Newly reviewed queenly retreats
Our team of talented reviewers has been very hard at work this year! Here are the retreats we’ve reviewed most recently in-depth, with honesty and care. Help them guide you to find a nourishing retreat for 2020, knowing that we’ve done the hard research for you to help make your choice that bit easier. Year round, you can see all the retreats we’ve most recently reviewed in our New Retreats section. Looking for something different? Use our advanced search.
GET CREATIVE Arvon creative writing retreats at The Hurst, Shropshire, UK This rural haven once owned by playwright John Osborne now offers masterful creative writing retreats. There’s a diverse range of residential writing courses available throughout the year, covering various genres in Fiction, Poetry, Non-fiction, Children & YA, Screenwriting, and Playwriting. From beginners to experienced writers, all abilities are catered for, courses are tutored by two acclaimed writers, and most 5-day courses have a guest reader mid-week. Read what our reviewer Annabelle Herrick had to say about the retreat in her full report and in her journal. The programme runs year round, and the main offering is 5-day retreats, arriving on Monday and leaving Saturday morning.
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT Discover Your Depths Retreats, Dahab, Egypt These freediving and desert adventures will still the mind, challenge the body and lift the spirit. Discover your depths by learning to freedive in Dahab, find your voice in the silence of the Sinai—the throat chakra of the world—and reconnect to inner stillness as you fall asleep gazing at the star-filled sky. Read what our reviewer Niki Natarajan had to say about the retreat in her full report and in her journal. A range of brilliant holistic retreats run from April to November. Next group retreats are 4 – 11 April and 20 – 24 April 2020. Bespoke retreats for individuals and businesses on dates to suit you are also available.
HEAL YOUR BODY Grayshott Medical Spa, Surrey, England Rest your mind, restore your body & regenerate your gut in a charming Surrey sanctuary. From a day-long spa pamper to the signature 7-Day Gut Health Regime, Lord Alfred Tennyson’s former country home in the heart of Surrey just south of Guildford, has been the civilised place to retreat to rest, relax and recharge for more than five decades. Read what our reviewer Niki Natarajan had to say about the retreat in her full report and in her journal. Dates: Hotel open all year round.
FEEL THE LOVE Samsara, Kent, UK This intimate homestay retreat is set in an enchanting 13th Century cottage and grounds in West Peckham in rural Kent and offers authentic yoga and healing retreats with a luxury B&B experience. You’ll be beautifully looked after by husband and wife team, Dipu and Lori, who host up to 12 people at a time and nurture them to feel like they are part of an extended spiritual family. Read what our reviewer Imogen O’Rorke had to say about the retreat in her full report and in her journal. Residential retreats are typically at weekends, with longer retreats, day retreats and bespoke packages available. Next group weekend runs: 22 – 23 February 2020.
TREAT YOURSELF Borgo Egnazia spa hotel, Puglia, Italy
Soothing spa hotel for joy and wellbeing in the Puglian countryside, the family-owned Borgo Egnazia is a luxurious vanilla-stoned hotel in Savelletri di Fasano, set amongst millennial-old olive trees between the Itria Valley and the Adriatic Sea. Inspired by the shapes, materials and colours of a typical Puglian village, it comes complete with an impressive piazza and, though vast, has a quiet, calm, candle-lit and intimate feel. Come for tailored wellbeing breaks or just to chill. Read what Queen of Retreats founder Caroline Sylger Jones had to say about the retreat in her full report and in her journal. Open all year round..
SLOW DOWN Bliss Body Retreat, Bali Slow down and create space for healing in this tropical eden, 20 minutes drive north of Ubud. You’ll be well looked after by Vlada, a yoga and meditation teacher, therapist and wellness coach, together with certified raw food chef Olha. Read what our reviewer Zoe Ross had to say about the retreat in her full report and in her journal. Week-long retreats run twice a month throughout the year, except for June and September. Bespoke group retreats are available during the weeks when standard retreats are not running. Set dates in 2020: 16 – 22 March, 2 – 8 April 8 – 14 May, 25 – 31 July and 9 – 15 August 2020.
REST & DETOX Homefield Grange, Northamptonshire, UK This reliable health retreat in the Northamptonshire countryside is a converted dairy and sheep farm near Kettering, and has been running as a complete residential detox and wellness retreat since 2005. It’s particularly good for those looking for short relaxing spa stays or an introduction to detoxing. A range of residential health retreats are on offer to help you detox, lose weight, kick start a new beginning, or simply relax and recharge, from single-night and weekend getaways to more intensive week-long stays for a deep cleanse and relaxation. Read what our reviewer Nirpal Dhaliwal had to say about the retreat in his full report and in his journal. Open all year round.
GET BACK TO NATURE Wholehearted Retreats, France Intimate and immersive yoga, food and nature retreats in a rural haven tucked away in the rolling farmland of Aveyron in the South of France. This charming homestay offers a range of intimate and immersive yoga retreats suited to both beginners and those with an existing practice. Read what our reviewer Megan Lambert had to say about the retreat in her full report and in her journal. Dates: Weekend, 3 night and 7 night retreats are on offer between May and October. Private and bespoke retreats are available on request. Next available: 13 – 20 June 2020. .
WHATEVER YOU NEED Bespoke Retreats, Sussex, England Bespoke means bespoke with these unusual transformational meditation, healing and life coaching retreats devised by gifted healer Lynn Jackson. Meditation, healing treatments and life coaching with Lynn are always included – as many as you choose – and then on top you can pick whichever activities and treatments you would like either alone or with a friend or family member. Read what our reviewer Sasha Bates had to say about the retreat in her full report and in her journal. Dates: Retreats run year round and for any length of time you choose. Just liaise with Lynn to find dates that suit you.
POST SURGERY, INJURY & BIRTH Restore and Reform, Burgundy, France Restore and Reform runs individual physiotherapy-led rehabilitation programmes for people recovering from illness or surgery or those who simply want to address long-term pain issues or get back on their feet after pregnancy or cancer treatment. In France, you can enjoy them at La Maison du Chateau, a lovely large traditional French manor house in rural Burgundy. Read what our reviewer Carla McKay had to say about the retreat in her full report and in her journal. Dates: Weekend, 3 night and 7 night retreats are on offer between May and October. Private and bespoke retreats are available on request..
URBAN ESCAPE A Place To Heal, London, UK Urban retreat with handpicked, high calibre therapists in a smart Notting Hill corner house, The Arrigo Programme’s London home. Come to tap into a carefully curated team of mature therapists who are leaders in their fields and offer profound healing. Access your own mix of treatments ranging from pure talking with coaches and therapists, to more esoteric energy, breath and shamanic release work. Read what our reviewer Rosie Walford had to say about the retreat in her full report and in her journal. Dates: At your convenience. Your arrange private treatments one by one, to suit your calendar. Accommodation in local boutique hotels can also be arranged.