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Retreats: health, beauty & fitness retreats & holidays


The Health Retreats Directory (right) lists retreats based around health, beauty and fitness. This will include retreats focused on yoga, pilates, meditation, weight loss and healing. Those listed identify themselves as 'retreats' but we suggest you also look at our Health & Wellbeing 'holiday' pages here, as there is often little difference between them.



What is a retreat

A retreat may be described as an escape away from everyday distractions, a withdrawal from society to a tranquil setting to allow for a period of reflection or to focus entirely on a particular activity.

For some it might be about taking time to simply relax, for others its a time for personal reflection. On a spiritual or religious retreat it might be time to practice spiritual beliefs. Or it can be about uninterrupted time to study or pursue creative activity.


To help you select, our retreat holiday sections have now been split up into three general categories, namely:

health, beauty & fitness

spiritual & religious

SPAIN: Luxury retreat hotel in Andalucia
To be found in wild and beautiful countryside in the mountains above Malaga, Fountainhead Retreat Hotel offers a unique luxury rural retreat.



What makes it a 'retreat' rather than a 'holiday'?
This distinction is often not clear cut and this is why we suggest also looking at our related holiday categories (see links in each section).

Compared to a 'holiday' an activity related retreat might be more focused, with fewer other distractions. It may offer seclusion, time and space to allow for independent study or creative thought.

Sometimes the location plays a big part, with retreats often taking place in secluded settings or remote locations away from the hustle and bustle associated with a holiday – frequently beautiful settings within the natural environment. Often these places will be dedicated 'Retreat Centres'.

On a contemplative retreat the distinction is clearer as the aim is simply for quiet, undisturbed time in a suitable location, sometimes with guidance, but often without.


BALI: Surf & yoga retreat for women
Combine surfing with a pamper retreat on the beautiful tropical island of Bali in the Indonesian archipelago.

    Surf Goddess Retreats have created a special women-only holiday that's great for learner surfers and offers a positive, supportive and fun space to learn. It also offers transformative yoga, decadent spa treatments and a wellbeing and health programme designed to leave guests feeling renewed and refreshed.

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uk flag AdventureYogi

based: East Sussex, UK


Offering yoga retreats and holidays in the UK and overseas, AdventureYogi specialises in holidays that combine yoga with adventure activities like surfing, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, snowboarding and skiing; or in retreats to simply relax and restore. Stay somewhere special, feel energised by yoga, relaxed by massage and invigorated by delicious vitality foods.

| retreats | yoga | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | massage | detoxification | diving/snorkelling | surfing | walk/trek/hike | ski/snowboard | mountain biking | UK | Worldwide |


Cala d'Or Yoga
based: Cala d'Or, Majorca, Spain

Practice yoga by the beach on the stunning East coast of Majorca, in luxury 4-star accommodation. Arrive any day you like for a short break, week or longer stay. Dynamic hatha classes. Beginners welcome. Lots of other activities available, relaxed social vibe.
| yoga | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | multi activity | spa | massage | Spain |


Croatia Yoga
Mlini, nr Dubrovnik, Croatia
Practice yoga by the beach on the fascinating coast of Croatia near Dubrovnik, in luxury 4-star accommodation. Arrive any day you like for a short break, week or longer stay. Dynamic hatha classes. Beginners welcome. Lots of other activities available, relaxed social vibe.

| yoga | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | multi activity | spa | massage | Croatia |


La Ferriere Relaxation et Retraite
based: Dordogne, France
Exclusive tai chi and chi kung retreats with tailored coaching. Feel the joy of relaxation at La Ferriere in the Dordogne. Helder and Patricia Machado invite you to enjoy the quiet, drink local wine, eat food from the village market and just let the rest of the world float away.

| tai chi | chi kung | retreats | France |


Mairela Healing Retreat

based: Kuhmoinen, Finland


Holistic healing holidays at a lakeside cottage with traditional sauna set in the natural environment of the Finnish forest. Personal sessions with an experienced healer, workshops, meditation and reiki, or just peace and serenity. Guests gather tools to enhance their daily life on all levels, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

| Finland |


uk flag Motivate Bootcamp

based: Staffordshire, UK


Ladies fitness and weight loss bootcamp retreats across the UK and Europe. Perfect for those looking for fitness, weight loss, or just wanting an active holiday. These ladies bootcamps include, accommodation, nutritious meals, fun days with varied exercise sessions, exercise and nutrition workshops, dedicated trainers, after care support and optional massage.

| bootcamps | fitness | retreats | nutrition | weight loss | women | singles | stag/hen | UK | Portugal | Spain |


New Earth Retreats (The)
based: New South Wales, Australia

The New Earth Retreats specialize in transformational experiences and offer unique Personal Development programmes set in beautiful areas of Australia.

| retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | meditation | self development | yoga | Australia |


based: West Sussex, UK

Offering juice detox retreats in England (in West Sussex and Lincolnshire) with yoga and healing. Weight loss and fitness, fertility, stop smoking and emotional healing retreats with 50+ holistic treatments. "One of the Best Retreats in the World" – Telegraph.
| yoga | retreats | detoxification | weight loss | fitness | stag/hen | self development | NLP | meditation | England |


Sardinia Yoga

based: Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy


Practice yoga by the beach on the beautiful north east coast of Sardinia, in luxury 4-star accommodation. Arrive any day you like for a short break, week or longer stay. Choose from vinyasa flow or gentle hatha classes. Beginners welcome. Lots of other activities available, relaxed social vibe.

| yoga | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | multi activity | spa | massage | Italy |


uk flag Sunflower Retreats

based: Casperia & Sperlonga, Italy | Costa Rica
Yoga holidays and yoga and wellness retreats, with daily yoga classes, meditation, Ayurvedic and holistic treatments, and a wide range of daily optional activities to choose from, in stunningly unspoiled and beautiful locations – in Italy, in the hilltop village of Casperia or beachside Sperlonga – and in Costa Rica.

| yoga | retreats | massage | acupuncture/acupressure | ethical/ecotourism | aromatherapy | Italy | Costa Rica |


Surya Lanka Ayurveda Beach Resort
based: Talalla, Sri Lanka
Surya Lanka Ayurveda Resort was one of the first Ayurveda Hotels in Sri Lanka to cater exclusively for Panchakarma Ayurveda guests. Surya Lanka specialises in Sri Lankan Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation, all in one of the most beautiful locations in Sri Lanka. It also conducts regular Ayurveda retreats and Yoga retreats.

| ayurveda | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | yoga | meditation | massage | weight loss | detoxification | spas | Sri Lanka |


Surya Surf & Yoga Retreat House

based: Cadiz, Spain


Yoga and surf retreats at La Barrosa beach, Cádiz, southern Spain, for all levels. Retreats also include thematic excursions to other beautiful places; activities like hiking, horse riding and sailing are also available. Year-round week or weekend packages include accommodation and organic breakfast and can be booked for small groups or individuals.

| retreats | yoga | surfing | Spain |


uk flag Tai Chi & Nutrition for Health & Wellness
based: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Tai Chi and Qigong relaxation holidays and retreats. Includes a 7-day therapeutic and energising Qigong holiday on the magical island of La Gomera; a fantastic opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, meet like-minded people and explore this beautiful island. Suitable for absolute beginners as well as the more experienced.
| retreats | tai chi | qigong | chi kung | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | meditation | Canary Islands |


uk flag The Ultimate Retreat Company

based: Alicante, Spain


Luxury all-inclusive health retreats for weight loss, fitness, detox, wellbeing and anti-ageing, set in a beautiful award winning venue and spa. Join their exceptional and professional retreat team which includes a doctor, nutritionist, yoga and pilates teachers, personal trainers and holistic therapists; who will offer inspirational and individual care and support.

| weight loss | detoxification | yoga | pilates | fitness | nutrition | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | singles | Spain |


uk flag Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat

based: Varna, Bulgaria


Relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at this rural retreat close to the Black Sea. Offering a personalised service for individuals and small groups, running twice daily poolside yoga and tai chi/qigong classes, life coaching and holistic treatments. Delicious vegetarian food with non-veggie options. All ages and abilities welcome.

| vegetarian/vegan | Bulgaria |



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Retreats: creative retreats for writers, artists, crafts ...



FRANCE: Writers & artists retreat
La Muse offers retreat accommodation in Southern France to creative people, including screenwriters, artists, composers, writers, musicians and academics for 3-week retreats. These include the use of the library, art studios, Wi-Fi, shared kitchen, dining room and terrace. There are three double bedrooms and two suites with adjoining study.

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Artisa Academic & Art Retreat

based: Peloponnese, Greece


An interdisciplinary retreat for scientists and artists. Retreats include writing weeks for PhD students offering help finishing a thesis, group and individual retreats for scientists, grant writing weeks and an artists retreat program.

| Greece |


Heart and Art Andalucia
based: Granada, Spain
Week-long fully inclusive art and craft residential courses with professional, experienced artist teachers. Learn, create, relax in the beautiful Spanish mountains of Andalucia in a mountainside house with inspirational views of the National Park. Price also includes countryside picnics, day excursion and airport transfers in Spain. All art materials provided.

| jewellery | sculpture/carving | paper crafts | scrapbooking | embroidery | decoupage | painting/drawing | mixed media | soft toy making | retreats | self development | Spain |


uk flag Inspired Mosaics Studio – at The Art House Hove B&B

based: Brighton, East Sussex, UK


Mosaic summer schools, courses and retreats in Hove, East Sussex. Learn to create mosaics of any size, on your own or with friends. Courses are led by experienced mosaic artist Elizabeth de Ath in her garden studio – all materials provided. Accommodation is available at the adjoining Art House B&B.

| mosaic | retreats | summer schools | England |


uk flag Quilt Retreat (The)
based: East Sussex, UK
The Quilt Retreat is a luxurious barn conversion in a beautiful rural setting close to the sea. It offers a quilters workshop for up to ten and sleeps the same number in seven (en-suite) bedrooms. Quilters can enjoy tranquil residential retreats, either doing their own thing or by taking a course with award winning experts.

| patchwork/quilting | retreats | UK |


uk flag Slipper Camps
based: Kent, UK
Slipper Camps are inspirational mini-breaks for ladies over 45, including creative workshops, country walks, visits to places of interest, social activities and an opportunity to make new friends, whilst staying in a boutique hotel in Tenterden in Kent, full-board, with everything arranged for you. Ideal for women on their own.

| women | retreats | gardening | painting/drawing | walk/trek/hike | murder mystery | sightseeing | self development | singles | seniors/silver surfers | for people with a disability | England |


Textile Holidays France

based: Charente, France


Creative holidays in SW France, surrounded by beautiful countryside. A range of textiles courses for all interests and abilities, taught by a qualified, experienced tutor who's passionate about textiles. Learn a new skill on a structured (but relaxing) holiday retreat or bring your own project and work independently in the light, spacious well-equipped studio.

| dressmaking/tailoring | embroidery | patchwork/quilting | soft furnishing | fashion | lacemaking | retreats | singles | tailor made | women | France |


uk flag Ty Newydd

based: Gwynedd, Wales, UK


The National Writers' Centre for Wales offering residential courses in writing, poetry and drama as well as writers retreats and Welsh language courses.

| Wales |


uk flag Hill House Farm
Tennessee, USA


A bed and breakfast retreat in Pulaski, Tennessee, for artists and writers.

| USA |



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Retreats: religious & spiritual retreats




SCOTLAND: Island Retreats
Two small islands off Scotland's West Coast provide retreat accommodation to all, regardless of faith and regardless of whether they seek quiet time for restoring the spirit, or an active holiday.
College of the Holy Spirit is on the island of Cumbrae and is a combination of 3-star guest house and Christian Retreat. It's located next to The Cathedral of The Isles, Britain's smallest cathedral.

    The Bishop's House is on Iona and takes groups and individuals, with space for up to 23 people.
    A programme of guided retreats is also on offer, for example 'Lent Retreat', various music retreats and 'Spirituality & Poetry' as well as open retreats

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uk flag Abbey (The)

based: Oxfordshire, UK


The Abbey in Sutton Courtenay, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, is a retreat and conference centre housed in a beautiful medieval building in peaceful grounds. This inter-faith community offers 3-day 'Rest and Renewal Retreats' and personal retreats.

| England |


uk flag Holy Isle (The)

based: Isle of Arran, Scotland, UK


An interfaith centre set up by a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, the island is open to both Buddhists and non-Buddhists. A retreat programme is ongoing and guests are also welcome for personal retreats or holiday breaks all year round.

| Scotland |


uk flag Hilfield Friary

based: Dorset, UK


Franciscan friary offering hospitality for prayer, retreat and study.

| England |