Calm Your Mind Relax Your Body and Recharge Your Batteries on These Wellbeing Retreats in Stunning Locations

THE AUTHENTIC YOGA RETREAT

Where: The Malabar, Kendal, Cumbria England When? September 21-24, 2017

Can’t get to India for an authentic yogaretreat? Look no further. Renowned yogateacher and founder of Yogacara HealingArts in Mumbai (yogacara.in), RadhikaVachani is bringing her Living Yoga &Meditation Retreat to the UK. A devotedstudent of the late BSK Iyengar for morethan 12 years, Vachani is offering a variedprogramme of yoga, meditation andpranayama that throws new light on familiarpostures and will show you how toincorporate simple practices into your dailylife to help reduce stress and bring newmeaning to your life.

In your free time you can enjoy walks(including a unique barefoot walkingexperience with a local shepherdess) onthe surrounding Lakeland fells and wildswimming in silent pools and isolatedwaterfalls. Back at The Malabar, aconverted 18th century Grade II-listed bankbarn, you can relax with a therapeuticmassage, before enjoying a monsoons hower or soak in a boat bath in theunderfloor heated bathrooms. And whenit’s time to feed your body, Vachani hasteamed up with Malabar chefs to devisea series of yogic meals created especiallyfor the retreat to nourish your mind, bodyand spirit.Price: The retreat starts from £650 andincludes all meals, drinks and snacks, andyoga, pranayama and meditation sessions;themalabar.co.uk.

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THE MINDFULNESS RETREAT

Where: Eilean Shona House, Argyll and Bute, Scotland When? September 19-24, 2017

Where better to practise mindfulness than aprivate island off the west coast of Scotland.Leave your busy life behind and immerseyourself in the wilderness of Eilean Shona fora week of Living Mindfully and Connectingwith Nature in the company of writer CasparWalsh. Taking inspiration from the land, skyand water, you’ll learn to live more fully in themoment using walking meditations, creativewriting and personal exploration. Throughworkshops, journaling and hiking across theisland, with time for personal reflection andwork on individual projects, Walsh will drawon the transformative power of nature anduse mindfulness to help you discover how tolive a more creative and fulfilling life.When not enjoying group discussions orone-on-one tutoring, relax in Eilean ShonaHouse, a quirky former hunting lodge. Feaston home-cooked vegetarian food, with theoption of local seafood and venison, join inyoga and meditation sessions, brave theloch for wild swimming or kayaking trips, or snuggle up in front of the log fire. Price: Five-night retreats start from £950pp based on two people sharing, including full board, teaching and transfers from the mainland; shonaretreats.com.

THE SURF RETREAT

Where: Ahangama, Sri Lanka When? All year round

Water babies will love Surf and Soul’s newSri Lankan retreat. Set amid the lush junglefoliage of the south coast, sheltered beachesgive beginners a gentle introduction to thesport while seasoned boarders will love thereefs and wilder seas further offshore. You’llenjoy five surfing classes and five sunset surfsessions, a surf theory lesson and videofeedback session, seven yoga classes,plus a guided SUP session or canoe ridealong the river. Back at your villa, whichoverlooks the river, there’s an indoor/outdoor lounge, covered pavilion, sunkenswimming pool and yoga shala overlookingthe jungle. What’s not to love?Price: From £2,075 for seven nights (twoadults and one child all participating in surfand yoga activities); soulandsurf.com.

Calm Your Mind Relax Your Body and Recharge Your Batteries on These Wellbeing Retreats in Stunning Locations

THE HEALTH RETREAT

Where: Capra Hotel, Saas-Fee, Switzerland When? From July 22, 2017

If you like your health retreats Alpine-stylebut tinged with luxury, the Capra Hotel couldbe for you. Peak Health’s new eight-partseries of Precision Wellbeing retreats is setthe idyllic Swiss Alps and includes week-long stays on sleep, fertility, energy andwellness for genetics. The signature CorePeak Health programme evaluates yourhormonal, functional and metabolic profilethen gives you the tools to make changes toyour lifestyle. Focusing on what theorganisers call the interrelation of the ‘LifeQuadrant’ – four key areas including physicalfitness, diet and nutrition, sleep quality andmindfulness practice – be prepared for atotal mind and body immersion, where youspend your days boosting heart health andtoning up with three training sessions a dayYou’ll also enjoy two 60-minute spatreatments, a sleep-improvement kit,one-to-one sessions with wellness advisorsso you can integrate your experience intoyour life once you return home.The hotel boasts two Michelin stars andyou’ll enjoy breakfasts on the sunny terraceand evening meals in the award-winningrestaurant, while stunning views of themountains can’t fail to lift your spirits. Theminimalist spa of wood, stone and slatehas steam rooms, saunas and plungepools, allowing you to lie backand relax. Bliss!Price: From 4,500CHF,including a pre-retreat health,nutrition and lifestyleassessment, unlimited use of thespa, and daily mindfulness andwellbeing events; capra.ch.

Calm Your Mind Relax Your Body and Recharge Your Batteries on These Wellbeing Retreats in Stunning Locations

THE SOUL JOURNEY RETREAT

Where: Nadi Wellness Centre, Queenstown, New Zealand When? September 20-24, 2017

Want to dive a little deeper? This retreatinvites you to find stillness by experiencingyour true nature. Recognise how your familyand culture have defined you, and discoverways to ‘recreate your story’ by dissolvingself-limiting beliefs and replacing them withself-love, so you return to your life with yourinner eye open. The five-day Awaken MEretreat is packed with experiences tosupport your inner journey, including anintention-setting ceremony, daily sacredwalks in nature, Nia dance (awakening yourspirit through dance movement exploration)daily yoga and mindfulness sessions, plus anhour-long massage and a treatment of yourchoice (think chakra clearing, colour therapy,hypnotherapy and nutrition).

Calm Your Mind Relax Your Body and Recharge Your Batteries on These Wellbeing Retreats in Stunning Locations

You’ll receive areflective journal, and have plenty of ‘Soulo’time to reflect on your inner processes.It’s non-residential, but does include allmeals. Looking after your body is as muchpart of the process as caring for your soul,so you’ll eat real, mostly plant-based andorganic food, prepared by some of NewZealand’s top chefs at local cafes andrestaurants.

Calm Your Mind Relax Your Body and Recharge Your Batteries on These Wellbeing Retreats in Stunning Locations

If you need ideas on where tostay, the Sherwood Hotel has a retreat-likefeel, with plenty of places to chill, includinga tipi, and wonderful lakeside views.Price: The five-day Awaken Me retreatcosts NZ$3,250, including three meals aday, but excluding accommodation andflights; souljourneys.co.nz. A standardroom at The Sherwood, costs from £94 pernight; sherwoodqueenstown.nz.

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