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Our Story


Queen of Retreats was started as a blog in 2011 by leading retreat journalist and author Caroline Sylger Jones – a year after the birth of her daughter, and following the publication of her acclaimed healthy travel books Body & Soul Escapes and Body & Soul Escapes: Britain & Ireland (Footprint Books).

Caroline had been called ‘Queen of Retreats’ in a tongue-in-cheek interview about her books, so she started her blog using the name as a light-hearted way to share her honest, personal stories from the retreats she had researched over the previous 10 years – and as a diversion between the pleasures of motherhood.

She quite quickly realised that such pleasures were somewhat all-consuming, so invited other trusted writerly friends to share their stories too, and so the site slowly grew to become what it is today – a curated collection of global retreats that have been reviewed honestly, in depth and with care by a trusted team.

Today ‘Queen’ refers to the strong, majestic energy behind our collection and our brand, and every writer and retreat involved. And our honest, trusted ethics remain the same. Queen of Retreats is not a listings site that you can just pay to be on – we only work with the retreats we rate after checking them out with care, so that your choice of where and how to retreat is an easier one to make.

We believe retreating should be available and accessible to all – whether you need to laugh or cry, to rest deeply or energise, to heal or grieve, to access your creativity, to finish your novel or go wild swimming, to learn a new skill or hone a favourite one, to change the direction of your life, career or relationship or just to chill.

Browse by experience or destination or search for something more specific, then contact the retreats directly from our site by filling in the contact form or just going direct to their site from ours.

Happy Retreating.