Barbados Singing Holidays
based: London, UK
An unforgettable, fun and music filled holiday designed to be an uplifting and inspiring experience for those who love to sing, want to meet new friends and relax in paradise. Accommodation is full-board at a luxury beach-front villa where the workshops are facilitated by UK vocal coach, Mike King.
| singing courses | self development | Barbados |
Gwen Robinson Personal Development
based: Greater Manchester, UK
Personal development weekends and retreats, meditation classes and bodywork therapy in Horwich, Bolton. Available to lead personal development workshops of all kinds in the UK, Ireland and Europe.
| self development | England |
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 |
based: Manchester, UK
Outdoor, nature-based 'Ecotherapy' retreats, that use the natural environment to aid healing and personal growth. Sessions are suitable for individuals, organisations and groups, and can be one-to-one sessions, retreats, workshops, or designed as bespoke events.
| self development | UK |
based: Magnesia, Greece
Kalikalos summer school offers a full programme of holistic community-based workshops, retreats and workcamps from May through September. Offerings include, Advaita satsang, August family weeks, creative arts, healing, self development, Vipassana meditation, walking weeks and yoga. The centre is unique in that it's run as a community and with vegetarian meals.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | tai chi | yoga | self development | meditation | painting/drawing | ethical/ecotourism | vegetarian/vegan | family/child friendly | summer schools | working/volunteer holidays | Greece |
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.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | detoxification | reiki | meditation | self development | retreats | Finland |
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 |
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.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | yoga | qigong | tai chi | retreats | reiki | self-development | meditation | vegetarian/vegan | Bulgaria |
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What's in a name?
Life coaching, personal development, self improvement, self help, self renewal, self awareness, personal growth – there are just so many ways to describe the process of improving personal awareness and developing potential, enjoyment and an understanding of life and self.
This Travel-Quest section lists residential courses, workshops, holidays, vacations and short breaks that focus on the self and which are purpose designed to help in the process of personal development. These will usually be guided by trained life or personal development coaching practitioners who will help analyze a person's position and help guide and motivate them in the directions they want to go. This will usually be on a one-to-one basis, but in some situations group work is also used.
Personal development can encompass many activities, in this section we are mainly concerned with those related to mental and emotional states, rather than the more practical ones like improving health, fitness, loosing weight or avoiding addictions etc – we have separate sections which cover many of these more practical activities, see the 'Also See' link above for these.
The type of activity covered by the courses listed in this section might include: self-awareness, self-knowledge, skills learning, personal identity, self-esteem, spiritual development, stress management, dealing with anxiety and depression, aspirations, improving social skills, confidence building, positivity and the pursuit of happiness.
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