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Best Meditation & Wellness Retreats in the UK


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Best Meditation & Wellness Retreats in the UK

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Overdue some time out? You don’t have to travel to India for a meditation retreat – there are plenty of opportunities for uninterrupted zen here in the UK. From luxury farmhouse getaways to walking weekends in Devon, these are the best meditation retreats in the UK…

The Daylesford Wellness Retreat

Daylesford

Health has always been at the heart of the Daylesford brand, so it’s no surprise they’ve announced a new wellness retreat, taking place at their idyllic Cotswolds farm. Designed to encourage us to slow down and regenerate as we transition into autumn, the three-day retreat will include cookery classes at the award-winning Cookery School, meditation, yoga, crystal sound healing, restorative wellness workshops and nourishing spa treatments at the Bamford Haybarn Spa. Guests can also enjoy some of the country’s finest organic food – sourced straight from the farm, naturally – market garden tours and suppers at The Wild Rabbit. You’ll stay in the beautifully restored Daylesford cottages, complete with log fires, cashmere blankets and botanical bath products, with plenty of opportunities to explore the 2,500 acre farm on your doorstep.

     

When? 4-7 October 2019

Where? Daylesford near Kingham, Gloucestershire

£1,800pp; daylesford.com

Our Retreat

Our Retreat, Somerset

A luxury farmhouse in Somerset surrounded by 42 acres of ancient forest, Our Retreat offers the perfect setting for switching off. Across the long weekend guests will take part in mindful yoga classes, sound baths, guided walks, educational talks and workshops on topics like self-care and nutrition. Private chefs will be on hand to cook nourishing yet indulgent meals alongside daily healthy protein shakes and teas, and there’s plenty of leisure time for guests to relax on the lawn with a book.

When? 15-18 November (Yoga, Pilates & Meditation Retreat)

Where? Somerset

From £550; ourretreat.co.uk

EcoYoga

EcoYoga

Coni Horler

Go off-grid at EcoYoga, a wellness retreat in the Scottish Highlands surrounded by forests, lochs and rolling hills. From here founders Nick and Rachel run a variety of yoga retreats, including beginners, Ashtanga and Iyengar, with classes taking place to the sound of waterfalls in the lovely glazed studio overlooking the gorge of the River Liever. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of ‘Sento’ (public bath houses), there are also a number of bathing areas dotted around, including natural wooden hot tubs under a dome. Hence the name, the space is an eco-hub, powered by a hydro turbine and large bank of solar panels.

When? The next retreat runs from 22-26 August

Where? ecoYoga Centre, West Scotland

From £575; ecoyoga.org

A Place to Heal by Arrigo

A Place To Heal

If you’re looking for a retreat which doesn’t require you to stay overnight, check out A Place to Heal in London’s Holland Park. They run both one day and 28-day retreats, which both involve one-to-one consultations, meditation sessions and crystal light therapy treatment. The 28-day option offers a greater number of sessions over a longer period, including private consultations with founder Fiona Arrigo, a biodynamic medicine workshop with Mary Molloy, and a breath work session with Julie Ann Horrox.

When? Contact [email protected] to discuss availability

Where? Holland Park, London

£860 for the One Day Weekend Retreat, £1,895 for the 28-day Non-Residential Retreat; aplacetoheal.co.uk

Tresco Island

Tresco Island

Though it has the feel of an exotic far-away island, Tresco is located just 30 miles from the Cornish coast. Various wellness retreats take place here, including a mindfulness retreat designed to help reconnect with nature. Run by Caspar Walsh, it’s all about finding inspiration and solace in the land and sea. You’ll stay at the idyllic Borough Farm, with access to the island’s spa and gorgeous Abbey Gardens, which you can explore on foot or by bike.

When? The next mindfulness retreat is 12-17 October

Where? Tresco, Isles of Scilly

£755 for accommodation and food, and guests are invited to contribute to the teaching cost based on the value of the retreat/what you can afford; tresco.co.uk

Mindfulness for Wellbeing Weekend

Mindfulness for Wellbeing Weekend, Norfolk

Unlike some wellness retreats, at Norfolk’s Mindfulness for Wellbeing Weekend guests can choose to do as much or as little as they want. Activities include gentle yoga classes, mindful movement, and breathwork, accompanied by lots of wholesome vegetarian food. Retreaters are encouraged to turn off their mobile phones and technology during their stay, and there are limited periods of silence, designed to create space in the mind.

When? November 22-25

Where? West Lexham Estate,Norfolk

     

From £499; satvada-retreats.co.uk

Sharpham House’s Walking Retreats

Sharpham Trust Walking Retreats

Located on the banks of the River Dart, Sharpham House’s walking retreats will take you on long, meditative walks around the beautiful Devon countryside. A more active trip, the retreat involves daily 7-8 mile walks, many of which are very hilly, so organisers specify you’ll need good fitness levels. With breathtaking scenery and periods of silence, these walks help develop appreciation and respect for the natural world, and encourage guests to explore their creativity. There are also guided meditations and relaxation sessions throughout the retreat, and you’ll be treated to delicious vegetarian food, all sourced locally and sustainably.

When? To view the upcoming retreats schedule visit sharphamtrust.org

Where? Sharpham House, Totnes, Devon

From £385 for four nights; sharphamtrust.org

Your Ideal Fit Pilates Retreat

Lauren Lovatt

Plant-based chef Lauren Lovatt of the Plant Academy heads up the next wellness retreat from Your Ideal Fit, taking place at the lovely West Lexham Estate in Norfolk. A typical day involves pilates classes, guided walks and mindful movement workshops, punctuated by nutritious vegan meals. West Lexham Estate is a very pleasant place to stay, with large bedroom suites which look out onto a sun-drenched courtyard.

When? Stay tuned for upcoming dates

Where? West Lexham Estate, Norfolk

From £499pp; youridealfit.com

Gaia House

Gaia House

If you’re looking to reduce the noise in your mind, Gaia House is your best bet. One of the largest meditation centers in Europe, it offers silent meditation retreats in the Buddhist tradition, but all faiths are welcome. Set in the peaceful South Devon countryside, retreats range in length from two to seven nights, with different names such as Pathways to Happiness and The Heart of Wisdom and Kindness. Though guests are asked to refrain from engaging in all forms of verbal and written communication throughout the retreat, you can speak with the teachers when appropriate. During your stay you can enjoy picturesque strolls around the grounds, and vegan/vegetarian meals throughout.

When? Retreats are frequent, check out the schedule here

Where? Gaia House, South Devon

     

From £128 for two nights; gaiahouse.co.uk

River Cottage

River Cottage

A beautiful 100-acre farm situated on the Devon-Dorset border, River Cottage is the perfect escape from city life. They have been running health and wellbeing courses in their cooking school for years, but have recently expanded their repertoire by introducing a dedicated wellness retreat. Guests are invited to spend four nights in the English countryside, with activities including daily yoga, inner wellness sessions, healthy cooking and mindful eating classes, kitchen garden foraging, Lyme Regis walks, herbal workshops and nutritional discussions. Choose to stay in one of the newly refurbished farmhouse bedrooms or embrace the natural world and snuggle up in a bespoke LoveaBell tent in the wildflower meadow.

When? 2-6 September

Where? River Cottage HQ, Trinity Hill Road, Axminster, Devon, EX13 8TB

From £1600; rivercottage.net

Roger Frampton at Retreat East

Retreat East

Private members club and spa Retreat East will play host to movement coach Roger Frampton, who will be running a series of wellness retreats throughout the summer. Guests are invited to spend three days in the Suffolk countryside, where they will experience Roger’s training technique first-hand, The Frampton Method. This requires no gym membership, no weights and no equipment: classes are instead based around flexibility, bodyweight, gymnastics and yoga.

When? 15-18 September, 11-13 November

Where? Retreat East, Suffolk

From £700; eventbrite.co.uk

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