Join us on an adventure to the Isle of Mingulay, a beautiful uninhabited island sitting south of Barra. The trip there is an hour long on a comfortable boat with both inside and outside seating. It is not uncommon to spot dolphins, whales, basking sharks and eagles on the way.
We will then be hosting a paddle boarding session in the crystal clear water with our experienced guide. There is a large seal colony on the Island who are always very nosey and friendly.
A relaxing picnic lunch will follow on the white sandy beach. Sure to hit the right spot, full of homemade, local produce to give you a boost, ready for your adventure ahead.
You will then have the opportunity to explore the island at your own pace. You can walk up to the sea cliffs and puffin burrows. Learn about the history of the island by visiting the remains of the village which include a church and school house abandoned in 1912.
We will then head back to the boat and round to the west side of the island. Here we will see some of the highest sea cliffs in the UK teaming with all kinds of sea birds. If the sea is calm we will sail through the natural arch, truly a spectacular sight.
Leading our yoga classes during your stay will be local yoga teacher Sheila MacDonald. Sheila has been teaching in the Uists for the past 9 years offering community classes, retreat days and stays at The Wee Haven in Benbecula. She describes her style of teaching as warm, welcoming, and down to earth.
Morning yoga practice in the Lodge garden will aim to warm, open, and energise the body - setting you up for the day ahead. Evening practice will offer delicious slow paced, yin, restorative and yoga nidra sessions - a chance to slow down, rest and be still.
"Having completed my initial teacher training with Brenda Louw in 2013, I teach very much from the heart, having found for myself the benefits of yoga not just to stretch and strengthen the body but also as an opportunity to rebalance body and mind. My hope is to share the joy of yoga and reconnect with that quiet space, deep within that we all need to get back to from time to time. I look forward to being able to share time with you and to help you find some stillness, in wonderful surroundings, in the special space that is the Uists."
Local open water coach, Norma, will provide two guided swims in stunning locations.
Renowned for its healing benefits, these cold water swims will make the perfect addition to the wellbeing retreat.
An STA Level 2 Swim Coach & Teacher with a background in competitive swimming as a teen, Norma runs Immerse Hebrides with her husband Neil (skipper) and has a team of open water coaches and lifeguards to offer wild swimming retreats, sea swimming safety, day tours to uninhabited islands and technique coaching.
Norma has swam the Little Minch as a relay and completed the length of Coniston (5.25 miles) twice amongst other local long-distance coastal and freshwater swims.
She is also an RYA Powerboat Level 2 operator, trained in SUP rescue and safety and has Outdoor First Aid.
She loves nothing more than sharing the joy and benefits of cold water safely.