The Best UK Yoga Retreats for a Post Lockdown Break
Despite being a certified yoga teacher after months in lockdown I’m getting bored of my own practice at home and can’t wait to practice yoga again with other people. Normally I’d jet off somewhere exotic like India, Bali or Thailand but with these countries closed to tourists now is the perfect time to look closer to home and luckily some great UK yoga retreats have reopened and adhere to new hygiene, safety and distancing regulations.
Many yoga retreats in the UK offer much more than just yoga, you can also try things like meditation, sound healing, pranayama (breathing exercises), qi gong, massage and yoga nidra (a relaxing guided meditation also known as yogic sleep) The best UK yoga retreats are located in spacious and peaceful rural locations which you can explore in your free time or join a guided mindful walk organised by the retreat. Some offer the opportunity to detox or follow a juice cleanse while others include delicious healthy (usually vegetarian) food, some even have hot tubs!
My recommended UK yoga retreats have implemented new hygiene and distancing measures to keep everyone healthy and safe and are only accepting limited guests so make sure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Many yoga retreats in the UK are held over the weekends so you won’t even need to take much time off work for a refreshing and revitalizing break for your mind, body and soul.
Whether you’re a beginner and recently got into yoga during lockdown as an easy way to exercise at home or if you are an more advanced yogi wanting to learn more, deepen your practice, meet like minded people and have a change of scenery there are many fabulous UK yoga retreats for a healthy post lockdown break in a safe and supportive environment. (Note that most of the photos in the article were taken pre-covid)
My recommendations of the best UK yoga retreats come from personal experiences, recommendations from friends and my own research. I always use BookYogaRetreats.com, its like the Booking.com for yoga retreats! I love how you can read reviews of the yoga retreats from people who’ve already been there. After all, not all yoga retreats are created equal and you want your yoga retreat to be relaxing and memorable for all the right reasons!
Here’s my pick of the best UK yoga retreats you can visit now!
Escape to the beautiful Kent countryside for a diverse and relaxing country yoga retreat situated in a beautiful secluded barn house with wonderful views of Syndale Valley in Kent. The house has a lovely garden room and terrace with an aromatherapy jacuzzi perfect for relaxing and taking in the views.
This top UK yoga retreat offers a healing experience of daily multi style yoga classes including Hatha, Dynamic, Yin and Restorative yoga classes. There’s also an opening and closing circle which helps you get to know the other participants, meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises) and a variation of mindfulness techniques including Qi Gong, sound healing, yoga nidra and a movement workshop.
Nutritious vegetarian and vegan meals and freshly made detox juices are included as well as a special raw food nutrition workshop. After class take a mindful walk, explore the nearby beaches and countryside or simply relax with a book in front of the log fire or take in the Kent countryside views.
25 – 27 September 2020, 16 – 18 October 2020, 6 – 8 November 2020
Prices from £325
Deighton Lodge is a newly renovated yet still beautifully rustic farm house with lovely barn conversions offering a tranquil yoga retreat space in the countryside near the historic city of York.
The yoga classes are varied and suitable for all levels. The day starts with Vinyasa yoga and pranayama (breathing exercises) classes. There’s two relaxing Yin yoga classes and you’ll sleep soundly after the evening yoga nidra and meditation sessions. If the weather allows yoga classes are sometimes held outside in the large gardens which also contain a hot tub.
Tasty and nutritious vegetarian meals are included at the retreat and there’s also time to explore the historic city of York which is only 4 miles away. Deighton Lodge offers some of the most affordable yoga retreats in the UK with an all inclusive weekend yoga retreat starting at just £260.
11 – 13 October 2020, 1 – 3 November 2020, 15 – 17 November 2020, 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2020, 6 – 8 December 2020
Prices from £260.
If you’re not looking to get all sweaty but simply want to really relax and unwind then this private weekend restorative healing yoga retreat in the gorgeously scenic Lake District is perfect. The morning restorative yoga classes and mindful meditation can be suited to all levels and you’ll also feel blissed out after the holistic healing massage.
The retreat is based in a cosy, authentic farm nestled in 33 acres of nature and there’s plenty of free time to take walks and explore the beautiful scenery of one of the UK’s most gorgeous natural landscapes – the Lake District. Accommodation is in comfortable barn conversions full of character and 3 delicious and healthy meals are served each day from the macrobiotic, wholefood and Ayurvedic-inspired menu.
Plus, there’s no need to worry about social distancing or fitting in with specific dates as this is a private yoga retreat!
Sunny Brow also offer romantic couples retreats as well as occasional special themed group retreats. Check out all the retreat options here
Retreats starting every Friday
Prices from £687 for 2 people
Surfing, yoga, glamping and the gorgeous coast of Devon are the perfect ingredients for a healthy and invigorating weekend escape and make one of the most exciting UK yoga retreats. Situated in on the North Devon coast, Swell Yoga offers women only weekend breaks where you’ll stay in a luxury private bell tent and enjoy yummy vegan meals which you can learn how to recreate at home with the included vegan cookery class.
You’ll start the day with an energising Vinyasa yoga class, spend the day learning to surf with the included surf lessons and enjoy surfing, swimming and exploring the Devon coastline. Wind down with a relaxing yoga session, group dinners, camp fires, live music and sleep at one with nature in the comfortable bell tents.
24 – 27 September 2020, 8 – 11 October 2020, 15 – 18 October 2020
Price from £620
Zest Yoga offer invigorating weekend yoga retreats for every season on the beautiful island of Anglesey in North Wales. Yoga retreats are tailored around the seasons so if you visit in summer you can enjoy a wild swimming, yoga and mediation retreat while the October and November retreats focus on warming and recharging with yoga and meditation sessions and guided coastal and countryside walks,
You’ll stay at The Coach House, a spacious and comfortable character country house on the 21 acre Plas Cadnant Estate. Enjoy the gardens, plunge pool and underfloor heating in the yoga studio and tasty, healthy vegetarian meals served 3 times a day at one of the best yoga retreats in the UK.
This luxury estate in the peaceful and beautiful Kent countryside offers a variety of 3 day yoga retreats in a serene setting of 19 acres of gardens, including a tennis court and hot tub, where you can really relax and unwind. There’s a variety of comfortable accommodation to suit all budgets and a lovely bright, spacious yoga barn with under floor heating so you won’t get cold, even in winter. Daily juice elixirs and plenty of gourmet vegetarian food is also included.
A variety of yoga retreats are held at The Quaives taught by experienced teachers Anna and Clare offering different styles of yoga and extra activities like candlelight meditation, yoga nidra, sound healing and countryside walks. They are known for their excellent Kundalini yoga weekend retreat program and also offer sisterhood yoga retreats. Canterbury is within easy reach of London by train and this is one of the best UK yoga retreats as it makes a perfect relaxing weekend escape.
Vinyasa, Yin and Meditation Retreat: 25 – 27 September 2020, 16 – 18 October 2020, 6 – 8 November 2020,
Hatha and Kundalini Detox and Yoga Retreat: 13 – 15 November 2020
Prices from: £450
This homely health retreat in the quaint village of Walberswick on the Suffolk coast is perfect if you are looking to take a retreat and also want to break unhealthy eating or drinking habits or quit smoking, sugar or caffeine.
There’s gentle hatha yoga classes in the morning and relaxing yin yoga and yoga nidra in the evening that are ideal for beginners. You’ll detox with healthy organic vegan juices and broths and enjoy guided meditation and somatic movement sessions as well as guided walks along the sea and in the lovely countryside. This is a great affordable yoga and health retreat to help kick start you onto the path of healthy habits and a healthier lifestyle.
26 – 30 November 2020, 3 – 7 December 2020
Prices from £330
This spacious country wellness retreat focuses on detox and cleansing to improve health and has been voted one of the best detox retreats in the world by The Telegraph and also one of the best UK yoga retreats. The retreat includes a full juice detox program or green juice cleanse, four nights accommodation and five daily classes to join including yoga, meditation, pranayama and fitness. There’s a life coaching and NLP workshop and daily educational talks and movies on detox, nutrition, health and wellness and over 50 therapies and holistic treatments available.
This retreat is situated in a stunning country estate nestled in 12 acres of Sussex countryside with plenty of fitness equipment, including a sauna and rebounder, and space to walk among the wandering peacocks and alpacas. There’s also new luxury eco-lodge treehouses and an adorable private shepherd’s huts with log burner and private kitchen. If you’re looking to stop bad habits and start living a healthier life this detox and yoga retreat is perfect and it’s only 1 hour from London.
12 – 16 October 2020, 9 – 13 November 2020, 11 – 15 January 2021, 8 – 12 February 2021, 8 – 12 March 2021
Prices from £1,349