Courtesy of The Raithwaite Estate Spa, N Yorks

Wellness Retreats, are trending what could you learn from them?

A wellness retreat is a special kind of getaway - not quite a vacation, not quite an adventure, and yet likely the most rewarding getaway you’ll ever give yourself. Because that’s exactly what a wellness retreat is - a gift to yourself, a chance to up the ante on your mental and spiritual well-being.

Going on a wellness retreat takes you out of your everyday life in a way just about nothing else can. You can choose your degree of removal, but often the best way to get the most out of the experience is to completely unplug - leave the job behind, shut down your technology, and allow yourself to simply BE.

Here are reasons to even consider this kind of getaway in the first place.

Taking Time for Yourself

Image credit appleyoga (Katy Appleton Retreats)

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To some this can seem selfish, to

step away from your day to day responsibilities and take the opportunity to be just with yourself. Whilst for others it can be pretty scary, as you rely on others for company and not familiar with hanging out with just yourself!

Here is what I know;

When you stop and pause you start give yourself the opportunity to just notice. You have so much to give, but it’s impossible to give anything if your cup is empty. To contribute to the world and embrace your bigger purpose, you must take time for yourself to keep your cup full.

This time unlike a massage or getting your nails done (which are both pleasurable and worthwhile self-care activities!) This is the time to do the “inner work.” To practice compassion. To talk nicely to yourself. To love yourself. To say the truth. To stand up and roar. To not allow anything or anyone to dim your light. To shine brighter when you take care for yourself. To learn how to say NO to others so you can say YES to yourself.


Eat and Learn about Healthy Foods

The quote “eat to live and not live to eat” is more relevant today than ever before. We have lost our way thanks to the convenience of fast food and microwaveable meals. Retreats, offer the time and space to reconnect and re-educate. Creating meals which are simple, healthy and pleasurable. A few days of healthy eating your mind and body will be the first to notice the benefits.

Meditation, breathwork and yoga

Retreats are the ideal environments to deepen your practice which often takes you further than you allow in your one hour weekly class of yoga or your daily meditation practice that you squeeze into your already busy morning. It’s easy to feel blissful, relaxed, calm and at peace when you are on retreat. The value of retreat is taking all that solace you’ve experience and bring it back home with you, into your daily life. The real payoff of a retreat is to use the practices you have learned to support you when you are triggered and remind you how to bring you back to a state of balance.


I came upon the book, “Simple Abundance”, and so began my love of journaling. The art of journaling gives you the opportunity to unleash your emotions, without feeling judged. It is a safe place to vent, to blurt out, sometimes brag without feeling foolish. If we are encouraged to be non-judgmental peace loving humanitarians who need to endure every situation with strength, patience, grace and a smile, a journal can be that dark place where it's okay to have a rant and still keep your friends.

A retreat is the perfect time to begin to journal. Away from that daily routine and fully immersed in the serene environment, your mind clears and you can sort through thoughts and ideas in a way that’s not always possible at home. Like anything in life, for it to stick you need to make it part of your life, journaling can reduce stress and increase your emotional intelligence.

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” Margret young

Why not join the trend “Create a client Mini-Retreat” for your spa or salon.

The Shelbourne Spa Dublin

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Spending money on a wellness retreat may actually add more stress than care to your life and they can be pricey.

Why not bring all the elements I described above and offer workshops style events for your clients.

Creating a sanctuary for your clients to escape to in your spa or salon. With a little bit of planning and ingenuity, you can create a day or weekend-long mini-retreat for your clients. All the above applies, you can have a yoga teacher come in and offer a yoga class, a nutritionist do a food workshop and you could lead a themed journaling class.

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Step out doors too. We all could do with more Vitamin N (N is for Nature) now being prescribed by Scottish GP’s.



Written By Kirsty Mawhinney

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Tuesday, 25 June 2019

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