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… Best Wellness Retreats UK
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Surrey: Beaverbrook Spring Renewal Retreat
This March country house hotel Beaverbrook launches its first Spring Renewal Retreat, providing a place for guests to reset as they enter into the new season. Each visitor taking part will be given a personalised programme based on individual needs, which could include personal training sessions, nutritional consultations, cookery courses and nature-based spa treatments. The bucolic countryside settings will provide the perfect backdrop for relaxation, with opportunities to explore the grounds on walks, runs, cycle rides or time spent with Head Gardener Elliot Beveridge, learning about botany and wildlife.
When? 16-19 March 2020
Where? Beaverbrook, Surrey
BOOK: From £2,500 based on single occupancy for three nights’ accommodation, meals, a full personalised programme and use of the facilities; beaverbrook.co.uk
Cotswolds: Spring Wellness Retreat at Daylesford
Celebrate the beginning of brighter days at Daylesford’s seasonal retreat, based around the idea that wellbeing can be found in nature – which is at the heart of the Daylesford brand. Set amid the idyllic surroundings of Daylesford’s Cotswolds farm, the spring retreat is a celebration of new life, fresh starts and renewal. Guests will enjoy energising classes, wellness treatments in the Bamford Haybarn Spa, restorative workshops, cookery classes and an abundance of nourishing organic food sourced straight from the farm. You’ll stay in the beautifully restored Daylesford cottages: rustic yet refined farmhouses with log fires, glorious gardens, and some of the comfiest beds around.
When? 13-16 March 2020
Where? Daylesford near Kingham, Gloucestershire
BOOK: £1,800pp including all accommodation and activities.
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 5-9 March 2020
Where? ecoYoga Centre, West Scotland
BOOK: From £595; ecoyoga.org
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. 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@example.com to discuss availability
Where? Holland Park, London
BOOK: £860 for the One Day Weekend Retreat, £1,895 for the 28-day Non-Residential Retreat; aplacetoheal.co.uk
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 sharphamtrust.org
Where? Sharpham House, Totnes, Devon
BOOK: From £385 for four nights; sharphamtrust.org
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? The next retreat takes places at The Roseyard from 12-15 June 2020
Where? West Lexham Estate, Norfolk or The Roseyard, Kent
BOOK: From £499pp; youridealfit.com
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; gaiahouse.co.uk
Devon: 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? 6-9 July 2020
Where? River Cottage HQ, Axminster, Devon
BOOK: From £1600; rivercottage.net
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.
BOOK: Two-day package from £416pp; glasshouseretreat.co.uk start the slideshow