02 Jul Retreats in The UK
A Round Up of Affordable Retreats in the UK
by Soothed in the City Staff Writer
Now that we have filled you in on the do’s and don’ts of retreats, here are some of the most intriguing retreat in the UK that we’ve found to help you chill, explore and get away from everything.
The Grange: Book Crafts and Wellness retreats – Ellesmere
Based in the Shropshire lake-district only 10 miles away from the Welsh borderlands and a short walk from the town of Ellesmere, this magnificent Georgian country house runs retreats in book arts, crafts and wellness. Part of this unique ambience is a ten acre land with a wild flower meadow, an organic vegetable garden, woodland with plenty of wildlife and a meditational labyrinth cut into the turf.
The Grange has its own fully-equipped book-bindery with sewing frames, book and standing presses, foil embossing machine, guillotine, board cutter and other ancillary equipment. It also has 13 en-suite bedrooms where the guest can enjoy savoury home-cooked meals made from the best local ingredients.
Grange Road, Ellesmere, Shropshire,
Knights Retreat – Farmhouse retreat- Herefordshire, Golden Valley
If you want to enjoy nature and a full, sweeping view of the Milky Way in an unspoilt rural spot surrounded by farmland in a valley bordered by a stream, Knights Retreat is the place for you. Close by are the towns of Hay-on –Wye and Ross-on-Wye as well as an abundance of old churches, while foot paths can lead you to the Wye Valley, Black Mountains or Brecon Beacons National Park. You can also explore the area by cycling as parts of the National Bike Rout and several off-road tracks meanders through the area.
The accommodation is in a timber-framed former water-mill with en-suite bedrooms, a communal sitting room, and a dining room which has signs of human occupation going back to the Iron Age. Whatever retreat you chose to do in this tranquil farmhouse, you’re going to have a fully qualified in-house chef accommodating all your special dietary requirements.
Telephone: +44 (0)1981 251 324
Heartspring Retreats – Spiritual Retreats in Slad Valley Cotswolds
If you crave for deep spirituality and alternative healing therapies which can even be tailored for your particular needs in a one-on-one arrangement, then you should definitely check out Heartspring Retreats in Cotswold Hills.
Heartspring retreats at the heart of the Slad Valley offer different types of spiritual retreats without any religious or spiritual dogma. Different healing therapies like Gaian healing, reflexology, Indian head massage, yoga, Heart Focusing, and emotional freedom techniques are all available on the premises during your stay. The accommodation is in fully-insulated, rustic style eco-friendly buildings where you can even have your own kitchenette. A weekend retreat usually costs around 250 pounds (without therapy sessions), but meals and accommodation are included.
11 Woodside, Stroud GL5 1 PL
Tel.: 01453 767306
Raw Horizons – women-only well-being retreat – Dorset, Sussex, North-Yorkshire
Raw Horizons offers life-changing retreats for women in a safe haven where they can immerse themselves into a complete holistic wellbeing environment. Life-style and well-being coaches will guide you through all the cutting-edge self-development techniques including spirituality, yoga, meditation and nutrition advice.
In these nurturing and luxurious sanctuaries based in Dorset, Sussex and North Yorkshire women can completely focus on to feel rested and peaceful , to reflect on their needs and desires so that they can achieve a new perspective on their lives. Price of a three day retreat ranges from 595 to 750 GBP depending on the room type.
Raw Horizons Ltd
Split Farthing Hall
Land line: 01845 597 041
Mobile No: 07483 333182
Hill House Retreats – Holistic and Therapy retreats in Wales
Surrounded by idyllic Welsh countryside and with stunning sea views, this Victorian villa provides peace and quiet in beautiful natural surroundings situated on a hillside overlooking the quaint village of Llansteffan in Carmarthenshire, West Wales. Retreat accommodation is from £60 per night, and prices are fixed all year round with no seasonal peaks. Hill House offers personal retreats, group retreats and relaxing self-catering breaks.
Beside the yoga and wellness retreats, Hill House also runs the peculiar Dylan Thomas retreat which is an opportunity for anyone to spend time in the beautiful natural environment of west Carmarthenshire which shaped him, and to meet in convivial surroundings with fellow enthusiasts and share their appreciation of his poetry and short stories.
Telephone: 07899 061360
Gaia House – Buddhist meditation retreat
Set amidst the peaceful beauty of the South Devon countryside, Gaia House is a Silent Meditation Retreat Centre in a historic setting, where you can explore the teachings of Buddha with experienced Dharma teachers from all over the world.
Gaia House offers silent meditation retreats from various Buddhist traditions to free the mind and heart from confusion, self-centeredness and anguish. In this sanctuary of stillness you can choose between several types of silent retreats whose prices only cover the cost of food, accommodation and the teachers’ travel expenses, so you’re free to decide how much you’d like to donate to support the place and the teachers who guide your practice.
West Ogwell, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 6EW
Telephone: +44 (0)1626 333613
Rivendell Buddhist Retreat Centre
Situated in East Sussex, housed in a Victorian rectory and surrounded by fields and woodlands, Rivendell Retreat Centre is part of the Triratna Buddhist Community which runs various retreats – creative writing, dance, yoga and myth-exploration – all set in the context of Buddhist meditation.
During your stay you are provided with healthy vegetarian food and if you are an advanced meditation practitioner, you can even have your own solitary chalet, fully equipped and with a shrine if you’d like to reflect and ponder in perfect solitude.
Address: Rivendell Buddhist Retreat Centre,
Tel: 01825 733 764
Hazel Hill Wood – Nature based retreats in Wiltshire
Hazel Hill is a secluded 70-acre wood and sustainable retreat/education centre, seven miles from Salisbury, offering unique scope for people to deepen their connection with nature and learn about living renewably. This conservation woodland has a high diversity of wildflowers, trees and fungi, providing a variety of landscapes and habitats.
The events programme includes retreats, conservation, men’s and women’s groups, and the wood is available for group bookings. The facilities include indoor group room and large kitchen, heated bedrooms and sleeping lofts, good showers, compost loos, along with beautiful outside spaces, camping area and hot tub.
Mellowcroft – Natural Holistic Retreat
If you’re after a uniquely affordable and memorable experience, this ancient Welsh small-holding nestled beneath the Llandegley rocks of mid-Wales might be just the place for you. It offers space for private retreats, events and workshops.
Mellowcroft has a truly extraordinary set of eco-structure buildings for accommodation made of local timber, and wood- fired outdoor baths. The side-by-side outdoor community baths use hand-pumped mountain spring water naturally replete with the clay of the Welsh hills. The baths are heated by wood-fire, which keeps the water hot for hours even in the snow or rain. This is the ultimate eco-friendly pampering you can give yourself.
Telephone: 01597 851135
Anam Cara – Spiritual Retreats in the Scottish Highlands
Anam Cara offers spiritual retreats in Shamanism, Buddhism, mindfulness, and yoga. The place sits 600 feet above sea level and overlooks the city of Inverness with stunning views over the Monadhlaith Mountains. The centre is surrounded by woodland and lies close to the final northern stretches of the Great Glen Way. The locality offers an extensive network of paths meandering through a variety of habitat with a rich and varied wildlife.
The accommodation comprises of three fully equipped, insulated caravans with electric heating, and the main workshop venue is a glass fronted, timber framed octagonal building complete with grass roof and wood burning stove.
Anam Cara, 18 Upper Leachkin, Inverness IV3 8PN, SCOTLAND
Tel/Fax: 01463 711702