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Yoga and Wild Swimming Retreat

From £683 pp

Anglesey, Wales

2 Nights/3 Days

Small group of 3-16

Yoga and Wild Swimming Retreat

From £683 pp

What You'll Do

Truly immerse yourself in the wild landscape of North Wales, on a luxury weekend wild swimming and yoga retreat on the Isle of Anglesey, and experience the rejuvenating power of nature.

2024 dates

14 -16 June
5 -7 July
12 -14 July
6 - 8 Sept
13-15 Sept

Our retreats take place at Plas Cadnant. A stylish, secluded country house on the Isle of Anglesey, nestled in 21 acres of private parkland, which gathers together for your pleasure; stunning views over Snowdon, a meandering river, magical waterfalls, world renowned historic gardens, lazy meadows, mature woodland and an oak framed building perfect for your yoga sessions. Described as “one of the most amazing retreats on the Isle of Anglesey”, it is the most peaceful haven away from busy life on the mainland.

Once you arrive at your country house, surrounded by acres of idyllic parkland, you’ll embark on a weekend adventure that will get you back in touch with nature, and leave you feeling refreshed and re-energised, and feeling the full benefit of escaping the city and returning to the great outdoors.

Each day you’ll discover a beautiful new wild swimming location, exploring the beautiful Anglesey coastline with its hidden, misty coves, secluded beaches, majestic sand dunes and stunning countryside.

These are spots that the locals have been using for hundreds of years, but they’re far enough off the tourist trail to still feel totally wild, wonderfully unique and completely unspoilt, so you can bask in the feeling of swimming in complete seclusion.

This is a yoga retreat suitable for anyone who wants to explore the stunning coastline of North Wales from a totally unique perspective, to relax and fully enjoy nature.

During the retreat We offer beautiful Yogi herbal teas for you to choose from over the course of the retreat and with three full meals a day, fresh juice and healthy treats in the afternoon you are sure to feel nourished.

 

 

Experience
Highlights

Get truly in touch with the incredible landscape on wild swimming excursions

Relax and unwind with meditation and yoga sessions led by your host

Enjoy the solitude and beautiful natural surroundings of your country house home

Your Local Host:

Laura Bell

Laura landed into yoga quite literally after being thrown out of a boat in Australia 11 years ago and landing with a broken back. After 3 months of rehabilitation, she was able to walk again but was told her passion of running was no longer an option and that yoga would be the best form of exercise to aid her recovery. As she started to practise yoga as a way to keep her back strong and pain free, her love of yoga was born. After training with David Swenson in Ashtanga yoga a new yogic way of life flourished.

From teaching weekly classes and workshops she soon realised that she wanted to give her students more. It was then that her retreats were born. She found a stunning location, taught the yoga, led the group on coastal walks and with the help of her mum cooked the meals. It was very much a family affair, with her sister helping out and carrying out the massages. But demand for the retreats grew and now have a team of like minded, caring women running the retreats throughout the year. Laura is still very much involved in the running of the retreats and will often be there to help set up, sometimes with a baby or toddler in tow!

Experience Itinerary

Arrival on Anglesey

5pm – Arrival and settle in with some tea and cake

6-7pm – Meditation and yoga

7:30pm – Dinner, introductions and expectations

Accommodation

Your accommodation will be in the magnificent Coach house on the Plas Cadnant estate, accommodating up to 11 guests on two spacious floors with an impressive upstairs dining/sitting room with a large wood-burning stove.

The estate is located on 200 acres and surrounded by history, amazing gardens, and is known as a peaceful place to relax with a warm and friendly atmosphere. By night, candles, incense and log fires create the perfect atmosphere.

Its wonderfully comfortable beds, crisp white linen, fresh flowers, views over rolling parkland and piping hot power showers all make up the luxury and style of your weekend at this stunning country house.

Yoga and Wild Swimming

7:45am – Meditation and yoga class

Stroll through the walled garden, and majestic wooden gates to the oak framed building. With its lovingly hand crafted oak beams, high ceilings and under floor heating, it makes the ideal space for yoga and mediation practice. Bask in the rising sunlight during morning yoga and then enjoy settling down into candle lit relaxations in the evening. With the peace and tranquility of the surrounding parkland, it is your sanctuary from the outside world. All yoga equipment is provided, from mats to blocks and cushions to straps, so all you need to do is turn up.

9:15am – Breakfast

Healthy eating is an integral part of our retreats here at The Zest Life. This invigorating retreat requires a lot of fuel, which we provide with our delicious plant based vegetarian menu.

10:30am – Safety briefing, kit distribution, then depart for the day’s natural swimming location

We tailor the swims to the groups’ requirements. So where we go will depend how everyone’s feeling and what you fancy getting up to. It could be anything from breathtaking coastal swims on the Isle of Anglesey, to floating about in the spectacular lakes of Snowdonia, to taking an active dip in some of the most stunning waterfalls Wales has to offer.All the options will leave you feeling invigorated and empowered as you connect with  nature.

11am-2:30pm – Walk, wild swim and picnic lunch

Your swimming guide will be on hand to provide guidance and we can provide as little or as much kit as you need. This retreat is suitable for all levels of swimming ability.

After your swim you will be greeted with a warming cup of tea or coffee, then it’s time to dive into your wholesome picnic along with a hearty cup of homemade soup.

2:30pm-5pm – Free time to relax, enjoy tea and cake and massages  back at Plas Cadnant

6-7pm – Meditation and yoga class

7:30pm – Dinner

In the evening you will enjoy a divine two course meal.

The surroundings of your accommodation are stunning; time and time again our guests say how spectacular the gardens are and we know you will be blown away by their beauty. Over the past 25 years they have undergone a spectacular transformation and have been lovingly restored to their former glory. Winter finds the carpets of Snowdrops, then Daffodils bloom in Spring, scented Sweet Peas climb in the Summer sun and in Autumn, the vibrant red leaves hang silently on the trees glowing in the morning light. In which ever season you choose to visit, the gardens are forever offering tranquil spaces to just be.

 

Accommodation

Plas Cadnant Estate

A Final Swim and Departure Day

7:45am – Meditation and yoga class

9:15am – Breakfast

10:30am – Safety briefing, kit distribution, then depart for the day’s natural swimming location

11:00am-2pm – Wild swim and picnic lunch

2:30-4pm – free time and departures

Reviews (2)

Pat A

Friday 20th September, 2019

Amazing weekend. Amy is a truly inspirational yoga teacher. Lake and sea swims were awesome. The food was so good. Highly recommend this retreat.

Amazing weekend. Amy is a truly inspirational yoga teacher. Lake and sea swims were awesome. The food was so good. Highly recommend this retreat.

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Lou B

Monday 24th September, 2018

Feeling fabulous today for the first time in a long time all thanks to a weekend away with The Zest Life. A huge thank you to Kate and the Wild Swim team for an awesome sensory reboot.

Feeling fabulous today for the first time in a long time all thanks to a weekend away with The Zest Life. A huge thank you to Kate and the Wild Swim team for an awesome sensory reboot.

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Location Information

Retreats take place at Plas Cadnant, a stylish, secluded country house on the Isle of Anglesey.

They start on Friday afternoon and end on Sunday evening.

Nestled in 21 acres of private parkland, you’ll discover stunning views over Snowdonia, a meandering river, magical waterfalls, world renowned historic gardens, lazy meadows, mature woodland and a new oak framed building perfect for yoga sessions. Described as “one of the most amazing retreats on the Isle of Anglesey”.

The retreat is easily accessible by both train and car. The nearest station is Bangor, which links directly with London Euston. Exact directions will be provided on your booking voucher.

  • Two nights luxury accommodation with shared bathroom
  • Four yoga and meditation sessions
  • Yoga equipment – mats/blocks/props
  • Two guided wild swims
  • Two guided walks to the chosen swim location
  • Wholesome breakfast, nutritious lunch and vegetarian dinner
  • Unlimited fruit, tea, coffee and fruit water
  • Unlimited access to the 21 acres of stunning garden and grounds at Plas Cadnant with its river and plunge pool
  • The friendly host service of the team at the retreat throughout your stay
  • Wetsuit hire
  • Free swim cap
  • Linen and towels

FAQs

The retreats provide a delicious plant based vegetarian menu – healthy picnic lunches at the swim locations and divine meals back at the house in the evening. Retreats avoid sugar, dairy, wheat and gluten where possible. Pukka and fresh herbal teas are plenty, along with a selection of fresh fruit and healthy cakes. You will not go hungry!

This retreat is perfect for all levels; small groups ensure everyone gets the support they need.

The minimum age is 18, however some mothers and younger daughters have come together.

Just through the walled garden and majestic wooden gates you’ll find the oak framed yoga space completed in 2012. The combination of lovingly handcrafted oak beams, high ceilings and underfloor heating make it the ideal surrounding for yoga and meditation practice. With the peace and tranquility of the surrounding parkland, it is a sanctuary from the outside world.

4th September - Claire Riley

For Claire yoga has been a lifelong passion. She has been practising for more than 40 years and has studied with many inspiring teachers in many different styles. She qualified to teach at Camyoga in Cambridge in 2015. Her regular style of yoga is Hatha Flow. Each of her classes are carefully sequenced to safely align, stretch and strengthen the entire body on a physical level and to release tensions, emotional blockages and encourage the flow of energy on a subtle level. Expect a fairly intense experience but you are never pushed beyond your own limits. She gives modifications and progressions as required to suit your individual needs.

11th September - Kate Hamilton-Hunter

Experiencing one of Kate’s yoga classes is a perfect opportunity to find the balance that you need in life. Kate Hamilton-Hunter has been teaching since 2013. She began studying Hatha yoga and then trained in Dru Yoga, which is a more flowing style of yoga. Kate responds to the different needs of the group and accommodates all levels of yoga experience in her classes. Kate’s morning classes are more dynamic and energising, setting you up for the days activity. The evening classes will have a more restorative focus, with time for meditation, setting intentions and long nurturing relaxations. You will feel restored and revitalised from this retreats yoga sessions.

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