After a tumultuous year, are you overdue for a break? There’s no need to travel to Thailand or the Himalayas for a spiritual meditation retreat; there are plenty of options for uninterrupted zen right here in the United Kingdom. These are the top retreats in the UK where the ethos of holistic practice looks after you as a whole, leaving your body and soul complete.
It’s possible to stay in a picturesque farmhouse or a famous London Spa, take part in yoga and pilates classes, walk, run, relax and restore your health. Take a look at these suggestions and expect to leave these wellness retreats feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
1. Forest Retreats, Monmouthshire
The name says it all. Located near the historic village of Tintern overlooking the Wye Valley, you’ll find a generous 15-acre Hill Farm with its picturesque woodland and the star of the show, Forest Retreats.
Run by Hayley and Tom Court, this weekend’s getaway features several relaxing and cleansing activities for your mind and body to enjoy. Take part in a yoga class with Hayley or dive into some forest bathing with Tom during your stay as he takes you along a sensory woodland experience.
The retreat also features a heavenly eco-spa with its wood-fired jacuzzi and massage packages on the side. Tom cooks all meals which are both vegetarian and delicious. The couple offers several getaways ranging from yoga retreats to simple day trips.
2. Porchester Spa, London
If you’ve had a busy week and need a quick fix, this urban wellbeing spa may be just the place for you. Porchester Spa in Bayswater offers visitors a temporary escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with 1929 Turkish baths, steam rooms, a sauna, a plunge pool, and a relaxation room.
Guests can choose from the menu of Swedish massages, reiki healings, and facials during their stay at this luxury city escape.
3. Holycombe Retreat, Cotswolds
Hidden in a wooded valley near the village of Whichford, you’ll find the charming Holycombe Retreat and all that it has to offer.
The retreat runs all year round and offers a wide variety of programs for guests to enjoy. The most popular are the seasonal cleanse yoga retreats, which offer various calming activities such as breathwork, yoga, silent walks, nutrition, and cooking workshops, all accompanied by delicious organic vegan food.
The retreat features the backdrop of Norman Castle and the quaint forest and streams that run around it, making this spot the perfect nature escape.
4. The Glass House, Essex
Enroll yourself in a program packed full of yoga classes, pilates, and boxercise, followed by a dip in the indoor pool, time in the sauna, and a session in the gym. The Glass House is a purpose-built detox centre offering cryotherapy treatments for joint pain and burnout.
Guests will stay in one of the 21 bright and airy bedrooms and choose from any multiple programs the house offers.
5. Wild Camping, Hebrides
Follow the path of the Celtic missionary monks and camp amongst the wilderness of the remote Hebridean islands, trusting that the wind and seas will guide you towards your destiny.
Retreat leader Chris Goan offers evenings around the fire and some much-needed serenity with his tours and trips. Enjoy one of his poetry sessions and watch the dolphins and otters as they enjoy all that nature has to offer.
This retreat is a true escape from urban life and will have you relying on mother nature for most of your facilities and produce.
6. The Grange by the Sea, Isle of Wight
Enjoy a beachside retreat in this gorgeous Georgian house set in pretty Shanklin organised by Skyros Holidays. Guests can choose from various packages, including Wilderness Wellbeing Walks or an Art and Mindfulness break with artist Ignacio Lalanne.
Shanklin itself features some charming thatched pubs and restaurants for meals.
7. Wellbeing Festivals, Ceredigion
Well-being festivals have taken off recently, and Fforest Camp is no exception. This retreat program hosts several festivals and runs a range of retreats.
The whole idea of the camp is to get people back in touch with nature, and they manage to do precisely that. With the Wales Coast Path right on their doorstep and the Teifi marshes right around the corner, there are plenty of natural attractions for visitors to enjoy.
The site features its little pub in the woods and offers unique accommodation staying in anything from a farmhouse to a bell tent.
8. Offline48, Somerset
Log-off from the stress of life and reconnect with nature with co-hosts and founders of the Offline48 movement, Venetia and Max La Manna. Choose to take part in one of their workshops and experience their unique sound healing treatments.
How about joining a guided walk complete with a delicious and nutritionally rich, plant-based meal as a reward at the end of your ramble?
9. Yoga and Spice, North York Moors
This newly-established retreat is one you’ll have to book well in advance as they can only take eight guests at a time. Spend your time staying in a log cabin just a stone’s throw from the Whitby beach located near the edge of the North York Moors national park
The seasonal retreats offer yoga classes, guided walks, foraging, and cookery classes, with the main focus being on homegrown vegan and Ayurvedic fare.
10. Thera-Sea, Cornwall
This isolated sea escape is aimed at helping with stress management. It can be found on the grounds of the 3-century old cottage by the banks of the River Fal, and this location is only accessible by kayak or a woodland trek.
Founder Katie Griffin takes guests on a therapeutic adventure with the mission to reduce stress and improve each individual’s wellness. Guests will learn how to incorporate certain activities into their daily lives, coping with everyday stressors.