It’s Spring! Or…almost. Time to start thinking about spring cleaning and getting your body ready for the rest of the year. Now is a great time to think about detoxing, de-stressing and re-adjusting your body to be more healthy, happier and ready to take on anything thrown your way.
While you might not think of a healing retreat as something to do on a vacation or holiday, it can be a wonderful treat in the middle of a hectic itinerary.
Here are 5 places that can offer restorative yoga, meditation, treatments, and intensives combined with amazing settings and good healthy food to get you back up on that horse again.
Dru Yoga in Gwynedd offers a number of retreats for people looking to relax and increase their energy levels, with yoga weekends, walking holidays and meditation breaks available year-round, all with the incredible Snowdonia National Park as a backdrop.
Dru yoga is a style of yoga that works with postures, breathwork, relaxation, and meditation. Its series of sequences is called Energy Block Release and they help you keep muscles and joints supple with fluid movements. It is one of the most popular forms of yoga in the UK.
There are many retreats offered by Dru Yoga, but all holidays involve Dru Yoga practice, relaxation sessions and group meditations.
Seren Retreat is set in 23 acres of ancient oak woodland and is just a fifteen-minute drive away from the Gower Peninsula. It’s run by Swansea natives Rex & Alaea Beynon who specialize in polarity therapy, a technique that focuses on the body’s energy flow. With their 30 years of experience in the healing arts the couple work with people in a group or one-on-one to help achieve physical, emotional, mental and spiritual relief.
They offer winter wellness breaks and meditation retreats throughout the year that focus on realignment of the body to ease chronic tension and pain and restorative counseling sessions that teach how to let go of emotional and mental blocks. These sessions also include relaxing yoga and healthy food and are all within reach of some of the best scenery and beaches in Wales.
Tucked between the towns of Machynlleth and Newtown is the secluded community of Spirit Horse Retreat. Spirit Horse was founded in 1992 by Shivam O’Brian, a renowned spiritualist, storyteller, carpenter, poet, and ceremonialist and is made up of tepees, yurts and Celtic roundhouses. Shivam created this ancient-style village for sacred gatherings and for self-reflection.
There are a number of ways that people can enjoy the simple facilities including a three day Enlightenment Intensive investigating the self, reality and the emptiness of ego; a Women’s Lodge celebrating kinship to plants, animals, the elements and to each other through stories, dance, song and craft; and Sacred Man: Sacred Women retreats, offering playful, wild and ecstatic initiation into proper ritual, honoring the divine masculine and feminine in each other. All participants can enjoy the epic woodland and wild gardens that volunteers and supporters continue to maintain for all to enjoy.
It’s worth mentioning that the village has no electricity or Wi-Fi and a sparse phone signal so is also good for a digital detox. Another reason people flock to the hidden village in the hills.
Cae Mabon is in North Wales, set in a beautiful, secluded oak forest. It was founded in 1989 and is run by founder Eric Maddern, a local storyteller, author, and songwriter. It has 7 elegant, low-impact dwellings made from straw bales, cedar logs, cob, stone, thatch, turf, timber, and hempcrete.
During the year about a half dozen events are organized by Cae Mabon. These include working parties, open weeks and two or three special themed workshops or retreats. The rest of the time - from mid-March through mid-November - Cae Mabon hosts gatherings, retreats, workshops, and events. This is where the Sisters of the Wild, Dadeni Spirit School, Forest Church Eco Retreat hold their gatherings. Check the Events tab on the Cae Mabon website to find out about their offerings as well as what other people are putting on.
The Zest Life runs rejuvenating two-or-three day weekend breaks at Plas Cadnant, a country house set in 21 acres of parkland with waterfalls, rivers, and views of Mount Snowdon, on the isle of Anglesey.
The idea is to nourish both body and soul and to get back in touch with nature by offering beach walks, hikes up Snowdon and wild swimming with yoga and meditation. Afterward, guests can replenish with delicious, homemade vegetarian meals and walks around the estate, a massage or just curling up by the fire in the cozy converted barn accommodation.
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