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The rise of the spa retreats that help you upskill as well as unwind

Rocket your relationships 

A few days with clinical therapist Sarah Tilley may be the equivalent of years of counselling – and so much more fun. Her bespoke private “couple consciousness” and group therapy retreats take place in the UK and the Netherlands, with more hot spots to follow. Couples learn how to communicate with openness and honesty, take lessons in “erotic intelligence” and learn how to create their own “erotic map”. All packages are adapted to the participants, but her website includes everything from weekly therapy sessions for £630 a month to a three-month programme including three private one-day retreats for £4,500 (beautifulspace.uk).

Break old bad habits 

The award-winning north Devon-based health and wellness retreat Yeotown has opened a second venue in a 16th-century farmhouse on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Enjoy incredible coastal and mountain hiking, daily sunrise yoga, “breath and movement” at sunset, fitness sessions, meditation, healthy cooking workshops, nutritional talks, “bio-hacking” discussions, swimming (both ocean and pool) and muscle-melting daily massages. The five-day signature wellness programme starts at £2,500 per person, excluding flights (yeotown.com)

Power up your potential in a weekend

Two renowned practitioners with 65 years of expertise between them have joined forces to offer a transformational two-day retreat on 3-5 December in a beautiful Georgian rectory in Somerset. ‘Realising and Releasing the Power & Potential of the Mind’ is co-hosted by Britain’s trailblazing retreat leader psychotherapist and founder of The Arrigo Programme, Fiona Arrigo – who brings together the best in body and breathwork, healing treatments and talk therapy – and Cornelius O’Shaughnessy Cornelius who has studied the mind, meditation and Eastern philosophy for more than 25 years and has a knack of making the route to enlightenment and self-realisation not just feasible, but fun. (From £1,520 per person thearrigoprogramme.com). 

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