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Find Your Balance + Get Your Glo – Escape the City

Are you ready to awaken your senses, revitalize your body and energize your soul?

Escape the craziness of everyday life on an island adventure on the beautiful Isle of Wight this November. Retreat in luxury sea view accommodation with like minded people and enjoy daily fitness sessions, yoga, foodie workshops, delicious nourishing food and explore the great outdoors to see what the island has to offer.

Did you know that studies have found that waking up to sea views has a positive effect on mental wellbeing? You can do just that this November when you wake up to the beautiful sea views from the luxury retreat accommodation across the Needles and all the way to Hurst Castle. Each room has views across the Solent and a stunning glass fronted fitness and living space makes for absolutely epic sunset views. Not only that, but mix in yoga, fitness sessions, local vegan island produce and time to explore the great outdoors you’ll walk away from these few days with that inner and outer glow.

Meet Yoga Teacher Jenny and Fitness Instructor Evelyn, both relatively new ‘Islanders’, who have bonded through sharing their seemingly ‘polar’ practices – yoga and strength training (as well as their love of brunch!); early on they realised the benefits that each practice could deliver and how they in fact complemented each other. Out of their love for different disciplines grew the name ‘Balance + Glo Wellness Retreats’ – the exciting opportunity to offer people a balanced approach to fitness, food and wellbeing plus make the most of what the island has to offer in terms of activities and showcasing local produce and businesses.

As the days get colder and darker everyone needs a little motivation to get going and there isn’t a better time or way to encourage this. Imagine a candlelit yoga session complete with underfloor heating, then nourishing the body with delicious food and getting cozy in the snug, taking time to relax. The next day take a fitness session with Evelyn and a guided winter walk along the coast before settling down to a warming delicious and nutritious meal.

Sounding good?!  Maybe it’s a pre Christmas treat to yourself or a loved one!

Prices from £425 including 3 nights luxury accommodation, all food, fitness, yoga and lots more.
The first retreat runs Friday 23rd November – Monday 26th November 2018.

All the information on what to expect is here:

Follow on Instagram: @balanceandglo @jennystewartyoga @evelynhichenstraining

Jenny Stewart:
Jenny has been practising yoga for over 10 years and is a qualified +200 hr Yoga Alliance teacher with experience in hatha, vinyasa and hot yoga. Jenny believes that yoga adds a little bit of magic to your life and as part of a balanced lifestyle yoga can contribute to you living well and being happy.

Evelyn Hichens:
Evelyn is CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, 1-2-1, and group fitness coach. She loves to lift weights and challenge her body in new ways. She is known for her love of fancy legging (the brighter the better), and porridge (it’s all about the toppings!). If you can’t find Evelyn at the gym, she is often in the kitchen creating new recipes.

For more info please contact Jenny and Evelyn at or

Words & Pictures: Supplied


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