Reasons to Retreat Yourself

So the idea of going on a wellness retreat intrigues you, but you’re not quite sold. Sure the sun kissed skin, salty hair and sandy toes feel great but the benefits of a wellness break last far longer than that retreat glow you’ll be sporting when you get back.

This is my first full year of running my own retreats. My retreat business leverages many arms. On the one hand I offer fitness retreats with my pal Katie Gray (Fit & Flow Retreats). We pride ourselves on giving guests a balanced fitness schedule including, HIIT training, Yoga and Pilates. Then there’s my personal true passion project Rock & Soul Adventures which entirely focus on the thrill of rock climbing and doing yoga in the outdoors. Immersing ourselves in the nature we find along the way, surfing the seas, and trail running coastal paths. Then simplifying all of that, I also teach on standalone yoga retreats. Where the sole focus in yoga and unity through that means. All different but each with an obvious and common thread. Unifying people. Unifying communities through physical and mental well being. Within that breeds what I can only describe as magic. It’s real and very present on what has fast become my favourite way of working.

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5 benefits you’ll receive from going on a retreat?

1) A meeting of the minds from all walks of life

It can be quite intimidating the thought of going on a retreat on your own. Let me tell you, lots of people are in the same boat! Some come for a reset on life, to recentre, to refocus. Some come to make friends. Some come having had some challenging life events that they feel it will help them overcome. Others just come for the fun and the excitement of it. Whatever the reason is, know that you are by no means alone on one of these retreats. Likewise in most instances it allows for the freedom to go and explore by yourself or take time in your own space to do what you need to do. What I can assure you, is that your soul and heart will light up from the excitement and buzz of people from all walks of life. We laugh. We learn. We share experiences that are unique to each retreat in itself.

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2) To challenge yourself

Whether your a health nut or total newbie, you’ll be in a position which will challenge your normal regime. Maybe you’ve never climbed. Maybe you’ve never done yoga. Maybe you shy away from meeting new people. Humans are made to adapt. Humans are made to connect to one another. By allowing yourself to open up to new ways of training, thinking and immersing yourself in nature you’ll achieve more than you ever thought possible. All whilst making close knit friendships that last far beyond the remit of the retreat itself. You’ll be amazed at just how much of a positive influence it can have on not just your body, but your mindset. Get outside in nature. Do things you’ve never done whilst really tuning into yourself.

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3) Learn

Learn from your fellow guests. Learn from trainers. Learn from chefs cooking on the retreat. The reason I love my retreats is because it allows me the time to spend with my class goers and personal training clients that I just wouldn’t get at home. To truly spend time, away from distractions. We’re essentially on tap to answer all of your wellness questions, and discover all about your fitness journey. 

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4) Build habits

Sometimes, life just happens. We get busy. Your health and wellness takes a back seat. Although that is completely normal, retreats are the perfect way to get back into good habits. To redevelop your passion whether it be for training, or yoga or adventure. By prioritising time out for you, your body, your mind and (cheesy as it sounds but true) your soul will soon thank you for it. Go back from your retreat with a positive mindset and renewed sense of purpose to serving your wellbeing.

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5) Rest, recover, see the world

We spend so much of our lives racing around. This is your opportunity to rest, recover and reset. Taking a much needed break from the everyday things the “need doing” for what really needs doing; which is looking after your wellbeing. Aesthetics aside, if you’re burning yourself out with work or family commitments, you’re setting yourself up for problems later along the line. Check into you. Not everyone else around you. Not those that depend on you. Be selfish. Take time for you. Listen to what your body and mind is telling you. Discover your true self. Press the reset button, and set yourself up to come back stronger (mentally and physically) post retreat.

Although I run many retreats throughout the year. Please see this as something other than a promotional tool for that. I see how happy retreats make people. I see the changes in people mindsets. I see the magic happen. It’s real and it’s ready for you. There are so many available out there for you to make the right choice. Resonate with the trainers teaching. Resonate with the itinerary. Then go on what can be a life changing experience that you’ll remember a lifetime.

Sending health & happiness,

Kim x

 

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Mountain Festival with The North Face

So guys…a couple of weeks back you may have seen I went to the Mountain Festival with The North Face, in the Dolomites. & YES it was all kinds of awesome! What is Mountain Festival I hear you ask? Mountain Festival is the festival for adventurers and explorers put on by The North Face. This year it took us to Val Di Fassa, in the incredible Dolomite mountains for the launch of the super inspiring “The Pinnacle Project”.

The Pinnacle Project

Whilst in the Dolomites, we were treated to one incredible launch party! We were there to witness the global launch of the Pinnacle Project. This encompassed The North Face showing it’s most iconic mountain pop-up ever, set at 2100 m in the heart of the Dolomites. We hiked for 2 hours to be greeted by the most awesome surprise – I’ll let you watch the video to see just what we saw! Infused with their spirit of exploration, the pop-up boasts eight collector’s items donated by some of the most impressive explorers of our time. Eight key collector’s items, worn by The North Face athletes during their pinnacle moments, have been restored and labelled with a personal message from each athlete to inspire the new owner to never stop exploring. To get a hold of one, you will have to join the auction. All proceeds will be given back to the mountains.

 

Mountain Festival

Rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding you name it, we did it! We even got a chance to meet the epic The North Face athletes, including legendary Conrad Anker and David Lama. You can also probably guess there was partying aplenty! Find out what we got up to, press play below! If you like this sort of thing make sure you like, comment and subscribe to my YouTube for lots more to come.

 

I hope you enjoy the video and that it helps inspire you to move mountains and never stop exploring! Remember the Mountain Festival happens every year and you too can grab your tickets to come when time comes next year too. Keep an eye out for those ticket releases! We’ll hopefully see you there!

Happy adventuring team!

Sending health & happiness,

Kim x

 

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Exploring the British Coastline with Pickwell Manor

So the UK summer of incredible weather and staycations has sure proven to be a fun one hey?! Have you been able to make the most of it? My husband and I have made a point of getting out and around the UK and it truly hasn’t disappointed. We can’t wait to head back to Devon next week. Here’s a little peak at what we got up to with Pickwell Manor last time we were down there on our active escape!

Staying at Pickwell Manor

If you’ve seen my instagram recently, you would have seen a super luxury shot of me in an outdoor bath! Well that’s at Pickwell Manor! YEP in the UK! If you are looking for a place to get away but still want to get outdoors and enjoy the incredible Devon coastline then look no further! From the minute we arrived at Pickwell Manor we felt completely spoilt and in love with the place. We stayed at Pickwell Manor for 2 nights in the Chapel and we can’t wait to go back again!

The trip to Pickwell Manor provided the perfect getaway as we could explore a ton of the Devon coastline! There’s so many places you can get adventuring and exploring in local towns too. If you’re feeling more active (which we generally do!) you can play tennis or take the beautiful trail run to the beach! Sand, sheep and fields – the perfect trail running formula (kindly mapped out in photos by Pickwell Manor) There’s also the Tarka Bike Trail nearby if you’re into your bikes! Baggy point is a great spot for rock climbing and Croyde the mecca of UK surf! What more could you ask for?! We particularly loved the views of the Putsborough Beach in the distance and the opportunity to meet the house bunnies, pigs and chickens.

We went paddle boarding with Active Escape (a sister company of Pickwell Manor) which was also super fun. We got the chance to SUP around the coves of Ilfracombe and it was a really special experience. They also offered coasteering too which we’ll definitely be back to try soon!

There’s something truly magical about being able to explore the seas and coves with just a paddleboard and the local nature as company! It was such a wonderful way to explore the Ilfracombe area and English coast, whilst keeping active.

Such a dreamy escape to our city life! A true slice of heaven! Have you ever been to Devon? It’s so beautiful! Definitely worth doing. If you go be sure to also check out the Sri Lankan on Barricane beach cafe, Woolacombe too, it’s incredible!

I hope this post has helped give you a little bit of UK wanderlust. Don’t forget some of the best months to go off are off season – September and October are known for being dreamy, so there’s no time like the present! Happy exploring!

Sending health and happiness,

Kim x

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What’s it like to climb Mount Snowdon? Taking the Watkins Path

Hey gang!

I hope you’re having a great summer! We’ve been so fortunate here in the UK. The sun has been shining gloriously. All the better for local adventuring! My husband and I took it as the perfect excuse to go adventuring in a little campervan around Devon and Wales. As part of that we (quite spur of the moment!) decided to climb Snowdon – as you do!

As keen climbers we wanted a route that was challenging, but because we hadn’t planned it we didn’t want to opt for the toughest route. As a result, we choose to take the Watkins Path route. It sure didn’t disappoint. Check out the video below to see just what it’s like to climb the glorious Mount Snowdon, Snowdonia, Wales.

If you haven’t been I highly recommend it! You can’t beat the feeling of getting to the top of the mountain! As they say: the greatest views, always come after the hardest climbs! 4 and a half hours later, I can definitely say the view was indeed great! & well worth seeing.

Sending health & happiness,

Kim x

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Love Trails Festival 2018

This time a few weeks back we were just starting @lovetrailsfestival in the glorious Gower Peninsula. The festival (aimed at adventures) covered everything from trail running, coasteering, climbing, surf & yoga. I was lucky enough to head up the yoga with @oyogo.london  & what a festival it was 🙌🏼

Check out my YouTube vlog to see all the fun we got up to! Here’s to adventures, always! How about you guys are you heading out on anything fun this weekend? ☀️ This sun is LIFE right!? Would love to hear all about your adventures!

Have a wonderful weekend team!

Kim x

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