Everyone needs some time away now and then to relax, recharge and recuperate. We’ve put together a list of the best retreats for any budget across the UK for you to engage in some solid me-time through yoga, mindfulness and healthy eating.
By Katie Campbell
Where: Isle of Wight
Price: Starts at £90
Take a weekend away in the Grange, a stunning Georgian country house on the Isle of Wight, which offers a huge assortment of activities outside yoga and mindfulness. Retreats offer courses in writing, music and singing, health and wellness, and comedy writing. Special retreats are offered over the new year and Christmas periods.
White Calm Retreats
Price: Starts from £150
Recognised as one of the best retreats companies in the UK, White Calm offer executive, luxury retreats which span both weekends and single days, which is ideal for those looking to find a little pocket of calm in their lives. Specific retreats are available for women, as well as the traditional yoga and mindfulness retreats.
Where: Edale, Hope Valley
Price: Starts from £1000
For mums who want to enjoy the calming properties of yoga with their children, Pachamama Yoga is a relaxing holiday for mother and child. While children are taken off to the forest school for lessons in nature, mum can spend two hours enjoying vinyasa flow yoga, empowering the bodies and spirits of the whole family.
Where: Snapper, Devon
Price: Starts from £1950
While other wellness retreats might focus on fad diets and the latest trends in wellbeing, Yeotown focuses on developing healthy lifestyle habits and taking control of your own life and health. This retreat is helpful for those looking to take charge of their health and weight, and offers positive change over juice cleanses.
Where: Brig O’turk, Callander
Price: Prices start at £100
Infusing spiritual development with the stunning rolling hills of Stirlingshire, Lendrick Lodge offers a variety of retreats which emphasises the combination of the ancient practices of yoga and reiki with the ancient Celtic setting. Unique to them is the offering of Sundoor, which offers spiritual exercises through firewalking and breathing practices.
Where: Balquhidder, Lochearnhead
Price: Start at £50
Located not far from Loch Lomond, Dhanakosa is a Buddhist retreat which offers spiritual refuge to anyone in need. Retreats of up to 11 days are offered, some of which combine Buddhist darma with yoga and mindfulness, but also hold introductory retreats offering yoga, meditation, hillwalking, tai chi and qi gong.
Where: Ford, Argyll
Price: Start at £575
EcoYoga offers a variety of retreats in an assortment of yoga styles in stunning, simple yet modern surroundings. Perhaps their greatest draw are the four bathing centres: a spa dome, a Japanese-style hot tub, an artisan sauna hidden behind a secret passage, and the two baths build into the natural surroundings of a nearby gorge.
Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery
Where: Eskdalemuir, Dumfries
Price: Start at £29
This Tibetan Buddhist monastery is located not far from Lockerbie, and offers a number of retreats which may be better suited to those who already have experience of mindfulness and meditation, or a knowledge of the dharma. The stunning surroundings and emphasis on the peaceful and soul-searching aspects of Buddhism make this an ideal retreat for troubled minds.
All the Good Things
Where: Penbryn and Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Price: Available upon request
Yoga and mindfulness are great, but combine them with some of life’s simple pleasures and you’ve got yourself a great weekend retreat. Run by Surf Sistas and yogi Haley Johns, this retreat offers yoga, surfing, sea kayaking, wine tasting, foraging, cedar wood saunas and hot tubs. Where do we sign up?
Where: Nant Ffrancon, Bangor
Price: Starts at £570
Voted one of Europe’s top five meditation retreats by National Geographic Traveller, Dru offers a vast assortment of retreats from the heart of Snowdonia, in the Nant Ffrancon valley. The combination of the stunning location and calming meditation and yoga offered will leave you feeling chilled yet charged and ready to face life.
Where: Gower Peninsula, Swansea
Price: Starts at £570
Seren Retreat offers Ayurveda yoga and meditation, which can be personalised depending on your needs. The alternative medicine practice of Ayurveda colours the whole stay, with meals, activities and bodywork based on the practice. The stunning accommodation also has a hot-tub and infra-red sauna on site.
Yoga Satsanga Ashram
Where: Login, Carmarthenshire
Price: Starts at £50
Escape from modern life at the Yoga Satsanga Ashram, where you have the option of retreats that last one or two days, or longer retreats. Weekend retreats will see guests take part in hatha yoga, pranayama, deep relaxation, and get the opportunity to book relaxing treatments, including reflexology and massage.
Lake Isle Retreats
Where: Upper Lough Erne, County Fermanagh
Price: Starts from £175
Inspired by one of the founders’ time living in the Krishna temple located on nearby Inish Rath, Lake Isle Retreats is the brainchild of a group of friends who believe wholeheartedly in creating a place for people to escape and recharge in. They offer retreats all year round, and offer retreats based in mindfulness, yoga, tai chi, and cooking.
Where: Newcastle, County Down
Price: Starts at £265
While psychotherapist Maureen Courtney was listening to her clients, she noticed that many of them said they needed a place to concentrate on the changes they needed to make to their life. Taking that onboard, she established Breakthrough retreats, a location where mindfulness and meditation is complimented with personalised one-on-one treatments.
Embrace Holistic Retreats
Where: Killinchy, County Down
Price: Prices on request
When Jim and Juliette Stewart were confronted with a potentially life-threatening illness in 2010, they felt the benefit of complementary therapies, and transformed Connolly Farm into a retreat centre. They offer physiotherapy, reiki, yoga, deep tissue massage and an assortment of yoga and therapy services to aid mind and body.
Claire Ferry Yoga
Accomplished yogi Claire Ferry runs the occasional retreat in Northern Ireland, focusing on yoga and mindfulness. She teaches Iyengar yoga, which is extremely complimentary to occupational therapy, promoting strength and flexibility while focusing on correct alignment to ensure the student benefits completely in terms of both their flexibility and wellbeing.
(Originally appeared in the Jun/Jul 19 issue of PosAbility)