Whether it's meditating beside a peaceful lake in Snowdonia, practising yoga on the snow-capped Brecon Beacons, or experiencing the tranquillity of stand up paddleboarding under the stars, Wales’ diverse and striking landscape is the ideal place to recharge and rebalance your inner world.
Wind down in the mountains at a yoga retreat
Wales is packed with uplifting views, so if you’re looking for inspiration from nature you'll be spoilt for choice. Dru Yoga in Gwynedd sits surrounded by the crystal lakes and craggy peaks of the Snowdonia National Park. People come here from all over the world to de-stress and recharge amidst the waterfalls, lakes and forests.
You can try yoga weekends, walking holidays and meditation breaks surrounded by eons-old countryside that will speak to your soul. Many of the breaks here include insights into better diet and nutrition. There are dance workshops and even tree planting retreats run in association with the National Trust.
Take to the water under the stars
With a host of dark sky reserves, Wales is basically the holy grail for staring up at the infinite skies. But how about this for stargazing with a difference? Doing it on a stand up paddle board!
The experts at Psyched Paddleboarding use boards with lights attached to the bottom, but apart from that and your head torch, it’s the light of the moon and stars that guides you. You'll find your senses heightened by the unique environment - every sound, every scent will seem more vivid, more intense. And then there's the sheer peace of the night time environment with the gentle dip and splosh of your paddle to hush and soothe you. Just to note - you'll need to have completed a two-hour beginner training session before taking to the water at night.
Rebalance your energy levels with polarity therapy
Polarity Therapy is all about energy-balancing - tuning into your energy flows and working out where there are blockages. Practitioners use a combination of bodywork, counselling, therapeutic exercise and nutrition. Swansea natives Rex and Alaea Beynon are Registered Polarity Practitioners with 30 years’ experience in the healing arts.
Their Seren Retreat is set within 23 acres of ancient woodland close to the lovely Gower Peninsula. The couple work will work with you to help achieve physical, emotional, mental and spiritual happiness. The treatments are supported by relaxing yoga and nutritional guidance to help maintain a healthy lifestyle, all with the added bonus of nearby clifftop views and revitalising sea air.
Take a wander with some little piggies
Many people find spending time with animals is immensely therapeutic. Of course the vast open spaces and national parks of Wales offer wonderful opportunities for taking the dog for a scamper or hacking across hilltops on horseback, but how about this for something a little unusual? A Good Day Out will let you take care of some cute little Kune Kune pigs!
For an hour or two you can potter through the green valleys and rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons National Park together. The little pigs are friendly, curious and full of life - perfect for kids and all animal lovers. Strolling along with them snuffling and grunting beside you is a great way to forget about cares and enjoy the moment. If pigs aren't your thing you can take a walk with some dinky miniature donkeys instead. Both experiences come with a picnic (or should that be a pig-nic?) too.
Float your way to a deeper state of happiness
You don't have to venture deep into the countryside to find relaxation and rejuvenation in Wales though. In Swansea city centre, the Lazy Frog Floatation Centre is home to four floatation rooms where you can float blissfully for hourly sessions of totally undisturbed relaxation. The water is gently warmed and infused with Epsom salts which makes it so dense you float completely effortlessly.
This feeling of weightlessness allows the body to attain one of the deepest states of rest and relaxation experienced outside of sleep. The benefits aren't limited to relaxation with research claiming that self-motivation, creativity and brain function can all be improved with regular floatation sessions.
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Branch out and find new connections
Can trees talk to us? The Centre for Alternative Technology near Machynlleth was promoting sustainable living decades before concerns about global warming came so dramatically into focus. There are seven acres of eco-friendly ideas in action here to explore including organic vegetable growing, sustainable building and using renewable energy in the home.
But for those of us on a quest for deeper renewal by getting back to nature there's a range of unusual short courses - some quite practical, others more esoteric. Social Forestry is a great example. You can relax by learning how woodland management and crafting promote wellbeing and a sense of fulfilment. If you stop and listen a moment perhaps you'll feel the unique energies that ancient trees seem to have deep inside them?
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