Self-care and inspiration retreat on the Isle of Bute, Scotland
14-19 October 2023 (fully booked)
Take out some time for yourself to spend with like-hearted people on a beautiful Scottish island. The Isle of Bute is an easily accessible island off the West Coast of Scotland, with stunning beaches and gems worth visiting.
As are all of our soul spas, this retreat is about self-care and re-treating yourself. A safe space to just be, without being judged.
Yoga, walks, delicious food and drink, excursions, creative writing and lots of other creative things are on offer – whenever you feel like it and there’s absolutely no pressure to join in. Think strolling along a beach, some feel-good yoga, collecting shells, writing your grief, maybe some painting, and much more.
- 5 nights in luxury accommodation (en-suite)
- All meals – freshly made and where possible from local seasonal ingredients
- Snacks and beverages (coffee, teas, hot chocolate, fruit juices, wine with evening meals)
- Morning yoga sessions
- Wind down relaxation sessions
- Reflection circles
- Creative activities
- Private tour at Mount Stuart house
- Fire & Rain journal
- Materials for creative activities
- Access to support resources and library
- Small group (max. 7 guests)
- A few little surprises
Price per person: GBP 1890 for single occupancy of a double/twin room
Not included: Travel to/from the retreat venue. Alcoholic drinks other than wine with evening meals.
We strongly recommend you take out personal travel insurance. We offer complimentary pick-up from/ drop-off at the ferry terminal in Rothesay.
Location & accommodation
Beautiful Bute is one of the most accessible Scottish islands, just a short ferry ride across the Firth of Clyde. The island has a rare blend of worldliness and wilderness. Its most famous attraction is the stately home Mount Stuart, which we will visit for a private tour. The spectacular Gothic house was the ancestral home of the Marquess of Bute and is known for its magnificent Victorian Gothic architecture and design together with contemporary craftsmanship. Bute also has several beautiful beaches.
Our retreat venue is located in Rothesay and overlooks the Firth of Clyde. The house is comfortably furnished and with original features, there is plenty of space for gathering and creating, and also private areas for relaxing! All rooms are en-suite.
Bute is just a short ferry ride from Wemyss Bay on the mainland – for information on how to get to there please check out the practicalities pages.
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“I was nervous about coming – but I didn’t need to be. It has been a great and positive experience. I’m leaving the Soul Spa feeling stronger and, for the first time since losing Simon, I am thinking about my future.”
Feelgood programme full of tasty treats
Enjoying and being in the here and now, with all this brings along, are at the core of all Soul Spas. Everything in the programme is optional – you can do your own thing or join in as you like:
Hiking & exploring – walking allows us to really see, feel and smell the stunning environments of this coastal area. The group will venture out to explore nearby surroundings – on foot or minibus, depending on the distance. One of the highlights will be a private tour of the amazing Mount Stuart House.
Reflection and mindfulness – mindfulness is a kind way of being in the here and now. The advice grieving people often get is to just take one day at a time. And it makes sense. But sometimes you can only bear looking at one hour at a time, or even one minute. Mindfulness and living in the moment isn’t a complicated science but very simple, really. We will offer some simple tools and exercises to help you lean into this approach to living. We’ll also bring along our library of books and resources for you to rummage around in.
Yoga – yoga has helped us on our own journeys and the soul spa location is ideal for some mindful exercise. Join us on the mat in the mornings when Lindsey, a highly qualified and very experienced yoga teacher, will guide us through feelgood moves to wake up the body. Mats and blankets will be available. None of the sessions require previous experience and you don’t have to be particularly flexible or anything.
Creative writing & other creative stuff – you don’t need to be an artist and even if you think you have no creative bone in your body we can guarantee that you’ll be enjoying some or all of the creative activities we’ve built into the break. The beaches alone offer beautiful materials, and we’ll bring along others so you can create memory objects and more. We’ll do a bit of creative writing and there are some other tasty surprises in store for you to get your creative juices flowing.
Very importantly, there will be plenty time to relax and drift….
The little things
Fire & Rain soul spas have been planned and designed with much attention to detail to make everything as enjoyable as possible for our guests. We keep adding things and ideas whenever we come across something inspiring or useful, such as a journal to scribble down your thoughts and notes during your stay. And you don’t have to worry if you’ve forgotten our toothbrush or body lotion. Our hospitality basket will be filled with useful things, just in case.