Top 4 retreat destinations for 2016

There is a saying that goes like this “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”.

Since it’s the end of the year, I thought it would be a good idea to share my belief about places to visit as a thing to put in your to-do list for next year. So many of us, create at the end of the year a planner of activities, goals, achievements to accomplish, and most of the times, we forget about a list that should be entitled “How you want to feel”.

Travel wishlist for 2016

As Danish fiction writer Peter Hoeg said “Travelling tends to magnify all human emotions”, it is worthwhile exploring your emotions and feelings in a more organized manner, and that can be achieved through visiting places you have never been before. It may not need to be in a different country or city or continent, it may very well be a different part of your own town, which you have never explored before.

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I would like to share with you my wishlist for retreats for 2016. Hopefully I will come to visit them all. And I believe some of the spots I dream of will inspire you to visit them as well.

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What I want to feel more in 2016 is calm, more balance, more peace and love overall. This can be obtained through travel, because travelling opens your eyes, makes you more aware of your surroundings, makes you more intelligent emotionally. As one of my favorite authors, that is Aldous Huxley points it out beautifully “to travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries”.

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Number 1 on my travel wishlist is Finland. There are various locations I would love to see. 

I could share them all, but it will be a very long post. I will create a separate one with my huge interest in the beautiful nature scenes this country offers. 

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Up, it is Old Town Porvoo in Finland.

Repovesi National Park in Finland
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Up, it is a beautiful sunset captured in Repovesi National Park in Finland.

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Up, it is presented a sceneray from Turku in Finland.

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My favorite season is summer, and if you did not know, in Finland, during summer, a single summer day lasts for over 2 months ! This is why Finland is called the Land of the Midnight Sun.

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If you wish to benefit from what Finnish nature offers, you can also try picking berries in the forests and enjoy wild fruits and all their nutritious health effects.

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Everyman’s right in the country’s forests guarantees that you are allowed to pick almost anything your heart and mouth desires.

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The combination of everyman’s rights and naturally grown, nutritious food transforms activities such as hiking into delicious voyages of discovery.

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The best place to enjoy the Midnight Sun is Finnish Lapland. Midsummer is the main national holiday in Finland, therefore it is one of the best places to go to festivals because of this.

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I am attracted to Finland because you can escape to lovely wilderness or country side places to relax.

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At only a very short ferry crossing away from Helsinki you can find Suomenlinna – the sea fortress. And you can travel to a very much Harry Potter looking scenes.

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The city of Savonlinna is a great place to rent a boat and go sightseeing. Olavinlinna castle is located on an island in Lake Saimaa.

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Visit Finland
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I think I would have a wonderful retreat judging by the pictures and impressions left after taking a peek at the main website.

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Number 2 wishlist reatreat for 2016 is the Bach Centre in Mount Vernon, Oxfordshire, England.

 I am currently studying the Bach Flower Therapy Remedies which rely on the fact that our physical health depends upon our way of thinking, our feelings and emotions. Good health is harmony, rhythm, when we think positively, constructively, happily. Ill-health when we think negatively, unhappily, destructively. Such is the power of thought, the power man has over his body which is, after all, only the vehicle, the car he uses on his journey through life on earth.

Dr. Edward Bach discovered 38 flower remedies and Mount Vernon is the place where he worked on these simple and straightforward remedies and there are still seminars being held and herbs and plants grown that come to life into the potions that can cure various states of the mind.

This is the place.

Mount Vernon Bach Centre

Peaceful, full of lovely colorful plants and therapeutic. A true retreat for the mind, the soul and the body.

Things to see include:

  • Dr Bach’s consulting room, mother tinctures and hand-made furniture
  • The garden, including many remedy plants
  • The shop, with a full range of remedies and books
  • The Bach Centre team
  • … and on a sunny morning in spring or summer there’s every chance you’ll see remedies being made in the garden

While you’re here take some time to explore the village. Dr Bach is buried in the village churchyard only 50 yards from the Centre, and one of his favourite pubs is still open and serves a very good lunch.

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Full details on how to book a journey there, can be found here.

Number 3: Retreats at Cornwall, UK with Tregothnan Tea

I discovered Tregothnan tea through some of my tea quests and I intend to purchase their teas in the near future. Especially because some of them come from this peaceful retreat destination.

Cornwall is the perfect spot for your ultimate Wild Escape. Part of the historic Tregothnan estate, their properties offer idyllic settings, spectacular scenery and a sense of relaxed luxury.

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Coombe Villa – Coombe, Truro, Cornwall

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Holly Cottage – Coombe, Truro, Cornwall

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Holly Cottage – Coombe, Truro, Cornwall

Old School House - Merther, Near Truro, Cornwall
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Old School House – Merther, Near Truro, Cornwall

Old School House - Merther, Near Truro, Cornwall
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Old School House – Merther, Near Truro, Cornwall

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Pencreek Cottage – Coombe, Truro, Cornwall

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Pencreek Cottage – Coombe, Truro, Cornwall

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Penjerrick Cottage – Coombe, Truro, Cornwall

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Turn-a-Penny Cottage – Coombe, Truro, Cornwall

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Turn-a-Penny Cottage – Coombe, Truro, Cornwall

What I love about it, is that you have a good variety to choose from which retreat villas or cottages or places you are mostly interested in.

You can even choose an unique place like this:

The Tregothnan Shepherds Hut
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The Tregothnan Shepherds Hut

Within this bespoke craftsman-built shelter is a romantic bed alcove with a sofa/double bed, kitchen and dining area along with your own private bathroom hut & outside space including off road car parking.

With Tregothnan Holidays you can also choose a hamper and other experiences such as floristry, school bee visits or tea school masterclass.

There are monthly garden tours that you can book:

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And you can also delight your senses and bring peace inside your mind with a private garden visit:

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For all holidays check the prices, pictures and even videos on the main website.

Number 4 – La Gacilly, Brittany, France

I discovered this through one of my favorite brands of beauty products that are made with organic ingredients gathered from the plants which are organically grown there.

The company created an Eco-Hotel Spa in La Gacilly that has a relaxation room, a wellness center, a pool with a view to the countryside and of course, a gourmet restaurant.

From the pictures La Gacilly looks so beautiful and cute.

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The Eco Hotel created by the brand I mentioned is named La Gree de Landes and the images are simply peaceful. I can only image how staying there can bring you calm and create an unique atmosphere for relaxation.

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The brand to which I owe finding the luxurious peaceful destination is called Yves Rocher and Yves Rocher is the one creating the Eco Hotel La Gree des Landes.

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More than 1100 species of plants are gathered at the Botanical gardens of Yves Rocher, La Gacilly, France
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These would be my top 4 destinations for travel for 2016 and I honestly hope you will find it meaningful and peaceful as well. Which of the above is your preferred retreat destination ?

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2 Comments

  1. Jess

    The Finland place seems really great! It looks so diffferent of what I use to know. My favorite is the Tregothnan Shepherds Hut, the park with these pink flowers,wow ! Stunning.
    I wish you to go to these beautiful places in 2016 🙂

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