Wild Calm Retreat, Cabilla Cornwall (Best Meditation & Wellness Retreats in the UK)

Best Meditation & Wellness Retreats in the UK

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Overdue some time out after a tough start to the year? You don’t have to travel across the world for a meditation retreat – there are plenty of staycation opportunities for uninterrupted zen. From luxury farmhouse getaways to walking weekends in Devon, these are the best meditation retreats and wellness escapes right here in the UK.

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Wild Calm Retreat, Cabilla Cornwall (Best Meditation & Wellness Retreats in the UK)

Cornwall: Wild Calm Retreat at Cabilla

If you are looking to slow down and restore your vitality amid ancient and undisturbed nature, this retreat is for you. The retreat is designed to ensure that visitors have a “unique experience of energetic restoration, introducing an awareness to the chakras with daily activities including heart led yoga, reflective meditation, walks in the temperate rainforest, bathing in woodland pools, stargazing and experiencing a sound bath”. Held in The Barns at Cabilla Cornwall, the retreat includes three vegetarian meals a day, with hot drinks and refreshments also provided.

When? 22–25 Sep 2022

Where? Cabilla Cornwall

BOOK: Private Koyt £775 per person, Shared Koyt £675 per person | cabillacornwall.com | Alternative accomodation: thewanderlist.uk

A pan of eggs on an outdoor table; With M, Feasting and Relaxation Retreat

Yorkshire: With M’s Feasting and Relaxation Retreat

Looking for a retreat with a difference? Head to North Yorkshire this September, where six health and wellbeing entrepreneurs will join forces to unearth your inner zen and help you to escape the stresses of everyday life. Teaching skills so guests take better care of their wellbeing through wellness workshops – essential oils, nutrition, stress resilience – and holistic therapies – daily yoga, a mindful forest bathing experience, a reiki drum shower, a sound bath experience. With a special focus on food, guests will be served delicious and nutritious meals – three times a day for the duration of the stay – cooked up by Michaela Hanna. Join her throughout the break to learn how to create flavoursome dishes with ease.

When? 26–30 September 2022

Where? Grantley, Ripon, North Yorkshire

BOOK: Prices from £690 per person, all inclusive | withm.co.uk

Good Things Cornwall rewild retreat

Cornwall: Good Things – Cornwall Rewild Retreat

Inspired by the stunning natural environment of the Helford River to the Lizard Peninsula, this Cornwall Rewild Retreat will be based in a beautiful house on the banks of the Helford River. With its own wandering garden, woodland of oaks, private beach and cosy wood burner, the house is a lovely, secluded eco-base for any retreat. 

The package, however, prompts you to truly escape to nature with a mix of relaxing, invigorating and creative activities to clear the mind and nourish the body: from a workshop of botanical dying and cyanotype printing, to water activities, a sound bath or an Ayurvedic massage, there’s plenty to refresh and restore. A new addition to the October retreat is a historic boat you of the Helford River with a local Cornish writer.

When? 15–20 October

Where? Port Navas, Cornwall

BOOK: From £949 for an alcove single bed and shared bathroom, or £1,550 for a private double room and ensuite. goodthingsretreats.co.uk

The Blonde Hedgehog, Alderney

Alderney: The Blonde Hedgehog’s Spiritual Nutrition Retreat

The remoteness of Alderney – the most northerly of the Channel Islands – lends itself well to a wellness retreat for guests looking to disconnect. The Blonde Hedgehog, a hotel split across a number of guesthouses in St Anne’s have launched their ‘Spiritual Nutrition’ retreat to tap into their remoteness. Across three days, guests will engage with astronomy and mindfulness, with tranquil walking experiences, plant-based feasts, meditation, and introductions to astrology, mindful embodiment and moon placing.

When? 28–30 October

Where? The Blonde Hedgehog, Alderney (Channel Islands)

BOOK: From £625 per person, based on two nights in a standard room. Email [email protected] to book. blondehedgehog.com

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 | themandrake.com

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? Check somercecil.com for upcoming dates. Private retreats are also available.

Where? Badminton Estate, Cotswolds

BOOK: somercecil.com

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 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? Dates throughout 2022

Where? South Cornwall

BOOK: Prices from £315; therasea.co.uk

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.

If you’re feeling exhausted post-lockdown, Fiona’s Healing Retreats in Somerset are designed to help repair the impact of the past year. Fiona also runs a retreat for those struggling with the effects of Long COVID, which includes psychological support as well as therapeutic treatments such as lung and breath strengthening techniques, acupuncture and trauma release work.

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; aplacetoheal.co.uk

Rudding Park – Harrogate, North Yorkshire, rooftop spa garden

Yorkshire: Rudding Park in Harrogate

Pick your meditation hot spot from the UK’s very first Rooftop Spa Garden or Rudding Park’s designated Mind and Sense Zones. The spa aims to re-capture Harrogate’s spa town heritage by drawing natural waters from the grounds of Rudding Park. The Roof Top Spa and Garden has also been designed (by horticulturalist Matthew Wilson) to capture and reflect the beauty of its natural surroundings. The new Woodland Glade – a secluded area in the gardens – allows guests to experience treatments whilst connecting with nature, inspired by the Japanese tradition of forest bathing. Sounds like the perfect spot for some soul-searching (followed by steam room-lounging), to us.

When? Ongoing

Where? Rudding Park Hotel – Harrogate, North Yorkshire

BOOK: ruddingpark.co.uk

A girl petting two alpacas at Armathwaite Hall

Lake District: ‘Rest. Restore. Rewild.’ at Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa

Rewilding is a big wellness trend right now, and we all love natural therapy. There’s nothing quite so natural, however, as the new addition to Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa’s ‘Rest. Restore. Rewild.’ package: Mindfulness with Animals. In collaboration with the adjoining Lake District Wildlife Park, guests observe and connect mindfully with a range of animals – from red pandas to lemurs, tapirs to gibbons, alpacas to giant tortoises – to explore the life lessons they can teach us. Guests will also experience a two-hour Forest Bathing session as part of the package.

When? Ongoing

Where? Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa – Cumbria

BOOK: armathwaite-hall.com

A woman sat on a yoga mat in Lime Wood's rooftop garden

Hampshire: Lime Wood Hotel’s ‘Re-Wild Yourself’ retreat

The award-winning Herb House spa – located in the luxurious Lime Wood hotel – will be launching ‘Re-Wild Yourself’ retreats in September 2022. Designed to reconnect with nature, the retreats will make the most of the surrounding breathtaking New Forest.

For a day of holistic mindfulness, opt for the day-long Wild Wanderings Retreat on 27 September, focussed on movement, healing spa treatments and meditation. Or, if you’d like something more adventurous, opt for the Forest Fix Retreat, where forest runs and strength sessions preface a relaxing 60-minute spa treatment. For a slightly longer relaxation period, book the three-day Bamford retreat (14-16 September), inspired by harvest and the seasonal change into autumn, and devoted to relaxing and restoring the mind and body.

When? September to October 2022

Where? New Forest, Hampshire

BOOK: £225 per person for the Wild Wanderings Retreat, £325 per person for the Forest Fix retreat, £1905 per person for the Bamford retreat; limewoodhotel.co.uk.

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 sharphamtrust.org

Where? Sharpham House, Totnes, Devon

BOOK: From £385 for four nights; sharphamtrust.org

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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; youridealfit.com

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; gaiahouse.co.uk

Glass House Retreat

Essex: Glass House Retreat

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; glasshouseretreat.co.uk

Featured Image courtesy of Wild Calm Retreat, Cabilla Cornwall.