Winter Wanderlust

A Scotland Winter Wellness Retreat

Date options: 9-12 Nov 2023 | 22-25 Feb 2024

Ardmay House Retreat Centre, Arrochar, Scotland

Embrace the beauty of the season. Experience the ultimate fusion of breathwork, qigong, movement, and mindfulness.

Ready to transform your life?

+44 (0)20 80801676

£1495.00 per person

Single and double rooms available with shared bathroom facilities

Welcome to Winter Wanderlust: A Scotland Wellness Retreat for Nature Lovers and Adventurers

Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and reconnect with the natural world on our Winter Wanderlust retreat. Surrounded by stunning winter landscapes, you’ll embark on a journey of discovery, exploring the beauty of nature through movement and mindfulness.

Our retreat is designed for individuals who crave adventure and have a passion for outdoor exploration. Over four days, you’ll have the opportunity to hike through temperate rain forests, scenic trails, and take in breathtaking views of snow-capped (hopefully) Arroachar Alps.

But Winter Wanderlust is about more than just physical activity. We’ll explore hot and cold therapy with outdoor wood-smoked saunas, and also guide you through daily qigong and meditation sessions to help you find peace and clarity amidst the natural beauty of your surroundings.

At night, you’ll rest and rejuvenate in cozy rooms, complete with warm blankets and all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. We also provide nutritious meals that will fuel your body and keep you energised throughout the retreat.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to reconnect with nature, discover new skills, and create lasting memories. Book your spot today and join us for a winter adventure you’ll never forget.

Gray Caws Founders & Director of Adventures In Movement

Need more information?

Chat with Gray our retreat leader. Call +44 (0)20 8080 1676. Or book a Zoom call below.

Following the nature trail by Loch Lomand

Discover the healing power of nature at our retreat.

Nestled in the heart of Scotland’s Atlantic woodland and Celtic temperate rainforest, our retreat offers a unique opportunity to connect with the natural world and experience its energizing effects.

Guided walks, optional trail runs, and forest bathing sessions will help you fully immerse yourself in the stunning natural surroundings, allowing you to relax, rejuvenate, and recharge.

Research has shown that spending time in nature can be incredibly beneficial to your physical and mental wellbeing. By taking a break from the stresses of everyday life and connecting with the natural world, you’ll emerge from our retreat feeling refreshed, revitalised, and inspired.

Don’t miss this opportunity to escape to the beauty of the Scottish wilderness and experience the transformative power of nature. Book your spot today and start your journey to wellness.

Gray Caws teaching qigong by the shore of Loch Long

Who Is this Retreat For?

  • A transformative retreat ideal for individuals seeking a rejuvenating experience and personal growth.
  • Recharge and restore energy in a nurturing environment, tailored for busy professionals in need of a revitalising experience.
  • Inspiring and innovative, this retreat is designed for entrepreneurs seeking fresh ideas and inspiration to fuel their ventures.
  • A sanctuary for reflection and rejuvenation, this retreat is perfect for driven individuals in search of balance and clarity.

What’s Included

  • Onboarding call prior to the retreat with one of your coaches
  • Transfers to and from the centre of Glasgow  (Thurs & Sun)
  • Double or single rooms with shared bathrooms
  • Small group (max 8 people)
  • All meals and accommodation
  • Daily qigong practice
  • Oxygen Advantage breathwork
  • One-day mountain hike*
  • Hot and cold therapy – outdoor sauna and loch dip
  • Forest bathing and optional trail walk/run
  • Take away a programme of simple exercises to incorporate into your everyday life

Plus Special Bonuses

  • Optimised Your Breathing Online Course (worth £295)
  • Exploring HRV Online Course (worth £295)

* Subject to weather conditions

Looking for an alternative to the traditional corporate retreat? Our company retreats offer a refreshing escape from the usual routine, providing a unique and enriching experience in nature.

Our retreats are designed to be an effective space for learning, growth, and exploration. Whether you’re seeking team-building exercises, leadership development, or a chance to recharge and refocus, our retreats provide a perfect opportunity to unleash your true potential.

With expert facilitators and stunning natural settings, we’ll guide you through a range of activities that will challenge and inspire you. From group challenges to mindfulness practices, you’ll emerge from our retreats feeling energised, focused, and inspired.

Escape the stress and monotony of the everyday and discover what you’re truly capable of. Book your spot on our next company retreat and experience the transformative power of nature.

Female practicing breathwork by Loch Long

The Venue

Ardmay House Retreat Centre, Arrochar, Scotland

Ardmay House Retreat Centre, Arrochar, Scotland

The grounds of Ardmay House Retreat Centre

Nestled amidst the breathtaking scenery of Arrochar, Scotland, Ardmay House stands as a captivating retreat sanctuary. Surrounded by majestic mountains, lush forests, and tranquil lochs, this historic estate offers a haven of serenity and natural beauty.

Steeped in rich Scottish heritage, Ardmay House boasts a timeless charm that seamlessly blends tradition with modern comforts. Its elegant architecture and meticulously manicured grounds create a captivating atmosphere that invites guests to unwind and reconnect with nature. T

he interior of the house exudes warmth and sophistication, with spacious rooms adorned with tasteful decor and luxurious furnishings. From cozy fireplaces to large windows framing sweeping vistas, every detail has been carefully curated to enhance the retreat experience.

Ardmay House is not just a place to stay; it is a destination where guests can escape the pressures of everyday life, indulge in outdoor adventures, and find solace in the tranquility of the Scottish countryside.

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A complete immersive experience

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All inclusive

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For individuals, couples, and small groups

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For all ages and fitness levels

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Special bonus courses (worth £590)

Your Investment

£1495.00 per person
or 3 monthly payments of £499

Double and single rooms all with shared bathroom facilities.

Your Coaches

Gray Caws Founders & Director of Adventures In Movement

Gray Caws

Gray believes that mental and physical health is optimised by efficient breathing, a focused mind, and body awareness.

He is a UK specialist personal trainer, running coach, and breath coach with a master certification in the Oxygen Advantage® and Buteyko methods.

Gray trained with internationally-renowned coaches Patrick McKeown (breath), Lee Holden (meditation, tai chi, and Qigong), and Danny Dreyer (ChiRunning).

Gray has the privilege of guiding the breathwork sessions on the ASICS Movement For Mind programme led by prominent mental health researcher, Dr Brendon Stubbs.

The programme launched in 2021, documented the mental wellbeing of a group of nearly 200 volunteers with remarkable results, showing that 70% of participants were more active after completing the programme.

Gray is the founder and director of Adventures In Movement.

Andrew Ritchie, Master Oxygen Advantage Coach

Andrew Ritchie

Andrew is a Master Oxygen Advantage instructor, with a specialised interest in heart rate variability. He’s also the founder of  Performance Breathworks.

Andrew has worked 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 he works with, corporates, professional and amateur sport, schools, and individuals as well as organising and leading retreats and adventure holidays.

Our specially-designed 4-day programme includes Qigong practice; Oxygen Advantage® breathwork; invigorating hot and cold therapy in our outdoor, wood-smoke saunas, and a dip in the loch; freshly-prepared nourishing meals designed and cooked by our onsite nutrition coach.

Egg salad lunch prepared by our in-house nutritionist
Margaret Ritchie – Nutrition Coach

Margaret Ritchie

Nutrition Coach

After over 20 year of managing a busy kithcen serving home-cooked food to children and adults, Margaret decided to train as a Practical Nutrition Coach with The Nutrition Coach Academy.

With a knowledge of food and diet and practical cooking skills built up over a lifetime, alongside a passion for wellness and nutrition, she wanted to help as many people as possible on their journey to better heath and wellbeing.

Margaret is a mother of two grown-up children and a grandmother to four. Complementing her interest in food, Margaret loves to grow fruit and vegetables in her garden in Arrochar.

Margaret is a member of the Complementary Medical Association.

Your Itinerary

Subject to change

Thursday

  • Pick up from Glasgow Central Station (optional at midday)
  • Light lunch
  • Welcome and introductions
  • Increasing Awareness
  • Optimal Breathing and the Principles of OA® (the science and experience)
  • Mindful Movement and Breath with Qigong Practice
  • Dinner and discussion

Friday

  • Early morning Qigong
  • Leisurely breakfast and Day 1 recap
  • Nature & The Nervous System (Exploring the Rainforest)
  • Lunch
  • The Core and Pelvic Floor: Pilates class
  • Building Resilience Through Breathwork
  • Wood-smoked outdoor sauna and loch dip
  • Supper and discussion: Biofeedback and HRV

Saturday

  • Early morning Qigong
  • Leisurely breakfast and day 2 recap
  • Nature And The Nervous System (mountain hike)
  • Lunch
  • Focus & Flow: Balancing Mind & Body
  • Sauna and loch dip
  • Supper and discussion: Better Sleep with Movement and Meditation

Sunday

  • Early morning Qigong
  • Leisurely breakfast and day 3 recap
  • Enhancing Energy: Move With Ease (walk, walk/run, run)
  • Lunch
  • Reflections & New Directions
  • 2 PM close

Beyond The Retreat

  • We offer group support for one month following your retreat
  • Exploring HRV Online Course – Group catch up with either Gray or Andrew every 6 weeks

What Our Clients Say

The coaches and the group make for a wonderful experience whether you are on the trail, during Qigong session or enjoying breakfast, there is great synergy with this group.

Pedro Sanjurjo

Co Founder, Scarab Brewing

Gray is a great and passionate teacher with different fields of expertise. He has a broad vision on breathwork and on its practical uses.
Sara Bigatti

Movement and Breath Coach