06 Dec New wellness weekends for the New Year
Choose between affordable mindfulness in Dartmoor in Devon or some more exotic spirituality amongst the souks of Marrakech with two new wellness options to kick-start the New Year:
Restore balance with a New Year Yoga break in Dartmoor, Devon
What better way to get over the Christmas excess and kick-start a fabulous New Year than with the chance to stretch the body, relax the mind and enjoy delicious, healthy food on a yoga retreat set against the inspiring backdrop of Dartmoor National Park?
Located within nine acres of tranquil gardens with views out over the rolling countryside, the Moorland Garden Hotel at Yelverton in Devon will provide the picturesque setting for a weekend with yoga expert, Kathryn Blackie-Taylor from 11-13 January 2019.
The break will include morning and evening yoga practices, meditations and relaxation sessions, as well as wholesome food and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the surrounding moorland. For partners preferring to opt out of the yoga there are biking and hiking trails to explore (and bike hire providers), local attractions such as Buckland Abbey and the Garden House or perhaps a stroll around the charming market town of Tavistock. Or simply cosying up fireside in the lounge with a book.
Rooms cost from £180 per person for two nights including dinner, bed and breakfast; a welcome smoothie; yoga sessions; Saturday buffet lunch and Sunday lunch. Prices are also available for single occupancy or two sharing with one opting out of the yoga. For more information and to book visit Moorland Garden Hotel.
New wellness retreat offers mindfulness in Marrakech
Marrakech Riad will be playing host to the inaugural White Owl Retreats wellness weekend in January 2019, focusing on yoga, spirituality and healthy eating and offering mindfulness in the midst of the Medina.
The event will take place from 11-14 January 2019 at Riad Star in Marrakech, Morocco and will include daily rooftop yoga, mindfulness meditation and yogadance classes as well as journaling, visualisations, nutritional cooking workshops and delicious vegetarian meals, plus the chance to sooth and pamper with an Argan oil massage or luxurious hammam.
All participants will be offered a session of individualised support during their stay: body conditioning and movement; nutrition and healthy balance; stress reduction, inner child visualisation; yoga practice or life coaching.
White Owl Retreats was founded by Lucie Andersen-Wood, chartered psychologist, YogaDance teacher and owner of Riad Star alongside partners Paula Ellis-Hill, nutrition specialist; Camilla Goldbeck-Wood yoga teacher; and Maddy Ellis-Hill professional dancer and body conditioning specialist.
Guests will be encouraged to re-discover health and wellbeing through mindfulness, visualisation, yoga and yogadance as well as immerse themselves in their surroundings. Functional food expert and former chef, Paula will escort the group on a shopping trip around the souks to source local fruit and veg as well as spices and herbs, before showing them how to prepare simple and delicious food back at the riad. As well as talks on healthy eating, there will be the opportunity to learn about and then make natural skincare creams from edible ingredients along with local Argan and cactus seed oil.
Suitable for proficient yogis as well as absolute beginners, the January event will be the first in a series with further dates planned for June and November 2019. The four-night break costs from £750 per person sharing including airport transfers, three meals a day, all workshops, talks and yoga and yogadance sessions and a horse and carriage trip to the Yves Saint Laurent Museum and Gardens. (Price excludes flights.)