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Back to nature, Croatia
This four-night yoga and meditation retreat is led by experienced teacher Yogi Ashokananda. Overlooking Lake Begovac, accommodations can be found in simple wooden huts (called “monk pods”) or guests can camp. Daily yoga and meditation takes place on a scenic platform, and there are guided nature walks, lake swimming, vegetarian meals, optional massages, and visits to the potter’s and Plitvice Lakes national park. The center is the newly opened sister of sanctuary in India.
April 27 – May 1, from £510 for four nights, ashoktree.com
Deep cleaning, France
An English couple runs this detox and yoga center at their mansion, Maison de Lunel, in the Lot department in southwestern France. An elegant farmhouse stay with freshly prepared organic juices and soups on the menu, twice-daily yoga classes, and candlelight meditation each evening. Fitness sessions, wellness workshops, guided nature walks and massage are included in the price and there is a pool, jacuzzi and infrared sauna.
Five, seven and 14 night retreats from April 8 to September 30, starting at €695, maisondelunel.com
Island idyll, Greece
Vacationing Skyros on the Aegean island of the same name offers a healing and inspiring array of courses, from writing and art to yoga and canoeing in two locations: Skyros Center in the village (May-July) and the coastal Bay of Atsitsa (July-July-July-July). September). All sessions are led by experienced facilitators, the community environment is supportive, and the food is veggie and delicious. Families are welcome during school holidays.
From 20 May to 23 September, from £875 per week, skyros.com
Beach escape, Portugal
Located in Cocoon, a peaceful eco-farm near the seaside village of Vila Nova de Milfontes on the wild Atlantic coast, Yoga on a Shoestring’s one-week retreat offers movement, breathing and relaxation twice a day on a shaded deck led by American hatha yoga. teacher Nancy Lea. Lessons include a lake to swim in, a surfing beach a 10-minute drive away, bikes to borrow, and walks along the Costa Vicentina path. The stylish bedrooms open onto a courtyard. Vegetable dishes (with fish once a week) use local produce.
8-15 July, from £995 for seven nights, yogaonashoestring.com
Arctic adventure, Finland
See the northern lights and escape the world at Reclaim Your Self’s Arctic Wilderness Adventure on a quiet, snowy, family-run farm in Finnish Lapland. The twice-daily yoga is led by Adam Husler, who teaches a strong harmony-focused practice in a comfortable studio. Arctic winter activities include guided snowshoeing in the national park, an icy lake swimming and sauna experience, as well as an evening of folklore. There’s also an optional husky sled. Meals are hot, nutritious and vegetarian.
December 7-11, from £995 per person for four nights, reclaimyourself.co.uk
Rural restoration, Turkey
Peace Valley, a rural retreat near Dalaman on the Turquoise Coast, offers a week of interesting yoga retreats with visiting teachers from May to October: yoga and pilates with Sam Hughes; a gratitude retreat with Julie Paterson; and a creative writing and yoga retreat with Philippa Pride and Ken Eyerman. Twice daily yoga sessions can be combined with walks, visits to the beach and local markets, vegetarian food and accommodation for up to 30 people are in single, twin and triple bed dorms with super clean shared bathroom facilities.
From £989 per week, Huzurvadisi.com
Spring cleaning, Germany
Located in Bahrenhof, a farmhouse in the open countryside in northern Germany, Spring Awakening is a back-to-nature retreat by We Come Home, run by yogic couple Imme Kock and Sascha Kaus, offering energizing yoga classes in the morning and uplifting yoga classes in the evening. large wooden floor shawl. All-plant-based brunches and dinners are served in the communal kitchen. Guided excursions to the sauna, campfire and Wadden Sea world heritage site are available.
4-8 Mayfrom £495 for three nightswecomehome.com
Pampering reset, Italy
Maraviglia is an elegant retreat in Tuscany that offers sweeping valley views. The six-night Open House summer retreat offers daily meditation and twice-daily yoga on a garden deck with grounded, attentive teacher Tashi Dawa. There is a swimming pool, country walks, optional massage and local excursions. Organic vegetarian brunches and three-course dinners use produce straight from the garden.
Weekly from 4 June – 15 Julyfrom 990 € for six nights, maraviglia.net
Writers retreat, Spain
Located in Las Chimeneas, a residential home in the peaceful village of Mairena in the gorgeous Alpujarra region, run by Harriet Griffey, former publisher and author of Write Every Day, this retreat offers beginners and seasoned writers a creative space for one-on-one writing. group opportunities to share and discuss their feedback and processes. There are free activities like a small pool, access to a yoga studio, guided mountain hikes, an optional massage and cooking class, and a talk with local author Chris Stewart. Locally sourced produce and vegan options are used in the delicious dishes.
10 – 17 Junefrom 860 € for seven nights, laschimeneas.com
Healthy eating, France
Held at Manoir Mouret, near the village of Andillac in southwestern France, Nourish Retreat is a five-night nutritional retreat led by nutritionist Fiona Berry and French naturopathic chef Stéphanie Cruchandeau, designed to help guests fall in love with healthy food and reclaim the good old days. joy of life. Accommodation has been delicately restored maison de maliter (mansion) to immerse yourself in leisurely French rural life with daily mindful walks, nutrition discussions, sleep workshop, cooking session and market visit. The delicious meals are seasonal and plant-based, with the main meal of the day being lunch. Tennis court, pool, vineyard walks and massages (60 €).
21-26 June or 11th-16 October, from 1.150 €s (if previously booked) 11 March) for five nights manoirmouretretreats.com
Caroline Slyer Jones is the founder of queenofretreats.com.