Unwind on a yoga weekend with these excellent yoga retreats across the UK. Enjoy days of stretching your body, mind and soul, consuming nourishing whole foods and connecting with likeminded people. If you like the sound of that, a UK yoga retreat could be just what you need. Most studios offer different levels of yoga so whether you’re a beginner or a certified yogi, you will find the right retreat for you. Taking the train to your chosen retreat means you can start relaxing as soon as you leave home. Take a book to read on the journey, appreciate views of the beautiful British countryside, or why not get a head start and practice your meditation? Wherever you decide to go, book an Advance train ticket to your chosen destination via our website and ‘Train Tickets’ app.
Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall
If you’re a regular reader of our blog you might recognise Scarlet Hotel from our Eco Hotels article, or perhaps the UK’s most romantic hotels blog post. Well you better believe it’s also making the list of best yoga retreats in the UK, and here’s why. Set in a breath-taking cliff top position, this ‘grown-ups’ only hotel offers cliff top hot tubs, a reed-based swimming pool and an Ayurvedic-inspired spa. A team of experienced yoga instructors will tailor a yoga programme specifically for you. Three-night retreats are offered year-round and include private and group classes, journaling meditation workshops, unlimited access to the spa, and guided meditation. Yogi or complete newbie, the team at Scarlet promise to nurture and challenge you wherever you are in your journey.
Getting there: The nearest train station is Newquay. From here the Scarlet Hotel is around 30 minutes on a bus or 15 by taxi. The hotel offers a green discount to any guests who travel via foot, bike, rail or coach.
Winterbourne’s Yoga & Self-Care Day Retreat, Birmingham
Treat yourself with this cosy hygge-style day retreat for some healing me-time. Hygge is the Danish way of belonging to the moment. It can’t be translated to one single word but encompasses a feeling of cosy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. At Winterbourne’s Yoga Retreat, you will experience a relaxing and soul-warming day of self-care, which is what Hygge is all about.
Your retreat will include an energising yet calm hatha yoga session, as well as yin yoga and meditation. You can enjoy the immaculately kept grounds of Winterbourne House and Gardens and participate in a tea blending workshop, where you can take your perfect blend home to enjoy.
Location: From Birmingham New Street, Winterbourne House and Garden is a 10-minute bus ride away.
Woodland Retreat Yoga Centre, Cardiff
An oasis of calm in the heart of Cardiff, the Woodland Retreat Yoga Centre offers a practice that will challenge you to work to the best of your ability. Mary and Jason run regular yoga classes or day retreats, which include full days of yoga and meditation in daily life. With 65 years of yoga practice between them, the pair certainly know their downward dogs from their chaturangas. Surrounded by trees and wildlife, this surprising place of beauty in the heart of Wales’ capital is a wonderful place to relax and rejuvenate body, mind and spirit.
Location: Tucked away in Cardiff’s greenery, from Cardiff Central Station you can take a 20-minute taxi ride or a Transport for Wales train to the retreat.
Gaia House, Devon
Set in peaceful woodland, in the beauty of the South Devon countryside, Gaia House offers silent meditation retreats for anyone wanting to escape the madness of modern life. The retreat runs year-round programmes of insight meditation, yoga and mindfulness teachings based on Buddhist traditions. Whether you opt for a month-long retreat or 3 nights of silence, this sanctuary of contemplative calm will give you the opportunity to explore and develop serenity, wisdom and compassion. Soundless days are filled with meditations, vegetarian feasts and helping the house run smoothly.
Getting there: From Newton Abbot Station, Gaia House is a 15-minute taxi ride.
SonoYoga Retreats, Edinburgh
Sharon (SonoYoga) and her chef husband, Richard (Bongo), run several open retreats throughout the year in locations throughout Scotland and beyond. If you love yoga and you’re a real foodie, this could be the retreat for you.
You will begin the day with a 90-120-minute Yang practice followed by a healthy, nutritious breakfast prepared by Richard. Spend of the rest of your day exploring your surroundings before finishing the day with a 60-90-minute Yin style practice, followed by a 2-course vegetarian dinner.
There are 3 Scottish retreats, all accessible from Edinburgh and, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, the couple even organise a retreat in Spain.
Location: Depends on retreat you choose but most retreats are accessible from Edinburgh Waverley Station.
Sanjeevanni Retreats, Cambridge
Described as ‘life-changing’ and ‘enlightening’ by past participants, this week-long immersive retreat aims to revive a higher consciousness. The retreat offers participants the chance to delve deeper into the philosophy and meditation of Raja Yoga. Alongside guests from all around the world, enjoy interactive sessions, guided meditation, workshops and silent walks in the heart of Cambridge.
If you choose to join a Sanjeevani retreat, you will be attempting to grasp a higher consciousness, and therefore reveal your highest potential. If this unique retreat sparks your interest, check out InnerSpace Cambridge.
Location: From Cambridge Station, you can take a 10-minute but ride to InnerSpace or walk in around 25 minutes.
Whichever retreat you’d like to join, remember to buy an Advance ticket using our Train Tickets app.