Calming Retreats in Europe for Stress and Burn Out

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Choose the type of holiday that will leave you feeling refreshed, revived, calm and like a whole person again. Forget the itinerary, the diary, the alarm clock and leave the anxiety at home.

Here’s our favourite Calming Retreats in Europe for Stress and Burn Out

Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat in a French Chateau

Dates: 11th – 15th September

A 5 day Yoga, Mindfulness and Embodied Mediation Retreat in a French Chateau to re-establish a rich, soulful connection to your yoga and meditation practice. Located in a picturesque medieval village in the southern French Pyrenees, the house feels like a temple, the rooms are large and stylish.

This retreat is intended for all those in need of rejuvenation, rest and relaxation, and those who are seeking a more mystical connection to their existing yoga and meditation practice.

Retreat facilitator Gertrud shares her practice of Embodied Meditation, which is the yoga of breath, mindfulness and movement. Without excessive effort, the practice strengthens your core, legs and hips, tones your parasympathetic nervous system and sets alight your inner space.

The gourmet vegan food has been described as sensational, outrageous, alchemical, the best ever, and more. It is often raw, always free from dairy, meats, gluten, and sugar.

There will be periods of free time each day, which gives you opportunity to just relax in the walled garden, pamper yourself or explore wild swimming in nearby lakes and rivers. You will be held within a clear daily structure. You are welcome to add additional nights to the end of your stay.

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Ibiza Holistic Wellbeing Retreats

Dates: Open May – October

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More than a yoga holiday, our meticulously curated holistic wellbeing retreats allow you to pause from the crazy pace of modern life. Reconnect with your true nature and let your soul shine with a whole heap of love from the  team and a jam-packed schedule of holistic, healing and transformative loveliness.

The perfect opportunity to explore, develop and deepen your yoga and meditation practice whilst gaining a greater understanding of holistic healing.

Laugh a lot, make new friends, snooze, sunbathe, explore, relax, read, walk and indulge in yummy food. A transformative holistic wellbeing experience that nourishes your body, mind and soul.

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During your six nights on our holistic wellbeing retreat you can expect to enjoy an extraordinary amount of delicious daily Yoga, Meditation, Wellness Talks and Healing Workshops from our wellness experts, plus pampertastic and deeply healing remedial treatments from our talented wellness team (to ensure maximum relaxation and soul soothing!).

Not to mention being cared for by our utterly loving and attentive hosts who are constantly on hand to ensure that you don’t lift a finger (we’re quite strict about that!). It is a truly holistic wellness experience.

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Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat in the Portuguese Mountains

Dates: Open March – October

Vale de Moses is a family run yoga retreat in the heart of the Portuguese mountains. Spend a week or more practicing yoga, receiving massage and acupuncture treatments, walking in forests, swimming in natural river pools and eating delicious nutritious food.

Stay in one of the beautifully restored stone cottages, Soulpads or in a Tipi.  Our retreat home is perfect for those in need of a break, rest and relaxation. We are surrounded by nature and forests, peace and tranquility – the perfect ingredients to restore your body and mind.

The combination of good food and sleep, clean mountain air and water, therapeutic massage and acupuncture, hill walking and river swimming, all create a highly restorative context in which to begin, or to deepen, your yoga practice.

Soulfully reconnect with our planet and with your own body. This warm invitation to deepen your love affair with yoga, is open for everyone, travelling alone or with friends, new to yoga or practicing for decades.

Most of our retreats at Vale de Moses include morning and afternoon classes, a health consultation, massage/acupuncture treatment, 3 nourishing daily meals and a trip to the nearby Rio Zêzere.

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Euphoria Emotional and Physical Transformation Retreat, Greece

Dates: Flexible

This 7-day retreat offers you an immersive experience of our core philosophy for joyful transformation, the concept on which Euphoria Retreat was founded. You will experience the 5 Elements system as a theory for understanding our life path – both through dialogue and experiential practices.

Combining the extraordinary potential of ancient Greek and Chinese healing practices and philosophies, this premium seven-day signature retreat uses group workshops and Five Elements Balancing, complemented by treatments such as acupuncture, energy work and massages.

You will feel a profound connection with your physical and emotional energies, enjoying harmony, freedom and energy flow and a sense of profound optimism in the possibility of achieving your goals.

Combining the extraordinary potential of ancient Greek and Chinese healing practices and philosophies, this premium seven-day signature retreat uses group workshops and Five Elements Balancing, complemented by treatments such as acupuncture, energy work and massages.

You will feel a profound connection with your physical and emotional energies, enjoying harmony, freedom and energy flow and a sense of profound optimism in the possibility of achieving your goals.

This retreat offers you an immersive experience of our core philosophy for joyful transformation, the concept on which Euphoria Retreat was founded. You will experience the 5 Elements system as a theory for understanding our life path – both through dialogue and experiential practices. You will also enjoy beautiful therapies, all of which will deepen your connection to your authentic self.

The Euphoria Emotional and Physical Transformation Retreat is very special, devised by the Euphoria Retreat founder, Marina Efraimoglou, as a journey of emotional, physical and spiritual renewal. Your experience, in group sessions of dialogue and embodied practice, as well as with exquisite solo treatments, conceived to open you at a soul level, is is built around her heartfelt belief in the 5 Elements. This is an ancient Chinese code or understanding the natural world and how we, as humans, relate to it in terms of our physical health and psychological behaviours.

Your mornings are devoted to discovering the characteristics of each element – water, wood, fire, earth and metal /ether – and how you, as an individual, are affected by their characteristics, emotionally and spiritually. During the afternoon, you will enjoy therapies to balance these characteristics in you so you can overcome emotional blockages and work on physical issues with the aim of achieving your own higher potential –with joy and understanding.

You will be guided through experiential practices, therapies and dialogues to better understand how energy flows through the 5 Elements in the universe and how your personal energy is affected by this universal energy. This will help you restore a more harmonious flow in your emotional and physical wellbeing.

This is an unforgettable holiday: 7 days that blend ancient wisdom, contemporary approaches, natural healing practices, professional excellence, personal passion and beautiful nature.

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7 Day Luxury Yoga Retreat in Puglia

Dates: 1st – 7th September

Join us for our annual Luxury Yoga Retreat in Puglia, and discover this “it list” region of Italy’s rural heel. This wonderful retreat will enable us to experience the landscapes and activities of this incredible rising star of Italy.

Spend a week amongst fertile red earth, gnarled olives and turquoise seas. The day trips will allow you to experience the many unique landscapes and activities that this area has to offer. Tour through Puglia’s famous “Trulli,” white, cone-shaped houses in the town of Alberobello, a UNESCO heritage site where the main concentration of these trulli still stand.

One day is spent in the neighbouring region of Bascilicata in the town of Matera where we’ll enjoy the sites and unwind in a beautiful spa with treatments. The next day will be spent learning about the flavours of Puglia.

We start off with a cheese tasting and a visit to the town of Martina Franca. We will take in the gorgeous hilltop town of Ostuni, known as the White City, explore some of Italy’s oldest olive farms and enjoy a meal in a local restaurant.

Our day trips will allow you to experience the many unique landscapes and activities that this area has to offer.  One night will be spent at an award-winning restaurant with a tasting menu + wine pairing. Next we have a day of relaxation planned at one of the region’s blue beaches and at a private beach club.

One day will include a winery visit with a tour and tasting, and yet another day with a visit to one of the area’s most picturesque towns with plenty of photo-worthy vistas and blue waters, followed by an amazing unique meal in a “grotto” overlooking the cliffs by the sea in Polignano al Mare.

We will round out the week with massage treatments and plenty of time to relax at our home-away-from-home with its beautiful pool, walking trails, and more.

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Mindful QiGong Pilates Retreat, Pelion, Greece

Dates: 19th – 25th September

Practice Pilates and meridian clearing under the glowing Greek sky. Embrace life changing mindfulness under the mountain of the hearty Centaurs. Receive the benefits of Zhineng QiGong in a peaceful protected bay.

This program has been built by highly specialised and educated instructors and offers an equal amount of seclusion and contact. The hotel -a cosy block of pretty houses- has been selected with attention and care and sits under the Pelion mountain in the energy village of Horto (Chorto).

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Rejuvenation, beauty and unique charm in the delightful Pelion peninsula that we so proudly call home. We instruct you through a whole-body stretching program combining Pilates and meridian clearing practices. The program takes place under the vigorous sun with the help of balls, rings and other devices.

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The program is suitable for all ages, tailored to personal needs, and is great at increasing vitality. No previous experience is required. Our accommodation, the “Diplomats’ Holidays” hotel  has a private beach and wonderful gardens.

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Seaside Yoga, Meditation and Hiking Holiday, Croatia

Dates: 5th – 12th September

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Are you looking for an inspiring and nourishing seaside yoga holiday in Croatia under the Mediterranean sun? Do you want to go somewhere where you can roll out your yoga mat by the sea in the morning, explore secluded beautiful beaches and unspoiled island’s nature in the afternoon, and cleanse your body with organic food and detox juices? Then this week long retreat is Croatia is perfect for you!.

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Experience the joys of a seaside yoga practice combined with meditation and breathing exercises. You will also experience excursions to the magical nature park of island Mljet with salt lakes, an olive grove farm with wild herb workshop where you will be able to learn about the culinary use and medical benefits of Mediterranean herbs, a boat ride to secluded beaches, and a tour to an organic Bee farm.

Most of all on our seaside yoga holiday, you will discover all the joys of the Mediterranean and have a lot of fun in the process! The extensive local knowledge of the retreat team ensures that you will enjoy the most authentic sights, flavors and experiences of Croatia.

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