Neal's Yard Holidays – The original specialist for yoga retreats and wellness holidays, established in 1991.
FAREWELL NEWS: The Coronavirus has affected us all and so we've decided to stop trading from the end of June 2020.
However, the website will remain up and running along with our social media until around February 2021.
Enquiries for live-stream classes and future retreats can still be made directly with the providers (select your retreat and see their contact details at the top of their full-page).
Nearly 30 years ago we opened the doors to the world of personal development and holistic holidays, before websites, emails and social media were around. We were pioneering, the UK's original specialist in yoga and wellbeing courses and retreats.
It’s been a pleasure and an honour to have touched the lives of so many, and to assist in finding the right retreat for the particular needs of each person. We have a sense of fulfilment that our ethical commitment was appreciated. Many of you have become our trusted customers – returning to enjoy the transforming and rejuvenating retreats. We offer our heartfelt thanks for your custom. We'll miss you.
We also thank our partners, the many holiday providers who have offered such a wonderful variety of life-enhancing, healing and invigorating holidays with such dedication. It has been a pleasure working with you over the years. We trust that we can help you by providing the website features for free for several months to come. We trust that you can ride the current and adapt to the changing times.
For us, we have a sense of completion and are moving on to new ventures.
Remember, you can still join live online classes and enquire about future retreats via the Neal's Yard Holidays website until February 2021.
We wish you all the best.
Stay well and healthy,
Ulrike and team, Carol, Denny, Diana, Gus, Hanna, Hristo, James, Jo, Josefine, Judith, Michael, Pippa, Rada and Sarah
THANK YOU TO THE TEAM: I would like to thank the wonderful team for their dedication over the years, their diligence and their sizeable contribution, their wit, humour and light touch, their intelligence, knowledge and wisdom, and their continued support. I could not have done it without you. With heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation, Ulrike
RESPONSES TO OUR FAREWELL NEWS
FROM HOLIDAY PROVIDER:
Your departure is as thoughtful and well organised as the work you have done for us (and who knows how many others) since we started in 1993.
It seems that you have managed to arrange a clean, smooth withdrawal and on a positive note - quite a feat in the current circumstances! All things must pass but of course, it's also the case that new things are always starting and emerging.
You have done a great job, combining professional efficiency with warmth and excellent relationships. I imagine - and hope - that you will have every success in whatever you do next. Meanwhile, very many thanks for all you have done for us - and perhaps we shall be hearing more from you?
All good wishes and lots of love,
Director of Cortijo Romero
Dear Ulrike and all at Neal's Yard,
This is SUCH sad news.
You were right up there with 'most trusted traders'.
I've only used your services a couple of times (for Sri Lanka) but gave you 5* each time - in a world of increasingly mediocre service you were a beacon of light.
Good luck for the future,
In case you receive this, your news has made me so sad - corona should NOT be impacting the businesses that spread the light. And you most certainly do that! I've been on your list since around 2000, and you were always the resource that I knew to trust when it came to yoga and wellness.
I really hope that your reorientation proves positive and perhaps that you will be back with an equally inspiring, uplifting and authentic service once the world settles into its new 'normal'.
I wish you love and blessings for your journeys, and thank you deeply for all you did over the years,
Dear Ulrike and team
I am so very sorry to read that you are going to stop trading - it's been a long time and I have known you from the earliest days and watched the business grow and develop.
You have provided a wonderful service for so many people and for so long.
I would like to thank you all and wish you all the very best for the future. I will miss Neals's Yard Holidays very much.
Thank you again for providing such a brilliant venture for people to explore the world and themselves... you will have enhanced so many lives!
Good luck and enjoy whatever it is you choose to do next.
With love and gratitude
Louise Ely xxx
I’m really sorry that your agency is closing. Your valuable and unique service will be missed by many. Speaking personally, I enjoyed attending your Taster evenings at Neal’s Yard over several years and learned much of benefit.
It’s sad when such good things must come to an end. But: "the pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails” (William Arthur Ward). So I’m glad you have other ventures in mind and wish you every success with them.
Do please keep me on your e-mail list for any updates.
Hi Ulrike and the team,
I've only been on one holiday with you but whenever I feel the need to escape/rejuvenate I come back to your website even just for browsing, it makes me happy and takes me away to wherever I want to be.
It's not enough to just say thank you but I don't know what else to say!
Good luck with whatever comes next for all of you, I'm sure we will hear/see some other beautiful way of existing soon.
All the very best to you,
Blessings, yes you will be missed too.
Love the tone of giving and generosity in your departure - the way to go.
Mary F. xx
Oh, I am so sorry to hear this, I had one of the best holidays of my life with you in Sri Lanka.
I wish all of you the best for your new paths and good luck with new ventures.
Ahhh how sad......
You have provided a wonderful service for many many years......
May your dreams lead to beautiful times and places elsewhere.....
'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.' – Mark Twain
'The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails.'
– William Arthur Ward
More about us
Read about us in The Travel & Spa magazine of Country & Town House, The Week - Portfolio online, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Sunday Mirror, The London Metro, Psychologies magazine, Spirit & Destiny magazine, Healthy magazine, Sainsbury’s magazine, Simply Vegan magazine, Visit Britain, Coast magazine.
One of our guest's experience of a detox retreat featured in print in Healthy magazine.
Following our blog on mindfulness Sainsbury magazine picked up on the topic and featured us with wellbeing and mindfulness holidays.
Following our blog on digital detox retreats Grazia magazine picked up on the topic and promptly interviewed us on silent retreats and the need to switch off from technological gadgets.
We were interviewed for the printed magazine of the National Geographic Traveller.
Previously we've also been featured in further national and international press, too many to list them all here, coverage including travel magazines like Conde Nast Traveller, and glossy women's magazine's like the Cosmopolitan, and glossy magazines in France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Singapore.
What the Press said about us:
"Neal's Yard Holidays, the healthy holiday specialist" The Observer
"Activity holidays attract a high proportion of single travellers. Particularly popular are holistic holidays – Neal's Yard Holidays offers a broad selection..." Mail on Sunday
"For a holistic break, try Neal's Yard Holidays." Eve magazine
"Neal's Yard Holidays are the original specialists in holistic holidays, retreats and career breaks, from renowned Ayurveda Resorts in Sri Lanka to Yoga in Turkey or exclusive Tipi Holidays." Wave magazine
"Popular specialists in yoga and well-being holidays, Neal's Yard Holidays offers a range of breaks with some of the world's top yoga teachers." Wave magazine
"I wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart, for all your kindness and support shown to me at times when I most needed it. I'll be eternally grateful. With much love always", Helena M.
"Good selection of activities, treatments and locations. Neal's Yard Holidays, the dependable alternative!" Elsa O.
"The reputation of Neal's Yard for integrity, purity, and quality inspires confidence in everything which carries its name or recommendation. They never disappoint." Christine M.
"Many thanks for facilitating such a wonderful holiday. The resort was stunning, the treatments first class and the food heavenly. Thank you." Chris P, tour leader
"I had a lot of questions and they were all answered by someone who knew a lot about the resort. Your service was very good, very prompt, very friendly, very thorough." TS, project manager
"Thank you so much for all your help and the excellent quality and speed of the information at all times. Many thanks again." Margaret
"You are my lifeline, thank you." April
"Thanks to Neal's Yard Holidays – they definitely helped me make the right decision and have a wonderful trip I'll always remember." Gillian Hyland
“In this cyber world we're living in, it’s so nice to find a humane, kind and professional company that also delivers very good results.” Rina Golan, Cleanse and Yogic lifestyle Retreats
"We have been very pleased with the response from your website and are happy to recommend you." Stephan Bajic, Sol Montana
“The retreat was sold out and we were delighted with the number of enquiries we received via Neal’s Yard Holidays, thank you.” Patricia Cronin, The Yogaroot
"In our SEO report, Neal’s Yard Holidays comes up near the top, the 5th highest, ahead of trip advisor! Thank you for your valuable backlink and service." Anna Tolson, Vital Retreats
"We have been using Neals Yard Holidays for several years. The service is fantastic. We would not be without them and the success of our retreat business is partly due to their service. Thank you! We look forward to another great year!" Healing Detox Retreats
"The team at Neal's Yard Holidays have been wonderful at promoting our holidays – always professional, efficient and great to work with! Thank you!" Laura Escapes
“Great to speak and thank you very much for all your very helpful and informative advice, much appreciated. Thank you for the benefit of your wisdom and experience.” Katherine Armitage, Cranleigh House
"Many thanks indeed for your continued support and business that you pass our way. We really do appreciate it." Healing Retreats
"Your suggestions were very valuable and they will allow us to improve both our product and our approach to the market. We are even more sure of working with Neal's Yard Holidays, due to your approach to the customer which I find very professional but at the same time friendly and personalised." Elisabetta Gasperini, Yoga Lifestyle Retreats
"Following our feature ‘Best 4 Detox Retreats’ in the Telegraph, thanks to Neal’s Yard Holidays, we have already fully booked our retreats for the next eight weeks". Healing Retreats
"I have looked up holidays here and found some lovely places over the years and have indeed featured my own retreats in the past. Thank you Neal's Yard Holidays." - Sarah Huberman, Pilates
"I am getting some good traffic from you, thank you." Sardinia Yoga
"I really appreciate you getting the advert up so quickly and since I have used you to advertise my weekend retreats they are now a constant sell out!" Sally Parkes, Sally Parkes Yoga
"Once again I am impressed with your swift and fair work." Natalie at Chillout Retreats
"The quality of anyone responding is high. They are the type of people who are already committed to this lifestyle and so are more likely to book – so this advertising is well targeted." Nigel Walker, Vegiventures
"I am very happy with the advertising with Neal's Yard Holidays. It's been the best response ever and my only regret is that I didn't discover them earlier. It would have saved me a lot of money!" Lillian, Sri Lankan Holidays
"The first year we advertised with Neal's Yard Holidays the usage [of our self-catering guest flats] increased by 100% and each year the bookings continue to increase." The Seeker's Trust
"I get a far better response from Neal's Yard Holidays ads than from Kindred Spirit magazine or the Guardian." Alive Holidays, France
"We've had very good responses from adverts placed in your publication. Thank you for a Guide that gets results!" The Findhorn Foundation, Marketing Dept
"I'm delighted with the response from Neal's Yard Holidays. The £180 I invested have resulted in £3000 worth of bookings." Centre for Holistic Education & Training
"Neal's Yard Holidays is right on top with enquiry and booking responses, even better than The Guardian." Alternative Holidays in Turkey
"We are glad to be part of your good organisation!" Hawkwood College
"I wanted to send an extra special thanks to you for making my website entry possible. It would not have happened without you, and I am very grateful." E.D.
For nearly 30 years we published a regular newsletter with information on the best and new wellness holidays and yoga retreats in the UK and abroad.
Holiday Bookings & Information
Neal's Yard Holidays takes bookings for selected holiday centres in the UK, the Mediterranean, India and Sri Lanka, and provides information on many other holidays and retreats.
We are happy to advise over the phone or by email, and we'll try to best match your needs with the options available. You can expect to get more independent advice on the relevant choices through us than through a holiday centre. If you book through us you pay the same prices and get the same discounts as the resorts offer directly. By booking through us you are also helping us to continue providing our unique service.
If you have been on one of our holidays, we welcome your feedback.
We are in constant contact with the press, and regularly have articles published in national newspapers and magazines. We and our clients have been featured in Conde Nast Traveller, InStyle and Eve magazines, The Guardian, The Observer, The Telegraph, The Independent, and The Times, as well as in glossy magazines in France, Germany and Italy. See also press quotes below.
If you would like to offer your venue for hire, for retreats or workshops, then it could be featured in our newsletter to holiday providers, yoga teachers and facilitators. Please contact us or use the entry form and we will get back to you.