Retreat: an act of moving back or withdrawing

It already feels like a lifetime ago but back in September I attended a week long yoga retreat in the Pyrenees. It was my first retreat in a few years, and reminded me just how blissful these holidays can be. Whilst the definition of retreat is an act of moving back or withdrawing, sometimes we need to step back to move forward.

There is something about going away and taking this time solely for you that leaves one feeling relaxed and rejuvenated in a deeper way than a normal holiday. Doing yoga twice a day, eating organic vegetarian food and connecting with new people is deeply nourishing. The recent retreat I went on had a strong focus on ayurveda and pranayama and I felt five years younger by the end of the week.

I’m often asked for retreat recommendations, which I find difficult because yoga teachers and their style is such a personal preference. For me a retreat is all about the teacher, and not just for the way they teach. Many people go on retreats alone and I find meeting new friends to be one of the highlights of a retreat. They say ‘your vibe attracts your tribe’ so the retreat is likely to be filled with people who are like minded, and like the teacher! Don’t be afraid to contact teachers before a retreat and see whether there is a connection for you.  

My recommendations for this year are as follows, all are teachers who I know and love:

Liz Jacobs, Goa

Lucy Roberts, Goa (1 space left)

Bridget Woods-Kramer, Andalucia or North India

Lucy McCarthy Portugal

Caroline Perrineu Norway

If you want to stay closer to home, I am considering running a retreat in Scotland in May/June. Think hiking, coaching, connection and of course, yoga. Let me know if you are interested x