Nature Nurture ~ Mindfulness Soul Spa



When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. {Barbara Bloom}

Mindfulness Soul Spa 9-14 June 2019 in Lower Largo, East Coast of Scotland


  • 5 nights in luxury accommodation close to the beach
  • All meals – freshly made and where possible from local seasonal ingredients
  • Snacks and beverages (coffee, teas, hot chocolate, fruit juices, freshly made smoothies, wine with evening meal)
  • Coastal walks & mindful moves
  • 5 and a half day mindfulness course led by Dr Avinash Bansode, consisting of daily mindfulness meditation, exercises and teachings
  • Creative activities
  • Fire & Rain journal
  • Materials for creative activities
  • Access to support resources and library
  • A few little surprises

Price per person: GBP 1390 (twin room, 2 sharing) / GBP 1640 (double room for single occupancy)

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We are delighted to work with Dr Avinash Bansode on this retreat whose particular passion is teaching a kind and mindful approach to living. You can find out more on Avinash here. He defines mindfulness as a kind way of being in the here and now. This means being kind to others, all creatures and the planet, but also and especially to yourself. Self care is such an important part of the healing process and you don’t need to have a background in mindfulness, Buddhism or meditation to benefit from this retreat. The teachings and exercises will help you move forward through your experience of loss while enjoying beautiful nature, creativity, inspiring company and great food.

Location & accommodation

Our venue Cardy Net House is right on the beach in the picturesque village Lower Largo in the East Neuk of Fife on the Scottish East Coast. It’s just 20 minutes from St Andrews and Anstruther, and you can walk along the Fife Coastal Path and explore the fishing villages of Elie, St Monan’s, Pittenweem and many more stunning places on the Fife coast. Lower Largo is just over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh Airport and for information on how to get to there please check out the practicalities pages.

The venue, Cardy Net House, is a stunning modern seaside holiday home, set within a beautiful secluded private garden overlooking the sea. It used to be a factory to make nets for the herring industry and was built in 1867 by David Gillies, a descendant of Alexander Selkirk who spent 5 years as a castaway on a Pacific Island and became the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s ‘Robinson Crusoe’.

The current owners have reopened the factory for the first time in 120 years, retaining the large bright open qualities. The house opens directly onto a timber deck terrace, with fantastic views overlooking the beach and sea beyond, and beautiful private gardens to the side. It has a large central living space with an open fire and a grand piano,

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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. As usual, everything in the programme is optional – you can do your own thing or join in as you like:

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 villages. Walks average 1-3 hours.

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. Avinash will offer talks, and 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.

Yoga & mindful moves – yoga has helped us on our own journeys and the soul spa location is ideal for some mindful exercise. In addition to the daily mindful moves led by Avinash, Sarah (yoga & creative writing teacher) will join us for a day of yoga and creative writing. 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 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.

A daily schedule may be:

  • Mindfulness moves and morning meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Mindfulness teaching
  • Walk along the beach (and picnic weather allowing)
  • Coffee/ tea & cake, followed by free time
  • Dinner
  • Reflect / relax / chat

There will be plenty time to relax and drift, and every day has some creative ideas and activities built in.


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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