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Meditation & Wellness Retreats in the UK to Book for 2023

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Overdue some time out, or looking to start the New Year right? Luckily, 2023’s wellness retreats are coming in thick and fast, and you don’t have to travel across the world to enjoy them – there are plenty of staycation opportunities for uninterrupted zen. From luxury farmhouse getaways to walking weekends, these are the best meditation retreats and wellness escapes right here in the UK.

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The UK’s Best Meditation & Wellness Retreats 2023

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Gaia House

Gaia House

When? Retreats are frequent, with the first retreat for 2023 commencing on 7 January.

Where? South Devon

What? 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.

BOOK: Check out the schedule here. gaiahouse.co.uk

yoga on the beach

Veganuary Wellness and Health Retreat

When? 12–15 January 2023

Where? Tywyn, Wales

What? Sunsetbay Retreats is hosting a Veganuary Wellness and Health Retreat early this year, with food taking centre stage, led by plant-based chef Kelly Mason. Located in pretty Tywyn with accommodation in a converted chapel, guests will be surrounded by beaches, waterfalls, lakes and mountains. There will also be a range of holistic treatments, yoga, activities, and a massage included, too.

BOOK: From £675. sunsetbayretreats.com

the grove in winter

Manifesting Wellness Retreat with Roxie Nafousi

When? 20–21 January

Where? The Grove, Hertfordshire

What? With manifestation and wellness expert Roxie Nafousi taking the lead, head to Hertfordshire in the New Year to kick off your wellness resolutions properly, with a Vinyasa yoga class, manifesting workshop and Q&A with Roxie, access to the Sequoia Spa and an overnight stay with breakfast and lunch all included. If you can’t make the dates, try The Grove’s new Signature Sequoia Escape instead, with one night in a West Wing Classic room, an 80-minute signature treatment, lunch at Sequoia Kitchen, and a three-course dinner at The Stables or The Glasshouse, with full access to spa facilities.

BOOK: The Roxie Nafousi Wellness Retreat starts from £373 per person, and the Sequoia Signature Spa Escape from £408 per person. thegrove.co.uk

Sharpham Trust Walking Retreats

Mindful Walking Retreats

When? 2–6 April 2023

Where? Sharpham House – Totnes, Devon

What? 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.

BOOK: From £460 for four nights. sharphamtrust.org

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Wylder UK

When? 14–16 May 2023

Where? The Lakes By Yoo, Cotswolds

What? Following the popularity of Charlotte Townend’s Ibiza treats in 2022 – with more to come in 2023 – the Wylder retreat will also be on home turf this spring, heading to The Lakes By Yoo to offer an idyllic and luxurious Cotswolds retreat. Combining yoga with mindfulness, outdoor activities and unique workshops, the two-night escape with feature three yoga classes, two breathwork sessions, and a sleepy yin and breathwork session before bed, accompanied by vegetarian brunch and dinners cooked up by Soph Gordon. There’s also paddle boarding, a wild flower workshop, a countryside walk, wild swimming and optional ice baths to look forward to. 

The Lakes By Yoo offers a slice of bucolic bliss amid 850 acres of rolling countryside, with cabins, apartments and houses to enjoy with unbeatable lakeside views. The Wylder retreat will be making the most of the site’s brand new yoga studio.

BOOK: Prices start from £805 per person. wylderretreats.net

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Rewilding at English Historic Estate Retreat

When? 24–28 August 2023

Where? Broughton Hall – Skipton, North Yorkshire

What? If you’re looking for a serene retreat framed by moorlands and meadows, head to Broughton Hall in Skipton, North Yorkshire. Back by popular demand after a successful run in both 2021 and 2022, Balance Holidays’ ‘Rewilding at English Historic Estate Retreat‘ encourages guests to let go of their old self, teaching new skills to promote a wild, connected and empowered version of themselves. Led by lifestyle coach Tony Riddle – also known as The Natural Lifestylist – the retreat includes a range of movement activities (wild swimming, barefoot woodlands walks and runs, forest bathing and tree climbing) as well as restorative, lesson-based activities (mobility, movement and flow activities, breathwork and sound healing).

BOOK: balanceholidays.com

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Cornish Gems’ Yoga & Wellbeing Retreat

When? 8–10 September 2023

Where? Rosilian Hall – Flushing, Cornwall

Holiday home provider Cornish Gems have teamed up with wellbeing practitioner Alicia Ray on a brand-new luxury yoga and wellbeing retreat on the Cornish coast. The exclusive three-day retreat – taking place in September – will be hosted at Rosilian Hall, a luxury waterfront residence in Flushing, right on the banks of the river Fal. Using an engaging mix of restorative wellbeing practises, guests will receive guided tuition to enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor yoga, sea swimming, mindfulness, meditation, sound baths and breathing workshops – all accompanied by a delicious and nourishing menu prepared by a private chef using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.

BOOK: cornishgems.com

Anthony Mullally delivering a workshop to men with trees in the background

Resilience Breath Workshop

When? Dates TBC

Where? Cornwall

What? Ex-rugby player and plant-based fitness fanatic Anthony Mullally, has partnered with sustainability-minded Cornish hotel group Red Hotels to offer new resilence breath workshop retreats at the end of 2022. Further dates are to be announced in 2023, including an exclusive series of Men’s Mental Health Retreats. Employing cold and heat exposure, the body will be put into a stressful state in order to then encourage adaptability and calm as a response to anxiety.

BOOK: From £95 at Bedruthan on 25 November, and £100 at Scarlet on 1 December.

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The Cold Water Therapy Programme

When? Ongoing

Where? Three Mile Beach, Cornwall

What? Did you know that the NHS now prescribes surfing to help improve confidence, resilience and self-esteem? Off to Cornwall we go. Launching this November, Three Mile Beach’s new three-night Cold Water Therapy Programme will reinvigorate and restore through surfing lessons, coasteering and Wim Hof Method workshops with Soul Sweats, championing the power of water and breathwork alongside hot and cold therapy, yoga, sound healing and meditation. Set among golden sands backed by dunes, it’s an idyllic setting for a chilly swim. 

BOOK: From £403 per person, based on six people sharing a three-bedroom beach house and includes three nights’ accommodation, including a full day workshop with Soul Sweats, a two-hour private surf lesson and a three-hour guided coasteering session. Available for individuals and private groups. threemilebeach.co.uk

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

Wild Calm Retreat at Cabilla

When? Ongoing

Where? Cabilla Cornwall

What? 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.

BOOK: cabillacornwall.com

Mandrake Penthouse

Soul Revival

When? Ongoing

Where? The Mandrake, London

What? 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).

BOOK: themandrake.com

Somercecil retreats

Somercecil Retreats at Badminton Estate

When? Ongoing

Where? Badminton Estate, Cotswolds

What? 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.

BOOK: Private retreats are also available. somercecil.com

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Horwood House X Aromatherapy Associates

When? Ongoing

Where? Horwood House Hotel – Milton Keynes

What? Mental Health UK reports that one in five Brits don’t get enough sleep, so Horwood House is partnering with Aromatherapy Experts to launch their new ‘Deep Relax Day and Stay package’. With full access to the spa, a delicious two-course lunch, and a 60-minute Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Body Treatment, this package is ideal for wellness warriors looking for a great night’s sleep.

BOOK: From £237.50 per person. horwoodhouse.co.uk

Rudding Park – Harrogate, North Yorkshire, rooftop spa garden

Rudding Park in Harrogate

When? Ongoing

Where? Rudding Park Hotel – Harrogate, North Yorkshire

What? 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.

BOOK: ruddingpark.co.uk

Glass House Retreat

Glass House Retreat

When? Ongoing

Where? Essex

What? 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.

BOOK: glasshouseretreat.co.uk

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