique experience.

“Benny and I first connected many years back when he was close to 120kgs. A while later I saw him again and he had slimmed right down and was shredded. And in the time since writing his book Switch To Slim we’ve had conversations about getting this type of thing going. It’s good to see it finally become a reality.”

Murray, who released his latest album Camacho earlier this year after a six-year-long musical hiatus, says the retreat will be good for him as he begins to gear up for an even bigger 2018 with new singles slated for release and the potential for a new album already in the pipes too. Murray hopes that following a wholesome week of interacting with and learning from Owen and himself, guests will leave with a refreshed mindset ready to tackle all their personal and health-related goals.

“We’re getting a lot of interest from people who are very unfit and want to change their lives like Benny’s done – obviously we won’t make people fit inside a week, but we’re just trying to equip them with the tools and right habits to continue the work we start with on the retreat.”

Straddling either side of Valentine’s Day in the new year, Murray insists the getaway isn’t only aimed at couples looking for a different experience but for groups and singles too.

“It’s really the week of activities, music and good times that they’re there for. Elements of Byron only had this time available for us, however it’s definitely a good excuse to get together with your wife or husband and come and experience a unique romantic escape together.”

Murray, who has surfed all his life and used fitness to pull himself from ruts experienced in his personal life, hopes he can effect change in others lives as well.

“Following my first marriage ending, surfing was a big thing for me back then. Enjoying that and being physically active made a world of difference. If people are feeling down or depressed the first step to feeling better is exercise – get up, go for a walk or a jog and you will feel better after.”

Built around an intimacy unlike anything previously experienced by fans of Murray’s work, guests of the Music & Movements Escape will share not only dinners with Murray and Owen, but also multiple training sessions, yoga and potential studio time too. It is sure to be an unforgettably bespoke vacation, far more distinct than any other summer holiday promised in the new year.

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