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New Spring yoga and wild swimming retreat in the Lake District

Zest Life launches a luxury, Spring retreat focusing on yoga and mindful wild swimming.

The Zest Life Yoga and Wild Swimming Retreat promises guided swims in amazing swimming locations in the Lake District as well as daily yoga sessions and tasty, wholesome meals.

“Have you ever dreamed of gazing out of your bedroom window to a stunning lake and knowing you can swim any time day or night? If so then this is the ultimate UK-based yoga and wild swimming retreat for you,” says Zest Life founder and yoga teacher Laura Bell.

The retreat is based in the luxurious surroundings of Silverholme, a Georgian manor house and gardens on the banks of Windermere, England’s largest lake.

“Zest Life have been carefully curating our retreat experiences since 2000 and have created an unmissable experience,” says Laura Bell. Her yoga sessions in the manor house’s dedicated yoga space promise vinyasa flow-based sequences and calming relaxations to rejuvenate the body and focus the mind.

The guided swims on the retreat focus on dips not distance and the experience of swimming outdoors in some of the UK’s most stunning scenery. The swims are led by open water coaches and swim guides Jonathan Cowie, Vicki McCreadie and Gilly McArthur.

“The wild swimming experience at the retreat is designed to be an extension of your yoga practice, focusing on your wellbeing and exploring the benefits of swimming outdoors in cool water,” says swim leader and Outdoor Swimmer contributing editor Jonathan Cowie. “Take the opportunity to find your place in the beautiful landscape of the Lake District, connect with your fellow guests and reconnect with yourself.”

The Spring retreats run from 26-29 April for three nights and 29 April-3 May for four nights. Prices start at £944 per person sharing ensuite twin room. Save £50 with the code DUNK50 at

Booking is also open for Autumn retreats in September/October

Photos: Jumpy James

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