2022: The Year to Retreat - Make it count
Now more than ever before, it’s clear that health is our most valuable possession. A retreat is more than self-gifting, it is an investment in our future. With many of us still feeling battered from the tumult of the past two years, let’s look forward to 2022 as a chance to reconnect, to realign and to restore. This is our roundup of the best retreats to enrich your soul, calm your mind and heal your body. And that’s something we all deserve.
TRANSFORMATIONAL THERAPY WITH A LOT OF HEART
The Heartbreak Hotel - Norfolk, UK
Following the sell-out success of its inaugural retreat in November, The Heartbreak Hotel is the ideal place to nourish a broken heart. This radical new concept in transformational therapy is run over a three-day residential retreat, in a luxury, tranquil Norfolk home. It was founded by counselling psychologist and lecturer Alice Haddon, who sought to develop a high impact empowering experience for women. Expect transformative conversations designed to liberate you from your relationship trauma. Next retreats run 11-14 Feb and 18-21 March, with more dates in the summer. Demand is already high. More info.
HEALING & TRANSFORMATION
The Arrigo Programme - UK & Spain
Britain’s leading transformational retreat provider, Fiona Arrigo, is offering a full schedule next year, including two retreats in an idyllic Spanish hideaway. The retreats provide a space to process the truth of our shifting reality, explore new ways to see and to be, integrate what we have experienced and make conscious supportive choices for our collective future.
Fiona will jointly host each retreat with an expert healer. She is delighted to be welcoming psychotherapist and breathwork coach Lucyne Jade for the Deepening Process Retreat - and grief worker and transformational coach Nici Harrison for the acclaimed Grief Retreat. Various dates in 2022 in February, May, June, July, September and October. More info.
MOVING MOUNTAINS WITH THE MIND
NEW Programme from Mind Environment - France
The May 2022 ’Whole Environment Individual Programme’ is next level personal development, aimed at providing deep clarity of your identity and purpose. This intensive 4-day retreat is led by specialists in psychology and leadership development, and is ideal for those at a transition point, or looking to reassess their life.
Come away with a deeper insight into your identity, wider place in the world and what drives your interactions with others. Gain clarity and solutions to overcome obstacles and unlock opportunities. "It would have taken years of therapy to gain so much in such a short time. This was an extraordinary space for change." (Sarah Praill, programme participant)
Ideal for both personal and professional development, the programme will run from 1-5 May 2022, in the gorgeous 17th Century French mountain village of Bardou, surrounded by wilderness. Early bird booking rates are from £1,800 (self funded, booked by 22 January 2022). More info here.
PERSONALISED IMMUNITY BOOST
NEW Mayr Winter Fit at The Original FX Mayr - Austria
A combination of diagnosis and carefully selected treatments designed to significantly boost both immunity and intestinal health. First up is a Mayr Lab Diagnostic to check vital stats including your Vitamin D levels, liver, cholesterol, long-term blood sugar, kidneys, thyroid and uric acid levels.
Then a 3D Body Scan with infrared sensor will calculate body fat percentage, waist-hip ratio, physical condition and individual energy requirements. This provides the ideal basis for in-depth nutritional advice. There is also an Applied Kinesiology Test to check for any food intolerances. Detoxifying treatments include the Original Mayr Detox Massage and a Colon-Hydro-Therapy, regenerative HIIT Altitude Training and Individual Infusions.
The new programme can be booked supplementary to the Mayr Basic or Mayr Classic and costs from €865 per person. Available from 1 January -28 February 2022. More info.
HARNESS ANCIENT WISDOM FOR MODERN LIVING
Tibetan Healing Retreat at The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland
Situated in Gstaad’s pristine natural environment, The Alpina Gstaad is the ultimate place to relax and reset this winter. Its Tibetan Healing Retreat is an Eastern-inspired programme, designed to realign your body and promote optimal functioning.
Activities such as Tibetan yoga, Hor-me Therapy with Kunye Massage, sound healing and meditation are supported by nourishment, lifestyle and medicine recommendations. It’s the perfect programme to bring you back into balance, ensuring strength and a reinforced immune system. It’s ideal for those seeking to balance body, mind and spirit and harness ancient wisdom for modern living.
The three-day, four-night retreat costs from CHF 5,454 (£4,462) per person, including breakfast. Available from now until 13 March 2022. More info.
BESPOKE FITNESS RETREATS
BXR London Retreats at Daios Cove - Crete
2022 will see the continued exciting collaboration between the breathtakingly luxurious Daios Cove resort and BXR London, the world’s first high-end boxing gym. Hosted on the island of Crete, the week-long bespoke fitness retreats will be based at a specially designed outdoor space, fully equipped with the latest ROGUE fitness gear and supported by inspirational BXR fitness experts.
Expect strength, cardio and conditioning classes set to invigorating music beats, enjoyed in the stunning natural surroundings of the island. What’s more, specially curated meals will be overseen by Daios Cove’s holistic nutrition expert Sarah Safarian, including fresh, wholesome menu options and protein shakes to suit your palette.
Following the sell-out success of the first two retreats, the next confirmed dates are from 12-18 May and 19-25 May. More info
Embrace the Grecian zest for life on Euphoria Retreat's Feel Alive Again programme. Designed to help rebalance and reconnect, it offers an innovative pathway to negotiating the post-pandemic world with fresh energy and vigour.
Activities include sunset gatherings, breathwork classes by the swimming pool, Five Elements meditations and nutritional workshops. You can either combine with other programmes during your stay or customise with additional treatments. Prices start from €890pp and include a minimum of 3-hour daily sessions (accommodation and meals are extra). More info.
ELEVATED BY ENERGY - THREE DAY RESET
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
A visit to beautiful Bali is therapy in its own right. But, you can supercharge your healing with a three-day Elevated by Energy retreat at the new Healing Village Spa. Detoxify and invigorate from head to toe, experiencing age-old Balinese rituals and revolutionary thermotherapy at the iconic Four Seasons Resort.
The retreat includes a 90-minute Deep Knead Massage, a 120-minute Baru Detox treatment, a 75-minute private couples booking in the Longevity Garden, a 60-minute private couple's yoga session and a Bamboo Stretch group class. More info.
GIFTED BY GRATITUDE
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
Inspired by Ubud’s unique healing energy, ‘Guided by Gratitude’ has been mindfully designed by Resident Wellness Mentor, Ibu Fera – a former Buddhist nun. The programme includes various meditation sessions (guided, candlelight Mala, kirtan chanting, walking meditation and more) alongside yoga classes, a Balinese water blessing ritual, sound therapy with crystal singing bowls, chakra rebalancing spa treatment, and an exclusive Sacred Nap experience, where you can be rocked to sleep in a silk hammock while listening to nature’s melody and Buddha’s story. More info.
SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute - programmes to transform consciousness
One of the world’s most progressive well-being centres - SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute offers a groundbreaking retreat for 2022: The Quantum Leadership 3 day Retreat is aimed at senior global leaders. Designed to change individuals at a deep intuitive level, the programme combines embodied-experiential learning with analytic-cognitive skill development aimed at shifting mindset and actions to inspire creativity and collaboration. More here.
Queen of Retreats: The most trusted resource for retreating
Head to Queen of Retreats to discover the world’s best, tried, tested and trusted retreats. All reviewed by experienced journalists and writers.
In our overwhelming world the need to retreat has never been greater, and the transformative benefits of the right retreat are profound. Queen of Retreats is packed with marvellous ideas for retreats of all kinds that extend beyond wellness and yoga, and says the highest demand for 2022 is for their new creative and learning retreats. One person’s therapy is someone else’s dancing, writing, art, poetry, surfing or simply time out in nature. This inspiring source helps you find the right retreat for you.
The Queen team is on the move again too, with many new retreats being reviewed in Q1 2022. More info.