What to Expect from Your Wellness Retreat in Devon
Treading gently through Devon’s natural landscape, our expert guides will take you on a nurturing journey across Devon’s wild Moors and South Coast. Yoga forms a core part of the tours, as does forest bathing and mindfulness as well as more active pursuits including paddling down estuaries, walking across moorland, woodland and coastal trails. We travel with purpose and step into nature, to unwind, tune in and forge a deeper connection with this incredible ecosystem.
With stunning views around every corner, excellent accommodation, and local, wholesome cuisine, our 6-day 5-night Wellness Retreat is ready and waiting for anyone looking to relax and find peace in the wilds of Devon on land and in the water – Join one of our friendly groups, meet like-minded people and rejuvenate Devon and yourself.
Highlights of Your Devon Wildlife Tour
Wellness yoga and mindfulness on a daily basis, including on Hay Tor, Mothecombe Beach and more
Wild Swimming at Sharrah Pool, the River Erme and the Sea on the South Devon Coast
Dartmoor and South Hams foraging
Walk on Dartmoor to Hound Tor, and secret ancient woodlands and on the Coast
Great locally sourced food and wonderful accommodation
Expert guides and wellness practitioners - the core ingredient of our trips
Devon Wildlife Itinerary - 6 Day Active Holiday
Day 1Yoga, Swim and Dartmoor's Majesty
We arrive into Exeter St David’s for 11.00am before making a short transfer to Dartmoor for a beautiful walk to Scorhill Stone Circlefor a vinyasa yoga session which will be followed by a picnic lunch and in the afternoon we’ll walk the Dart river and wild swim in the magical waters at Sharrah Pool – flanked by beautiful woodland, it is a stretch of calm water with granite slabs, and if fairies exist, this would certainly be their watering hole. A mystical spot that sets the scene for your wellbeing tour.
OPTIONS: 4 – 7 miles 1 x yoga 1 x wild swim
Day 2Sunrise run and meditation, Rewilding + Estuary Walk
We start at sunrise to catch the first light over Hay Tor where we’ll run through some breathing exercises to awaken the senses and become tuned in to the magic of Dartmoor. After breakfast, we’ll walk and forage as we go, heading to Riverford Field Kitchen for a veg-centric seasonal lunch. Riverford Farmers are leading the way with their veg box scheme, while helping us connect more deeply to the food that should be on our plate. We will continue in the afternoon with a walk around Totnes, a hive of alternative culture and lifestyles and a walk down the wonderful river Dart as it becomes an estuary towards the Sharpham Estate. We return to the hotel for dinner in the evening.
4 miles 1 x yoga
Day 3Wild Swim + Yoga and Sea Foraging
After breakfast we start the day with a gentle stroll up the river Erme for a mindfulness session in the form of forest bathing – the concept is simple, it’s all about spending quiet, more mindful time in nature. It’s incredibly relaxing and invites you to take notice of the natural world to calm your mind. We will then head higher towards Dartmoor for an extra special yoga session in an ancient Oak Forest followed by a picnic lunch by the side of the river. In the afternoon there’s the opportunity for a wild swim in some impossibly beautiful river pools or an early return to the hotel for some R&R!
OPTIONS: 4 miles 2 x wild dip 1 x yoga
Day 4Forest Bathing and Dartmoor
We start the day with a refreshing wild swim and yoga session at Mothecombe Beach before we head to the School House Cafe for a late breakfast / early brunch. We then cross the River Erme on foot (if tides allow) to join the South West Coast path to begin our coastal ramble towards Challaborough and Burgh island, where we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to dip or swim on the beach or float down the estuary (on tow floats) towards the sea.
OPTIONS: 5 miles 1x yoga 1 x wild swim
Day 5 Coastal Walk, SUP Yoga, Sunset yoga
We start the day at the amazing Hope Cove with a final Yoga session and for those who want to potentially try something new – how about SUP Yoga. We’ll then walk along the coast from Hope Cove towards Salcombe – coastal air is so good for the mind, body and soul. We will take the time here to ramble slowly and gently along the coast with the option for a final swim at the beautiful Sour Mill Cove. We will end the day with a sunrise picnic dinner around a campfire with food delights from Duke Street Deli.
1 x wild swim 1 x yoga Up to 5 miles
Day 6 Farewells and Help with Ongoing Travel
Following breakfast we will transfer you to Exeter St David’s to say our farewells and to help with any ongoing travel arrangements.
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Can I join this trip to Devon on my own, as a single traveller?
Absolutely! We bring like-minded people together on these trips, to enjoy a group atmosphere, get stuck into some great activities, water sports, hikes and to share a well-deserved meal with at the end of each day.
How fit do I need to be for an active trip?
Our tours are designed for those looking for an active weekends, mini-breaks and weeks away. All activities can be adapted but a ‘give it a go’ attitude goes a long way! Some of our water sports activities require a basic ability to swim 50-100 metres. If you would like to chat to one of our team about your particular trip, fitness and activity levels and what is involved in coming on one of our tours, please get in touch and we would be happy to help
What do I need to bring on this Devon Holiday?
We provide a kit list before your trip with us. The basics to bring is some swimwear, clothes you don’t mind getting wet or a bit muddy in, a towel, as well as some clothes and shoes suitable for walking and cycling in. By providing all the equipment needed for cycling, kayaking, and more we take the hassle out of your week away, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your active Devon week away.