Connect with nature in Devon
On the historic Dartington estate in South Hams, Schumacher College offers a series of short retreats designed to help people deepen their relationship with nature. Gardening as a Spiritual Practice will be led in July by Emma Clark, an Islamic gardening expert, and the college’s co-founder, Satish Kumar, a former monk. In workshops and garden time, the participants explore the relationship between gardens, civilization and soul. There are also qigong and vegetarian meals every day. Small single rooms have shared bathrooms.
8-11 July, from £ 625 p.p. P. for 3 nights all inclusive, schumachercollege.org.uk
Reaching out in Suffolk
‘Igloo Hat’ at Blyth Rise Stays
Yoga on a Shoestring now offers relaxing breaks at Blyth Rise Stays, which features wooden cabins and lodges – both with colorful interiors – set around a lake and wildflower meadow near the village of Laxfield. There is yoga twice a day on the wooden platform outdoors or by the lake, meals are served in the tipi and in between, guests can take walks in nature and visit the nearby beaches. There is plenty of time to do nothing and there are also two saunas. Runs from August 30th to September 3rd with yoga teacher Sunita Devi or from September 3rd to 6th with yoga teacher Tania Brown.
From £ 725 p.p. P. for 3 nights all inclusive, yogaonashoestring.com
Dance with your tribe in Berkshire
A cocoa ceremony at Wonderment. Photo: Scott M Salt
Wonderment is offering an inclusive, family-friendly wellness festival in a forest clearing on the Wasing Park Estate near Aldermaston in September. A wellness program during the day turns into a party at night with music, cabaret and DJs. Whether you are dancing, drumming, doing yoga or swimming wildly in the lake, everything should inspire reflection, connection and creativity. Camping, sleeping in a bell tent, or enjoying the luxury of a cottage on the premises. Everything is optional and there is a forest school for children. Wonderment is also hosting a new LGBT-focused wellness festival, Soul Pride, from July 8th to 12th.
16.-19. September, from £ 350 p.p. P., 7-18 years £ 90, children under 6 free, wondermentretreats.com
Treat yourself in North Yorkshire
Acorn Wellness, a calming boutique retreat in Hartwith, near Harrogate, is a nonprofit that uses its funds to support cancer patients. But anyone looking for deep rest and time out can come to day retreats, pop-up events, and overnight retreats. The view over the rolling fields of Nidderdale is postcard-perfect, and all guests can use a sauna and steam room and book massages. Healing Day Retreats take place regularly and include yoga, visualizations and gong baths, as well as use of the spa.
£ 155 pp for a day retreat, including lunch and refreshments, acornwellness.co.uk
Refuel and re-motivate in Kent
In the countryside near Biddenden, the Stede Court private fitness retreat offers solo and private bubble retreats created by A-list personal trainer Kathryn Freeland. Any retreat, considered ideal for anyone who needs to recharge and remotivate, is tailor-made and can include hiit sessions, yoga and meditation, saunas, a swim in the swimming pond, and plenty of rest. The meals are healthy and the accommodation is in the characterful, listed building.
From £ 500 for up to 6 people for a full day retreat, stedecourtprivatefitnessretreat.co.uk
Healing from trauma after the Dorset lockdown
ReEmerge Retreat is located in a 17th century thatched cottage.
The new ReEmerge Retreat in Middle Piccadilly, a rural oasis near Sherborne, uses shamanic practices and other healing activities to rebalance guests and heal trauma, grief, stress, illness or relationship problems that occurred during the pandemic. Other post-lockdown packages are available. The retreat takes place in a 17th century thatched cottage with five simple, calming bedrooms and all meals are vegetarian. Book dates appropriately.
From £ 500pp for 3 nights, middlepiccadilly.com
Reconnect with yourself in Gloucestershire
A Walking Your Promise Retreat in the woods and open grasslands near 305 meter high May Hill offers a deep insight into nature. Drawing on his experiences growing up in the Sinai Desert and living with the semi-nomadic Sawad tribe, leader Danny Shmulevitch aims to teach guests how to connect with themselves by learning to “touch with the heart”. think ”instead of“ rethinking ”. with the brain. Stay the center of attention on a day of fasting and quiet reflection, and accommodation is in a private, candle-lit cave that faces the forest on one side and is closed for privacy on the other. Two or three day retreats can be done alone or in a closed bladder.
From £ 295 p.p. P. for two days all inclusive, dannyshmulevitch.com
Build your immunity in Northamptonshire
Clean up and relax year-round at Homefield Grange, a wellness retreat in a converted dairy and sheep farm near Kettering. Get to know your body, your diet and your diet and establish a lifestyle or behavior change. There are various packages to choose from, including the Weekend Body Detox with Rasul Mud Therapy and Massage and the Mind Body Restorer, which is used to build up resistance to stress and anxiety while at the same time strengthening the immune system. Hypnotherapy, neurolinguistic programming, wellness and lifestyle coaching, and nutritional advice are also available.
From £ 649 p.p. P. for the two day weekend body detox, with either a juice regimen or plant-based meals, homefieldgrangeretreat.co.uk
Make it in East Sussex with no judgment
Improving health and happiness through art-making is the ethos behind the remarkable Curious House, which offers a range of one- and two-day creative retreats with inspiring teachers at a boutique pub, The Bell in Ticehurst. Hone your skills and build confidence without judging courses in anything from oil painting, collage, and mixed media to wire sculpture and lampshade painting. There is good food, like-minded company, and time for yourself.
The next course, 5-6. July, Printing and Collage, from £ 240 pp B&B for a one-day course, is strangehouse.net
Shake off the stress in the Highlands
Celebrate the newfound freedom in the great outdoors and still feel super comfortable on a new yoga and wilderness weekend in the Highlands. With daily Jivamukti yoga, plant-based meals, and story-telling nights around the campfire, it also includes time for wild swimming in lochs and a four-hour guided hike in the Cairngorms. Sleep in quiet riverside cottages and enjoy the outdoor hot tub and sauna. Massages can also be booked.
27.-30. August, from £ 675 for 3 nights all inclusive, reclaimyourself.co.uk
Caroline Sylger Jones is a Journalist and founder of Queen of Retreats