"Yazzie has the most unflinchingly positive attitude of anyone I know. Time with her leaves you feeling inspired to give anything a go. She makes you feel good about yourself and seems to genuinely care about helping you achieve your goals. I'm going to treat myself to a Wilderness Fit every year!"
- Pennie Latin - (Broadcaster, Documentary Producer & Blogger)
This is the main location for Day Retreats and two Weekend Retreats. It is my home in the Cairngorms National Park. Remote and secluded from people and noise, it is the perfect retreat location and my favourite place to be at all times. The accommodation here is in tents, although tents may seem a bit rustic it is all part of the experience and there is something quite special about returning to a tent in the evening and sitting around a camp fire under the stars. You will have full access to a toilet and hot shower/bath over the weekend, including the fire-heated outdoor bath that my brother has set up with a view to the hills.
For Wilderness Fit landscape sessions we use the trees, rocks, dips in the land, peat bogs and hilly trails for running; fresh water dips in our hidden private icy pool; yoga sessions by the fire or outdoors with an expansive view of the hills. There is plenty time to walk and relax too. There is also the option to do some foraging over the weekend and use the produce in our meals.
Atmosphere and Food
Probably the most important part! Being healthy is about balance. You will not be juicing and eating salad all weekend because that is just not enjoyable or sustainable for anyone. Food plays a big part in our weekend retreats especially when they are run from my home in the Cairngorms. My mum, Ghillie Basan, an internationally acclaimed cookery writer, will provide a Mezze evening for everyone to share on the Saturday evening of the retreat.
The rest of the catering I take care of. All the meals are healthy, hearty and nutritious. We always have a variety of options for breakfast including homemade granola, smashed avocado, homemade bread, fruit, yoghurt and eggs. Lunch might be a picnic if we are out on the hill or a late salad bar lunch back at the house. If the weather is bad then we have an old stone barn with a lovely stove that we can stay warm and dry in for lunch. We always offer drinks and nibbles in the evening followed by a main meal. If it’s a clear night we can all cook and sit around a fire and if not then we will eat indoors with the fire. My family and I love to make others feel comfortable and relaxed in our home - most people don’t want to leave!
A typical day at Glenlivet
(We live up a bumpy track so there is the option to be ferried in by Land Rover from the bottom of the track)
Arrive and take in the open landscape and rolling hills with a mug of coffee and a treat
Join me as we move through the different landscape in front of us to devise a workout. We will use the trees, rocks, peat bogs, moss, dips, hills and moorland.
Come back for a lunch spread either outside or in our whisky barn, relax and digest.
A Fresh water dip in our private icy swimming pool
(A Yoga session can be added to finish the day/ Kombucha brewing workshop can also be added.)
Meet the team
Yaz is the Founder of Wilderness Fit. She is a Level 3 Personal Trainer and BASI 4 Ski Coach. She runs the landscape sessions, trail runs and takes you for a cold water dip! There is also the option to do a little foraging with Yaz or her family and use the produce in one of the meals.
Eilidh has been teaching yoga for 5 years. She specialises in Vinyasa flow/Power Yoga with a little bit of Yin thrown in. She has a focused interest on strengthening and mobilising for prehab and rehab. Yoga is an optional activity that can be added to either a day or weekend retreat.
Hannah is a naturopathic nutritionist with a passion for fermentation as it is an achievable and enjoyable way to bring gut healing, food and drinks into your lifestyle. Hannah offers unique Kombucha brewing and fermentation workshops. These are also an optional extra that you can add into your day or weekend retreat.
Dates and Costs
Day Retreats can be arranged and tailored to you between May and November
Day Cost: £200 minimum 4 people (get in touch if you want to add more than 6 and costs can be adjusted).
* if you want to add yoga and Kombucha brewing into your day contact with plenty time as needs to be arranged in advance.
Cost: £300 per person (Minimum 4 people Maximum 8)
*£250 if group of 6-8 people)
* Get in contact if you wish to book a private retreat for 1 or 2 people