2017 Soul Spa Breaks

Courage, dear heart {C.S. Lewis}

The location for our 2017 soul spas is the beautiful Scottish island Arran. Often called “Scotland in Miniature”, Arran combines a variety of different landscapes in one smallish island. The so-called Highland fault line, which runs right through the middle, divides the mountainous northend from the lush pastures of the southend.

Our accommodation, the luxurious Big Beach House, is right on the beach in Whiting Bay. Needless to say the views are stunning….and you would be tempted to just sit and look out the window if there weren’t so many other tempting things on offer…..

2017 breaks in a nutshell

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Summer Soul Spa

Treat yourself to this summer short break with beach walks, tour of the island and picnic lunch at the standing stones of Machrie Moor.

Dates: 11 – 14 July 2017
Location: Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran, Scotland

See some photos and guest comments here…

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Autumn Light

Autumn is often the most stable season in Scotland weather-wise. The autumn colours or watching the sunrise from Whiting Bay are hard to beat. And we’ll have an enjoyable time in any weather…

Dates: 1 – 7 October 2017
Location: Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran, Scotland

Booking for this Soul Spa closed 1 August.

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Winter Glow

No matter if it’s the first, second or further-down-the-line Christmas of your new normal – chances are you’ll be dreading it. This Soul Spa is designed to help you a bit to prepare for the weeks that can be so difficult. Think sitting by the fire with a blanket and a mug of hot chocolate…reading, chatting or just out onto the sea….

Dates: 10 – 16 December 2017
Location: Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran, Scotland

This Soul Spa is now closed for bookings.

On the topic of surviving the festive season after the big loss you may also want to check out this blog post.

If you feel more comfortable bringing a close person with you (e.g. sister, friend, adult child), you can do that and they’ll get 50% of the price if you share a twin room.

Prices include luxury accommodation; all meals, snacks and beverages (coffee, teas, hot chocolate, fruit juices, freshly made smoothies, welcome prosecco and wine with evening meals); minibus and ferry transport during the stay when travelling as a group; organised walks; some guided meditations; Fire & Rain journal; art materials; use of support resources and library; a few little surprises. (Flights to Scotland and transport to island are not included).

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What to expect

With nature and feelgood surroundings acting as therapists, these re-treat holidays remind us that life is worth living to the full – even and especially after a great loss.

Programme ingredients

It’s up to you how you want to spend your days, but we will have inspiring things lined up every day. Don’t worry…even if you want to enjoy all of them there’s still plenty free time to drift and unwind.

Hiking – walking allows us to really see, feel and smell the stunning environments in Arran. The group will venture out to explore coastal paths and moorland hills. Walks average 1-3 hours.

Island tour – on a guided tour round the island we’ll visit ancient sites such as the dramatic standing stones at Machrie Moor and King’s Cave with its Pictish engravings. Weather allowing, we will also arrange a trip to Holy Isle in Lamlash Bay, which is home to a Buddhist retreat centre (closed to visitors in the winter).

Yoga practice – yoga has helped us on our own journeys and the soul spa location is ideal for some mindful exercise. We may occasionally invite a qualified yoga teacher along, but usually this will be joint or individual yoga practice supported by a video rather than an instructed class with on-site teacher. Mats and a large selection of videos of all lengths and types will be available.

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 beach alone offers beautiful materials, and we’ll bring along others so you can create memory objects and more. We’ve quite a few tasty surprises in store for you to get your creative juices flowing.

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’ll provide some simple tools and exercises, including guided meditation, 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.

Accommodation

Our accommodation in Arran is the Big Beach House in Whiting Bay. As the name suggests it sits right on the beach, across from Holy Isle. On our search for the best Fire & Rain venues we fell in love with the Big Beach House right away. This luxury self-catering property has 9 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, two kitchens and two cosy living rooms with woodburning stoves. Most of the headboards were hand-made from driftwood by a local artist.

Catering

I was tempted to cover food and drink at the beginning of this section as it is sooo important (to me anyway…). We may have the occasional meal out but most meals will be freshly prepared in-house by Alison or Lesley. The focus is on delicious as well as healthy, with high quality ingredients, where possible organic and locally sourced. The range of food includes some things you wouldn’t find in your standard hotel menu – such as freshly baked waffles with quark and fresh berries for breakfast. Oh, and of course I need to mention cake!

Ute will compose some extra special smoothies for you and we’ll definitely bring a supply of caliente (really thick hot chocolate with chilli) for you to enjoy by the fire. Good coffee and a selection of black and herbal teas, as well as soft drinks will be available throughout. You can also help yourself to wine and prosecco (in moderation). Enjoyment is good for you. We will, of course, respect and accommodate any food intolerances and dietary preferences as much as we can (info to be provided at the time of booking).

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.

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