Stepping out of your comfort zone, mentally and physically, is big news; think less lying by the pool with a pina colada, more running six miles a day up a mountain.
Since the pandemic Run Wild Retreats has seen a rise in customers wanting holidays that push them psychologically and physically, according to CEO Elinor Fish, who offers 25 mindful running retreats a year including a new one to Bhutan in 2023. Perhaps the ultimate reliance retreat is The Spartan Spirit of Adventure programme at award-winning new retreat Euphoria in Greece.
Designed to ‘celebrate your inner resilience in the style of warrior ancestors’ it takes inspiration from the ancient city of Sparta where the retreat is based, meaning you’ll be channeling your inner Spartan – though this is less fight to the death, more pushing your limits running, cycling, rock climbing and hiking to gain self-confidence, overcome challenges and reconnect with yourself and nature.
Three-day Spartan Spirit of Adventure Retreat, half-board, including accommodation, activities and ten treatments such as an infrared sauna session, from £981pp; euphoriaretreat. com .