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I am delighted to have been asked again by HF, an award-winning holiday company which specialises in activity breaks, to run 4 more yoga retreats in 2018. 


2 of the holiday/retreats is are the UK, with lovely country houses for venues;  2 are in the south eastern Algarve in Portugal. HF specialises in organising great activity holidays, and has added these 4 holiday retreats to their Mind and Body schedule for 2018.  


From 3 nights to a week, there is always time for yoga, meditation, rest and relaxation. My retreats are a great way of getting some some fresh air, a bit of peace and quiet, meet new friends and an opportunity to deepen your yoga practice. We laugh a lot as well! 


For each UK holiday, there is a yoga session in the morning and a guided walk in the afternoon. The walks will be lead by a qualified walking guide.  In addition, there will either be the opportunity of: a pre-breakfast early morning meditation session, or a yoga session after the walk before supper, or a mindfulness practice after supper. 

The price includes full board (lunch is a picnic lunch and available for each full day of the retreat), at least one (maybe two) yoga sessions and a half-day walk per day.


For the European yoga holidays, there will be at least 2 yoga sessions a day, with plenty of time to rest and enjoy the hotel facilities and the local area. In addition, there will either be the opportunity of an early morning meditation session or a mindfulness practice after supper. 

The price includes transfer from Faro airport, half board with lunch being easily bought from the  local shops or cafes, or the daily market near the hotel and at least 2 yoga/mindfulness sessions per day. 


*** Please book 2018 HF retreats directly with HF, by contacting them on 0345 470 8558 or  click here ***




The value of retreats

We know that you need time for yourself, to allow mind, body and spirit to restore, relax and rejuvenate. 

Lochside Yoga retreats allow the stress and anxieties of daily work and family life to dissolve. We all need to take a break to keep ourselves well. Planning holidays can also be stressful, but here at Lochside Yoga, we take care of all the hard work and planning as most of the organising is done for you. All you have to do is arrange and book your flights, or whichever form of transport you choose to use. If that deems too daunting, your flights can be arranged and booked on your behalf. 

Give yourself a 'Recharge'

Just being able to anticipate a relaxing break away from home can give you a boost, and help you get to your retreat without being in a state of collapse! Of course, any time away from your usual routine can be good for you, but just thinking about being in a gorgeous setting - doing yoga - is one of the best ways you can support yourself against everyday stress and tension. Research has shown that people who visited a spa or yoga retreat reported feeling significantly more creative, energetic, and focused as well as better able to make decisions and handle challenges than those who hadn't. In fact, the ideal combination for your health and well being is having time in the right place to enjoy nature, exercise, mindful activities, eating healthily.

Whether in the wonderful settings of Scotland, Northumberland, Yorkshire, Shropshire, or further afield to the Algarve, Andalucia, Seville, or in the Abruzzo region of Italy, Lochside Yoga retreats allow you time to unwind and de-stress. You can spend time on your own, catch up on sleep and rest, maybe to contemplate what you do or where you go next in your life, or you can just hang out with your fellow yogis, your new found friends. When you relax totally, you create time and space to allow yourself to become aware of what is important and what is not important, so which ever way you choose to spend your time, it helps you deal with the life that you have, back at home.

Yoga, relaxation  and meditation are the backbone of a lifestyle that is meaningful and manageable. So if you feel guilty or stressed or about needing time for yourself - don't! Everyone around you gets the benefit of you feeling good and in control of your life, not just you. Whatever it costs, it is worth it! Here at Lochside Yoga, we aim always to keep our retreats affordable and in our view, they are some of the best value yoga holidays around. Don't just take our word, here are some testimonials from our clients who have come on previous retreats. Nice things people have said...

Nice things people have said

Nice things people have said about their experience with Lochside Yoga Retreats: 


I have managed to overcome my natural modesty to post these comments up. Please don't think I go about bragging about how wonderful I am, but offer this page so that you can feel confident in having a good time, and rest assured that you will be in capable and caring hands if you choose to come to one of my classes, workshops, yoga days or retreat holidays...


"Thank you Gillian, Lovely, lovely day with you today. Feel so refreshed ... "

"The retreat was a wonderful experience. The atmosphere was relaxed; the yoga practice was great; the location was so beautiful. Gillian is a fantastic teacher and host - so warm, wise, wonderful!"

"Enjoyed it immensely, waiting for next date"

"I'm so glad I went. I thought it was really quite magical and I look forward to the next time"

"The company, great yoga, venue and wonderful food more than made up for the fact the weather wasn't up to much!"

"I thoroughly recommend Lochside Yoga and don't worry if, like myself, its a few years since you practised. Gillian is an excellent teacher and guide, encouraging you to do what your body tells you. The venue is stunning and you will go home feeling relaxed and spoiled by the wonderful food and attention"

"I would highly recommend Lochside Yoga to everyone no matter what level of yoga ability you have. It was a great retreat"

"Brilliant from start to finish. Well thought out and beautifully taught yoga, amazing venue and outstanding hospitality from both of you"

"A lovely weekend and a fantastic group of people. You're a very special instructor and teach straight from the heart. Top marks to James for feeding us so well!"

"A warm friendly atmosphere. I felt accepted and welcomed. It was extremely relaxing from start to finish especially as it was my second time, I knew what to expect. I arrived carrying a huge amount of baggage on my shoulders and left without it, feeling refreshed, renewed and replenished. Many thanks!"

"I had the most fantastic time and left feeling better than I have for a few years; centred, open and relaxed. Thank you so much."

 "Thank you so much for a fantastic day last week.  The whole day was so well organised and the the catering was fab! I had a lovely time and I am delighted to hear about the charity donation total."

"The yoga and the lovely food made it a very enjoyable day."

"The best week of yoga that I have been on" 

"Gillian was fantastic and really made the holiday"