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Wellbeing getaways

Do you need physical invigoration, emotional bolstering, creative inspiration or spiritual comfort? Caroline Sylger Jones shares a collection of health breaks with wide-ranging appeal

The nights are getting longer, the days are getting colder and a new decade is beckoning

It’s the perfect time of year to press pause and create the space you need to decide what’s next for you. At Psychologies, we advocate time out if possible, however brief, to consider your life and work on your self-development, instead of just constantly firefighting the challenges of the daily grind.

There are so many types of retreats where you can re-energise, unplug, pinpoint a new direction or regain your equilibrium. Whether it’s a trip to a Greek island to write, a transformational life-coaching break, a wellness holiday in India or a mini retreat in an adults-only hotel in Cornwall, the following pages feature a truly beautiful collection of retreats that will cater for your needs, no matter what you crave at this point in your life.

Connect with your physical and spiritual self


Test your strength and come alive at Allan Brownlie’s Wim Hof method retreat in the Scottish Highlands

THIS RETREAT IS BASED on the method of ‘Ice Man’ Wim Hof, who summited Kilimanjaro wearing only a pair of shorts and can maintain full-body contact with ice for 80 minutes. Come to find your ‘inner fire’ through breath work, cold therapy and commitment. You’ll build resilience as part of a group in the stark wilderness of the Scottish Highlands.

Experienced instructor Allan Brownlie leads morning barefoot ‘cold exposure’ on the dewy grass before a daily workshop on deep conscious breathing. After breakfast, the group takes a cold-water immersion in one of Alladale Wilderness Reserve’s stunning rivers or lakes. Lunch might be a picnic during a scenic hike and afternoons are free for meditation, rest and exploration. Dinner is prepared together and evenings may be spent chatting or playing games by the log fire.

Power in nature

Come to discover how the body can adapt to trying conditions and how rewarding that can feel. This retreat is about learning to be comfortable with discomfort and reversing the effects of central heating and modern life through exposure to raw nature.

Time spent in the beautiful reserve, north of Inverness, is a delight. Wim Hof retreats are based in the refurbished Deanich Lodge in the heart of the reserve, reached by an 11km hike. Guests will appreciate the flora, wild deer, Highland cattle and the occasional golden eagle circling above.

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