A magical yoga centre on an old olive farm in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazalema, Andalucía, Suryalila has three yoga shalas (including the Om Dome, a cathedral-like geo tent). Different visiting teachers run weeks year-round, but for those who like a range of activities, week-long Adventure and Yoga Retreats run thrice-yearly and combine twice-daily classes with activities from canyoning and kayaking to flamenco dancing. There’s a range of accommodation, from glamping to dorms or luxurious rooms, and a yoga festival from 9-16 June. Adventure and Yoga Retreats 21-28 April, 11-18 August and 6-13 October, from €800pp full-board in a tent (dorms and private rooms also available), flights extra, suryalila.com.
Time to Log Off runs retreats at various locations throughout the year and retreats for 2021 are tbc.
Mindfulness has been a wellbeing buzzword for several years now – but it’s here to stay and the only way to see if the said benefits of a calm, more focused mind are true is to try it. The Now Project offers non-intimidating, relaxed weekend retreats for those totally new to the practice as well as those with more experience. Held several times a year in a woodland location near Eye in the north of Suffolk, the courses teach mindfulness techniques and allow participants plenty of time to try them out. Meals are vegetarian and accommodation is in log cabins with bunk beds – or tents in summer – though there are B&Bs nearby for those wanting more comfort. Two nights £290pp in cabin, £240 camping, full board, lovelifelivenow.com.
The Clover Mill Detox Retreat UK takes pride in its status as the UK’s first boutique Ayurvedic spa, adhering closely to the ancient Hindu tradition of nurturing the mind, body and spirit to prevent illness. It has good reason to be proud: the retreat boasts a cluster of five-star eco-friendly lodges, a converted mill and a luxurious spa set in acres of Malvern countryside. With bespoke 3-5 day retreats in a veritable haven of peace and tranquillity, it’s all about reconnecting with your ‘inner-self’.
Surrounded by pine forest, right on the beach near Viana do Castelo in north Portugal, FeelViana is a new hotel dedicated to sport and wellness. There are yoga and pilates classes, an extensive spa and Turkish baths, and a choice of sporting activities, such as kitesurfing, standup paddleboarding and sailing. There are great biking and hiking routes here too, along coast and rivers and into the area’s mountains. Classes are paid for separately so the trip can be tailormade. Porto airport is 45 minutes away. Seven nights from £695 B&B, including flights, SUP tour or surf lesson £30, thehealthyholidaycompany.co.uk.
In a secluded Somerset valley surrounded by 700 acres of ancient woodland, 42 Acres is a beautiful place to get away from it all. Stylish accommodation (including a dorm) is in the main house – originally a 19th-century dairy farm – and cottages in the grounds. The programme of retreats for 2018 includes a Springtime Awakening weekend, with twice-daily yoga and guided evening meditations in the yoga yurt and inside by an open fire, all led by yoga teacher and nutritionist Suzanne Cork. Workshops on essential oils and hip-opening yoga poses are also included. All food is organic and local and includes meat and fish. 23-25 March, from £349, 42acres.com.
This beautiful retreat centre in the Andalucian hills, overlooking the Mediterranean east of Malaga, hosts different teachers and various types of yoga holiday year round. New for 2018 is a raw food, yoga and walking retreat with regular teacher and co-owner Simon Low. Besides dynamic and restorative yoga classes there are morning hikes in the surrounding hills, chi kung, food preparation and nutrition classes, plus lots of sumptuous raw feasts and juices. 6-13 May and 6-23 September, from £1,012, flights extra, rawfityoga.life. For full calendar see centrosantillan.com.
Fancy taking off into the woods for a while? Sharpham Trust offers ‘nature connection retreats’ where you get to live in the actual great outdoors. You don’t need to be a pro camper (the single bell tents are cosy and furnished) or even experienced in mindfulness, as you’ll learn all the techniques you need on the retreat. Staying in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’ll get stuck into guided meditation, nature-sensing activities and locally sourced or foraged plant-based food. If you’re particularly interested in all that plant power, Sharpham also runs a separate three-day foraging retreat.