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So what’s ayurveda anyway?

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Essential Ayurveda health retreat

♛ We explain ayurveda, an Indian holistic system of health dating back over 5000 years.

A word from the king on Absolute Sanctuary, Thailand

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Absolute Sanctuary yoga detox retreat Thailand

‘this King of Retreats is no lover of water-based personal training, and I could see myself splashing and spluttering under the Thai sun for hours on end’ – Bill Cashmore experiences Absolute Sanctuary in Thailand.

Majestic Moments: Awareness starts with the body

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Lucia Cockroft yoga & meditation teacher

In her fourth column for us on mindfulness, writer & co-founder of Satvada Retreats Lucia Cockcroft stresses that mindfulness practice as originally taught by the Buddha always started with an open, non-judgemental awareness of the body’s physical experience.

Awed by the setting and stretched by Axis Yoga at Canal Om in Chile

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OM Chile yoga retreat

‘Pausing at a painted red bench, with stupendous sea views, I decided to finally start that novel’ Nicki Grihault experiences Canal Om in Chile.

The Sanctuary Somerset: boho chic detox retreat in a Georgian pile

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In Short: Little sister of The Sanctuary detox/retox resort in Thailand, The Sanctuary Somerset is a stylish yet super-soulful retreat that really hits the spot. Home is Sparkford Hall, a Georgian mini-pile with a baby-Babington vibe – a little Boho, a bit rock-chick, a tad spiritual gypsy. Groups are small and easy-going and the in-house support is warm and nourishing. They run five or seven day fasts using classic detox techniques. Results are great and side effects are few thanks to a well-planned programme of grounding yoga, qi gong and meditation. There’s plenty to do but you also get time to muse by the open fire, wander in the grounds or simply snooze in the quirky yet mega comfortable bedrooms. From £600 for a five-day detox. Scroll down for full costs.

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Upcoming retreats:

May 30 – June 6

July (fully booked)

August 11 – 15

September 8 -12

October (fully booked)

November 17 – 21

December 5 – 12

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The Santuary Somerset detox retreat

Little sister of the famed Thai detox/retox resort, The Sanctuary Somerset is a stylish yet super-soulful retreat that really hits the spot.

Drew Perrott’s Fitness Renaissance: elegant breaks in Tuscany

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In Short: This fitness holiday led four times a year by talented personal trainer Drew Perrott combines exercise, nutrition, treatments and relaxation to help you get fit and de-stress. You’ll be based at the Villa de Geggiano, an elegant, cream-coloured 18th century summer villa in the foothills of Siena with astoundingly preserved interiors – not a bad setting for body and soul rejuvenation. Individually tailored to your fitness level and taking a maximum of 10 guests, the fitness break will encourage rather than force you to do anything, and makes exercising feel infinitely more do-able because of the glorious surroundings. From £1,900 – to £2800 per person per week including all meals, activities and two treatments.

Fitness holiday dates in Tuscany for 2014:

18 – 25 May

20 – 27 July

7 – 14 September

26 October – 2 November

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Drew Perrott fitness holiday Italy

This fitness holiday led four times a year by talented personal trainer Drew Perrott combines exercise, nutrition, treatments and relaxation to help you get fit and de-stress.

38º North: fabulous health & fitness holidays in Cornwall & Ibiza

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In Short: The brain child of fit and friendly couple Kelly Morgan and James Davis, who originally hail from Devon, 38º North is a fiesty, talented company that runs effective and upbeat health and fitness holidays – at the Aguas de Ibiza hotel at Santa Eularia in Ibiza between April and October, and at The Scarlet hotel in Cornwall between November and March. Keen and empathetic, Kelly and James are not only young and super fit themselves but also skilled at putting together teams who know how to properly take care of you.

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Fun and fitness at 38º North

The brain child of fit and friendly couple Kelly Morgan and James Davis, who originally hail from Devon, 38º North is a fiesty, talented company that runs effective and upbeat health and fitness retreats in Ibiza between April and October and at The Scarlet hotel in Cornwall between November and March.