Queenly Digital Detox Retreats
Most adults spend more time using devices than sleeping, Ofcom has found. So why not give it a break? There are an increasing number of retreats where phones, ipads and other gadgets can be surrendered or are limited, so you can enjoy a rejuvenating retreat and reconnect with yourself. Here are some of our favourites – or search for other retreats to suit your needs.
Meditation holidays with Mindfulness Journeys, Morocco
6 – 12 May 2018 & other dates: Unwind with daily yoga and immerse yourself in jargon-free meditation and mindfulness practices at the exquisite countryside hotel Kasbah Beldi in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Teachers are expert yet relaxed, hotel staff are delightful, and you’re encouraged to switch off all devices and enjoy the sun by the pool or treatments between sessions. Explore. Also available in Greece.
Mindfulness weekends with Satvada Retreats, UK
18 – 21 May 2018 & other dates: These long weekends held in lovingly restored barns with spacious grounds have been designed for city softies who want to experience mindfulness with comfort. There are six sessions per day, plus a silent morning lakeside walk and time to rest deeply. Read founder Lucia Cockcroft´s super piece on Being Mindful Of Technology. Explore. Also available in Morocco.
Yoga & Ayurveda at Ulpotha, Sri Lanka
10-24 June & other dates: All the influences of our technological age are simply absent at this admirably remote retreat at the foot of the Galgiriyawa mountains in central Sri Lanka. Come for excellent yoga and ayurveda treatments, locally-grown organic veggie meals, and the rural simplicity of living without electricity in mud huts surrounded by beautiful jungle. You’ll come back refreshed and changed. Explore.
Yoga & Digital Detox weekends with Reclaim Your Self, UK
23 – 25 November 2018 & future dates: Held at a gorgeous Bedfordshire manor house, this super digital detox weekend features Jivamukti yoga classes, meditations and time to relax. On arrival you hand in devices or switch them off and pack them away, rooms have polite notices reminding you to stay switched off, and there’s a fireside chat during the retreat about managing your online and digital life. Explore, or find more Reclaim Your Self retreats.
Ayurveda & silence at Kalari Kovilakom, Kerala
Open all year round: This ancient palace of ayurveda run by a team of doctors is a wonderful retreat set in gorgeous gardens where you can come for two weeks or more of dedicated, immersive wellbeing programmes. Electronic gadgets are not allowed in the grounds or public areas, meals are eaten in silence to encourage mindful eating, and you’re encouraged to switch off from absolutely everything. Explore.
Mindful Movement & Silence at Yobaba Lounge, France
Open all year round: On a group or bespoke wellbeing retreat at this bohemian village chateau you mix mindful movement, chill time and raw-based meals with daily periods of noble silence in the Buddhist tradition. You’re encouraged to switch your phone off, and speaking is not permitted from 8.30 pm through to noon each day. Read owner Gertrud Keazor’s fascinating piece On Silence. Explore.