In recent years wellness and mindfulness have become synonymous with social media braggability, but the quest for wellness was being pursued the world over long before we started Instagramming our dinners and downwards dogs. Whatever your motive - be it physical, mental, or spiritual - and however hard you want to push yourself, the extended nature of a sabbatical allows you to curate a trip to achieve those goals.
There's nowhere quite like the so-called Land of the Long White
Cloud to rediscover the joy of physical wellness. With ten
aptly-named Great Walks to tick off (and on a sabbatical you'll
actually have time to do them all), drawing in lungfuls of
good-old-fashioned fresh air and increasing your daily step count
is easily achieved, not to mention fun. It also helps that the
scenery is famously epic and that fresh, seasonal produce (yes,
that does include the wine) is available in abundance.
Sweet Solitude in Namibia
Sit in total solitude (with your favourite tipple for company)
under a stunning canopy of stars in the Namib Rand International
Dark Sky Reserve and you'll almost feel the stress leaving your
body. To really complete the tranquillity treatment (however long
that takes for you) and continue the feeling of calm, enjoy a
customised menu of massages and yoga classes and test your legs on
several nature walks across this vast desert, the scale of which
helps put even the biggest issues into perspective.
So you've been practising yoga for years and always dreamed of
learning to lead your own class? Forget your dingy local gym and
instead head to Santa Teresa Beach in Costa Rica. Over the course
of three weeks you'll learn practical instructor techniques, deepen
your physical awareness and collaborate with your fellow students
to inspire and encourage each other. While there, make the most of
your stunning surroundings with fun surf lessons, challenging
rainforest hikes and plenty of sun-kissed R&R.
Meditation and Mountains In Bhutan
Simply spending time soaking up the atmosphere in a country
whose government measures Gross National Happiness should help
improve mental wellbeing. Factor in the numerous Himalayan mountain
treks and other outdoor adventures on offer here and you've got
physical wellness covered too. And for the ultimate trifactor, add
on some time learning traditional meditation techniques. We can
arrange for you to join a group of devout Vajrayana Buddhists in
one of the country's many ornate dzongs (fortresses).