Whether it's practising yoga on a mindfulness retreat, or experiencing the tranquillity of stand up paddleboarding, Wales’ diverse and striking landscape is the ideal place to recharge and rebalance your inner world.
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.
Recharge yourself and reconnect with nature
If you need a break from everyday life to rest and de-stress, an all inclusive yoga retreat in Wales can help re-charge your batteries.
Based near the Black Mountain in Carmarthenshire, Stables Wellbeing holds regular retreats in beautiful, calming surroundings. Long weekend retreat themes include 'Embrace Yourself' and 'Time to Thrive Yoga & Pilates' for inner-self wellbeing work. More active weekends include yoga, guided walks to connect with nature, and stand-up paddleboarding.
And you can combine stargazing, storytelling and foraging with yoga followed by blissful sleep in a cosy yurt-style tent on one of several different wellness breaks offered by Adventure Tours UK.
Take a wander with some animals
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? 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 Bannau Brycheiniog (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.
Soak in a seaweed bath
Strange as it sounds to immerse yourself in a barrel full of warm, seaweedy water, the folk at Halen Môn on Anglesey believe it's a great way to relax and rejuvenate while taking in the impressive views of the Menai Strait. The outdoor Wild Seaweed Baths by Halen Môn use local, cleaned seaweed and pure water left over from their salt processing. The relaxing warm water releases the minerals and oils in the seaweed. This traditional bathing technique was popular during Victorian times - apparently it's very restorative for all sorts of ailments!
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