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Best Meditation & Wellness Retreats in the UK

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Learn from mavens of mindfulness in these havens for headspace

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Overdue some time out after a tough year? 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.

Best Wellness Retreats UK

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  • Mandrake Penthouse

    London: The Mandrake’s ‘Soul Revival’

    Having launched the world’s first spiritual wellness concierge last year, this year The Mandrake launches the Soul Revival package to guide guests from lockdown into the light. From in-room bespoke energy healings to sound baths and cacao ceremonies, the hotel is hosting the best practitioners in their fields such as Eddy Elsey (Shaman), Urmi Sound (sound healers), Andréa Araré (shaman), Maria Lodetoft (Sound healer).

    When? Ongoing

    Where? The Mandrake, London

    BOOK: Package begins at £730 | All sessions will be incredibly intimate, to not only keep guests safe, but to ensure the most mind-expanding of experiences |

  • Somercecil retreats

    Cotswolds: Somercecil Retreats at Badminton Estate

    Having grown up in the Cotswolds and Cornwall retrospectively, Bella Somerset and Gaby Cecil discovered from a young age the importance of spending time in nature. This inspired them to launch Somercecil, a retreat series at Badminton Estate – where Bella was lucky enough to grow up. The retreats are themed around three pillars: movement, nature and connection: think morning runs, yoga, walks and e-bike adventures, alongside activities like foraging and massages. On the food side, you can expect seasonal vegetarian dishes made using homegrown produce straight from the pesticide-free garden veg farm. You’ll be spending time in the beautiful Dower House, a stone’s throw away from Badminton Deer Park.

    When? Visit for upcoming dates. Private retreats are also available.

    Where? Badminton Estate, Cotswolds


  • Thera-Sea Retreat

    Cornwall: Thera-Sea’s Rewilding Retreats

    Take things back to basics at one of Thera-Sea’s new rewilding retreats, which take place on the banks of the River Fal in south Cornwall. The autumn 2020 retreats expand on the pillars of modern lifestyle medicine: physical activity, relaxation, mindfulness, sleep and nutrition are all blended into the programme. Guests will stay in secluded treehouse-style accommodation with river views, offering the perfect opportunity to embrace the wilderness and embark on a digital detox. From foraging walks to moonlight kayaking tours to stargazing, all activities are about rekindling a relationship with nature.

    When? 13-15 July, 24-26 August, 10-12 September, 5-7 October, 5-7 November 2021

    Where? South Cornwall

    BOOK: Prices from £315;

  • Reconnecting and Rewilding

    Yorkshire: Reconnect and Rewild

    Balance Holidays’ next UK-based wellness retreat is running in collaboration with rewilding coach Tony Riddle. Set in Broughton Hall in Yorkshire, the retreat is all about connecting with nature – activities include wild swimming, barefoot woodland walks and runs, tree climbing, forest bathing and meditation workshops. Rest is important too though: in between outdoor shenanigans there will be plenty of opportunities to nap beneath trees or take gentle strolls around the picturesque estate.

    When? 18 – 22 August 2021

    Where? Broughton Hall, Yorkshire


    For all-inclusive 5-day, 4-night double occupancy, the price is £3,000pp or for single occupancy, the price is £3,480pp;

  • EcoYoga

    Scotland: EcoYoga

    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? Open for ‘personal retreats’ – find out more here

    Where? ecoYoga Centre, West Scotland

    BOOK: From £55pp per night;

  • A Place To Heal

    London: A Place to Heal by Arrigo

    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. It runs both one day and 28-day retreats, which 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

    BOOK: £860 for the One Day Weekend Retreat, £1,895 for the 28-day Non-Residential Retreat;

  • Sharpham Trust Walking Retreats

    Devon: Sharpham House’s 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

    Where? Sharpham House, Totnes, Devon

    BOOK: From £385 for four nights;

  • Lauren Lovatt

    Norfolk and Kent: Your Ideal Fit Pilates Retreat

    Your Ideal Fit runs a number of pilates retreats, based either at The Roseyard in Kent or West Lexham Estate in Norfolk. A typical day involves pilates classes, guided walks and mindful movement workshops, punctuated by nutritious vegan meals.

    When? Stay tuned for upcoming dates

    Where? West Lexham Estate, Norfolk or The Roseyard, Kent

    BOOK: From £499pp;

  • Gaia House

    Devon: 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

    BOOK: From £128 for two nights;

  • Glass House Retreat

    Glass House Retreat, Essex

    After years of visiting retreats, passionate advocate for healthy living Joy Jarvis noticed many were pushed for space, and decided it was time to create something new. Enter Glass House Retreat, a purpose-built spa, detox and weight-loss centre set in the heart of the luscious Essex countryside. Packages range from two to seven days long, all offering spa and gym access, plant-based cuisine and various different wellness treatments. A typical day here involves a morning walk, two fitness classes and a raw food lunch, followed by a cookery demonstration from Head Chef Miguel Gouveia. Afternoons, meanwhile, are spent exploring the retreat’s spa facilities – which include a salt block sauna, cryotherapy chamber and heated pool – and enjoying relaxing treatments. Less than an hour’s drive from London, it’s perfectly located for city dwellers looking to escape from the city and invest in a little R&R.

    When? Glass House Retreat is now open for bookings, click here for information on their packages.

    Where? Essex

    BOOK: Two-day package from £416pp;


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