Chill out

Calm your mind, re­lax your body and recharge your bat­ter­ies on these well­be­ing re­treats in stun­ning lo­ca­tions

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The best sum­mer re­treats.

THE AU­THEN­TIC YOGA RE­TREAT

Where: The Mal­abar, Ken­dal, Cum­bria, Eng­land When? Septem­ber 21-24, 2017

Can’t get to In­dia for an au­then­tic yoga re­treat? Look no fur­ther. Renowned yoga teacher and founder of Yo­gacara Heal­ing Arts in Mum­bai (yo­gacara.in), Rad­hika Vachani is bring­ing her Liv­ing Yoga & Med­i­ta­tion Re­treat to the UK. A de­voted stu­dent of the late BSK Iyen­gar for more than 12 years, Vachani is of­fer­ing a var­ied pro­gramme of yoga, med­i­ta­tion and pranayama that throws new light on fa­mil­iar pos­tures and will show you how to in­cor­po­rate sim­ple prac­tices into your daily life to help re­duce stress and bring new mean­ing to your life.

In your free time you can en­joy walks (in­clud­ing a unique bare­foot walk­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with a lo­cal shep­herdess) on the sur­round­ing Lake­land fells and wild swim­ming in silent pools and iso­lated wa­ter­falls. Back at The Mal­abar, a con­verted 18th cen­tury Grade II-listed bank barn, you can re­lax with a ther­a­peu­tic mas­sage, be­fore en­joy­ing a mon­soon shower or soak in a boat bath in the un­der­floor heated bath­rooms. And when it’s time to feed your body, Vachani has teamed up with Mal­abar chefs to de­vise a se­ries of yo­gic meals cre­ated es­pe­cially for the re­treat to nour­ish your mind, body and spirit. Price: The re­treat starts from £650 and in­cludes all meals, drinks and snacks, and yoga, pranayama and med­i­ta­tion ses­sions; the­mal­abar.co.uk.

THE MIND­FUL­NESS RE­TREAT

Where: Eilean Shona House, Argyll and Bute, Scot­land When? Septem­ber 19-24, 2017

Where bet­ter to prac­tise mind­ful­ness than a pri­vate is­land off the west coast of Scot­land. Leave your busy life be­hind and im­merse your­self in the wilder­ness of Eilean Shona for a week of Liv­ing Mind­fully and Con­nect­ing with Na­ture in the com­pany of writer Cas­par Walsh. Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the land, sky and water, you’ll learn to live more fully in the mo­ment us­ing walk­ing med­i­ta­tions, cre­ative writ­ing and per­sonal ex­plo­ration. Through work­shops, jour­nal­ing and hik­ing across the is­land, with time for per­sonal re­flec­tion and work on in­di­vid­ual projects, Walsh will draw on the trans­for­ma­tive power of na­ture and use mind­ful­ness to help you dis­cover how to live a more cre­ative and ful­fill­ing life.

When not en­joy­ing group dis­cus­sions or one-on-one tu­tor­ing, re­lax in Eilean Shona House, a quirky for­mer hunt­ing lodge. Feast on home-cooked veg­e­tar­ian food, with the op­tion of lo­cal seafood and veni­son, join in yoga and med­i­ta­tion ses­sions, brave the loch for wild swim­ming or kayak­ing trips, or

snug­gle up in front of the log fire. Price: Five-night re­treats start from £950pp based on two peo­ple shar­ing, in­clud­ing full board, teach­ing and trans­fers from the main­land; shonare­treats.com.

THE SURF RE­TREAT

Where: Ahangama, Sri Lanka When? All year round

Water ba­bies will love Surf and Soul’s new Sri Lankan re­treat. Set amid the lush jun­gle fo­liage of the south coast, shel­tered beaches give be­gin­ners a gen­tle in­tro­duc­tion to the sport while sea­soned board­ers will love the reefs and wilder seas fur­ther off­shore. You’ll en­joy five surf­ing classes and five sun­set surf ses­sions, a surf the­ory les­son and video feed­back ses­sion, seven yoga classes, plus a guided SUP ses­sion or ca­noe ride along the river. Back at your villa, which over­looks the river, there’s an in­door/ out­door lounge, cov­ered pav­il­ion, sunken swim­ming pool and yoga shala over­look­ing the jun­gle. What’s not to love? Price: From £2,075 for seven nights (two adults and one child all par­tic­i­pat­ing in surf and yoga ac­tiv­i­ties); souland­surf.com

THE HEALTH RE­TREAT

Where: Capra Ho­tel, Saas-Fee, Switzer­land When? From July 22, 2017

If you like your health re­treats Alpine-style but tinged with lux­ury, the Capra Ho­tel could be for you. Peak Health’s new eight-part se­ries of Pre­ci­sion Well­be­ing re­treats is set in the idyl­lic Swiss Alps and in­cludes week­long stays on sleep, fer­til­ity, en­ergy and well­ness for ge­net­ics. The sig­na­ture Core Peak Health pro­gramme eval­u­ates your hor­monal, func­tional and meta­bolic pro­file, then gives you the tools to make changes to your life­style. Fo­cus­ing on what the or­gan­is­ers call the in­ter­re­la­tion of the ‘Life Quad­rant’ – four key ar­eas in­clud­ing phys­i­cal fit­ness, diet and nu­tri­tion, sleep qual­ity and mind­ful­ness prac­tice – be pre­pared for a to­tal mind and body im­mer­sion, where you’ll spend your days boost­ing heart health and ton­ing up with three train­ing ses­sions a day. You’ll also en­joy two 60-minute spa treat­ments, a sleep-im­prove­ment kit, one-to-one ses­sions with well­ness ad­vi­sors so you can in­te­grate your ex­pe­ri­ence into your life once you re­turn home.

The ho­tel boasts two Miche­lin stars and you’ll en­joy break­fasts on the sunny ter­race and even­ing meals in the award-win­ning restau­rant, while stun­ning views of the moun­tains can’t fail to lift your spir­its. The min­i­mal­ist spa of wood, stone and slate has steam rooms, saunas and plunge pools, al­low­ing you to lie back and re­lax. Bliss! Price: From 4,500CHF, in­clud­ing a pre-re­treat health, nu­tri­tion and life­style as­sess­ment, un­lim­ited use of the spa, and daily mind­ful­ness and well­be­ing events; capra.ch.

THE SOUL JOUR­NEY RE­TREAT

Where: Nadi Well­ness Cen­tre, Queen­stown, New Zealand When? Septem­ber 20-24, 2017

Want to dive a lit­tle deeper? This re­treat in­vites you to find still­ness by ex­pe­ri­enc­ing your true na­ture. Recog­nise how your fam­ily and cul­ture have de­fined you, and dis­cover ways to ‘recre­ate your story’ by dis­solv­ing self-lim­it­ing be­liefs and re­plac­ing them with self-love, so you re­turn to your life with your in­ner eye open. The five-day Awaken ME re­treat is packed with ex­pe­ri­ences to sup­port your in­ner jour­ney, in­clud­ing an in­ten­tion-set­ting cer­e­mony, daily sa­cred walks in na­ture, Nia dance (awak­en­ing your spirit through dance move­ment ex­plo­ration) daily yoga and mind­ful­ness ses­sions, plus an hour-long mas­sage and a treat­ment of your choice (think chakra clear­ing, colour ther­apy, hyp­nother­apy and nu­tri­tion). You’ll re­ceive a re­flec­tive jour­nal, and have plenty of ‘Soulo’ time to re­flect on your in­ner pro­cesses.

It’s non-res­i­den­tial, but does in­clude all meals. Look­ing af­ter your body is as much part of the process as car­ing for your soul, so you’ll eat real, mostly plant-based and or­ganic food, pre­pared by some of New Zealand’s top chefs at lo­cal cafes and restau­rants. If you need ideas on where to stay, the Sher­wood Ho­tel has a re­treat-like feel, with plenty of places to chill, in­clud­ing a tipi, and won­der­ful lake­side views. Price: The five-day Awaken Me re­treat costs NZ$3,250, in­clud­ing three meals a day, but ex­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion and flights; souljour­neys.co.nz. A stan­dard room at The Sher­wood, costs from £94 per night; sher­woodqueen­stown.nz.

Go surf­ing in Sri Lanka

Put a new slant on your favourite yoga pose in the Lake Dis­trict

Prac­tise mind­ful­ness on a Scot­tish is­land

Go on your in­ner jour­ney in New Zealand

Im­merse your body and mind in the Swiss Alps

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