If you need a holiday from your daily routine, there are many yoga retreat centers in the UK to enjoy.
UK Locations for Yoga Retreats
We've included some possibilities that may be a quick flight or ferry away.
Burren Yoga Retreats - County Galway, Ireland
Just a bit southwest of the city of Galway lies Burren Yoga. Instructor Dave Brocklebank established the centre in 1999 and now hosts approximately 40 different programs a year.
The retreat offers weekend and week-long sessions in various yoga styles, including Kundalini, Ashtanga, and Bikram. You'll also learn more about detoxification, vegetarian cooking, and Pilates. Room accommodations vary in size and there are shared bathrooms. Course fees include vegetarian meals. You'll enjoy opportunities for massage and other healing treatments, too.
Clare Island Yoga Retreat Centre - Clare Island, Ireland
This western Ireland getaway hosts a number of different retreats throughout the year. Your hosts at Clare Island are Christophe Mouze and Ciara Cullen, who provide a real home atmosphere in special rooms and cottages. Retreats include study of various yoga styles with guest instructors, Ayurveda, meditation, vegetarian cooking, and other specialties. Average retreat length is three days, and course fees include accommodations, classes, and meals. Those interested in long-term stays can try being a centre helper in exchange for room, board, and yoga.
East Clare Yoga Centre - County Clare, Ireland
The Sturton family runs the East Clare Yoga Centre just north of Shannon. Enthusiasts of B.K.S. Iyengar will appreciate the guest yoga instructors at East Clare teaching holiday, weekend, and special one-day workshops. Suzanne Sturton also leads daily yoga classes, while her husband Paul and his parents cook all the vegetarian meals offered at centre. Workshops and retreats are held throughout the year, and accommodations include twin, double or triple beds, with en-suite or communal shower options. The location boasts a thriving music scene, and opportunities for hiking and horseback riding.
Mandala Yoga Ashram - Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire, Wales
For those practitioners hoping for a more spiritual getaway, the Mandala Yoga Ashram may be a good choice. The ashram offers a special course for first-time visitors, and stays can be extended as need be. The ashram follows a specific timetable, depending on the courses offered. Attendees will participate in Karma yoga practice, Hatha yoga, meditation, and other special sessions daily. Accommodations and vegetarian meals are simple but comforting.
Ruth White Yoga Holidays - Throughout England
Retreats with instructor Ruth White are held at various locations around England throughout the year in stately manors in the countryside. Spend weekend and week-long holidays at Eden Hall in Kent, the Eynsham Hall in Oxon, or Aura Soma in Lancashire, to name just a few. Each location offers a different itinerary of yoga and other activities, accommodations, and meal plan. White leads a number of classes at her centre in Oxfordshire, and also offers yoga certification.
- Instructor Simon Low offers numerous weekend retreats throughout the U.K.
- Find more yoga retreat centers in the UK, Ireland, and Europe in the Good Retreat Guide.
- The Neal's Yard Agency specializes in organizing healthy retreats such as yoga getaways and holistic healing opportunities.