SPHERE Curates: The Best UK Yoga Retreats Spring 2023

Words by
Pippa Lowe

20th March 2023

Spring begins today! If you're looking to get out there and enjoy the season, and move your body, what is better than a yoga retreat in the UK? We have scoured the country and found the very best for you, from a weekend of rebalancing under a full moon in West Sussex to a serene yoga break by the Cornish coast.

Yoga weekends come in all types, and on them your body will take many forms, even if it is the lying down pose for for an hour! What you achieve on a yoga weekend is between you and your mat, but in the spirit of sharing something for everyone, from beginner to intermediate level, SPHERE has curated the best yoga weekends on offer in the UK this spring.

Here, find a yoga retreat to go to with friends at Champney's. Or go wild at an outdoorsy yoga and sea-swimming retreat in Cornwall, one in tune with the energy of the full moon, another with a focus on Ayurveda, and finally, a retreat whose teachers have a devoted following on Instagram.

St. Michaels Resort Coastal Yoga Break, Falmouth 
St Michaels Yoga Retreat
Coastal yoga practice at St Michaels Resort

Transition into spring and summer with sand and sea yoga at St Michaels Resort, moments from stunning Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, Cornwall. This three night retreat aimed at all levels from beginner to more experienced practitioners delivers daily guided yoga and meditation classes. But it's the extras - such as bracing cold water dips at Gylly Beach plus guided walks to Maenporth and Pendennis Castle, that will make this trip truly memorable.

St Michaels food
A selection of the nutritious local eats offered by St Michaels Resort

The retreat also offers a two-hour hydrothermal experience, which allows guests to soak in the largest spa-pool in Cornwall, set to 35C, followed with a Finnish style sauna with views out to Falmouth Bay.  Access to the gym and spa facilities, along with a plant-based nutrition masterclass with dinner served every evening for guests is also included in the price.

The next retreat is 12-15th June, from £689 per person.

Book St Michaels Resort.

Full Moon Yoga Retreat at Ockenden Manor, West Sussex
The Meridian Trail
The Meridian star trail

Craving a re-balancing yoga weekend in the forest with an astrological twist? Five-star hotel Ockenden Manor's three day, two-night yoga retreat, includes a number of yoga practices delivered by teacher Helena Skoog, and it takes place over the full moon, because, according to Skoog, this is when we have most awareness of our emotional body. 

The carefully curated itinerary is designed to relax and nourish both body and mind. With daily morning yoga and an evening meditation to bookend the days, the retreat also includes forest bathing, an 60 minute massage, a relaxing 30 minute flotation in an I-sopod, and delicious locally sourced food. In addition, there is full access to Ockenden Manor's award-winning spa and pools.

Prices starting from £883 for single occupancy and £1,386 for double occupancy. The next retreat takes place over the King's Coronation weekend between Thursday 4th - Saturday 6th May 2023. ASfter that there is a retreat 2-4 July, and the 29-31 August.  

Book Ockenden Manor

Ockenden Manor Spa
The Spa at Ockenden Manor
The Quaives Yoga Retreat with Indaba Yoga, Canterbury 
Indaba Yoga Retreat
Morning yoga practice with Indaba Yoga on the Quaives yoga retreat

For more serious yogis looking to work with great teachers, we recommend Indaba Yoga's retreat at the Quaives, near Canterbury in May led by Miles Mortensen and Echo Elliot.

If you're looking to take some much needed downtime from the hustle of everyday life, this retreat, with its underfloor heated yoga studio, and The Quaives incredible garden - which will be at its most beautiful at the end of May - will soothe you.

Days begin with 30 minutes of meditation, followed by a 90 minutes yoga session. Wind down in the evening with a second yoga class lasting 45 minutes. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy The Quaives facilities, which include 19 acres of grounds, tennis courts and hot tubs. 

Dates set from 26th- 29th May 2023 and pricing varying from £750 to £1500 per person

Book The Quaives.

The Clover Mill Yoga Retreat, Herefordshire
The Clover Mill
The Clover Mill treatment and yoga centre in the Malvern Hills

Clover Mill is a dedicated natural health and wellbeing centre, which offers many retreats throughout the year including weekends for therapeutic knitting, gut cleanses, and mindfulness. Their regular Ayurveda and Yoga retreats are offered with Ayurvedic inspired meals, which are given to you based on your body-type. On-site massage is also tailored to your body type, and uses Ayurveda techniques. 

Set in a restored seventeenth century water mill near Cradley in the Malvern Hills of Herefordshire, their balancing retreats offer a selection of yoga classes, meditation, self-massage lessons and use of the steam room and Ayurveda spa facilities. 

From £695 per person for two nights and flexible dates ranging from stays of a two, three or five night break. 

The next retreats take place on 14-19th April; 21-23 April, 5-9th May.  

Book The Clover Mill.

Champneys Yoga Retreat with Chillout Retreats, Hampshire 
Champneys Forest Mere Spa and Hotel
Champneys Forest Mere Spa and Hotel

Looking for a five-star pampering environment from your yoga retreat? Look no further. This yoga weekend, hosted by Chillout Retreats at the Champneys Forest Mere Spa Hotel in Hampshire includes unlimited use of Champneys spa facilities, healthy buffet brunches, lunches and three-course dinners. 

As well as a daily 'yogalates' class - a fusion of yoga and pilates - led by the founder and director of Chillout Retreats Natalie Smit-Ash,  the weekend offers two mindfulness classes, a lifestyle enhancing workshop and a gong and singing bowl soundbath. 

The next retreat takes place form 12th-14th May 2023, and costs from £603 per person. 

Book Champneys Forest Mere.