Did you know that moving home is officially one of the most stressful experiences you’ll encounter in life?
Here at Harding Laity, we do everything we can to make the process painless for our sellers and buyers, but unfortunately, we can’t take the stress of moving house away completely. It’s right up there with having a child, changing jobs or getting married!
So, if you’ve been engaged in the property market recently you might be in need of some R&R. We’ve compiled some helpful ideas for mindful moments and wonderful wellbeing experiences here in Cornwall, so take a deep breath and read on…
Best For Nature Lovers
Immersing yourself in a mindful exploration of a beautiful forest could be the ultimate tonic for the stresses and strains of our modern lives.
The concept was given an official game in Japan in the 1980s when studies showed that two hours spent quietly in the company of trees led to reduced blood pressure, lower stress levels and improved concentration and memory.
To try forest bathing in Cornwall head to quiet spots rather than popular dog walking or cycling routes – try to avoid anywhere with man-made structures or where you can hear the sound of traffic. A few possibilities are Trevaylor Woods near Penzance, Kennall Vale near Redruth, and Golitha Falls near Fowey.
To find out more, visit “a beginners guide to forest bathing” by the National Trust.
Best For Spa Lovers
If you really need to get away from it all, this luxurious grown-up retreat is the ultimate spa break on your doorstep here in Cornwall.
The Scarlet at Mawgan Porth has world-class spa facilities, and every aspect of the hotel has been designed to lift the spirits and reconnect guests to nature – and each other.
Whether you opt for a spa day experience or stay a few nights, there are packages available to suit everyone.
Enjoy floating in the peaceful indoor pool, or diving into reed-filtered water outdoors. Hot tubs overlooking the ocean are the perfect place to indulge in a glass of bubbles. The hotel also runs an extensive programme of yoga classes for guests.
To find out more, visit Wellbeing Escapes at The Scarlet.
Best For Wordsmiths
One way to recover from the stress of moving house might be to put pen to paper. When was the last time you wrote for pleasure? This is the question posed by Emily Wheeler, who runs creative writing sessions in Falmouth designed to encourage people to relax and reflect.
Being creative with words can be just as fulfilling and nurturing as other forms of artistic expression, and these classes are a good way to connect with others in Cornwall who share your love of words.
Emily’s sessions take place at the Stranger Collective office on Killigrew Street and open-air sessions are planned for various locations around the town from spring onwards.
To find out more, visit Emily Wheeler Writing.
Best For Art-Lovers
If picking up a paintbrush is your creative outlet, what better place to nurture this impulse than the St Ives School of Painting?
For over 80 years this school has been an important part of the famous artistic heritage of St Ives, teaching a diverse and highly-regarded programme of courses from inspirational surroundings at Porthmeor Studios overlooking the beach.
From life drawing sessions to courses on specific techniques or movements stretching over several days, the course schedule offers something for everyone.
To find out more, view the St Ives School of Painting course calendar.
Best For Fitness Lovers
Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats claim “there is no muscle that will not used” at their weekend fitness retreats at Watergate Bay. The programme includes circuit training on the beach, runs and hikes along the coastal path, sea swims and boxercise.
This may sound intense, but the team say all fitness levels are welcome, and there is also plenty of time to restore tired muscles in the spa, tuck into nourishing food and chat to you fellow boot-campers.
The accommodation isn’t too shabby either; Watergate Bay is spectacularly situated, with sea views around every corner and an alluring selection of bars and restaurants where you can enjoy the best of Cornwall’s famously good food and drink.
To find out more, visit Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats.
Best For Foodies
Fat Hen Wild Food Cookery School, which is based in West Cornwall, runs courses offering a variety of foraging experiences which include varying degrees of cooking and eating too.
This is a great way of getting outdoors, meeting people, learning new skills and indulging in some tasty food along the way.
If you only have a day to spare, look out for Forage & Feast Days which involve a hands-on foraging session followed by a delicious meal featuring foraged ingredients at either The Gurnard’s Head or The Old Coastguard.
If you have fewer time constraints, Fat Hen host several Gourmet Wild Food Weekends every year. Aimed at ‘serious foodies’, these weekends provide an in-depth insight into the practice of foraging, lots of time in the kitchen, and even more time sharing good food and wine around a convivial communal table.
To find out more, visit Fat Hen.
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