Spring is on it’s way! And with longer and lighter days just around the corner, it’s got us thinking about holidays.
Now if you’re anything like us then most of your holiday allowance for 2020 will already be strategically planned out to within an inch of its life, but if you’re after some ideas of how to use those last few days here are some not-so-mainstream retreat suggestions…
The ‘Offline 48 Retreat’ – Somerset
Great for: Anyone who doesn’t go a day without opening a social media app – so pretty much most of us then!
What to expect: As you’d hope from a digital detox, technology is a no no for the duration of the weekend. Instead your time will be filled with plenty of yoga, meditation, sound healing and transformational breath-work. You’ll read, learn, eat delicious plant based-food and enjoy some quality rest in the 42 acres of picturesque woodland surrounding this beautiful farmhouse location.
When is it: 27-30th March 2020
Location: 42 Acres
The ‘Sleep Retreat’ – London
Great for: Anyone needing to learn how to unwind, relax and switch off. Whether you’re a victim of insomnia, anxiety or you just can’t stop / won’t stop burning the midnight oil.
Who’s in charge: Award winning BBC DJ and Bestival Co-Founder, ‘Rob Da Bank’ – some pretty cool credentials, we think you’ll agree!
What to expect: A Yoga Nidra session (or a yogic sleep as some call it), breath-work coaching, deep gong therapy, yin yoga and walking meditation. All set to a sleepy soundtrack of electronic DJ sets and musicians.
When is it: 6th April 2020
Location: Fora, London
The ‘Spring Yoga Day Retreat’ – Sussex
Great for: Desk bound Londoners in desperate need of some fresh country air.
Who’s in charge: London-based yoga teacher Hannah Pocket Yoga
What to expect: A day full of yoga, immersive sound experience, mindfulness and nature. After you’ve filled your tummy with a delicious plant-based lunch, you’ll also have the option to join a guided walk around the Knepp Rewilding Project in the local countryside. Your location for the day is a handcrafted yurt complete with a wood burning stove and it’s a perfect time out from city life.
When is it: 10th May 2020
Location: The Yoga Garden
The ‘Great Outdoors Retreat’ – Cornwall
Great for: ‘Don’t take life too seriously’ outdoor adventurers, looking to escape the stresses of daily life for a weekend.
Who’s in charge: Your Thera Sea team for the weekend includes founder and mental health specialist Katy, Cornwall’s answer to Ray Mears, activity leader Mark and Aussie chef Adam.
What to expect: A life changing experience which is educational and exhilarating in equal measure. You’ll spend the weekend getting back to basics with nature, learning tools to manage stress and improve your well-being as well as an array of activities (including canoeing, swimming and yoga). Your accommodation for the retreat is set within a 300 year old stone ‘woodsmans’ cottage and includes a communal barn / hammock area.
When is it: Weekends in March, June, September and October – check the website for more details.
Location: A secluded location on the banks of the River Fal.
The ultimate ‘Eco Yoga Retreat’ – Scotland
Great for: Serious yogis wanting to immerse themselves into the world of eco living.
Who’s in charge: Each retreat is run independently by some of the finest Yoga teachers in the world, including owners Nick and Rachel who are now in their tenth year of business.
What to expect: The Yoga schedule itself varies depending on the teacher, but the tranquil river-side centre located in the scenic Scottish highlands has a lot to offer in its own right. It’s totally off-grid, powered by hydro turbine and solar panels and guests are invited to tour the power station to learn about the benefits of a luxury eco lifestyle. You’ll also discover secret baths at river gorges, rainforest showers in the sento dome and an artisan sauna, (all of the bathing experiences are inspired by Japanese bathing purification rituals).
When is it: Retreats run all year round – check the website for more details.
Location: Within the rolling Scottish Highlands landscape