Peace and quiet…
Tranquillity, calm, serene – not normally words you’d associate with a school! Yet out of term time school grounds can provide a remarkable oasis of calm in the middle of countryside – ideal for wellness, yoga, meditation and spiritual retreats. Exclusive hire of a school also ensures that nothing disturbs the peace and quiet, not even a lawn mower!
Schools are designed to create an atmosphere conducive to learning, so they are the perfect venue for course participants to learn, and develop new skills. In the calm and unhurried atmosphere of a school empty of pupils, every room can be used to its best advantage, from Pilates in a sunlit dance studio to yoga on immaculate lawns.
Classrooms provide all the modern teaching equipment required for courses leading to lifestyle medicine qualifications courses, including in-depth tuition for skills such as acupuncture, massage or beauty therapies.
Healthy eating on retreat
A key element of any wellbeing or health retreat is the food! Many schools employ excellent and experienced chefs able to create delicious food to fit almost any dietary requirements. School kitchens are well equipped and with plenty of storage space for fresh produce. They have the capacity of providing healthy, nutritious and fresh meals for both large and small groups of participants, on time, and as often as required. Schools based in rural locations will often have good relations with local producers and artisan suppliers for both organic and seasonal produce.
Artistic retreats in schools
Many schools are already hired for a week or two for artistic summer schools, including singing, choirs, orchestral music, dance, and drama. Schools can also provide specialist equipment and locations for creative arts courses such as pottery, sculpture, creative writing and landscape painting.
Private, en-suite accommodation
For residential retreats, school boarding house accommodation provides comfortable, en-suite accommodation onsite for participants, keeping the feeling of exclusion from worldly stresses. Private and independent schools attract pupils who expect the best, and their onsite accommodation reflect this. Most school boarding houses are smarter, more comfortable and considerably better equipped than most residential conference centres, with additional benefits such as kitchen areas, relaxing common rooms and free WIFI!
A relaxing atmosphere for all to enjoy
Many retreats and summer schools are held in smaller venues, which can make it difficult for participants to find a space to call their own for five minutes. The diverse areas of school grounds ensure that everyone can find a quiet spot to sit and relax, be it under a tree in the grounds, a cosy corner of a common room, or with a cup of (green) tea on the terrace.
If your retreat has outgrown its current venue, or you’re looking to set up a new retreat with particular requirements, call us here at Beautiful Schools on 020 3286 5038 or fill our enquiry form. We specialise in finding the idea school venue for discerning clients, and ensuring the location, facilities and service is just right for you and your clients.
How relaxing is that!