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Escape To Nature

17-19 June

The ultimate wellness retreat set on the shores of Loch Long in one of Scotland's most stunning national parks.


Get away from the every-day. Enjoy a programme of self-care and de-stressing.

You'll practice Qigong, forest bathing, Oxygen Advantage breathwork, and exhilarating hot and cold exposure with outdoor sauna and loch dips.

All within our exclusive retreat venue within 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.

The ultimate escape to nature in the beautiful surroundings of Loch Long, Scotland.

Practise the ancient healing art of Qigong, Oxygen Advantage breathwork, and fun 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 17 June and concludes after lunch on Sunday 19.

All meals are included and freshly prepared with the finest of ingredients each day by our in-house nutritionalist, Margaret Ritchie.

You have a choice of single or double rooms all with shared shower and toilet facilities.


Subject to change and weather dependent

Friday 17 June

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 18

7:30 – Morning Qigong practice

9:00 – Breakfast
10:00 – 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
18:00-19:00 – Evening Qigong and meditation
19:30 – Dinner

Sunday 19

7:30 – Morning Qigong
9:00 – Breakfast
10:00 – Forest nature walk or walk/run
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 single or double rooms.

All rooms have shared bathroom facilities.

Prices shown are per person. Includes all meals and tuition. Transfers from Glasgow can be arranged.


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

The whole experience was a complete revelation.

Tom Hall

Your Coaches

Andrew Ritchie (L) & Gray Caws


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.

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.


"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 ... 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