Wellbeing & Yoga Retreats 2020
Need to find your 'om' or even just a little bit of 'me' time in 2020? Check out my Norfolk Wellbeing and Yoga Retreat Specialists - there are even a couple in the sun, if you can wangle it ......
The last of the booze, chocolates and mince pies have been devoured and good intentions set. I’m all over Dry January (first week and the shakes have eased), I’m back at the gym and tracking on My Fitness Pal (urghh).
However the one thing that eludes me every year is being able to find precious ‘me’ time to focus on my wellbeing.
The few moments snatched between urgent errands, feeding time at the zoo and work deadlines rather dilutes any therapeutic effect of a much needed massage or facial.
What you need is an extended hit of ‘me’ time says Mr O – you don’t have to tell me twice! Permission to leave the Mudlings for a weekend granted I embarked upon finding wellbeing retreats both local and further afield (you never know) and am sharing in solidarity for the sake of your sanity too!
Here are my Norfolk recommended wellbeing and yoga retreat specialists, there are even a couple in the sun, if you can wangle it!
One Day Menopause Workshop & Lunch with Amanda Ryder, Old Stables, Weybourne, Sat 11th January
Amanda Ryder is a leading Nutritionist whose interests lie in female health and digestive disorders. This workshop is perfect for anyone peri-menopausal or menopausal and is finding their old diet no longer works for them. You will learn about the most common symptoms of menopause and how diet can help manage the process. Including discussion on bone nutrients and HRT.
More to come on 18th & 25th April – watch this space!
Book now: £65 email email@example.com or call 07595971406
Menopause Retreat, The Norfolk Mead Hotel, Fri 24th January
Meet specialists qualified in all aspects of the menopause and have the opportunity to share your experiences with other like-minded women. Leave feeling empowered – hell yeah!
Book Tickets: £199
Morroco, Thailand & Sardinia Yoga retreats, The Orange Grove Clinic, 2020
I’ve known Zenmumma aka Jackie for years and can fully endorse her good value yoga retreats. She offers a varied programme suitable for all abilities that are great value for money.
Morroco: Mon 10th – Sat 15th February. Stay in a boutique yoga studio with private pool in the hills of Agouni. All transfers, meals and yoga included for £445 (flights not included)
Thailand: Wed 25th March – Wed 1st April. Stay in an authentic low-key Thai bungalow on the island of Koh Lanta. Daily yoga, brunch, transfers and accommodation included. Cost based on two people sharing a double: £595pp or single person in a double: £695pp. (flights not included).
Sardinia: Mon 8th – Sat 13th June: The accommodation is simple dorms in a villa, opposite a beautiful quiet beach. Muddy friend the Mindful Cook is the resident chef so you’re guaranteed great meals plus aromatherapist Lynn Moseley will be there to complement the Chakra based yoga. Accommodation, yoga with aromatherapy, food (excluding one lunch and one dinner out which will be extra) and free transfers to the villa are included. Cost £525 (flights not included)
Ps. Jackie is happy to offer guidance on flights.
The Orange Grove Clinic’s Norfolk Retreats in 2020
If you prefer to stay a bit closer to home, check out these three lovely options.
The ‘Big Sky’ Norfolk Countryside Retreat – Relax, Rebalance, Reboot & Restore at The Quaker Barns, Haveringland, Fri 24th – Sun 26th January. From £295pp
Weekend Yoga Retreat – Ringsfield Hall, Beccles, Fri 15th – Sun 17th May. £275pp
Connection: The Mum and Teen Daughter Yoga Retreat – The Quaker Barns, Haveringland, Fri 18th – Sun 20th September. From £245pp
Susanyoga Summer Retreat, Dingle Marsh Barns, Fri 26th – Sun 28th June
Hop over the border to Suffolk and enjoy this yoga retreat at the rather lovely Dingle Marsh Barns, overlooking Dunwich Beach and Dingle Marsh Nature Reserve. Aimed at all levels and abilities – unwind with a weekend of traditional Hatha yoga, and mindful meditation which will tone and strenghen both your body and mind. Lots of opportunities to explore the surrounding coastline plus on the last morning there will be a short guided walk into Dunwich for a healthy breakfast at Dingle Hill Tearooms.
Accommodation will be in one of three renovated cottages or 18th century thatched Barn. Underfloor heating, south facing courtyard (possibility of a little outdoor yoga) and organic locally sourced food – Nameste to that!
Book now: £395pp includes accommodation (discount for sharing) and food. Rooms can be single (supplement of £50), double or even a group of friends sharing one cottage. Places are limited and £20 discount for early bird booking before 7th February. A non refundable deposit of £100 to secure a place. Call Susan – 07776 440542 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mindful Cook Retreat, Fishley Hall, Norfolk, Fri 2nd – Sun 4th October
The Mindful Cook’s retreats are based in the kitchen, but are not your traditional cookery courses. The weekend is all about well-being and how small nutritional changes can have a big impact on how you feel. Simple healthy food, movement and mindfulness – ideal for anyone looking to improve their relationship with food without the stress of the dreaded ‘D’ word. Plus added Muddy Bonus – the retreat includes two nights bed and breakfast at this beautiful 17th Century Manor house in Norfolk with morning yoga, an evening meditation and meals.
Book now: Starts at £375 all inclusive.
Spring Weekend Women’s Yoga Retreat with Tiffany Bown, Fishley Hall, nr Norwich, Fri 1st – Sun 3rd May
Fishley Hall is home to a range of retreats and this one is perfect for all ages and ability. It’s an opportunity to gather with like-minded women away from the noise of life and enjoy a well-deserved rest. Plus there’s a healthy vegetarian menu and a little pamper if you fancy it. Prices start from £350pp for a triple share room.
Book now: from £350pp based on three sharing
West Lexham, Norfolk, Various Retreats, Jan – Dec 2020
The West Lexham Estate is an eco-friendly paradise situated between Fakenham and Swaffham. It’s run on over 90% renewable energy and is full of wonderful spaces waiting to be explored. Fields, woods, swimming pool, tennis courts, boating lake – nowhere is off limits. Throughout the year they run a wide range of retreats and offer a variety of accomodation options from treehouses to yurts to holiday cottages.
With over 20 guest yoga/meditation retreats varying in ability, it might be easier to search by date to find the best one for you. I quite like the look of their own events by Edmund Colville – Happiness (Fri 17th – Sun 22nd April), Inner Peace (Fri 17th – Sun 19th July) and Unleashing Creativity (Fri 20th – Sun 22nd November) Book now: From £435pp (includes food).
Below are a few guest retreats that I like the sound of too:
Gong Bath, Sound Healing and Star Gazing with Emrys Skye, Tues 18th February (7-9pm)
If you need a quick hit or are just dipping your toe in the healing water, this evening session sounds perfect. Experience the deep holistic resonance and spiritual energy of the gong (not bong – steady on). Followed by an opportunity to star gaze around the fire pit with unlimited vegan hot chocolate! Cost £22pp
Spring Cleanse Yoga Retreat with Rina Golan, Fri 10th – Sun 13th April
Spring is the best season for a quick liver cleanse, rest and rejuvenation. In this retreat you will deepen your yoga practice, exploring physical, mental and spiritual balance through movement and breathing. Prices start from £495pp
The Deep Dive Retreat with mother & daughter team, Rosie & Emma Markwick, Thurs 7th – Sun 10th May
The Deep Dive Retreat is a unique blend of yoga, personal development & coaching designed to strengthen the body, calm the mind and nurture the soul in one powerful programme. Daily yoga sessions are interspersed with supportive group learning experiences where you will learn about the wisdom of the body, tools to improve psychological well-being and clarity on any decisions you may be facing. Prices start from £470pp
Burn out to Bliss Retreat with Emily Warner, Fri 18th – Sun 20th September
Create your own bespoke weekend retreat and turn your ‘burn out to bliss’. Choose from a menu of Vinyasa yoga, Yin yoga, meditation, guided running, body conditioning, mindset & health coaching, journalling, healthy food, gorgeous countryside, and freedom. Do as little or as much as you want – now that sounds good to me! Prices start from £450pp