Away from the distractions of work and home, there is time to devote yourself to studying alignment, to chanting, to flowing dynamically or to just sitting still in meditation. Some retreats last just a weekend; others longer. They are hosted in stately homes in the English countryside, in Mediterranean beach houses, or eco-lodges in the foothills of Indian mountains.
The retreats page is updated frequently, so check back often to see what’s new.
a new year’s revolution on the beach
with Dina Cohen
04 – 12 january 2020
The ultimate holiday for winter sunseekers on one of Goa’s finest beaches. Three daily practice sessions from the beachfront deck including Dynamic Flow Yoga, Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra and Mindfulness, encouraging strength, stamina and flexibility, as well as calm, relaxation and peace. Comfortable beach cabins with ensuite bathrooms and a hammock on the veranda at the quieter end of Patnem Bay, just a few minutes walk to funky shops and cafes. Dancing dolphins, delicious Indian fusion meals, shady lounge area for downtime and stunning sunsets every night. Fly direct to Goa (or via Mumbai) for airport pickup.
Location: Patnem Beach, Goa, India
flow + restore weekend
with Adam Hocke + Sarah Williams
31 january – 02 february
This weekend retreat is aimed at teachers and experienced students who would like to explore practice as a form of nourishment and self-inquiry. By prioritising practices of yoga-based self-care the weekend will leave you with a greater understanding of your movement practice, how to soothe your nervous system responses through body-based mindfulness, and how to rest deeply. Teachers can request CPD points (Yoga Alliance International). The retreat centre is easily accessible from Brighton and London, just off the coast between Eastbourne and Seaford. Simple, nourishing vegetarian food will be provided throughout your stay and you’ll sleep in comfortable, shared rooms.
Location: Gayles, South Downs, UK
light and fire of transformation
with Ashley Jones
31st january – 02 february
Kundalini yoga, yoga nidra, gong baths, fire rituals, hot tubs and more!
While nature awakens and winters receptivity gives way to an urge to move forward into spring’s energy of rebirth, we too can take our cue from nature and ask our self where do we hold the urge to move forward to? What dreams lie as seeds in the warming earth of our hearts and minds? This is a time to invoke ones spirit to the wheels of change and fan the flames of transformation. Let the returning light shine on your seeds and dreams for the year ahead.
flow into freedom
with Jonelle Lewis
14 – 21 March
Come and join Jonelle in Baja, Mexico for a trip of a lifetime in this little slice of heaven where the desert and sea meet. There will be twice daily yoga in the ocean-view shala, with a morning practice to recharge and nourish the body, and evening practice to slow down and restore.
The retreat is timed to tie in with the annual whale migration giving you the option to experience the once-in-a-lifetime whale-watching that will literally take your breath away and is an opportunity not to be missed. This mind-blowing retreat cannot fail to inspire, invigorate and revitalise you.
journey within: a personal pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago
with Carolyn Cowan + Amanda Stuermer
27 april – 4 May
Journey Within is an opportunity to experience a personal pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. The definition of a pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. The legendary Camino de Santiago is one of the most famous pilgrimage routes in the world. This 8-day Sarria to Santiago de Compostela walking tour follows the last few segments of the Camino de Santiago’s French Route, or Camino Francés. Our journey will cover over 100km but will, ultimately, take us deeper within ourselves.
Together, we will explore the meaning of pilgrimage and consider the possibility of living our life as a personal pilgrimage. We will utilise pranayama, meditation, devotional yoga, historical context, group dialogue, and self-reflection to expand our awareness, develop tools, and tune in to our internal navigation system – soul, true self, higher power – so that we can each move forward on our personal pilgrimage with reverence, presence, and joy feeling more fully supported.
“We are all just walking each other home.” — RAM DASS
Location: Camino de Santiago, Spain
building grace through mindful motion
with Christina Christoph
11th – 18th april
Escape the stresses and strains of modern life whilst deepening your yoga practice on this retreat holiday held in the beautiful surroundings of Tigmi, just outside Marrakesh. Renew, restore and rebalance as you indulge in a week of mindful movement practices, self care, delicious food and traditional hammams (all on-site).
Classes take place twice a day, mornings and late afternoons, either on the open-air rooftop shala with panoramic views across the beautiful Moroccan mountains or inside a beautiful spacious and rustic studio. We practice to morning birdsong, starting each day with a mindful and joyful slow-flow (vinyasa style). Our evening practice will incorporate yin and hatha flow, and across the week we explore a progressive irest-style Yoga Nidra (dream yoga) mindfulness practice to close the day.
One of the “Best Yoga Retreats in the World”, The Times
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
norfolk retreat – spring city escape
with Ashley Ahrens + Melinda Szepesi
23 – 26 april
Join Ashley and Melinda for a relaxing weekend in the Norfolk countryside, bordering the serene Norfolk Broads. Our weekend will include twice daily yoga practices, ranging from vinyasa, mandala, yin, meditation, breathing, nidra and incorporating mindfulness techniques into your life. We will practise in our beautiful glass-ceilinged conservatory. Our home is a fully renovated manor house surrounded by 350 acres of gorgeous countryside. There will be ample opportunity to wander the hiking trails in the National Park and enjoy some quiet time in the manor house. We have created a wonderful vegan/vegetarian menu, and all meals will be included during your stay to keep you feeling balanced and nourished.
“The retreat was incredibly well organised and thought out! The house is beautiful and every class was made to feel very personal to tailor to people’s needs.”
“The retreat exceeded my expectations. It was a perfect mix of yoga and relaxation. I loved the fact that there were two different practices per day. I had an amazing time, I really enjoyed it!”
Location: Bordering the Norfolk Broads near the village of Acle, UK
relax, restore + explore
with Ashley Ahrens + Ana Dias
27th june – 02nd july
Come join Ashley and Ana at Monte da Orada in Portugal for 6 days of yoga, nature and nourishing food. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself and explore your practice on a deeper level without the distractions of daily life. Orada is a family run, eco-sustainable, permaculture-based retreat centre located at Portugal’s Southwest Atlantic Coast, bordering Algarve. The location combines access to an amazing set of spectacular wild surf beaches and the authentic countryside tranquility of Alentejo.
You can expect: twice daily yoga (Ashtanga based vinyasa/yin/restorative/workshops), delicious veggie brunch & dinner, downtime to relax, swim in the bio pool or explore the local beaches and villages.
Location: Monte Orada, in the South West of Portugal
ashtanga yoga retreat
with Joyce McMiken + Marcos Rodriguez
retreat one: 06 – 11 june
retreat two: 12 – 17 june
Wake up to a morning Mysore class suitable for complete beginners and people with a regular ashtanga practice. Late afternoon we will explore restorative yoga, pranayama, meditation, and philosophy. As Soft Tissue Massage therapists, Marcos and Joyce will also be offering treatments for relaxation or to assess, treat and rehabilitate injuries. An idyllic venue providing luxurious boutique accommodation. Relax at the swimming pool nestled in the hillside, walk in the countryside, swim in the rivers or meander down to the local market town. Delicious vegetarian meals provided. Non-yoga partners are welcome.
Location: Languedoc region of southern France
transformative yoga retreat
with Jeff Phenix
18 – 25 july
A wonderful opportunity to enjoy lots of yoga, meditation, sun, sea, fun, laughter, delicious food and relaxation in stunning Almeria, which is Spain’s sunniest and least developed region. The venue is set on the edge of one of Europe’s most remote and beautiful natural parks, the Cabo de Gata, which is one of Spain’s last unspoiled stretches of coastline.
Offering an amazing landscape of perfect half-moon bays, hidden coves, bizarre volcanic rock formations, and spectacular flora and fauna, this really is an idyllic location and the perfect place to deepen your yoga and meditation practice. A week of yoga with Jeff is a truly transformative experience and you cannot help but return home feeling recharged and rejuvenated.
Location – Almeria, Spain