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Wild Wellness Retreat

From £545 pp

Wales

4 Days

Small Group up to 10

Wild Wellness Retreat

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What You'll Do

Nurture your mind, body, and soul, get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and get out into nature to unwind and enjoy the countryside.

Dates: 18th June 2021, 10th September 2021

*Please note, if you have a private group of 4 or more, you can book this experience for your group all year. Please let us know your preferred date and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Step off the never-ending merry-go-round of modern life, and take some time to breathe, relax, truly unwind and just get away from it all on this wellness holiday in the seclusion of the North Welsh countryside.

In this leafy hideaway, make precious time to relax and unplug from the demands of everyday life on a three-night retreat based around experiences designed to encourage mindfulness and sharing, and of course, your own wellbeing.

Meet like-minded people and share in these experiences together, and return home feeling recharged after a weekend of paddle boarding, yoga, foraging, storytelling around a campfire and simply gazing up at the dark, clear night sky.

Experience
Highlights

Daily yoga class focused on mindfulness, meditation and breath.

Stand up paddleboarding on the stunning, tranquil waterways of Llangollen.

Storytelling & stargazing around the campfire in a land rich in folklore.

Your Local Host:

Claire Copeman

Based in North Wales, Claire and her team create authentic adventures in some of the UK’s wildest spaces. From trail running and mountain biking, to multi activity breaks, wild wellness retreats and so much more. As well as giving you the most incredible experiences to enjoy, each of their adventure holidays is designed to be low carbon, low impact and supportive of local independent businesses. Making travel better for everyone.

Experience Itinerary

Arrival & campfire storytelling

Arrive any time between 16:00 and 17:00 on the Friday, and begin to relax.

Your home for the weekend is a beautiful canvas bell-tent, nestled in the rolling hills, each complete with three comfortable beds, luxurious bedding and cosy blankets.

Once you’ve got the log burner lit, there’s nowhere that has a greater sense of hygge. There’s no chance of you being cold at night, and each tent is beautifully spacious and airy.

The whole venue is perfectly geared towards the ultimate weekend of relaxation, from the communal fire pits and outdoor seating for telling old stories and stargazing, the hot, luxurious showers, to the communal cabin for yoga practice and group experiences.

You’ll enjoy a delicious evening meal as a group, before we gather around the crackling campfire for a masterclass in storytelling from Fiona Collins, our local silver-tongued storyteller.

She’ll unlock the rich folklore of the surrounding hills, telling tales about fiery dragons to Tylwith Teg, and help your imagination run wild as you huddle near the flames that keep the night’s shadows at bay.

Mindful yoga & SUP

Breakfast will be a simple, sociable affair of cereals and fresh fruits served up in the communal cabin. Once you’ve eaten and had time to get ready for the day, prepare yourself for some yoga.

Under the guidance of Poppy Backshall, you’ll focus on creating a sense of mindfulness, as her carefully crafted, gently meditative flow soothes your mind and helps start your day with a sense of serene calm.

You’ll learn the art of Pranayama breath control in yoga, a brilliant tool and skill for you to take home, which can allow you to maintain a sense of calm in your daily life.

After yoga, you have some time for yourself to relax and have some space, before you rejoin the group for a delicious, wholesome lunch.

After lunch, you’ll head to the picturesque town of Llangollen, a step back in time as the River Dee winds lazily past quaint churches and houses and steam trains chug away into the magnificent landscape.

Here, you’ll learn the zen art of stand-up paddle boarding on the tranquil waterways, surrounded by huge skies and lush rolling hills. Use your new yoga balancing and breathing techniques to maintain the perfect position and glide across the water.

This activity is the perfect experience for unwinding, as you focus single-mindedly on the simple art of balance, a powerful mindfulness practice as you close out all distractions and focus fully on one activity.

After dinner, take a midnight stroll in the dark, still night, appreciating the peace and tranquility of the countryside with new friends. You’ll be able to identify the stars, the constellations, and learn about the phases of the moon.

Foraging & wild cooking

Breakfast will be served in the cabin as it was yesterday, before you set out for a gentle walk with Sheena Corrie around the site for a foraging expedition.

Sheena runs the site with her husband, Jamie, and together they know every inch of its 20 acres and the surprising riches it holds. With their expert guidance, learn which wild plants are edible, and how you can enjoy their tastes and health benefits.

As the season changes, so do the plants. What may produce a stunning flower in spring can go on to bear delicious fruits in autumn. Others have tangy leaves in the summer, perfect for a wild salad or a soothing herbal tea, while their roots impart delicious flavours during the winter months.

Understand the delicate balance of nature’s own larder and you’ll feel so much more connected to the Earth. Once you’ve learned to forage, every walk becomes a mindful act and a wonderful meditation in its own way, as you study your surroundings for a seasonal taste.

Gathering up your harvest, together we’ll prepare something delicious that you can take away as a delicious memory of your Wild Wellness Retreat. Perhaps a wild herb vinegar or a Gorse flower cordial, depending on what you forage.

Then, after another fresh, wholesome lunch, we’ll enjoy another meditative yoga session, before getting stuck into a hands-on wild kitchen.

Head to the kitchen to grab some seasonal veg, nicely ask the hens if you can take a few fresh eggs, and create a meal as a group, from scratch, as we gather around the campfire with our wide range of local, seasonal ingredients.

Chat with your new friends as we enjoy the simple pleasures, working together to create a stunning dinner in a truly sociable, beautiful atmosphere.

Then, with a full stomach, relax by the campfire as we toast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate, reflecting on your weekend in nature.

We encourage you to look back on your weekend and contemplate together how you’ll take away the things you’ve learned.

This is more than a weekend retreat, this is a toolkit for a more mindful life. One where your mind, body and soul are harmonised with nature. Your life, rewilded.

Time to go

The morning is yours to enjoy at your leisure. You’ll enjoy one last breakfast, before you head out around noon on Monday.

Get the details of your new friends as it’s hugs all round, and set off home with a great sense of peace of mind after this hugely regenerative and rejuvenating weekend.

Reviews (2)

James

Wednesday 16th October, 2019

Not only did I feel like I got the local experience of Wales, but Claire's expertise and drive to see Wales made me appreciate my trip more than I initially thought I would. Claire was more of a friend than a tour guide, and it made the trip truly sp...

Not only did I feel like I got the local experience of Wales, but Claire's expertise and drive to see Wales made me appreciate my trip more than I initially thought I would. Claire was more of a friend than a tour guide, and it made the trip truly special. I also felt that with Claire's discretion I saw some sights in Wales that I would never have stumbled upon.

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Jens

Friday 6th September, 2019

Such a great experience! We had an amazing time! Friendly staff and very professional! I will definitely visit Wales again! Absolutely breathtaking nature and activities.

Such a great experience! We had an amazing time! Friendly staff and very professional! I will definitely visit Wales again! Absolutely breathtaking nature and activities.

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Location Information

The location for your outdoor retreat is Corwen, North Wales; exact location and directions will be provided once booked.

Transfers from Manchester and Liverpool Airports, Chester train station and Holyhead ferry port can also be arranged for an extra cost and varies on group size.

  • 3 nights accommodation in beautifully-appointed bell tents
  • All activities on the retreat
  • Simple, wholesome food provided every day, all your meals included
  • Local, English-speaking guide

FAQs

The large bell tents are shared, but there are no more than 2 people per tent. If you would prefer your own tent we can usually accommodate that, though an extra charge of £230 would apply.

To make sure you enjoy that authentic experience only a small group brings, this trip will run with a maximum of 10 people. Please note, this trip may be rearranged or cancelled if fewer than 10 people are booked. We'll let you know at least 30 days in advance.

- Comfortable walking boots or shoes
- Warm layers, especially for sitting outdoors in the evening
- Hat and gloves - to stay extra cosy in the evening
- Waterproof jacket - the weather is changeable in Wales so it’s advisable to bring one, even in summer
- Sun cream, sunglasses, insect repellent and a sun hat
- Swimwear, to wear under the wetsuit we provide for your SUP experience
- Old trainers or neoprene shoes, to wear in the water for your SUP experience
- Head torch, to make finding your way to the toilet at night easier!

Expect to be outdoors most of the time, this is a nature retreat after all!

Each bell tent comes with it's own composting loo nearby. The shower cabin is a shared facility, though under the site's current covid-19 policy each tent will be allocated one specific shower for the duration of the stay.

No. However, transfers can be provided from either of the closest airports (Manchester and Liverpool), ferry terminal at Holyhead for guests arriving from Ireland or the nearest main train station is Chester - costs quoted upon request, dependent on group size.

The address will be on your booking voucher for those coming by car. If you're coming from within the UK to the nearest train station (Chirk) and would like to arrange a taxi, we recommend Eco Be Taxis, at 07925 340175.