back to nature, croatia
This four-night yoga and meditation retreat is led by experienced teacher Yogi Ashokananda. Accommodation overlooking Lake Begovac is in simple log cabins (called “monk cabins”), and guests can also camp. Daily yoga and meditation on a scenic deck, as well as guided nature walks, lake swims, vegetarian meals, optional massages, and visits to the Potters and Plitvice Lakes National Parks. The center is the newly opened sisters retreat in India.
27 April – 1 May, four nights from £510, ashoktree.com
Deep Cleaning, France
A British couple run this detox and yoga retreat from their estate Maison de Lunel in the Lot department in southwestern France. Accommodations are in elegant farmhouses, and freshly prepared organic juices and soups are on the menu, along with twice-daily yoga classes and nightly candlelit meditations. These include fitness classes, wellness workshops, guided nature walks and massages, as well as a swimming pool, hot tub and infrared sauna.
Five-, seven- and 14-night vacations from 8 April to 30 September from €695, maisondelunel.com
Island Idyll, Greece
On the namesake island in the Aegean Sea, Skyros Holidays offers a range of healing and inspirational classes, from writing and art to yoga and kayaking, at two locations: Skyros Center in the village (May-July) and Atsitsa Bay along the coast (July-September). All sessions are led by experienced moderators in a supportive community environment with delicious vegetarian food. Families are welcome during school holidays.
Weekly 20 May – 23 September, from £875 per week, skyros.com
seaside resort, portugal
Yoga on a Shoesstring’s week-long retreat is based in Cocoon, a tranquil eco-farm near teacher Nancy Lee’s seaside village of Vila Nova de Milfontes on the wild Atlantic coast. There’s a swimming lake between classes, a surf beach a 10-minute drive away, bikes to borrow and walks along the Costa Vicentina trail. The stylish bedroom opens onto the courtyard. Vegetarian meals (fish once a week) use local products.
8-15 July, seven nights from £995, yogaonashoestring.com
Arctic Adventure, Finland
See the Northern Lights and escape the world on a quiet, snowy family-run farm in Finnish Lapland on a ‘Rediscovering Yourself Arctic Wilderness Adventure’. Twice-daily yoga classes are led by Adam Husler, who teaches powerful alignment-focused exercises from the comfort of his studio. Arctic winter activities include guided snowshoe hikes in national parks, ice lake swimming and sauna experiences, and folklore evenings. There are also optional husky sleds. The food is warm, nutritious and vegetarian.
7-11 December, from £995 for four nights, reclaimyourself.co.uk
Rural Restoration, Turkey
Huzur Vadisi, a rural haven near Dalaman on the Turquoise Coast, offers a range of fun week-long yoga retreats from May to October, led by visiting teachers: including yoga and Pilates with Sam Hughes ; a gratitude retreat with Julie Paterson; a creative writing and yoga retreat with Philippa Pride and Ken Eyerman. Twice daily yoga sessions can be combined with walks, visits to the coast and local markets Food is vegetarian and accommodation for up to 30 people is single, double and triple bed yurts with super clean shared bathroom facilities .
From £989 per week, huzurvadisi.com
Spring Cleaning, Germany
Based in Bahrenhof, a farmhouse in the open countryside of northern Germany, Spring Awakening is We Come Home’s back-to-nature retreat run by yogi couple Imme Kock and Sascha Kaus, offering morning energizing yoga sessions and evening restorative yoga sessions on spacious wooden-floored salads. The communal kitchen serves an entirely plant-based brunch and dinner. There are saunas, bonfires and guided tours to the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site.
May 4-8From £495 for three nightswecomehome.com
Pampering Reset, Italy
Maraviglia is a stylish Tuscany resort with views of the valley beyond. The six-night open house summer retreat offers daily meditation and twice-daily yoga on the garden terrace, led by down-to-earth and attentive teacher Tashi Dawa. There is a swimming pool, country walks, optional massages and local tours. The organic vegetarian brunch and three-course dinner use produce straight from the garden.
weekly From June 4th to July 15thFrom 990 euros for six nights, Malawi Network
Writers’ Retreat, Spain
A collection of homes in Las Chimeneas in the tranquil Mairena village in the beautiful Alpujarra region, the resort, led by former publisher and Write Every Day author Harriet Griffey, offers one-on-one creative space feedback for both beginners and experienced writers , and have the opportunity to share and discuss their process. There’s a small pool, access to a yoga studio, guided mountain walks, optional massages and free activities, including cooking classes and a talk with local author Chris Stewart. Delicious meals use locally sourced produce, with vegetarian options available.
June 10-17Seven nights from €860, www.laschimeneas.com
healthy eating, france
Held at Manoir Mouret near the village of Andillac in southwestern France, Nourish Retreat is a five-night nutrition retreat led by nutritionist Fiona Berry and French naturopathic chef Stéphanie Cruchandeau to help guests fall in love with healthy food Pick up health. joie de vivre. The accommodation is in a sensitive recovery my houseITRE (Manor House) Immerse yourself in slow French country life with daily mindful walks, nutrition discussions, sleep workshops, cooking classes and market visits. Savory meals are seasonal and plant-based, and lunch is the main meal of the day. There are tennis courts, swimming pool, walks in the vineyards and massages (60 euros).
twenty one-June-26 or 11-October-16, From 1,150 eurospp (if previously booked March 11) for five nights, manoirmouretretreats.com
Caroline Slyer Jones, founder of queenofretreats.com