And so it goes. The passing of another year, and the ever so stark reminder that we haven’t quite managed to do all of those things we said we’d do for ourselves. No matter. Here are fifteen tantalising alternatives to combat those run-of-the-mill resolutions everyone else will be half-heartedly making come January. Read on and you’re already halfway there.
The Arrigo Programme Somerset, UK
Fiona Arrigo recognises that every now and then some of us just need to stop, unwind and take a frank look at our lives. With this in mind she will tuck you up in a cottage in Somerset, complete with log fire, and tailor make a retreat for you and possibly a partner. Therapists, flowers, customised nutrition plans and fitness experts are all on hand to bring body and soul together and get you back on your feet ready for any challenges you might face.
Best for: Letting go. Find out more: www.thearrigoprogramme.com
Baggins Rochester, UK
Over half a million books line the shelves of Baggin’s Bookshop in Rochester. As England’s largest second-hand bookstore, and with just about every topic covered, it is the ideal place to stock up on research material for a new interest. With out-of-print and rare books also available, it’s a haven for book collectors as well.
Best for: Book lovers wanting to turn over a new leaf. Find out more: www.bagginsbooks.co.uk
Lost Cottage Cornwall, UK
Nestled away amongst the thick oaks of Cornwall’s woodland is Thom Hunt’s wonderfully intriguing Lost Cottage: an idyllic location for a weekender course in bushcraft, foraging, knife skills shooting and Canadian canoeing. Learn how to make a fire, catch, prepare and cook your meals while keeping warm under the stars in the heart of the stunning Cornish countryside. It won’t be all work though, as over the course of the weekend you can also relax in the hammock village and sample real Cornish ale by the fire in the onsite bar.
Best for: Getting in touch with your wild side. Find out more: www.7thrise.co.uk