Spending time in beautiful surroundings will help recharge the batteries but if you’re keen to take switching off to a new level, then we have some pretty special practitioners who skilfully run mindfulness retreats, spa treatments and yoga classes in stunning locations.
The Feversham Arms Hotel in Helmsley takes relaxation so seriously that you'll find it easy to unwind as soon as you walk into the reception.
In warmer months guests gravitate towards the Provencal-styled outdoor pool and chic dining terrace while the cosy lounge areas with their open fires and sink-into sofas provide a lovely place to retreat to when the temperature drops.
The hotel’s luxurious Verbena Spa offers treatments that are the perfect antidote to everyday stresses while the fine dining restaurant, which makes the most of locally-produced ingredients, nicely tops off a pampering short break.
Alison Goodwin, a yoga teacher and former Zen Buddhist behind Adventures for the Soul, offers experiences that are all about using nature to help soothe the soul and hit the pause button on normal life.
Whether it’s mindfulness walks through scenic woodland or along dramatic coastline, yoga classes combined with a spot of stargazing or mini-adventures with your family, be prepared to be more accepting of life after one of Alison’s sessions.
Immerse yourself in nature and join Alison on a journey to make you feel connected and more alive.
Lorraine Clissold is a yoga teacher and author of the Chinese cookery book entitled: “Why the Chinese don’t count calories”. Together with partner Mark, she runs Yoga & Spice, a mini retreat centre, welcoming guests with log cabins set in four acres of private woodland at Valley View on the edge of the National Park and just a stone’s throw from the coast at Whitby.
All the rooms open directly onto their own area of woodland so guests can soak in and enjoy the healing power of nature. Lorraine can offer personalised yoga and/or wellness retreats or relaxation breaks for groups of friends or family members. These might include various styles of yoga, mindfulness, meditation, diet and lifestyle consultations or plant based cooking sessions. All the produce is grown organically on site.
Check out the Yogandspice website for a flavour of their breaks.
On a quiet lane with panoramic views across Rosedale, The Tree Relaxation Retreat’s location perfectly embodies ‘retreat’, and as soon as you walk through the door, you’ll find it hard not to relax.
Join one of the yoga, meditation and mindfulness weekends or midweek, you can simply stay on a bed and breakfast basis and book one of the treatments such as a relaxing massage. There’s even a five-day silent retreat where you can allow yourself precious time to simply BE without the distraction of technology and chatter.
Tune out and leave your everyday stresses behind, Edward and his team would love to hear from you.
If you're a real yoga fanatic then there's lots of teachers to deliver your fix whilst in the beautiful surrounding of the North York Moors. Helen from Happy Seal Yoga runs yoga by the sea at various locations along the Yorkshire coast including Whitby and Sandsend. Try something a little different in a yogging class with Heather at Runswick Bay or Great Fryup Dale. Join Lesley from the Earthbeat Centre to indulge in yoga outside in the majestic surroundings of Gisborough Priory.
See our suggestions for more ways to look after your health and wellbeing in the National Park.
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