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Monday 13 October 2008
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Well-being holidays: 13 October

Retreats, holistic holidays, spa and life-coaching breaks – there are many names for the rapidly growing phenomenon known as the "well-being holiday".

We find out why the idea of a holiday that's both a mental and spiritual restorative – as well as a physical break from work – has become so popular. Alain de Botton, author of The Art of Travel, offers some possible explanations.

We have a report from listener Kevin Osborne on a life coaching holiday in the Picos mountains of northern Spain, and from participants of a therapeutic singing weekend in Somerset.

Dr Susan Horsewood-Lee, an expert on spa therapies, tells us what we can really expect from holiday treatments and programmes of de-tox.

Caroline Sylger-Jones, author of Body and Soul Escapes, is in the studio to share her expertise.

Our studio expert Caroline Sylger-Jones mentioned Reclaim Your Self for weekend workshops; Jiva Healing, who offer detox and yoga retreats; Wildfitness holidays, who use the natural environment to stimulate vigour and vitality; Tilton House, who run a Georgian country house retreat for contemplation and calm; and Yoga and Sound, who offer retreats in Marrakech, Provence and Somerset.

Spa holidays mentioned included Adler-Thermae in Tuscany; Monart House in Ireland; and Canyon Ranch resorts in the US.

Lucy Horn attended a journeying retreat in Ammerdown, Somerset.

Kevin Osborne went on a life coaching holiday with The Big Stretch in Northern Spain.

Further reading:

Caroline Sylger-Jones’s new book, Body and Soul Escapes, Britain and Ireland is out in November, published by Footprint Handbooks.

Wild Swimming is by Kate Rew and Dominick Tyler, published by Guardian Newspapers Ltd.

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