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Immerse Yourself In Nature

18-20 February

Qigong, mindful movement, hot & cold exposure in the beautiful surroundings of Loch Long, Scotland


Build a stronger, more empowered, and confident self. Join Andrew Ritchie and Gray Caws for the ultimate wellness experience.

Immerse yourself in nature in the beautiful surroundings of Loch Long, Scotland.

Practise the ancient healing art of Qigong, Oxygen Advantage breathwork, and fun functional animal flow movement.

Enjoy guided forest walks, optional trail runs, outdoor sauna and cold water dips in the Loch.

During the forest walks you will learn mindfulness based skills that will evoke a sense of presence that is greatly enhanced within nature.

These skills will allow you to cultivate awareness that can be taken home and used every day to help boost mood and reduce stress.

The experience starts at 3 pm Friday 18 February and concludes after lunch on Sunday 20.

All meals are included and prepared freshly each day by our in-house nutritionalist.

You have a choice of accommodation with single, double and twin rooms available with shared shower and toilet facilities.


Choose from the full weekend – single, double or twin rooms.

Day retreat (Saturday) option also available – includes lunch.


(Subject to change)

Friday 18 February

  • 15:00 – Retreat starts with tea, welcome and introductions
  • 16:00 – Qigong practice
  • 17:00-18:00 – The Science & Art of Breath workshop
  • 19:30 – Dinner

Saturday 19

  • 7:30 – Morning Qigong practice
  • 9:00 – Breakfast
  • 10:00 – Day Retreat starts
  • 10:30 –  Forest nature walk
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – Resonance Breathing practice, Qigong, Animal Flow
  • 15:00-17:00 – Sauna tent and cold water Loch dip
  • 17:00 – Day Retreat ends
  • 18:00-19:00 – Evening Qigong and meditation
  • 19:30 – Dinner

Sunday 20

  • 7:30 – Morning Qigong
  • 8:00 – Forest nature walk
  • 9:30 – Breakfast
  • 10:30 – Breathwork, Animal Flow
  • 11:30 – Sauna tent and cold water Loch dip
  • 13:00 – Light lunch and de-brief/moving forward
  • 14:00 – Retreat concludes

Kit List

  • Warm comfortable clothing (long sleave top and trousers for nature walks)
  • Waterproof trousers and top (can be provided if required)
  • Suitable walking/hiking/trail running footwear
  • Suitable active wear for workshops/training
  • Swimwear
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Spare warm socks
Ardmay House the retreat venue

Ardmay House, Arrochar, Argyll, G83 7AH, UK

Situated on the shores of Loch Long in the stunning Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Ardmay House is the perfect choice for our retreat.


A standing meditation

Loch Lomand, part of our nature trail

Loch Long sunset



Choose from the full weekend – single, double or twin rooms.

If you are happy to share with another member of the group you can select twin.

All rooms have shared bathroom facilities.

Day retreat (Saturday) option also available – includes lunch.

All prices shown are per person. Includes all meal/s and tuition.

Any discounts will be calculated at checkout.


Qigong Tiger
Egg and avocado lunch

"What an amazing session with Andy of Performance Breathworks. A true eye-opener to the power of breathing properly"

Ursula Mcfarlane, Promotions Manager UEFA 2020

Your Coaches

Andrew Ritchie (L) & Gray Caws

Andrew Ritchie

I'm an Oxygen Advantage instructor, with a specialised interest in heart rate variability. I'm also the founder of  Performance Breathworks.

I have been working in the outdoor health and wellness industry for 20 years and helped thousands of children and adults become more resilient and achieve their goals through a variety of activities.

Currently I work with, corporates, professional and amateur sport, schools, and individuals as well as organising and leading retreats and adventure holidays.



If you're like me then you love nothing better than to get outside when you can and explore. I find that if I need a bit of a motivational boost – to get that feeling of true contentment, then to be outdoors running, walking, playing is where I need to be.

I believe that health and vitality is optimised by efficient breathing, a focused mind, and body awareness. This allows you to tap into your natural, intuitive flow of breath, energy, and movement.

With over 10 years experience leading adventure holidays and retreats in health and fitness, I'm a personal trainer, running coach, and breath-worker with a master certification in the Oxygen Advantage and Buteyko methods. I’m also a teacher of Qigong, training with Lee Holden and enjoying the mentorship of Dr Larry Cammarata.

I'm founder and director of Adventures In Movement & Breath.

"Gray changed my life within the first 10 seconds of seeing me run! I have been a serious runner since childhood but had all kinds of injuries. Then in my mid 30s I started getting calf tears more and more regularly. I tried everything to no avail. Someone put me onto the Chi Running book, which helped somewhat but not completely. Then I discovered Gray. Within 10 seconds of him watching me run he spotted things that no book could. He transformed my running immediately, and each week improves it further. I can now run as far as I like in complete confidence that I won’t get injured. Thank you Gray!"

Richard Thomas

Maths Professor