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 opportunities for uninterrupted zen in the UK. From luxury farmhouse getaways to walking weekends in Devon, these are the best meditation retreats and wellness escapes right here in the UK.

Mindfulness has never been more important. With the shifting Covid landscape, schedules filling up and technology blurring the lines between work and free time, making space to look after ourselves is harder than ever. If you’re struggling to maintain balance in your life, a reset in the form of a wellness break might be the perfect option. For some people this might be a solo camping or glamping escape to immerse yourself in nature away from everything, but for some, a guided meditation retreat or a yoga retreat in the woods might bring some structure to your retreat. There’s no need to travel abroad to rediscover your personal zen (after all, there’s nothing relaxing about airports), and from London hotels creating city sanctuaries and sleep retreats to far-flung coastal spots making the most of nature’s healing properties, there are more wellness travel options popping up across the UK every month. Here are some of our favourites to date…

Best Wellness Retreats & Meditation Breaks UK 2022

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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? 13-16 June, 20-23 June, 22-25 Sep 2022 (read our review of Cabilla Wild Calm here)

Where? Cabilla Cornwall

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

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? Visit 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 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? 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

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

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; glasshouseretreat.co.uk


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