We could all do with a reset right now. Something to nourish the mind, body and soul, and with staycations still probably the safest bet for a summer break this year, a nature-immersing retreat is the smart answer.
Reclaim the rest of 2021 with one of these dreamy retreats.
Kayaking and wildcamping in Pembrokeshire
This one-night retreat in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is an ideal escape for adventurers. By day you’ll explore secluded bays, caves and wooded estuaries as you kayak your way along the rugged coastline - spending four to five hours each day in the water - before wild camping on the beach. Brush up on your bushcraft skills, go sea-foraging and fish for supper before cooking dinner over an open campfire and bivvying under the stars. Groups are kept to a maximum of up to eight.
Dates: various still available from July to October 2021.
Price: from £260 per person.
Wild sea swimming in Cornwall
Like the sound of perfecting your stroke in gorgeous Cornish waters? St Michaels Resort in Falmouth is hosting a series of open-water swimming retreats in partnership with Swim Lab. Swim guru and coach Salim Ahmed will lead each retreat, with guided sea swims and lessons in breathing and technique. Indulge in beach yoga and coastal walks, before recovering with a treatment in the wellness spa, complete with a Cornish sea-salt steam room and outdoor barrel sauna.
The two-night retreats, open to both experienced open water swimmers and novices wishing to dip their toe in the water, will run from Friday to Sunday, with a maximum of 10 guests per group.
Dates: various still available from July to October 2021.
Price: from £445 per person.
Mindful wild camping in Dartmoor National Park
Wandering Wild hosts mindful wild camping and walking retreats at Dartmoor National Park, with dates for the spring available to book now. Expect three days of guided meditations, wild swimming, stargazing, walking among wild ponies, admiring stone circles and sourcing and filtering your own drinking water straight from the river.
Groups will be kept to a maximum of seven people and led by trained hill and moorland guide Henriette Lofstrom, who knows all of the sweet spots. On arrival you’ll be supplied with a backpack containing everything you need for living under the open sky, including a private tent, sleep mat, head torch, cooking equipment and food and snacks.
Date: various still available from May to October 2021.
Price: £280 per person.
Bespoke fitness retreat in Kent
Based in the Kent countryside, an easy train ride from London, Stede Court offers private fitness-focused retreats hosted by former celebrity PT Kathryn Freeland, who curates bespoke stays of between one and seven nights for up to six people (private groups only). Start your day with circuits in the woodland or yoga on the decking, followed by country runs and long walks, after which you can laze in the hammock, take a dip in swimming pond and unwind in the outdoor sauna. Mindfulness and meditation sessions are on offer too, as are onsite massages and other pampering treatments.
Date: various dates available year-round.
Price: weekend recharge retreats for two start from £1,750.
Woodland foraging in Devon
Immerse yourself in the healing powers of nature on the stunning grounds of the Sharpham Estate in Devon which offers magnificent views over the Dart Valley. With one, three and five day retreats available, there’s something for everyone, including foraging, walking, silent and woodland retreats. Switch off from it all in a cosy bell tent pitched in the woods and enjoy nourishing vegetarian and vegan meals prepared for you.
Dates: various still available in July, August and September 2021.
Price: from £495 per person.
'Rewilding’ in South Cornwall
Feeling burnt out? Head for salvation and “rewilding” at Thera-sea, hidden away in 20 acres of oak woodland on the banks of the River Fal in South Cornwall. The three-day retreats are designed to reconnect you with the natural environment through outdoor living, wild swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, foraging, bushcraft, open-fire cooking and stargazing. Guests will enjoy rustic treehouse-style accommodation with outdoor showers and views over the river.
Dates: retreats still available to book from July to November 2021.
Price: from £395 per person.
Yoga and surfing in North Cornwall
You have to be quick to snap up a spot on one of the hugely popular Women & Water surfing and yoga retreats - having previously sold out all of its 2021 retreats, you can still register your interest on the site in case more dates are released. Set in a luxury yurt village, a short walk to the golden beaches of Cornwall, the four-day retreats involve daily yoga classes and workshops, guided surf lessons (including all equipment) and use of the onsite indoor pool and sauna and steam room. Guests can treat themselves to massages, horse riding, kayaking, wake boarding, cycling and coasteering at an extra cost.
Dates: various in 2021.
Price: from £610 per person.
Yoga, Pilates and mindfulness in Somerset
Set in a secluded farmhouse surrounded by 42 acres of serene Somerset countryside, Our Retreat is hosting a series of weekends of yoga, fitness, mindfulness, and plenty of time to chill out by the fire. Guests will enjoy daily mindful yoga, Pilates and restorative yin yoga classes, breathwork and sound healing sessions, wellness workshops and woodland walks. Chefs will prepare a healthy plant-based menu for retreaters, with each day ending with a buffet-style meal around the dinner table where guests can discuss the day’s activities.
Dates: retreats still available to book from July 2021.
Price: from £695 per person.
The island retreat
Located on the Isles of Scilly off the Cornish Coast, with heather-clad hills on one half and pristine beaches on the other, Tresco Island makes an idyllic setting for a reboot. This year it will host a series of wellness breaks, including a yoga retreat led by Lucy Aldridge, taking place in a studio overlooking the harbour, as well as an open-water swimming retreat coached by Keri-Anne Payne of Triscape. After a day of activities, guests can indulge in the island’s spa with a massage and unwind in the heated pools, saunas, jacuzzis and steam room. Retreats typically include four or five nights of luxury accommodation and airport transfers.
Dates: retreats still available to book in September and October 2021.
Price: from £845 per person.
The yoga hiking retreat in the Lake District
Yoga Hikes arranges retreats at cosy cottages and stately homes in the heart of the Lake District. Retreats run Friday to Sunday and include a healthy vegetarian menu to keep you fuelled for long walks in amongst the dramatic scenery. Guests typically begin each morning with an energising flow, before setting off for a day of hiking. After a quick pitstop for tea and homemade cakes, there’s another yoga session before dinner.
Dates: hikes still available to book in October and November 2021.
Price: from £295.