Top 10 Yoga Retreats in The UK 2020 Guide
Top 10 Yoga Retreats in The UK 2020 Guide

Whether you live in the charming chaos of London or call some other city or town ‘home’, the UK, with its mystical skies, rolling highlands, and otherworldly feel, makes it an enchanting destination for a yoga retreat in 2020. From seaside towns to open valleys and pastures, there are numerous places on the island to retreat into, and whether you’re looking for a down-to-earth escape from your every day or a more luxurious yoga retreat to sink into, the United Kingdom has much to offer. Here are our picks for the top 10 yoga retreats in the UK for 2020.

Top 10 Yoga Retreats in The UK 2020 Guide

Sunny Brow Farm Holistic Retreat

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Sunny Brow Farm is hands-down one of the UK’s most tranquil retreat spaces. In the core of England’s pristine Lake District, this farm and retreat center offers a tranquil, down-to-earth though luxurious space from which one can explore all things to do with wellness. With many different retreats and packages to choose from, they offer something for everyone.

Program: If you’re interested in booking your own personal retreat, offerings include ‘Yoga and Healing Foods,’ ‘Soul Healing Yoga,’ ‘Yoga and Meditation Package,’ and the ‘Relax and Rejuvenate Package.’ In addition, they have personalized retreat packages for women and another for couples. These are all add-ons to any accommodation booking.

What We Like: They also offer group yoga retreats throughout the year, such as the Restorative Autumn Midweek Yoga Retreat. The retreat includes four nights of accommodation (price varying dependent upon room selection), two yoga and/or meditation classes daily, one 1.5 hours massage, and brunch/breakfast and dinner. In your free time, there are plenty of nature trails to explore. Accommodations offer much comfort and character; rooms are nestled into restored barns on the property.

Cost: Starting at 399 USD

Address: Ambleside LA22 0PU, United Kingdom

Jala Flow Yoga

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Located in England’s southwest county of Devon, Jala Flow Yoga is a seaside getaway in the small town of Sidmouth. If you are interested in waking up to the roving sea of Lime Bay, this yoga getaway may be the perfect spot for you to rest and rejuvenate in.

Program: Bookings here are entirely customized – they offer exclusively personalized yoga holidays. For those that came for the sea views, the Seafront Hotel Package offers accommodation at a property within the Sidmouth Hotels Group (that’s The Kingswood and Devoran, The Elizabeth, and Dukes). These properties are just a few minute’s walk from the studio where the wellness activities take place and are inclusive of dinner. If a sea view room is not your priority, lower rates are available for those who choose to stay at the Glendevon Guesthouse or The Cheriton. While not on the water, these properties are within walking distance of both the studio, the center of town, and the beach. These bookings include breakfast.

What We Like: In addition to yoga, offerings you might consider adding to your personal retreat include reiki, massage, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, spa treatments, or a boat cruise to Ladram Bay. Contact the studio to inquire about pricing and packages that may be inclusive of these services.

Cost: 278 – 1,069 USD

Address: 39 High St, Sidmouth EX10 8LQ, UK

EcoYoga Scotland

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EcoYoga Scotland is a tranquil off-grid sanctuary, a perfect escape from the everyday. Surrounded by hills, rivers, lochs, and natural forest, this center is deeply immersed in nature and is powered entirely by a hydro turbine and solar panels. Owners Nick and Rachel have a strong belief in living a happy, healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

Program: The space offers year-round retreats facilitated by guest instructors. Some of their 2020 retreats themes include Ashtanga Yoga, Ashtanga and Mindfulness, and ‘From Navasana to Nutrition.’ Most of these retreats are fully catered, inclusive of activities, accommodation, and meals. You can also opt for a self-catered holiday. These packages do not include food or yoga classes, though private or group yoga classes can be booked separately.

What We Like: In terms of the space and accommodations, EcoYoga is truly unique. The spa dome houses a hot tub and rainforest showers and is filled with natural light from the sun. The space also offers outdoor baths and a sauna, all of which blend incredibly naturally into the surroundings. Relaxation areas include a workshop café and a library. When it comes time to rest your head, opt for one of their 13 comfortable and cozy bedrooms – either in the main housing area or in a shared yurt (female guests only).

Cost: 724 – 845 USD

Address: Inverliever Lodge, Ford, Lochgilphead PA31 8RH, United Kingdom

Mandala Yoga Ashram

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Located in Wales, Mandala Yoga Ashram is the home of authentic yoga teachings, retreats, and courses. With views of Brecon Beacons National Park, the atmosphere and surroundings here are enlivening and inspiring. Those wishing to stay here can visit the Ashram as a guest or as a retreat participant.

Most rooms as the Ashram are shared (either all-men or all-women). They are simple though entirely comfortable and showers and toilet facilities are aplenty (mainly communal though some rooms have en-suite bathrooms).

Program: For those looking to customize their stay, you can also arrange to stay at the Ashram in alignment with your own dates. These bookings do not include yoga tuition but do include food, accommodation, and spiritual guidance. You’re welcome, however, to use the practice hall for personal practice when courses are not taking place.

What We Like: The Ashram is home to five primary teachers: Swami Nishchalananda, Swami Krishnapremananda, Swami SatyaDaya, Maha Sattwa, and Reva Adie. They also host guest facilitators for various events and courses. Retreats book up early, so be sure to arrange your plans in advance. All course costs include yoga, food, accommodation, and spiritual guidance.

Cost: Contact for more information

Address: Pantypistyll, Llanwrda, Llansadwrn SA19 8NR, United Kingdom

Adventure Yogi

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Adventure Yogi hosts UK retreats in Oxfordshire, Norfolk, and the Lake District. In addition to these offerings, the company hosts international retreats in a variety of destinations. Founded by Michelle King, the company has expanded since 2007 to offer teachings from a variety of yoga instructors.

Program: When it comes to UK retreats, Adventure Yogi has numerous offerings to explore. One of their most frequently recurring retreats is the ‘Hiking and Yoga Retreat in the Lake District.’ This retreat is 3 nights in length and runs from a Thursday to a Sunday to make it a long weekend getaway. Included in the package are guesthouse accommodation, two daily yoga practices, all meals, a guided hike in the Lake District National Park, and all yoga equipment.

What We Like: Another recurring retreat is the ‘Yoga and Wellness Retreat’ in Bicester, Oxfordshire. This is an even shorter retreat, typically running just two nights in length (over the weekend). During the winter holidays, this is turned into a 4-night retreat. Included are accommodation, morning and evening yoga classes, morning silent walks, all meals, and access to yoga equipment and studio.

Cost: Starting at 483 USD

Address: 44b Church Rd, Brighton BN3 2FN, UK

The Tree Relaxation Retreat

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The Tree Relaxation Retreat is located in North York Moors National Park. Nestled deep in a stunning Yorkshire valley, the setting and atmosphere of this retreat center is nothing short of tranquil. It’s also not far from the seaside so could be paired with a trip to the coast.

Program: Most of the retreats here are weekend programs called ‘Yoga and Mindfulness Weekends.’ These short retreats offer an introduction to the eight limbs of yoga and to the healing potential of yogic practice. It’s suitable for both beginners and those with a more advanced practice. This package includes vegetarian food and accommodation, as well as all teachings. Relaxation is a common theme throughout all of their teachings. The practices they offer include mindfulness meditation, Hatha Yoga, Kriya Yoga, and Qi Gong. In addition to the weekend courses, they offer midweek B&B stays, a 5-night silent retreat, and Kriya Yoga training.

What We Like: Accommodation on-site offers both dorm room stays and private rooms. Other facilities on the property include a hot tub, a sauna, living areas, gardens, and a meditation yurt.

Cost: Contact for more information

Address: Rosedale East, Pickering YO18 8RH, UK

Raw Horizons Retreat

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Raw Horizons Retreat is a North Yorkshire getaway, set in an 18th century Georgian home that has been completely restored. Offering eight luxurious en-suite bedrooms, this retreat center is a beautiful place to rest and reset for a while. Some of their retreats are women’s only.

Program: They offer year-round retreats of different themes. These include the ‘Find Your Passion Retreat,’ the ‘Juice Detox Retreat,’ the ‘Healthily Happy Retreat,’ and the ‘Yoga Weekend.’ The ‘Yoga Weekend’ package includes two nights of accommodation, all meals and snacks (gourmet raw food!), morning and afternoon yoga classes, meditation practice, use of the center’s infrared sauna and outdoor hot tub, and plenty of time to rest, relax, and explore the natural surroundings.

What We Like: As mentioned, all of the food here follows a raw food concept. They don’t use any refined sugar and meals are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. A sample menu includes green smoothies, pesto courgetti, tabbouleh stuffed peppers with falafel and green beans, and chocolate brownies!

Cost: Contact for more information

Address: Split Farthing Hall, Thirsk YO7 2AF, United Kingdom

The Zest Life Retreats

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Set in Wales and the Lake District, The Zest Life offers two-, three-, and five-day weekend retreats year-round in beautiful and inspiring settings. Their space in Wales, for instance, is cozily nestled into 21 acres of private parkland on the Isle of Anglesey. With rolling hills and views over Snowdon, it is a tranquil place to retreat to.

As mentioned, all of the food here follows a raw food concept. They don’t use any refined sugar and meals are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. A sample menu includes green smoothies, pesto courgetti, tabbouleh stuffed peppers with falafel and green beans, and chocolate brownies!

Program: As mentioned, all of the food here follows a raw food concept. They don’t use any refined sugar and meals are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. A sample menu includes green smoothies, pesto courgetti, tabbouleh stuffed peppers with falafel and green beans, and chocolate brownies!

What We Like: The yoga space is oak framed with high ceilings. It is a tranquil space within which to quiet the mind and mindfully move through the body. Food is plant-based, and they aim to avoid sugar, dairy, wheat, and gluten wherever possible. For those looking to add a little something extra, body treatments can be added to your experience.

Cost: Contact for more information

Address: Denbigh LL16 4HP, UK

Our Retreat UK

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Our Retreat was founded by Lisa Carolan in 2015. Since then, she and her team have offered retreats in the UK, Ibiza, Italy, France, and Marrakech. When it comes to their UK space, the Somerset farmhouse, which is nestled within 42 acres of forest and field, is one of the UK’s most tranquil retreat centers to escape to.

Program: Retreats at this space include 3 nights of accommodation in the farmhouse, morning yoga and meditation, an afternoon Pilates class, evening restorative yin yoga, workshops and talks, healthy meals (brunch, snacks, and dinner), shakes and teas, and evening activities. This retreat is offered numerous times per year by various teachers.

What We Like: The beautiful, restored farmhouse is fully equipped for a luxurious and comfortable stay while on this retreat. Immaculately designed bedrooms, kitchen, and yoga studio make a stay here feel like a complete treat. On top of this incredible comfort, you can rest your head easy knowing that all of the power is renewable, coming from biomass and solar panels.

Cost: Contact for more information

Address: BROADGATE QUARTER, 1 Snowden St, London EC2A 2DQ, United Kingdom

Mellulah

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The yoga retreats offered by Mellulah are held in beautiful Dorset. They have two separate spaces in the area that are home to their retreats: Middle Piccadilly and Symondsbury Manor. Both spaces are charming, down-to-earth, and have the right vibe for a yoga retreat in 2020.

Program: Yoga retreats here come with varying themes. One of their most serene sounding retreats is their November ‘Stillness Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Meditation, and Sound Healing Retreat.’ This offering is held at the Symondsbury Manor just a few miles from the sea. This retreat package includes five Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes, plant-based meals, juices, raw treats, Kundalini Sound Healing Gong Bath, kirtan, silent meditation, and time away from technology. Accommodation is included as well, ranging from shared to private rooms.

What We Like: In addition to overnight retreats, they also offer day retreats for those on a limited schedule.

Cost: Contact for more information

Address: West Luccombe Cottage, Luccombe Farm, Milton Abbas, Blandford Forum DT11 0BE, UK

Regardless of the vibe you’re looking for, from down-to-earth eco offerings in the Scottish Highlands to something nestled into the coastline, the UK offers countless incredible yoga retreats to choose from in 2020. Once you’ve got your dates sorted out, consider what your non-negotiables are for a yoga retreat. Is free time for reflection and relaxation a priority or are you more apt to choosing something based on the number of classes and treatments offered? Take your time to consider what suits you best, allowing your deepest needs to guide you to the yoga retreat of your dreams.

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