In essence, the Japanese Tea Ceremony—or, Way of Tea—is the ceremonial preparation of Matcha tea. Yet in practice, there is a whole lot more to the Japanese Tea Ceremony than just making a brew! Every aspect of the ceremony is steeped in history, meticulously choreographed and revolves around the complete presence and enjoyment of the guests.
If seeing the real life magic of the aurora borealis is on your travel wish list, check out this compilation of our best retreats to see the Northern Lights.
Now is the ideal time to get stuck into some seasonal cooking and fill up on all of the fruits and vegetables that flourish in your part of the world during winter. Some of our favourite autumn and winter vegetables available in the UK include
Contrary to popular modern belief — the purpose of meditation is not to clear your mind of all thought. Rather, Meditation simply means ‘placing the mind’ and is the practice and discipline of continually and consciously bringing your mind to the present moment each time you notice it was wandered. In this way, meditation teaches you how to control your own thoughts, rather than letting them control you.
For a flavour of what to expect from the culinary offering on retreat, check out Bettina’s best plant based recipes below! Our plant based chef, Bettina Campolucci Bordi, has cooked with us for 4 years and shares our values when it comes to plant based food, sustainability, and eating locally.
Known as shinrin yoku in Japan, forest bathing is considered a powerful healing medicine for those afflicted with common lifestyle-led conditions of modern living, such as chronic stress, fatigue, anxiety and insomnia. And people worldwide are now realising, too, the power of switching off and heading into the forests.
Have you experienced the power of adventure? In this modern world of digital media the draw of adventure has never been more readily at our fingertips. We need only open Instagram to be faced with swathes of photos of people out in the world, enjoying the adventure that is planet earth.
But there is more to adventure than catching an epic Instagram photo.
When you book yourself onto a yoga retreat, your list of expectations for the experience might not include making new friends. Yoga retreats, though, are the perfect setting in which to make new friendships and enrich existing ones.
Good sleep is an essential component of an exceptional retreat experience — we know that on your yoga holiday, you’re looking forward to peaceful nights in uninterrupted dreamland as much as you’re excited for the yoga and adventure! We have you covered. Check out our run down of the best yoga retreats for sleep.
Most of our guests arrive on retreat ready for adventure and sleep is often the last thing on their minds amid holiday excitement. Which is why many are so happily surprised to find that their retreat sleep turns out to be one of the highlights of their trip!