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01 April 2022
Fitness, Yoga And Meditation Retreats To Inspire Your Summer Travels
These fitness, yoga and meditation retreats will inspire your summer travels in 2021 and beyond, whether you're looking for a UK getaway or heading further afield.
With moving from sweatpants to lycra is finally within sight, and the UK allowed to leave the confines of home once more, many of us are starting to think about summer getaways. But with foreign trips still not a guaranteed thing, perhaps this is the year to be a little creative with our trips.

Whether you’re staying here in the UK or hoping to head further afield, these delightful retreats will have you moving and meditating more, making new friends, and hopefully finding a new hobby to fall in love with. 

A horse riding retreat in Wales

This three-day equine adventure will take you through the Brecon Beacons, with group options for both beginners and more advanced riders. With accommodation provided in a country house hotel complete with a pool and spa, there’s guaranteed to be something to soothe your achy legs at the end of a long day of riding.

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A beginner surf and yoga retreat in Cornwall

Describing themselves as “a sanctuary for all women who seek to re-wild themselves
through a connection with the ocean”, Salt Sisterhood offer women-only retreats focused on all things saltwater: surfing and wild swimming, with some yoga thrown in for maximum unwind effect. Hosted in a gorgeous townhouse in the centre of bustling Falmouth (seriously, those views), you’re promised a healthy, homemade breakfast each morning and will leave with a goodie bag full of treats from sustainable brands.

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Cat Meffan’s My Soul Sanctuary yoga retreat

Okay, so perhaps this isn’t technically for 2021 (many are all sold out for this year), but Cat’s Soul Sanctuary yoga retreats look so blissful and dreamy that we couldn’t not include them in the list. With UK, Portugal and Sri Lanka retreats among options including ‘Find Your Flow’, ‘The Art of Surrender’ and surf and yoga specials, they combine gentle movement, high-octane adventure, and good old, much underrated down time. There’s a reason these spots get snapped up fast!

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A fitness retreat in the UK

From yoga to HIIT, to chilly dips in the sea, Workout Away’s UK fitness retreat covers all bases and is led by qualified group fitness instructors. Just 20 minutes from Bournemouth, it’s easily accessible from wherever you are in the country and you’ll stay in a beautiful clifftop property. If you want a sneak preview, check out this guide to what to expect on a fitness retreat by someone who’s been there or find them for yourself at Balance Festival 2021.

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A meditation retreat: Serenity Retreat, Greece

If you’ve taken up meditation during the pandemic – in April 2020 alone the meditation app Calm was downloaded almost four million times – then perhaps it’s time to take the next step and embark on a meditation retreat. Yes, a whole week of umming, ahhhing, sitting stiller than you normally would with some mindful movement thrown in. Restarting from May 2021, this Greek retreat is based on the concept that “serenity is an inside job” and looks positively idyllic, merging traditional meditation with sea views and walks through olive groves. And yes, this is the actual view from their accommodation.

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The Resilience Retreat – North Devon

Set in the North Devon countryside, this four-day small group retreat is designed to help you “redefine yourself, reconnecting you to your purpose, as well as building resilience and flow into your life.” Merging mind and body, it includes surfing, group therapy, psychoeducation, mindfulness and yoga, and is led by accredited counsellors and a medical doctor.

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