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Pottery and Yoga, East Sussex

Just outside Brighton in the South Downs, Luna Wilds is a wild new off-grid spa and retreat built with salvaged materials by local yoga teacher Laura Brown and her partner Mike Lord. As well as regular daily events with spa treatments and time in the wood-fired sauna and outdoor baths, there’s a choice of weekend options. During a Wild Creativity break, guests learn pottery and practice yoga and meditation. Food is plant-based and plentiful, there are evening campfires, spa time and a guided walk through the South Downs. Book a pre-pitched base tent with inflatable mattress (£30) or bring your own.
Next Wild Creativity break May 13-15, £325 (£300 if booked before 31 January), lunawilds.co.uk

Breath and Resilience, Wiltshire

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Newly started by breathwork practitioner Natalie Keany and yoga teacher, sound therapist and breathworker Sarah Marten, the Resilience Retreats take place several times a year at Sarah’s Georgian home in Wiltshire. Combining breathwork, yoga, nature walks, sound baths and kirtan (community singing), the focus is on relieving tension, reconnecting and learning resilience-building techniques. Retreats run year-round, with the option to stay off-site.
Next retreat February 18-20, from £490,
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Wild Weekend for Women Only, Lancashire and Kent

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Love Her Wild, an online women-only community, will host two Wild Weekends in 2022. Camping in beautiful surroundings, they offer a chance to unwind with yoga and meditation and learn new skills (workshops range from astronomy and navigation to bushcraft). There are also inspirational speakers on topics ranging from planning great adventures to conservation. The venues are Waddow Hall, a landscaped estate near Clitheroe, Lancashire, and an outdoor center near Tunbridge Wells in Kent.
Lancashire April 1-3, Kent May 27-29, both £105, loveherwild.com

Holistic Wellness, Pembrokeshire

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Old Lan Farm, near Narberth

Opened last June by trainer Emma Hooper, the Retreat at Old Lan Farmhouse in the village of Login, outside Narberth, has views over the rolling hills of Pembrokeshire. Weekends run year-round, from “singing and music for health” to a men-only retreat for up to eight people. The popular holistic wellness retreat offers everything from movement classes to aromatherapy workshops, with a packed itinerary tailored to the group. On-site chef Fern prepares wholesome feasts, and accommodation is in rooms in the main farmhouse and annexes, some with private hot tubs.
Next retreat Jan 21-23, from £550, oldfarm.com

Slow down, Cornwall

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At Bodmin Moor, on a 100-acre farm of magical temperate rainforest, Cabilla Cornwall retreat choices include Wild Calm: the Power of Slowing Down, which takes place several times a year. In addition to yoga and meditation, there’s a guided nature walk, a sound bath, a tour of the on-site beaver enclosure, swims in wooded pools, and a plant-based cooking workshop. Chef Kate Munro-Boot whips up colorful vegan meals, and accommodation is in new triangular wooden cabins with skylights (Cabilla is in a starry-sky park), micro-burners, and thoughtful touches, sheepskin rugs to poetry books.
Next retreat April 14-17, from £675, cabillacornwall.com

Foraging and Yoga, Dartmoor

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Adventure Yogi offers a new four-night summer yoga retreat for walking and foraging. Guests stay in a cozy country house on the edge of Dartmoor and immerse themselves in nature with a guided hike and day of foraging to learn about edible and medicinal plants. Yoga is a mix of energizing morning sessions and relaxing evening sessions, and meals are colorful, nutritious and plant-based. Other UK options include the Peak District and Norfolk.
August 15-19, from £645, adventureyogi.com

Wild Yoga, Scottish Highlands

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Wild Roots Highland Guiding is a new venture started by mountain leader Anna Danby last year. Options include a three-day wild yoga trip with two nights of wild camping. Yoga practice and nature-based mindfulness meditation sessions are woven into the day, led by teacher Lindsay Warrack. Weather will dictate routes, but customers will average six miles a day. All equipment is provided, along with delicious food from local vendors.
June 10-12, £395, wildrootsguiding.scotland

Yoga and Swimming, Lake District

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Yoga and swimming go hand in hand, offering many physical and mental benefits, and a new two-night trip to the Lake District with Swim Trek combines them brilliantly. It includes two guided swims per day in lakes and tarns surrounded by breathtaking scenery – with a walk between sites. Yoga classes are held daily, to relax or unwind, and accommodation is at the charming Glenthorne Guesthouse in Grasmere. Swimmers do not need open water experience, but must be able to swim 1.5 km.
Three dates from June to September, 27-29 June, from £510, swimtrek.com

Spa Hotel, Richmond, London

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At the top of Richmond Hill, overlooking the River Thames, the 18th century Richmond Harbor Hotel has a brand new spa, with hydrotherapy and plunge pool, gym, 13 treatment rooms, 20m swimming pool and juice bar . Classes range from Hiit (high intensity interval training) to yoga. The Zen garden and Scandinavian hot tubs add to the soothing ambience, and The Gate restaurant serves healthy dishes in an elegant setting. Guided meditation walks or running sessions take place in Richmond Park, which is right next door.
Small double rooms from £95, half-day spa entry with 30-minute treatment and £20 lunch credit from £95, harbourhotels.co.uk

Activity Retreat, Central Scotland

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Based in the village of Drymen – near Loch Lomond and 22km from Glasgow – Retreat Scotland offers flexible stays and activities all year round. Filling their days with yoga and fitness classes, mountain hikes and life coaching, guests can stay as long as they want and participate as much or as little as they want, adding local excursions and additional treatments as they wish. The food is a healthy detox mix of vegetarian juices, soups and stews (with a non-detox continental breakfast option). There is a choice of accommodation, from bunk rooms to spa hotel.
pensions £100 per day including activities and all food, with additional accommodation, from £30 a night in a shared dorm, retreatscotlanduk.co.uk

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