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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? 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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  • Autumn at the Estate

    Scotland: Wild Wellness at Gleneagles

    Gleneagles’ new wellness retreat has been designed to focus on ‘organic mindfulness’, enabling guests to forge an authentic connection with nature. Set in the wild surrounds of the hotel, the three-day retreat will combine learnings from both Shinto and western practices. The days will involve pranayama breathing workshops, nature walks, waterfall bathing, foraging and boat rides in the loch, plus a hike up Ben Vorlich, which boasts magnificent views of the Scottish landscape. Guests will also enjoy nourishing perks, such as heart-warming food at the hotel’s restaurant, The Strathearn, and aromatherapy massages at the award-winning spa.

    When? Selected dates from October to March 2021

    Where? Gleneagles, Scotland

    BOOK: From £3,280pp in October,

  • Silverlake

    Dorset: Silverlake Retreat with Andrew Cotton

    Learn how to harness the power of breathwork at Silverlake’s new retreat, led by surfer and athlete Andrew Cotton and prestigious personal trainer Andrew Blake. The focus here is on improving mindset: staying calm under stress, cultivating resilience and being present, tapping into tips and tricks used by elite athletes – both mental and physical. You’ll be staying at the beautiful Silverlake in Dorset, an estate of holiday homes set a stone’s throw away from the Jurassic Coast.

    When? Contact Silverlake for next planned dates

    Where? Silverlake, Dorset

    BOOK: £799pp,

  • 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? Contact Thera-Sea for next planned dates

    Where? South Cornwall

    BOOK: Prices from £495;

  • Mandrake Penthouse

    London: The Mandrake’s ‘Soul Reset’

    “We have realised what we place the most value on; the pursuit of wellbeing is just as important as that of pleasure. The Mandrake is moving towards the light.” So reads a statement on chic boutique London hotel the Mandrake’s website. Their Soul Reset Package includes a full programme of wellness sessions available from a Spiritual Wellbeing Concierge Menu, from morning meditations with the brilliant Catherine Turner (truly the best way to start the day) on the quiet terrace listening to birdsong in this city oasis, to bespoke private energy healing sessions with hand-picked crystals and bespoke meditation cushions. Read our full review here.

    When? Ongoing

    Where? The Mandrake, London

    BOOK: Week Nights: Stay at The Mandrake for two nights from Monday to Thursday and receive complimentary access to any wellness sessions taking place during your stay. Weekends: Stay at The Mandrake for two nights over the weekend and receive complimentary access to wellness sessions taking place during your stay as well as a one-to-one in-room session of your choice from the Spiritual Wellbeing Concierge Menu. Packages start at £350 |

  • Reconnecting and Rewilding

    Yorkshire: Reconnect and Rewild

    Balance Holidays’ first ever 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? Contact Balance Holidays for next planned dates

    Where? Broughton Hall, Yorkshire

    BOOK: From £3,000pp;

  • 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 £100pp 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. 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 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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