As the vaccination program ramps up and we begin to feel like normal life can resume, many people are reflecting on the past year and processing the trauma of events. With staycation options opening up, it’s time to peek out from our screens, venture beyond our front doors and indulge in some long-awaited ‘me’ time. Whether you have been working flat out in a care role, shielding at home, home schooling children or isolated from loved ones, the pandemic has had significant effects on the majority of us. One of the ways to process the year is to take time out for you on a retreat. Retreating can give you the time and space to connect ‘Healing retreats offer a rare combination of relaxation and enjoyment with regeneration and powerful transformation, making them the perfect counterbalance to the hectic pace of daily life,’ says Katy Jones owner of Snowdonia Hideaway, a bespoke retreat company in the Snowdonia National Park ‘Unplugging from our various devices, as well as the weight of our cares and responsibilities – even for a few days – can pay enormous dividends for our mental and emotional health.’
Yoga and meditation not your thing? Then why not learn to sketch, start writing that first novel, try your hand at bushcraft or take a punt at stand-up paddleboarding? Discover your creative side with a week at Snowdonia Hideaway with daily meditation, therapies and art & writing materials and exercises provided. Their Yoga+Creativity retreat combines daily yoga and meditation classes with sketching and mindfulness photography projects to help you access and channel that untapped creative energy. If you want to delve deeper and experience the healing process of Mind Body Centring and Somatics, a wonderful way to process embodied trauma and allow the soul to heal, Snowdonia Hideaway has one of the top UK therapists on hand to support you with one to one therapy sessions.
There’ll be plenty of opportunities to scour the beautiful surrounding countryside for inspiration too – a walking tour, museum and castle visits, a private SUP paddleboard session, a spa day, and gin tasting can all be included. No previous experience with art or yoga is required – just comfy clothes and an open mind.
Retreats can include: Yoga, meditation & mindfulness, reiki, BMC, somatic movement therapy, reflexology, massage, SUP, walking, local seasonally cooked food in local restaurants, beauty treatments, visits to local museums, castles, mountain biking centres, and gin distillery.
To enquire about creating your bespoke retreat please get in touch. Prices start at £395 per person for a long weekend and £895 for a week.